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Flights to London from NYC
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Booking your flight

There are many options to choose from when trying to book a flight and/or hotel for this trip. One common way to save money is to book early. The earlier you book your flight and hotel, the more money you will save. If you would like to compare some of the options for flights to London from NYC, we offer a free-to-use search tool (found above) that will allow you to compare up to 8 different big name flight search engines all in one place. The form is pre-selected for London to NYC, and you can even select “Flight + Hotel” to see how much you can save by booking both together. Or, if you’d rather book separately, we have a hotel list at the bottom of this article that will help you pick the best hotel for the best price.

Before I jump into the next section I wanted to point out some great blogs that will help you on your trip to London:



Now onto the next section.

Some common statistics about the flight

Flights to London from NYC generally take around 7-8 hours if you fly non-stop. Of course, if there is a connection in-between, it will take longer. The cheapest month to fly is usually January, but that can differ based upon how early you book the flight, and on what day you choose to fly.

New York Airports (departure)

The two main airports in New York are John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia Airport. JFK has a small advantage over LaGuardia because according to Department of Transportation : Bureau of Transportation Statistics, LaGuardia has slightly more departure flights that are historically delayed. This means that you’re not quite as likely to depart on time if you fly into LaGuardia.

The first thing most people do when they get to the airport is to find their gate and check in (after making it through TSA). Below you’ll find terminal maps for both airports, so that you can plan your route to the airport gate.

JFK Airport Maps, with Terminal Map links
LaGuardia Terminal Maps

London Airports (arrival)

The two main airports in London are Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport. Gatwick is further away from the city center, so you’ll save on cab fare into London center if you arrive to Heathrow. However, some people will say that Heathrow is the more confusing airport to navigate.

Once you arrive to the airport in London

Regardless of which airport you choose to arrive to, London airports can be quite daunting. London is one of the most arrived to airports in the world, so knowing where to go ahead of time can save you quite a bit of time. Most likely you have checked bags for the flight, so the first thing you’ll probably want to do after you depart the plane is to go the baggage claim and retrieve your bags. I have included a link to both airports terminal/airport maps so that you can know ahead of time how to get to baggage claim.

Heathrow Airport Maps, with Terminal links
Gatwick Airport: Which Terminal do I need?.

After you’ve claimed your baggage you’ll likely want to depart the airport and travel to your hotel. Use the maps linked above to see the best route for departing the airport from baggage claim, or wherever you plan on being when you think you’ll want to leave the airport. The next section in this article will cover ground transportation from the airport to your hotel.

Ground Transportation to your Hotel

Trains

Trains to London from Heathrow or Gatwick are the fastest way to travel. Use your airport maps above to find out where you need to be to catch the Express trains.

Taxis

Taxis are more expensive than the train, but will get you there with less hassle. Expect the fare to be between 20-30 pounds to get to London center, depending on which airport you’re departing from.

Buses

Both airports offer busing services that can be very low cost. Buses typically depart about every 15 minutes. Be sure to find a bus guide before you choose this route, to make sure you’re heading to the right destination.

Underground

Heathrow Airport offers use of the London Underground rail system. Heathrow has three Underground stations. One for Terminals 2 and 3 and one each at Terminals 4 & 5. The cost to get to London center from these stations should be around 6 pounds.

Uber

If you’ve got a smart phone and know how to use it, then you may be able to save time and money by using a ride-share service to get to your destination. I prefer these services to taxis, as the ride is generally more pleasant, and the fares are usually lower. The main ride-share service in London is Uber. This app can be found in your Apple, Android or Windows phone app stores and is free to download. Once you have ordered a ride, you will get an estimated wait time before your ride arrives. You will need a credit card for this option, as Uber bills your credit card once the ride is completed.

Now that you’re in London

Just enjoy! London has a lot of different attractions to offer. Go see a play or concert, enjoy fine dining, see Big Ben. The possibilities are endless!

For a guide of things to do, visit Visit London.

Getting back home

Once the fun is over and you’re exhausted from your vacation or business trip, there always comes a time when it’s time to pack up and head back home. The transportation options to get to the airport and the same as when you departed. Once again, I would recommend Uber, as this service is the most cost-efficient way to go.

I hope you enjoyed this article on Flights to London from NYC. Hopefully your trip will be enjoyable!

Author: David O’Bryan
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 March 2017 )
 
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