London City Airport is in the Docklands area of east London and is one of the easiest airports to travel to and from central London.
DLR (Docklands Light Railway) to and from central London
The airport has its own station — London City Airport (zone 3) — on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Trains from here connect with the underground network at Canning Town (for the Jubilee line), Bank (for the Central & Northern lines) or Tower Gateway DLR (for easy access to Tower Hill station for the District or Circle lines).
Journey time & frequency
DLR trains leave every 10 minutes. Approximate journey times:
- To/from Victoria – 40 minutes
- To/from King’s Cross – 40 minutes To/from Paddington – 45 minutes
- To/from Bayswater – 55 minutes
- To/from Holborn – 35 minutes
Fares from London City airport to central London
If you pay cash, a single ticket to central London (zone 1) is £4.90. With a Pay as you go Oyster card or contactless debit/credit card it’s either £3.30 if you travel before 9.30am Monday–Friday, or £2.80 at any other time.
If you plan to use public transport for the rest of the day in London there are three choices:
Use a Pay as you go Oyster card
Top up an Oyster card with £7.70. It’s the maximum amount deducted for travel in zones 1-3.
Use a contactless card
If you have a contactless debit or credit card, £7.70 is deducted from your card.
Buy a One Day Travelcard
If you don’t want an Oyster card, a One Day Travelcard costs £12.30.
Tickets, Travelcards and Oyster cards are available from the airport station and any underground station.
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Last updated: 3 January 2017