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London City Airport Transport

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

London City Airport DLRThe 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).

See the Tube map for full route details.

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

See the TfL Journey Planner to plan a journey other destinations.

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 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 £7.60. It’s the maximum amount deducted for travel in zones 1-3.

Buy a One Day Travelcard

If you don’t want an Oyster card, a One Day Travelcard costs £12.10.

Use a contactless card

If you have a contactless debit or credit card, you can use it to pay for your travel. Fares are the same as the pay as you go Oyster card.

Tickets, Travelcards and Oyster cards are available from the airport station and any underground station.

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Image credit: Ben Sutherland
Last updated: 2 January 2016