One of the most stressful parts of a holiday is arriving in a new country, especially a busy one, and not knowing where to start or how to find your accommodation. It can be very disorientating and tremendously time-consuming to organise your travel on arrival. This goes to people travelling from all airports and transport services in the city but is especially key for London City Airports, one of the most tricky airports to find and make travel plans from. This is because of its unorthodox location in the London docks of Newham and unlike other train services to airports in and around London, is only reachable on one very unique line. London City Airport mostly serves European flights and due to having only one runway, is one of the smallest airports in London, only taking 2.23%of passengers in London. Nevertheless, London City Airport is a popular airport for visitors and is centrally located, making it perfectly placed to reach some of London’s Best Attractions.
In 2008, Business Traveller Magazine rated London City Airport as having some of the best airport transport services in the world. This in part was due to its ultra-fast Docklands Light Railway, the Overground system linking East London to the web of London underground lines. The airport itself is located in the Zone 3 of the Oyster Card tier system and trains from the airport departing every 8 to 15 minutes. The DLR line can take you to stations such as Stratford International in a staggering 15 minutes. From London City Airport to the Jubilee line, simply take an eastbound service to Canning Town and to get right into the heart of London take the DLR line service to Bank, from where you can get the Central Line. To get to the Shaftesbury Hyde Park Hotel, take the DLR line to bank and the central line to Queensway, from where the hotel is a mere 4 minute walk.
Of course, many people may have too much luggage to get the train so a taxi may be the best option. Driving into central London can take around about an hour via A Roads into the centre of the city but there are plenty of taxi services available from the airport to pick you up. Rates in a London Black Cab to a destination like Buckingham Palace can cost up to £35 whilst getting to Piccadilly is £40.
Although it’s easier to get to central London by the underground services, there are national rail options which are close by to London City Airport. The closest national rail stations are London Bridge, Waterloo and Stratford International. These are all easily reachable via the Jubilee service connection at Canning Town.
For buses into London, the 473 and 474 services travel to and from London City Airport towards such destinations as Stratford, East Ham and Manor Park.
However, the fact still remains that your best bet to get into Central London to your hotel where you can make the most of Shaftesbury Hyde Park Hotel’s stellar Hotel Rewards Programme is by taking the bus to Canning Town and using the Jubilee Line to connect to the city centre.