FareCompare Travel Tips: London Cheat Sheet

How to Find Flights to London

There’s no reason to ever tire of London, not if you have any sense of wonder. It’s an ancient city with a decidedly modern sensibility that offers everything in the sweep of history from dazzling castles to unsurpassed museums and amazing dining and nightlife experiences, plus music, fashion, architecture and theater.

We talked to London Travel Expert Matt Brown of Londonist.com – Listen to Matt tell you what to do and see, where to dine and shop and tons more cool stuff:

If you’ve never been, go. If you’ve already visited London, you need no further prompting. The FareCompare London Travel Guide lists specific attractions and tourism websites.

Cheap Flights to London: Best Days to Travel and Other Tips

Save money on travel to London by following these tips.

Cheapest Days to Fly to London

Can’t follow all these rules? Apply what you can, and you’ll still see savings.

Cheapest Days to Fly: Not always, but you’ll often find better deals if you travel on early weekdays (Thursday through Sundays may be more expensive). Most airfare sales require a Saturday night stay so don’t make the mistake of booking a Sunday through Saturday itinerary.

Cheapest Time of Day to Fly: This varies less than it does on domestic flights when overnight flights (the so-called “red eyes”) are often cheapest. Look for airfare prices with schedules that give you the most opportunities to compare prices, such as FareCompare.com.

Cheapest Time of Year to Fly: London is governed by the travel seasons of Europe; generally, winter is cheapest and summer is most expensive. Spring and fall land somewhere in between with autumn generally being a little cheaper.

London Insiders: Deals on Attractions, Hotels, Dining and More

Find Deals for Weekend Getaways and Last Minute Flights

Want to getaway to London at the last minute? Some quick tips:

Sign up for FareCompare Airfare Alerts: Once you sign up, you don’t have to lift a finger; we send you real-time alerts on the cheapest flights to London from your home airport. Note: Always check your alerts as soon as you get them; the cheapest deals disappear quickly.

Use the FareCompare Getaway Map: See airfare prices to London from your home airport, or from any city you choose. This map also allows you to share your deals on Twitter with friends.

Check the FareCompare Deals Blog

This blog features deals to Europe from time to time from a variety of U.S., British and international airlines, and it is updated daily.

London: Biggest Airports – What You Need to Know

London is served by┬áseveral airports; here’s what you should know about them.

Heathrow (LHR): It has been called, “the airport where the world changes planes”, Heathrow is located just 12 miles west of London and is the major hub of the United Kingdom’s flagship carrier British Airways and its rival Virgin Atlantic; it’s also a prime destination for American Airlines, Continental, Delta, United and numerous other carriers from around the globe.

Gatwick (LGW): Located 28 miles south of Central London, Gatwick is the second busiest airport in the UK and another hub for British Airways, as well as Aer Lingus, EasyJet and Virgin Atlantic, plus it’s a destination for Delta, United, US Airways, and many others.

London’s Smaller Airports

Some trans-Atlantic service, but better known for short hops throughout Europe.

London City (LCY): Just 7 miles east of London (and close to the financial district), this airport is also served by British Airways and Lufthansa plus numerous smaller carriers and is mostly used for short flights throughout Europe.

London Stansted (STN): Located northeast of London, this smaller airport is about a 45 minute train ride from the city; it is served by Ryanair, EasyJet and others.

London Luton (LTN): Located north of London, this smaller airport is also served by EasyJet, Ryanair and others.

Airport WiFI and Transportation

WiFi at London Airports: Heathrow, Gatwick and London Stansted offer wireless internet access throughout the terminals on a fee basis; the service is complimentary at London City.

Transportation at London Airports: All offer taxis, buses, and other options; Heathrow travelers can find fast service into the city (Paddington Station) via train, and the cheapest option is the London Underground.

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Published: June 15, 2011