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How to get from City Airport to City Centre

London's City airport (LCY) is a small airport with one terminal and can be located within the city's limits. There are only 2 methods of transport available from City airport to the city centre of London: Taxi and Metro. Taking a London airport taxi is convenient and quick. Taxi rides to the city centre of London cost around 40€ (35£) and take around 30 minutes. A much cheaper and fast alternative is the underground train. Tickets for the tube, as Londoners call it, cost only 5.10€ (4.50£) and the journey takes approximately 22 minutes.

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Taxi 40 30min 24/7
Welcome Pickups 40 30min 24/7
Professional and polite English-speaking drivers, flight monitoring, meet & greet at the gate, no hidden fees, free cancellation
Metro 5.10 22min 05:30 - 00:00

How to get from City airport to city centre by taxi

The black cabs of London always provide to travelers comfortable and quick services. The taxi fare from City airport to the downtown area of London will be calculated and displayed by a taximeter. When there is no traffic, the average travel time to the city centre is 30 minutes.

Remember to always look for a windscreen license sticker and white plates before you get on a London airport taxi.

Taxi fare from City airport to city centre

The cost of a taxi trip from City aiport to the metropolitan area of London is calculated by a taximeter, based on distance. The price may change depending on the exact location of your destination, but you should expect to pay around 40€ (35£).

Many taxi private companies offer fixed fares if you book your ride in advance.

Where do I get it from?

The official taxi ranks can easily be located just outside of the airport's single terminal.


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Traveling by taxi is by far the best option. It is convenient, fast and safe for you and your luggage.

Editor’s Note

If you are travelling with a group that can split the fare, it is ideal to hire a taxi.

Useful Tips

Almost all London taxis are black coloured.
Never accept taxi services from random individuals.
Taxis in London are wheelchair accessible.

How to get from City airport to city centre by metro

The train system of City airport offers convenient and fast services to the city centre of London. Docklands Light Railway is an overground rail which is a part of London's Underground network, DLR trains travel more than 5 times per hour from the airport to central London and the approximate travel time is 22 minutes.



Trip Duration

22 Min.

Waiting time is around 15 minutes.

Value for Money
The DLR trains run on a daily basis from 05:30 a.m to 00:00 a.m and on Sundays from 07:00 a.m to 23:30 p.m.

How much is the metro from City airport to city centre?

A single subway ticket from City airport (zone 3) to Bank DLR station (zone 1) costs 5.10€ (4.50£).

Tickets can be bought at the DLR station from the ticket desks or automated ticket machines.

Where do I get it from?

The DLR station is inside the airport's terminal. Just follow the signs for the DLR once you pick up your luggage.


Underground trains are very cheap and fast. Moreover, once you arrive at Bank DLR station, which is one of the main financial/business areas of London, you will have access to 3 major central subway lines and you can use the same ticket you bought from the airport.


Editor’s Note

It is advisable to buy an Oyster card in order to get ticket discounts if you are planning to travel by public transport during your stay.

Useful Tips

Children under 11 years of age travel for free.
The DLR station is wheelchair accessible.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in London. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from City airport to city centre?

The average price of a taxi ride from City airport to the city centre of London is 35£ (40€). Without traffic, the journey will take approximately 30 minutes.

How much is a metro ticket from City airport to city centre?

Single DLR train tickets from City airport to Bank DLR station cost 4.50£ (5.10€). Tickets can be bought at the DLR station from the ticket desks or automated ticket machines.

How far is it from City airport to the city centre?

City airport is a small airport which is located within London's city limits. The distance between City airport and London downtown is approximately 10 km.

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