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How to save getting to the airport

We've outlined the various transport methods to get to the likes of Gatwick, Manchester and Heathrow, how much it costs, and the quickest routes
Lauren Bell

Central London to Heathrow Airport


TaxiHeathrow ExpressElizabeth LineNational Express
Price£71£25£11.60£10
Duration51min21min37min1h10min

Saving: £61

London Victoria to Gatwick Airport


TaxiGatwick ExpressSouthern RailwayNational Express
Price£97£18.50£18.30£10
Duration1hr19min30min34min2hr15min

Saving: £87

Manchester city centre to Manchester Airport


TaxiTransPennine ExpressMetrolink43 Bus
Price£44£5,10£4.60£3.60
Duration20min15min58min1hr15

Central London to Luton Airport


TaxiEast Midlands + bus (bought together)East Midlands + bus (bought separately)
National Express*
Price£136£18.90£19.10£10
Duration57min36min36min1hr28min

Saving: £126

*National Express prices are from Paddington, while others are from St Pancras

London Liverpool Street to Stansted


TaxiStansted ExpressN/aNational Express
Price£99£20.70-£11
Duration54min52min-1hr10min

Saving: £87

Birmingham city centre to Birmingham Airport


TaxiCross CountryAvantiX1/X2 bus
Price£48£4.30£4.20£2.40
Duration39min13min9min34min

Saving: £45.60

Princes Street to Edinburgh Airport


TaxiTramN/aAirlink 100 bus
Price£19£6.50-£4.50
Duration31min32min-28min

Saving: 14.50

Table notes: Prices were collected on 18 July 2022. Tickets were based on 1 August fares at approximately 8.45am. Fares are from city centre and based on standard class, any time, one-way tickets (if you book earlier, cheaper advance fares are often available, plus return fares are usually better value). Saving is the difference between cheapest and priciest transport. We used Taxi Price Compare to get approximate taxi costs.