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London Airport & Cruise Port Transfers To/From Kings Cross St Pancras

An analysis of public & private transport to Kings Cross St Pancras from airports and cruise ports


London Airport Transfers

Author: Bob Handford

Kings Cross and St Pancras are two physically separate railway stations adjacent to one another, sharing the same Underground Station. The hotel district revolves around the two stations. If you are staying in a hotel in the Kings Cross St Pancras area, odds are that every time you leave the hotel you will be walking to the stations to go somewhere else, there is little in the district itself to keep you here. Kings Cross St Pancras is a major transport hub, both for travelling within London and getting to the airports and beyond, a major plus of choosing to stay in the area.


Kings Cross St Pancras Hotel Map

Kings Cross St Pancras
Hotel Map

For most leisure travellers, Heathrow is the only airport where the cost of taxi transfers are worth considering within most people's budgets. The exception to the rule perhaps being if you have a group or lots and lots of luggage. A private charter bus is worth considering for such groups.


A good first task is to identify precisely where your accommodation is in Kings Cross St Pancras. Nearly all the accommodation in Kings Cross St Pancras is a stones throw from the stations itself, easily walked even with luggage, but there are exceptions.

We have an accurate Kings Cross St Pancras hotel map, that pinpoints most major accommodation in the Kings Cross St Pancras hotel district, link left.


A good second investment in time prior to travel is to understand the basic's of using London's public transport. You will be using London's public transport to get around London during your visit, full stop.

Paying single fares for every trip is expensive and time consuming. You will need to purchase a transport pass of one kind or another. You will save yourself a lot of time and money purchasing the right pass before you get to your hotel perhaps using the pass immediately as part of your hotel transfer.

Public transport passes in London can be complicated to understand, especially if you have children so reading our Travelcard or Oyster Card page will pay dividends for a small investment in your time.

Kings Cross St Pancras Local Public Transport Connectors

London Airport Map

For most leisure travellers, Heathrow is the only airport where the cost of taxi transfers are worth considering. The exception to the rule perhaps being if you have a group or lots and lots of luggage. A private charter bus is well worth considering for such groups.


Kings Cross St Pancras is a major transport hub and there are direct trains to Luton, Gatwick and Heathrow airports as well as Dover cruise/ferry port. Trains go every few minutes to and from Heathrow using the London Underground.

The London Underground runs every couple of minutes between about 5:30 a.m. and midnight and buses run 24x7. Night buses that run when the Underground is closed provide an alternative if you have a very early or late flight. There are many services that run all night through the district to places like Victoria, Paddington, Liverpool Street and Marble Arch connecting to airport services.


Map Of Underground Links Between Kings Cross St Pancras & Main London Transport Gateways

Map Of London Underground Links Between Kings Cross St Pancras & Main London Transport Gateways

Late Flight, Early Hotel Check Out Dilemma?

Most hotels want you out of the room by lunch time, a problem if you have luggage and a late afternoon or evening flight. If your hotel doesn't offer a left luggage service then most of the main train stations in Central London do and all of the airports passenger terminals have manned left luggage desks.

Unfortunately there is no competition, all the left luggage offices at both airports and stations are run by the same company, The Excess Baggage Company. Perhaps as a result charges are high. Use your favourite search engine to find the Excess Baggage Company web site and current prices and opening hours.

Heathrow / Gatwick Airport Late Flight Solution

An alternative to Left Luggage offices and also using your time productively rather than just killing time before your flight is to visit Windsor, close by Heathrow Airport.

We offer a service whereby you are picked up by vehicle from your London hotel and taken to Windsor. There is much more to Windsor than the castle, it would take a couple of days to see everything. Eton College, Runnymede, Legoland. river trips, walks through the royal parks etc.

You are taken to Windsor and left to explore independently, leaving your luggage with the vehicle. You will have agreed a time when the vehicle will return with your luggage for the 15-20 minute journey to Heathrow, (Gatwick is an hour away).

A key aspect is that you do not pay waiting time as the company offering the service is based in Windsor, so it is the same cost whether you stay 3 hours or 10 hours in Windsor.

The service is a private service, times are set by you and vehicles can range from cars to 50 seat touring coaches.

Windsor Late Flight Solution - More Details

Heathrow Airport Transfer To/From Kings Cross St Pancras

Best Way From Heathrow To London

Cheapest - The London Underground from Heathrow with an Oyster or Travelcard offers by far the cheapest transfer option. Journey times of about an hour or more. Be prepared for crowded carriages, (you may not get a seat) and dragging your cases up escalators and long corridors.

Fastest - The Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station then a taxi or Underground to St Pancras is probably be going to be the fastest, most comfortable option. The “probably” caveat is because Paddington is still a fair way from Kings Cross St Pancras, about 15 minutes by taxi. The trains runs every 15 minutes and takes just 15 minutes to Paddington. There is a much cheaper, less publicised airport train called the Heathrow Connect that is not as frequent and makes stops along the same route as the Heathrow Express, so is slightly slower.

Groups - For groups of 6 or more a private charter bus is worth considering. Vehicles from 8 seats to 50 seats are available offering a door to door service between airport terminal and hotel. For larger groups you obviously get a low cost per passenger as well as the convenience of a personalised door to door service.

Taxi & Private Cars - London's famous black cabs form the taxi rank outside each terminal at Heathrow. Journey time will be between 45 and 75 minutes depending on traffic conditions. Road congestion delays are routine Monday to Fridays between 6:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. going into London and between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. out of London on work days plus going into London on Sundays from about 3 p.m. until mid evening.

Price is an issue for most people with the London black taxi's. Much cheaper licenced private cars offer an alternative and also perform Meet n Greet as you exit customs. For a small family a private car may be much cheaper than using the Heathrow Express train.

Gatwick Airport To/From Kings Cross St Pancras

Gatwick Airport to London, Buses and Train Options Compared

Cheapest - The cheap option from Gatwick into London is bus. National Express Bus run a full size bus to Victoria, easyBus a small van type bus to West Brompton Underground, both with indirect London Underground services to Kings Cross St Pancras.

Fastest - By far the majority of people flying into Gatwick take the train. Thameslink Trains run frequently between St Pancras and Gatwick. Its worth checking there are no maintenance work on this line, the alternative rail option being the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station, a dedicated airport train for which you pay a significant premium to the slower alternative Southern Trains that ply the same tracks but with commuter trains.

Groups - For groups of 12 or more a private charter bus is worth considering. Vehicles from 8 seats to 50 seats are available offering a door to door service between airport terminal and hotel. For larger groups you obviously get a low cost per passenger as well as the convenience of a personalised door to door service.

Taxi & Private Cars - Travelling into Central London by vehicle is a frustrating option, there are no fast road links. Its a slow, stop, start endurance prone to road congestion delays. Unless you are a sizable group its much faster, cheaper and more comfortable if you get the train into London.

Stansted Airport To/From Kings Cross St Pancras

The Best London Stansted Airport Bus?
The Stansted Express

Cheapest - The cheap option from Stansted into London is bus. National Express, easyBus and Terravision run a range of routes into Central London. For Kings Cross St Pancras, a good option minimising delays by road congestion is to get the Terravision Bus service between Stansted and Stratford, then get the London Underground. Terravision also run another Stansted bus service to Liverpool Street, closer to Kings Cross St Pancras in the centre of London, the Circle Line of the Underground again completing your journey.

Fastest - The alternative to the buses is the Stansted Express train, the dedicated airport train for which you pay a significant premium for the speed, frequency and comfort over the bus alternative. Liverpool Street is the terminus of the Stansted Express in London, but it is quicker to get off at Tottenham Hale Station and then get the Victoria Line of the Underground to Kings Cross St Pancras.

Groups - For groups of 8 or more a private charter bus is worth considering. Vehicles from 8 seats to 50 seats are available offering a door to door service between airport terminal and hotel. For larger groups you obviously get a low cost per passenger as well as the convenience of a personalised door to door service.

Taxi & Private Cars - Stansted is a long way out of London, about 40 miles from Kings Cross St Pancras. At peak hours during working days there will be road congestion delays and the distance means the fee is not cheap. Stansted private cars with meet n greet as you exit customs at Stansted are available.

Luton Airport To/From Kings Cross St Pancras

Cheapest - The cheap option from Luton into London is bus. National Express run a cheap and frequent 24x7 bus service that terminates at London Victoria. For Kings Cross St Pancras you get off at Baker Street, from where the Circle Line of the London Underground goes to Kings Cross St Pancras. easyBus also run a cheap bus service that terminates at Baker Street.

Fastest - The faster, direct, but more costly alternative to the bus is the Luton train . It is not a dedicated airport train, but it stops at St Pancras Station. The train doesn't go into the airport itself, a shuttle bus part of your rail ticket connects the passenger terminal at Luton with Luton Parkway Station, just a 5 minute journey.

Groups - For groups of 8 or more a private charter bus is worth considering. Vehicles from 8 seats to 50 seats are available offering a door to door service between airport terminal and hotel. For larger groups you obviously get a low cost per passenger as well as the convenience of a personalised door to door service.

Taxi & Private Cars - Luton is a long way out of London, about 35 miles from Kings Cross St Pancras. At peak hours during working days there will be road congestion delays and the distance means the fee is not cheap. Luton private cars with meet n greet as you exit customs at Luton are available.

Southampton To/From Kings Cross St Pancras

Public Transport - The cheapest option on paper is to take public transport. The cheapest option are the National Express buses that terminate at Victoria Coach Station. The alternative trains from Waterloo to Southampton are much faster and unlike the buses luggage is only limited by the amount you can carry on-board. However, both Waterloo and Victoria are not that close to Kings Cross St Pancras, a taxi to Victoria may cost you as much as the bus fare to Southampton.

There are 4 cruise terminals at Southampton, you will need to take a short taxi ride between Southampton Bus or rail Station to your cruise terminal.

Cruise Bus - A dedicated cruise bus operates in each direction between Southampton and Central London connecting with individual cruise ships. It is a door to door service with drops at Kings Cross St Pancras and pick-ups from selected hotels in the Kings Cross St Pancras, there will be one close by your hotel.

Price is competitive even against public transport when you factor in the taxi transfers either end with public transport. There is also a much more relaxed luggage policy.

The London to Southampton Cruise Bus stops one hour at Stonehenge on the way and you will be at your cruise terminal around 1:30 p.m.

The Southampton to London Cruise Bus direction service has 2 choices, one direct the other a full day tour transfer visiting Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle.

Groups, Bus Charters & Private Cars - Southampton is 2 hours drive from Kings Cross St Pancras by private vehicle. Vehicles from cars to large buses are available to charter either direct or stopping off somewhere along the way, Windsor Castle and Stonehenge are the most popular stops.

Private Vehicles Southampton To/From London - More Details

Dover To/From Kings Cross St Pancras

Public Transport - The cheapest option is to take public transport. The cheapest public transfer option are the National Express buses that terminate at Victoria Coach Station. The alternative trains from London St Pancras to Dover are much faster, direct and unlike the buses luggage is only limited by the amount you can carry on-board. Victoria is a fair trek across town from Kings Cross St Pancras too.

Neither bus or train public transport will take you to the Dover cruise terminals. It is a 5 minute taxi from both bus and train stations at Dover to the cruise terminals.

Cruise Bus - A dedicated cruise bus operates in each direction between Dover and Central London connecting with individual cruise ships. It is a door to door service with drops at hotels in Kings Cross St Pancras and pick-ups from many hotels in Kings Cross St Pancras, so there will be one close by your hotel.

Price is competitive even against public transport when you factor in the taxi transfers either end with public transport. There is also a much more relaxed luggage policy.

The London to Dover Cruise Bus picks up in Kings Cross St Pancras around 8 a.m. and will be at your cruise terminal around lunch time with an optional visit to Dover Castle available.

The Dover to London Cruise Bus is a tour transfer visiting Leeds Castle and Canterbury with hotel drops at Kings Cross St Pancras late afternoon.

Groups, Bus Charters & Private Cars - Dover is 2 hours drive from Kings Cross St Pancras by private vehicle. Vehicles from cars to large buses are available to charter either direct or stopping off somewhere along the way, Canterbury and Dover Castle are the most popular stops.

Private Vehicles Dover To/From London - More Details

Harwich To/From Kings Cross St Pancras

Public Transport - The only viable public transport option for Harwich are trains from London's Liverpool Street Station. The Underground goes direct from Kings Cross St Pancras to Liverpool Street.

The platform at Harwich International train station is only about 50 yards from the cruise terminal entrance.

For the larger cruise ships a special Harwich cruise train is normally laid on. Otherwise the scheduled trains broadly run an hourly service, normally with a change of train.

Cruise Bus & Trains - A dedicated cruise bus operates in each direction between Harwich and Central London connecting with individual cruise ships. It is a door to door service with drops at hotels in Kings Cross St Pancras and pick-ups from many hotels in Kings Cross St Pancras, so there will be one close by your hotel.

Price is competitive even against public transport when you factor in the taxi transfers either end with public transport. There is also a much more relaxed luggage policy.

The London to Harwich Cruise Bus picks up in Kings Cross St Pancras around 8 a.m. will be at your cruise terminal around lunch time with a stop at a supermarket along the way.

The Harwich to London Cruise Bus you step onto directly off your ship, with hotel drops at Kings Cross St Pancras around midday. There is an option stop at the Tower of London.

There is also a Harwich cruise train when a large cruise ship is in port. Otherwise the scheduled trains broadly run an hourly service, normally with a change of train. Both trains terminate at London's Liverpool Street Station, some way from Kings Cross St Pancras.

Groups, Bus Charters & Private Cars - Harwich is 2 hours drive from Kings Cross St Pancras by private vehicle. Vehicles from cars to large buses are available to charter.

Private Vehicles Dover To/From London - More Details


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