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Victoria - London Airport & Cruise Port Transfers

An analysis of public & private transport to Victoria from airports and cruise ports


Gatwick Airport Express Train At Victoria Station

Gatwick Airport Express Train At Victoria Station

Victoria is the major arrival gateway in Central London for those arriving from Gatwick Airport and has direct airport transport to all of London's other major airports. Situated very centrally by Buckingham Palace it is very close to many of the sights as well as being a major transport hub. In terms of getting to and from your airport or cruise port, hotels in Victoria are one of the most convenient districts to stay in London. The coach station is a few hundred yards from the rail and London Underground Station but is as convenient for hotels.


Victoria Hotel Map

Victoria
Hotel Map

A good first task is to identify precisely where your accommodation is in Victoria. A lot of the accommodation in Victoria is easily walked to from the main Victoria Station or Victoria Coach Station. The Victoria hotel district is one of London's largest and stretches right down to Pimlico Underground. Knowing exactly where your hotel accommodation is can make a big difference, especially with luggage getting from Victoria Station itself to your hotel.

We have an accurate Victoria hotel map, that pinpoints most accommodation in Victoria and Pimlico.


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 if London's public transport forms 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.

Victoria Local Public Transport Connectors

London Airport Map

As well as being a major gateway into London, Victoria is also a major transport hub for getting around the centre of London. As well as the three London Underground lines there is a major London red bus station in the forecourt of the Victoria rail station that has routes going direct to almost every part of Central London night and day.


The London Underground runs every couple of minutes between about 5:30 a.m. and midnight and buses run 24x7. If you have a very early or late flight, night buses offer a good service. The number 24 bus for instance that connects Pimlico to Victoria and goes down the Belgrave Road, the spine of the Victoria hotel district, runs every 15 minutes even at 3 a.m. in the morning.


Map Of Underground Links Between Victoria & Main London Transport Gateways

Map Of London Underground Links Between Victoria & 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 Victoria

Best Way From Heathrow To London

Cheapest - The London Underground from Heathrow changing at Barons Court or Hammersmith with an Oyster or Travelcard offers by far the cheapest transfer option. Journey times of about an hour. Be prepared for crowded carriages, (you may not get a seat) and dragging your cases up escalators and long corridors. Note, Barons Court or Hammersmith are recommended as interchange stations as they are the only stations where both trains leave from the same platform.

There is also a direct National Express bus service between Heathrow and Victoria at about the same price as the London Underground. What on paper looks very attractive at first sight is diminished by services being less frequent and departing from Heathrow Central Bus Station, a 10 minute walk from Terminals 2 and 3 or a (free) train transfer from Terminals 4 and 5, as well as a luggage allowance that may be less than your flight.

Fastest - The Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station is the fastest, most comfortable option, two or three times faster than any 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. However, Paddington is a fair way from Victoria, the Underground or taxi between Paddington and Victoria may take longer than the airport train between Heathrow and Paddington.

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 Victoria

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 Coach Station.

Fastest - By far the majority of people flying into Gatwick take the train. The Gatwick Express to Victoria Station is the 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 making several stops.

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 to Victoria then get a taxi from there.

Stansted Airport To/From Victoria

The Best London Stansted Airport Bus?
The Stansted Express

Cheapest - The cheap option from Stansted into London is bus. National Express run a direct service between Stansted and Victoria.

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. The only caveat is the Liverpool Street terminus of the Stansted Express in London is the other side of Central London from Victoria. The 20 minute direct London Underground link to Victoria is an all together less luxurious train to the Stansted Express!

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 Victoria. 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 Victoria

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.

Fastest - The faster but more costly alternative to the bus is the Luton train . It is not a dedicated airport train and for Victoria you get off at St Pancras Station. A direct London Underground link to Victoria taking only 10 minutes is available. 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 Victoria. 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.

City & Southend Airports

City Airport- City Airport is served by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), which for visitors you can think off as part of the London Underground. City Airport is in zone 3 of the London public transport system. You can use Oyster Cards and other London public transport ticketing options to interconnect between DLR and the Underground in one fare.

From City Airport the DLR interconnects with the London Underground at Canning Town, where you can take the Jubilee Line of the Underground to Westminster, two stops from Victoria on another Circle Line train.

Southend Airport - The only viable public transport between Southend Airport and Central London are the regular trains that terminate at London's Liverpool Street Station.

The Circle Line of the London Underground connect directly between Liverpool Street and Victoria.

Southampton To/From Victoria

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.

There are also direct trains on most days between Victoria and Southampton that take a longer route to the Waterloo trains. The Victoria and waterloo lines to Southampton interconnect at Clapham Junction, a few miles south of Victoria.

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 all the hotels in Paddington and pick-ups from many hotels in Paddington, 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 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 Victoria 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 Victoria

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 Victoria to Dover are much faster and unlike the buses luggage is only limited by the amount you can carry on-board.

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 Southampton and Central London connecting with individual cruise ships. It is a door to door service with drops at all the hotels in Victoria and pick-ups from many hotels in Victoria, 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 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 - Dover is 2 hours drive from Victoria 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 Victoria

Public Transport - The only viable public transport option for Harwich are trains from London's Liverpool Street Station, on the other side of Central London from Paddington.

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. The London Underground offers a 20 minute direct link between Victoria and Liverpool Street.

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 Victoria and pick-ups from many hotels in Victoria, 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 Victoria 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 Victoria 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, the other side of Central London from Victoria.

Groups, Bus Charters & Private Cars - Harwich is 2 hours drive from Victoria 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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