Travel

This guide is intended to provide information about getting from the airport and getting around in London.  The most useful bit of information is plan ahead and purchase your tickets in advance as set out below.

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Arriving in London

London has five major airports: London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW), London City (LCY), London Stansted (STN) and London Luton (LTN). London City is the closest airport to ExCeL where the transfer time is less than 15 minutes.

In general, with the exception of London City Airport, it is wise to use public transport from the Airport to your destination in London as Taxis are expensive and can be quite slow depending on traffic conditions.

As a guide, the following list indicates the approximate fare from each airport to the ExCeL area.  Amounts may vary depending on the route and speed of travel; when the traffic is heavy ( often for much of the day) these fares may get significantly higher :

Heathrow Terminals 1-4 GBP   90
Heathrow Terminal 5 GBP 100
Stansted GBP 120
Gatwick and Luton GBP 130
St Pancras International ( Trains) GBP   45

If you wish to pre-book your taxi visit the following link:

www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/taxis-and-minicabs/book-a-taxi.

 
London City Airport
London City Airport is only approximately 9.5km (6 miles) east of Central London and just 2 km from ExCeL East entrance. The airport is connected to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and trains run to The City every 8 to 15 minutes.  For ExCeL you can take the DLR to Canning Town and change lines to the Beckton line to ExCeL.

For further information please visit:

www.londoncityairport.com.

 
London Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport is located 32 km (20 miles) to the west of Central London and there are excellent transport links. The most convenient rail route to London is by Heathrow Express. The train runs to and from London Paddington station every 15 minutes and journey time is 15 minutes.  You can also take the tube directly from Heathrow but it is much slower than the Heathrow Express (about 45 minutes).  For further information please visit:

www.heathrowairport.com.

In order to book tickets for the Heathrow Express at a reduced rate, please visit:

www.heathrowexpress.com.

 
London Gatwick Airport
Gatwick is located 45km (28 miles) south of London.  If you are travelling to the ExCeL area or East London take a Thameslink train to London Bridge where you can change to the Jubilee line of the Tube.  These trains run every 30 minutes and the journey time is 30 minutes.  ( NB there are also many slow trains to London but they tend to take twice as long journey time).  Alternatively, the Gatwick Express runs trains every 15 minutes between Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal and London Victoria Station. Journey time is also 30 minutes and the service is non-stop to Victoria station.  However this is much less convenient if you are travelling to ExCeL or other destinations in the East side of London.

For further information please visit:

www.gatwickairport.com.

 
London Stansted
Stansted Airport is located 64km (40 miles) to the north-east of London. The Stansted Express train is the quickest way into Central London (Liverpool Street Station). Trains leave Stansted Airport every 15 minutes and the journey time is 45 minutes.

For further information please visit:

www.stanstedairport.com.

 
London Luton
London Luton is located 51km (32 miles) north-west of London. A regular shuttle bus links the airport to Luton Airport Parkway train station in around 8 minutes. From there, regular rail services to London St Pancras Station take as little as 21 minutes with East Midlands Trains and 25 minutes with ThamesLink.

For further information please visit:

www.london-luton.co.uk.

 
Eurostar Trains
In addition, the Eurostar railway terminal at St Pancras International station is only around 2 hours away from Paris and Brussels.  On arrival take the tube at the station, or take a taxi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Transport to ExCeL London

London ExCeL is easily accessible by public transport.  There are 2 stations for ExCeL on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR),  Prince Regent and Custom House.  For EuroPerio the closest station is Prince Regent, which exits straight into the Conference Centre.  From Canning Town tube you should take the Beckton line DLR to ExCeL.

For further information on transport to and from the venue, please click the following link:
www.excel-london.co.uk/visiting-excel/travel-guide

 
The website includes an interactive map on how to get to ExCeL from the city centre and from all airports.

Underground
By Underground, ( the Tube), the Jubilee line is recommended as the quickest route from Central London. Take the tube to Canning Town station, and then change on to a DLR train to Prince Regent station.

Bus
Public bus services 147 and 241 depart from bay B of Canning Town station to Prince Regent station. Additionally, a fully signposted walking route is provided from the main exit of Canning Town bus station for anyone who wishes to complete their journey to the venue by foot.  Blue directional signs guide you to the west entrance of ExCeL London. The walk takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes.

Taxi
The tariff for taxi journeys vary from GBP 5 – GBP 9 per mile. For additional fare details, please visit:

www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/taxisandminicabs/taxis/1140.aspx
Only use licenced Taxis ( displaying their famous yellow and black “taxi” sign on the front above the windscreen) or pre-booked taxis (“minicabs”) .  When the light is lit it is available for hire.  A licenced taxi can be flagged down in the street by raising your arm.  Never accept rides in unlicenced cars or drivers soliciting rides.

It is customary to give around a 10% tip for the taxi-driver.

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Travel tips

The cheapest route
The most economical way to travel to ExCeL is by tube.  From London Heathrow buy an Oyster Card from the Underground station and take the Piccadilly Line (Dark Blue) to Green Park then change for the Jubilee Line (Silver) to Canning Town.

 
The quickest route
From Heathrow Airport the quickest route will be to get the Heathrow Express then a taxi from Paddington Station to ExCeL.  For Gatwick Airport take a fast train to London Bridge or Blackfriars and then a taxi for the remainder of the journey.

 
The scenic route
Once you have arrived in London you may wish to take a more scenic route to the venue each day.  From Westminster Pier or the London Eye pier take the Thames Clipper for a quick but scenic route along the river Thames to North Greenwich Pier and then transfer to the Emirate Air Line, a cable car that spans the river and will take you to within 10 minutes walk of ExCeL.
You can book an inclusive return ticket by visiting

www.thamesclippers.com

 

 

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Public Transportation

For information on transport services and getting around London, please visit:
www.tfl.gov.uk

 
Oyster Card
Transport for London has one integrated ticketing system for all forms of transport and delegates will find that the Oyster card is a useful and by far the cheapest way to purchase transport fares.  Oyster is a plastic smartcard that is used instead of paper tickets on a pay-as-you-go basis. Oyster cards can be purchased at a cost of £5.  The card is used by placing the card on the card reader located on ticket barriers and should be used to pass through ticket barriers at the entrance and exit to stations.
The best advice would be to pre-order your Oyster ticket in advance ( at least 2 weeks before you arrive ).  If you are likely to be using public transport regularly during your visit you are advised to allow about £6 per day but further credit can be added to your card at ticket machines at rail, tube and DLR stations.
Information on how to pre-order an Oyster card can be found at

www.tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/visiting-london/visitor-oyster-card
Please Note cards should be placed on Oyster Card readers on exit even where there are no ticket barriers, such as at the DLR stations at ExCeL, otherwise you may be wrongly charged for your journey.   You do not need to use your card again during your journey, such as changing lines on the tube or when changing from Canning Town Tube to DLR station for travelling to ExCeL.
Alternatively UK and many overseas “contactless” credit or debit cards with RFID chips can be used in the same way.  To check if your contactless card can be used visit :

www.tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/contactless/what-is-contactless

 
Underground
The London Underground, or ‘the Tube’ as it is universally known to Londoners, is normally the quickest and easiest way of getting around London. London is served by 12 Tube lines and 274 stations. Underground trains on all lines run every few minutes between 5.30 and 00:30 from Monday to Saturday, and between 7.30 and 23.30 on Sundays.

 
Buses
London buses can be a convenient and cheap way to travel around; they also offer plenty of sightseeing opportunities en route. The Central London bus guide will be sufficient to navigate the bus system; this map is available from travel information centres and can also be downloaded via the “Visit London” website:

www.visitlondon.com/maps/travel_maps/index.
Please note that London buses do not accept cash payment for any journey, you must either have an Oyster card or a credit or debit card with RFID chip in order to make a journey.

 
Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is a light-rail public transport metro for the redeveloped Docklands area of eastern London, where ExCeL is located. Although the DLR is separate from the London Underground the two systems are integrated wherever they meet, and share a single ticketing system. The DLR appears on the London Underground Tube map.
If you need advice on your journey don’t hesitate to ask a fellow passenger.  Although Londoners famously seem to travel around in their own bubble with minimal communication with others, you will find that actually we are always happy to help give directions or advice if asked!

 

 

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Dos and Don’ts of Travelling in London

DO buy an Oyster card.  It can be topped up at most stations and can be kept for your future visits to London.

 
DO use buses where you can, especially in central London.  They are a great economical way to see the sights of London.

 
DO walk sometimes.  Like getting a bus, it’s a great way to discover the secrets of London.

 
DO keep your bags close to you at all times, especially on busy tubes and in popular tourist areas.  London is a safe city but pickpockets do operate.

 
DO plan ahead.  Ticket offices at stations and the Tube ( which is now gradually completely phasing out manned ticket offices) get very busy and you can avoid a long wait by purchasing your tickets in advance,  So order your Oyster Card, and purchase your train tickets for travel from the Airport before you set off!

 
DON’T get the tube from Leicester Square to Covent Garden, it’s the shortest distance between stations on the network and it’s quicker to walk.

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