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How do I get to St Albans from London City Airport

Posted on 25th October 2016 at 10:02 am

London City Airport is located in the heart of London, located close to the City of London and Canary Wharf. This makes it an ideal airport for the financial sector in the UK. While the city is the fifth busiest airport in London it is also the 13th busiest airport in the whole of the United Kingdom.

How do I get to St Albans from London City Airport

Figures for 2015 indicated that more than 4.3 million passengers used the airport. This was an 18% rise on the usage figures for 2014. This is the largest percentage growth for all of the airports in London and is a record for the London City Airport.


London City Airport to St Albans - Driving options

The main driving route from London City Airport to St Albans involves taking the M11 then the M25 and then coming along the A1081 into St Albans. This journey can be completed in around 50 minutes when there is not much traffic on the road but the standard time of the trip is one hour. Of course, the M25 is notoriously busy during peak hour traffic times and this can cause a delay if you are using the route at these times.

London City Airport to St Albans - Driving options

Another route from London City Airport to St Albans runs via the North Circular Road. This begins by taking the Connaught Bridge/A1020 and then using Royal Albert Way to Royal Docks Rd/A1020. From there the driver should get on the A111 and Hedge Lane and this will take them to the M25 in Hertfordshire. The driver should then follow the M25 to the A1081 where they will be able to reach St Albans. Without traffic, this journey will take around 55 minutes but again, the variances caused by traffic can have a big impact on the total time of the journey.

Before setting off, it is best to review social media or local radio to hear if there are any delays or roadworks on the two main traffic routes and then choose accordingly.


London City Airport to St Albans - Train options

There is a way to take the train from London City Airport to St Albans but it will involve a number of changes.

The first leg of the journey sees you taking the DLR from London City Airport to Stratford International DLR Station. This leg of the journey should take around 18 minutes. From Stratford, it is possible to take a train to St Pancras, and this leg of the journey should only take around 6 minutes. The last leg of the journey to St Albans can be taken from a train leaving St Pancras. There should be trains heading towards St Albans every minute minutes and the journey time can take less than 20 minutes.

London City Airport to St Albans - Train options

This means the total travel time between London City Airport and St Albans can take less than 50 minutes but of course, there will be waiting time at the connection points on the route. At the time of checking in October 2016, the cost for this journey ranges between £15 and £24. The variance is down to the difference in some of the peak and off-peak tickets available when travelling from St Pancras to St Albans.


London City Airport to St Albans - Bus options

Anyone looking to take a bus from London City Airport to St Albans will find that only travelling by bus isn't suitable. There is one option that also includes a Tube journey, which may be more suitable for people who prefer to use buses as opposed to other forms of transport.

The journey begins by taking the 474 bus service from London City Airport to Canning Town. This journey should take around 10 mins. Upon arriving at Canning Town, use the London Underground and take the Jubilee Line. You are travelling to Stanmore Underground Station and this journey will take over 50 minutes. In Stanmore, take the Arriva 155 service, which departs every 15 minutes, to Watford Junction Railway Station. This trip should take just over 30 minutes. At Watford Railway Junction, take the Arriva 321 service, which goes to St Albans. This journey should take 35 minutes.

London City Airport to St Albans - Bus options

The total travel time for this journey is over 2 hours and the cost for this journey is between £12 and £15. In comparison with the train options, travelling time is well over an hour longer when taking bus and there are also waiting times to consider with this service, so it can be even longer. When the cost difference isn't too much, it is recommended that anyone looking to take public transport should focus on trains rather than buses for this service.


London City Airport to St Albans - Taxi options

When taking a taxi from London City Airport, the route will be the same as the driving route outlined above. If you are looking for a fair and reasonable taxi option for this route, contact St Albans Drivr. This is because this firm provides a fixed price system, which means you pay based on the distance, and not the actual journey itself. This means if there are delays or diversions, the price you are quoted is the price you pay.

London City Airport to St Albans - Taxi options

St Albans Drivr offers a meet and greet service and the driver will be on hand to collect you on arrival. The firm uses flight monitoring technology ensuring you are collected on arrival.

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