As one of the world’s most densely populated and largest cities, London is arguably one of the best tourist destinations on the face of the earth, and everyone wants to visit it once (or a couple of times) in their lives. It’s home to royalty, it has a rich and almost-tangible history, it boasts museums galore, and of course, it’s got the pubs where we all just want to sit down and have a pint in. Each year, millions of travelers take cheap flights to London to experience its authentic modern-day renaissance, and you shouldn’t be surprised by the fact that just one visit to the city could very well see you lose your heart to the capital of the UK for good!
London is pretty much a year-round destination, which means that there isn’t a good or a bad time to book your flight tickets. Between June and September, during London’s summer months, the majority of tourists flock to this city, which means that flight prices might be at their highest during these months. Other festive periods such as Christmas, New Years, and Easter are also buzzing times for London. You should be able to find cheap flights to London with a bit of planning though
By visiting London between April and May, you might be able to enjoy a quieter holiday in London, although the city seems to never (entirely) go to sleep. September and October are also quieter months on the London tourism scene, which means that this can be a brilliant time to pick up some cheap flight deals to London. Whether you’re planning a peak-or-off season visit to London, it’s essential to book your flight tickets are far along in advance as possible to avoid overpaying for last-minute bookings.
London plays host to a range of glamorous events during the year, so if you’re planning on attending any one of them (or trying to secure flights for the peak season), make sure you book your cheap flights to London as far as three months in advance. Being flexible with your travel dates is one of the best ways of ensuring you land the best deals on flights to this city.
British Airways and South African Airways tend to be some of the cheapest airlines operating flights to and from London. You may also want to consider using another carrier such as Thomson Airlines or Air India, which is also competitive with their prices. Make sure you compare the offers available from all of these airlines, not forgetting about the prices they charge for luggage so that you can determine which carrier is best suited to your needs and your budget.
Heathrow is one of the major airports where a lot of South African travelers will touch down after taking a cheap flight to London. Getting downtown from Heathrow can be done via the underground (tube), but the trip takes up to an hour. Alternatively, you can make use of the Heathrow Express trains, which take a mere 15 minutes to get to the city center.
If you’re scheduled to arrive at the Gatwick Airport, you can take a 30-minute train ride to the city center, using the Gatwick Express trains, the fastest and easiest option for tourists to use. There are also metered taxis available at all the major airports, but these might be your most expensive option when trying to get to the city center from the airport.
Travelers arriving at the Stansted Airport, you’ll have to make your way some 45 kilometers northeast of London’s city center. This can be done with a 45-minute train ride on board the Stansted Express. Alternatively, you can also make use of the shuttle buses, which are cheaper but take a lot longer to reach the city center.