Not required for Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and US visitors, as well as several other nations, for stays of up to six months.
Most people arrive in London by air, but an increasing number of visitors coming from Europe let the train take the strain, while buses from across the Continent are a further option.
The city has five main airports: Heathrow, which is the largest, to the west; Gatwick to the south; Stansted to the northeast; Luton to the northwest; and London City in Docklands.
Most trans-Atlantic flights land at Heathrow (average flight time from the US East Coast is between 6½ and 7½ hours, 10 to 11 hours from the West Coast; slightly more on the return).
Visitors from Europe are more likely to arrive at Gatwick, Stansted or Luton (the last two are used exclusively by low-cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair). Most flights to Continental Europe last from one to three hours.
An increasingly popular form of transport is the Eurostar – the Channel Tunnel train – between London and Paris or Brussels. The journey takes 2¼ hours to Paris and less than two hours to Brussels. Travellers depart from and arrive in the centre of each city.
Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.
The best price found from United States to London is on July 29th, 2019, travelling with Finnair. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.
The cheapest way to get around London is with an Oyster Card or a UK contactless card (foreign cardholders should check for contactless charges first).
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