How to Travel From Boston to London by Plane

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London is a popular international destination to travel to from Boston given that there are plenty of direct flights available for the 3,290-mile trip. Of course, an overseas trip from Boston to London will require air travel, though there are a few travel routes to choose from depending on your budget, preferred flying time, and the time it takes to get from the airport to your final destination.

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The fastest option between Boston and London is a direct flight which takes 6 hours and 30 minutes and typically costs anywhere between $170 to $1,250 for a one-way ticket. Cheaper flights tend to fly into London's Gatwick Airport, which is further away from the city than London's Heathrow Airport. There are many more flight options if you opt to fly into Heathrow Airport. The third option is to fly into London City Airport, which is the closest to Central London, though there are unfortunately no direct flights offered from Boston.

Flights to London tend to be more expensive during the summer as it's a popular travel season for the city. If you're questioning which airport to fly into, read more about them in our guide to London's airports.

  Time Cost Best For
Plane (to Gatwick) 6 hours, 30 minutes starting at $170 Saving money
Plane (to Heathrow) 6 hours, 30 minutes $170 to $1,200  More flight options
Plane (to City London Airport) Starting at 8 hours, 35 minutes $190 to $3,800 Getting from the airport to London quickly

What Is the Cheapest Way to Get From Boston to London?

The cheapest way to get to London is on a flight on a red-eye flight from Boston to London's Gatwick Airport on Norwegian Air. These flights are significantly less expensive than any other airline, with prices starting at around $170 for one-way travel. Flights typically take off at 8:35 p.m. or 9:10 p.m. Boston-time and land at 8:30 a.m. London-time. As with any flight route, this schedule could change at any time.

If your end destination is downtown London, keep in mind you'll need to take the Gatwick Express non-stop, 30-minute train from Gatwick Airport to London's Victoria Station. These trains cost around 30 pounds and run every 15 minutes. Avoid taking a taxi to Central London which oftentimes takes an hour and a half and costs 100 pounds.

What Is the Fastest Way to Get From Boston to London?

Flying from Boston Logan International Airport to London Heathrow Airport is the fastest way to get to the city. Flights take around 6 hours and 30 minutes and it can take as little as 15 minutes to get from the airport to the city center.

Flying into Heathrow will also give you the most flight options, as there are at least nine airlines that offer flights between the two airports. This includes American Airlines, Delta, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, which have regular direct flight options. JetBlue is also rumored to be launching flight service from Boston to London in 2021.

Direct flights can cost as much as $1,200 for a one-way ticket. You can always opt for a connecting flight, which will take more travel time but typically costs less. Tickets from Logan to Heathrow range from $170 to $1,200.

There are a few different methods of transportation to choose from to get from Heathrow to Central London, with the fastest being the Heathrow Express train. It runs every 15 minutes and is a 15-minute ride to Paddington Station for 22 pounds. Taking a taxi will take 30 minutes and cost 53 pounds.

When Is the Best Time to Travel to London?

The best time to travel to London is from January to April (excluding Easter) and September to November. The weather tends to be mild year-round and visiting during a shoulder season means smaller crowds. Getting through customs should be faster than during a summer trip (London's peak season) and wait times at popular tourist attractions will be shorter.

Do I Need a Visa to Travel to London?

U.S. citizens do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to six months, just a passport valid for the duration of your stay.

What Time Is It in London?

London is on Greenwich Mean Time and is 5 hours ahead of Boston.

Can I Use Public Transportation to Travel From the Airport?

If flying into Heathrow, you can get to the city on the London Underground's Picadilly Line. The journey to Paddington Station will take 50 to 60 minutes and will cost around 6 pounds.

London City Airport has a stop on the Docklands Light Railway which connects to the Jubilee Line. It will take around 40 minutes to get to Paddington Station and around 25 minutes to Waterloo Station. The Tube doesn't run between Gatwick Airport and Central London.

What Is There to Do in London?

There are endless activities and things to see once you get to London, from seeing Big Ben and Kensington Palace to touring the Tower Bridge to watching the changing of the guard at Windsor Palace or riding the London Eye. If it's raining, visiting one of the city's top museums like the British Museum or the Tate Modern are great indoor alternatives. Or you can spend the day browsing Borough Market, an outdoor covered market in the South Bank. If your time in the city is limited, consider utilizing the hop-on, hop-off bus tour to get to everything you want to see in a time crunch.

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