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A Guide to Travelling to, through and from London City Airport in Luxury

London City Airport is the closest airport to Central London, closer than Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted or Luton. Situated in the Royal Docks in the Borough of Newham it is the most convenient airport for those who work in Canary Wharf and other parts of the City of London. 

Due to the central location in one of the biggest cities in the world, there are many ways to get to the London City Airport with short travel times to the financial district. The airport is often used by business people flying to other business capitals like Luxembourg and Frankfurt. 

The clientele of London City Airport often prefers to travel first or business class. We will detail everything you need to know about travel to, through and from London City Airport in luxury.

How to Get to London City Airport

London City Airport is located in the Royal Docks, 3 miles east of Canary Wharf with plenty of transport links. Passengers can travel by road or rail to reach the one and only airport terminal.

By road

The most luxurious way to travel to London City Airport is by road, via a luxury airport transfer. Roads including the A1020 and the A112 provide fast links to the City of London, Stratford or Canning Town. The A13 also provides access to the M25 and M11, allowing fast links to the rest of London and home counties.

A chauffeured vehicle, like the spacious chauffeured Mercedes V-Class, can pick you up from home or your office exactly at the right time. Then you can be driven to the drop-off point to catch your flight to your destination.

By rail

In 2005 the Docklands Light Railway opened the London City Airport DLR Station. This elevated light railway connects the airport to the rest of London including Stratford and Canary Wharf. The station is to the west of the London City Airport in Silvertown. After a short walk from the station, you will reach the terminal.

London City Airport Drop Off

The London City Airport does not have the luxury of space with its central location, so drop-offs need to be quick. We are able to drop you off at the terminal building (postcode E16 2PX). There are cameras to make sure you do not leave your vehicle unattended for long.

The Private Jet Centre has its own private car park for a seamless transfer. If you opt to use the Private Jet Centre, we can liaise with the hospitality team on your behalf. Once you have arrived for your flight the hospitality team are professional and highly experienced to take care of your every need.

Checking In

The terminal is easily accessible curbside or a lift from the railway station. 

There is a meet-and-greet concierge service operated by DiamondAir VIP available for £125+VAT for two people. Your personal agent will meet you at departures and guide you through baggage, check-in and security before guiding you to the Departure Lounge. When it is time to board, your agent will collect you and direct you to your flight.

If you are using the Private Jet Centre, the first-class team will guide you through customs and a private security screening. Once completed, you will be shown either to the waiting area or to your plane and you could be in the air in as little as 90 seconds.


The London City Airport does not have a specific lounge for passengers. However, the Departure Lounge is designed to be a space for business travellers to relax and, if needed, work in comfort. The Departure Lounge uses soft, warm materials to create a comfortable atmosphere and has free Wi-Fi, power outlets and workstations available throughout the airport. There is also a complimentary shoe-shine service available for those on their way to business meetings. 

Private Jet lounges

For those travelling through the Private Jet Centre, your experience is designed with luxury in mind from the drop-off point to boarding the plane. The VIP lounge is the perfect opportunity to relax in a stress-free environment with every need catered to. Included in the complimentary services are:

  • Refreshments, including any specific catering needs
  • Newspapers and magazines, international publication requests can be sourced
  • Meeting rooms booked, including free Wi-Fi
  • Shower facilities
  • Laundry services
  • VAT return assistance, help is available to process receipts with the UK Border Force

London City Airport Priority Pass

The Priority Pass is available in many London airports, however, currently, passengers are not able to use their Priority Pass at London City Airport

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London City Airport Pick-Up

If you are flying into London City Airport, your pick-up will need to be just as quick as the drop-off. After being directed to postcode E16 2PX, follow the signs to the pick-up zone where you will have to pay for waiting to pick up passengers. The pick-up zone is located in the short-stay car park, and similar to the drop-off point, you are not allowed to leave your vehicle unattended.

It costs £3.80 for up to 10 minutes of waiting time in the pick-up zone and for up to 20 minutes £8.50. Every 5 minutes thereafter it will cost £5.00. At this point, it is recommended that you use the car park (postcode E16 2PB), where you can replace your ticket and get a refund for your time in the pick-up zone at the information desk inside the terminal.

Concierge service

An Airport Concierge Service is available for arrivals, operated by DiamondAir VIP. Travellers can be pre-booked for £125+VAT for two people. Your personal agent will meet you at the gate and assist you through immigration, baggage and customs. If London is not your final destination, they will guide you to your connecting flight. Alternatively, they will guide you to your pick-up vehicle. 

Private Jet Arrivals

At the Private Jet Centre, international arrivals have access to on-site UK border force and customs. The hospitality team ensures that those travelling via the Private Jet Centre do so with discretion and speed. When departing the terminal, the car park is located directly outside of Arrivals. For a fee, passengers can enter their chauffeur vehicle, or another form of transport, immediately after exiting the airport.

Luxury Travel to and from City Airport

Chauffeur Cars of London offer comprehensive luxury travel service to and from London City Airport, as well as all other London airports. 

We will manage your journey from your front door to boarding your plane. Contact us today and book your chauffeur-driven Mercedes Maybach, Range Rover Vogue or Bentley Bentayga, call us on 020 8965 3999.

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