Drawing visitors from around the world for centuries, the lure of London is as strong today as ever, with tourists arriving annually in their millions. The home of 4 World Heritage Sites, countless cultural landmarks and an enviable nightlife scene, a trip here is whatever you make of it. As the British capital is served by 6 international airports, most notably Heathrow, getting from Bucharest to London is a breeze – and a wide range of airlines operate regular routes at competitive prices, making sure your stay starts off the right way.
Early planning is key to getting the most from London. If you’re flexible on when you set off, it’s worth considering a midweek getaway, when cheap flights to London from Bucharest are easier to come by. Bear in mind that London is 2 hours behind Bucharest, so booking an affordable early-morning flight can really add valuable time to your holiday. Fares generally peak in the summer months and just before Christmas, and the top bargains are found in spring – a happy coincidence because it’s also one of the best times to see London. Celebrations take place in April for St. George’s Day, with traditional English food and festive entertainment bringing the streets to life.
Airports across London welcome arrivals from Bucharest’s Henri Coanda International Airport all year round, and the variety of airlines servicing the route means you can easily shop around for the best price. Direct Bucharest to London flights touch down at Stansted courtesy of Ryanair, while Wizz Air and BlueAir fly to Luton and British Airways to Heathrow. Non-stop flights take approximately 3 and a half hours. Several companies also provide one-stop routes to other London airports, including Gatwick and City, and though flight times are longer, fares can often be cheaper.
Just 15 miles west of central London, Heathrow airport is handily connected to the city by the Heathrow Express, which reaches the West End in a quarter of an hour. The Piccadilly tube line also runs from terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5, with trains taking about an hour to reach the centre. From Stansted, the express train runs to Liverpool Street while National Express buses operate 24/7, starting from £5 one-way. National Express also runs a bus route from just outside the terminal at London Luton. And of course, you can always hop in a classic black cab at the terminal.
With so much to see and do in London, it can be hard to know where to start – so why not kick off your trip with a visit to one of the city's most famous landmarks, the Tower of London? This World Heritage Site was built in 1066 and has a storied heritage that's like no other. From the Crown Jewels to the Fusilier Museum, it’s a veritable treasure trove of history, and the perfect place to begin your fascinating journey into London's unique heritage.
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