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Find out about your transport options for getting to UCL from London City airport.

You can find the main ways of travelling to the UCL campus from London City airport below:


London Underground (Tube)

Directions

  1. The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is an overground system connecting East London to the London Underground (the Tube) network. You will first need to take the DLR to get to the Tube. 
  2. The London City Airport DLR station is connected to the airport terminal, and DLR trains depart every 8 to 15 minutes. From the terminal, follow signs for Docklands Light Railway.
  3. Before boarding the DLR, you will need to purchase a ticket. Fares are considerably cheaper with an Oyster Card, and you’ll certainly make use of your Oyster Card throughout your time in London, so it is probably a good idea to get one straight away. More information can be found on the Transport for London (TfL) website.
  4. You can purchase an Oyster card from ticket machines or the ticket office. You will need to pay a £5 deposit and load some money on for your journey. You can use your Oyster on both the DLR and the Tube, so there's no need to buy a new ticket when you change from the DLR to the Tube. If you load £10 on to start with, that will be plenty for this journey. If you have a contactless debit card, you can also use it for your journey in the same way as an Oyster.
  5. At the DLR station, tap your Oyster card on the yellow pad at the ticket barriers and head for your platform.
  6. You will need to board a train destined for Bank station, so make your way to the platform signposted for trains towards Bank.
  7. Board your train (if you sit in the front carriage, you'll notice DLR trains have no driver) and stay on until you reach Bank station.
  8. At Bank station you will need to transfer to the Tube at Monument station: these are part of the same complex, so you just have to follow the signs for the London Underground and Circle Line (the yellow line). 
  9. You need to make your way to the Eastbound platform of the Circle Line, which goes towards Liverpool Street station.
  10. Once you're at the platform, board the train and stay on until you get to Euston Square station.
  11. At Euston Square Station, get off the Tube and make your way to the exit. 
  12. Touch your Oyster card at the barriers when you exit the station.
  13. Euston Square station is located on Gower Street, where UCL’s main campus is found (UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT). Walk for two minutes down the road and you will have arrived.

Please note that there are a couple of other Tube stations which are near to UCL, for example Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines), Russel Square (Piccadilly line) and Euston (Northern and Victoria lines), therefore there may be other suitable routes to reach UCL from the Bank/Monument station.

Cost

For up to date Tube fares please visit the Transport for London (TfL) website.

Duration

  • The DLR takes about 25 minutes from City Airport to Bank station.
  • The Tube journey from Bank to Euston Square station takes around 15 minutes.
  • The UCL Gower Street campus is a two minute walk from Euston Square station.
  • Total journey time: approximately 45 minutes to one hour.

Tips

  • If possible, try to avoid the peak periods of 8.00 to 9.00am and 5.00 to 7.00pm, as the Tube is very busy during this time.
  • Bear in mind that you may have to carry your luggage up/down some stairs.
  • The Tube starts at around 5.00am and closes around midnight, with the exception of some lines on the weekend that run 24 hours. If you will be arriving very early in the morning or late at night, check the Travel for London (TfL) website for exact times to make sure the Tube is running. Visit the TfL webpages to plan your journey.

Taxi

Directions

  • Taxis stop at the ranks outside the London City Airport terminal. You just need to go outside, approach the driver and provide the address of your destination (for UCL - Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT).
  • Alternatively, you can book a private hire minicab which will offer a fixed price to your destination. All private hire minicabs will need to be pre-booked online or by telephone and the drivers should meet you from your flight in the arrivals area, but confirm this with them at the time of booking. A pre-booked minicab can be significantly cheaper than taking a taxi from the ranks at the airport.
  • Transport for London (TfL) has a list of suggested mini-cab firms.

Cost

This varies depending on the taxi company, the time of day you travel and how much traffic there is. Roughly, you can expect your journey to cost between £30-45 but this could be significantly higher if there are delays or heavy traffic. If you book a taxi in advance, they should provide a fixed quote for your journey.

Duration

This varies depending on traffic, but it should take approximately 45 minutes.