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Cheap Flights to London

As a nation, New Zealand may have plenty in the way of multi-cultural connections, but its British past is still very much dominant, which could be a reason why London remains one of the top three international destinations for Australians. And while the groovy British capital is still too far away for a nonstop flight, there’s still plenty to choose from in the way of return and one-way flights to London. Travellers might even want to consider a multi-stop holiday package. Why not extend your holiday with a stop-over in Asia, the Middle East, Europe or North America before continuing on to the UK?

One of the quickest ways to reach London is via the Middle East, and both Qantas and Virgin Australia offer flights in conjunction with their Middle East codeshare partners. Flying time to Abu Dhabi or Dubai for instance, takes approximately 14 hours from Auckland. From there, it’s a quick 8 hours to London. For more specific information regarding airlines and stopover cities, go to our section "Airlines flying to London". Here we breakdown the many options when flying to the U.K.  

Airlines flying to London

If there’s one thing you can be sure of when travelling to London, it’s the plentiful selection of airlines to take you there. And with exciting stop-over possibilities in Asia, the Middle East and North America, getting to London might just be half the fun. As you can see from this extensive list, airfares to London can be found on many different airlines.

These airlines can take you from New Zealand to London


Operating Daily to London via Asia

  • Malaysia Airlines (via Kuala Lumpur)

Daily to London via the Middle East and Africa

  • Qatar (via Doha)

Daily to London via North America and New Zealand

  • Air New Zealand^ (via Auckland and Los Angeles)

Peak and off season: When to get the best deal

When booking with Aunt Betty, you’ll always find cheap flights to London, even during the peak summer travel season. But while summer travel may cost a bit more than less popular travel times, exploring London between May and September can be magical. In the warm air, the majesty of the city comes alive, as do the parks and gardens when in full bloom. London is a city best enjoyed on foot, and summer offers the perfect setting to enjoy the sites. Finding cheap London fares shouldn’t be a chore. Check with Aunt Betty, and if possible, book in advance, take advantage of the periodic summer sale fares, or consider flying into alternate UK airports to help reduce the cost of the airfare. 

Getting to and leaving the airport

London’s two major airports are Heathrow and Gatwick. London Heathrow is the most coveted as it’s just 24 km west of Central London, just off the M4. Gatwick Airport lies 45 km south of the city, about half way between London and Brighton, off of the M23.

Passengers will find frequent train service between London City, Heathrow and Gatwick airport.

  • Gatwick trains travel between the airport and London’s Victoria Station
  • Heathrow service includes the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station or London Underground’s Piccadilly Line to Knightsbridge, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.  

Both airports provide extensive rail, bus and taxi services and all major car rental companies have a presence at each airport. If transferring to another flight, some terminals are within walking distance, however automated shuttles are available.  

London Airport Facilities & Services

Heathrow is a massive complex consisting of 4 terminals. Airlines may use multiple terminals for departures and arrivals. Find the terminal for your departing flight based upon your destination.

For passengers making connections at Heathrow, travel between terminals 2 and 3 is by underground walkway. Free train transfers are available from terminals 2 and 3 to terminals 4 and 5. For transfers between terminals 4 and 5, passengers can take the free shuttle bus (482 or 490) from Bus Stop 7.

Each Terminal offers the following facilities:

  • Bag wrapping
  • ATMs and currency exchange
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Phone and laptop charging stations
  • Lounges and meeting rooms
  • VAT tax refund offices
  • Shops and restaurants
  • Showers

London as transit or stop-over destination

No matter how long your stay in London, getting out and seeing the many sights and attractions in this world capital is a must, even when on a short stop over. London is a walkable city, with great public transport options, so there’s no excuse for not taking advantage of every moment.

Take the Tube to Central London where you’ll find some of the world’s most iconic landmarks and attractions. Head to Knightsbridge for a spot of shopping at Harrods or Harvey Nichols. Just a short walk away, there’s Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace. At Westminster, visit one of London’s most famous attractions, Big Ben. Just across the River Thames, a ride on the London Eye provides excellent views of the city.

Other top London attractions include:

  • Tower of London and Tower Bridge
  • Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery

Check if you need a visa to travel

It is a requirement for most nationalities to have a visa to enter for more than 72 hours.  Visa information can be found here.

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