With an increase in passenger traffic, Mumbai to London flights
have only grown in number. London never goes out of fashion and is one of the most visited cities in the world. It has stood witness to the long changing history of England from the dynastic narrative of one of the greatest empires in the world to its transition into a megapolis post the industrial revolution. Its striking reminders of British monarchy be it Westminster Abbey or the famous landmarks like Big Ben to the modern ingenuity like Madame Tussauds, suburbs carpeted in green or the pubs dotting its lanes, London has a mention on almost every bucket list. Flights to London
from India’s financial hub are just waiting to be booked for you to witness it all.
Top airlines from Mumbai to London
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air India, Turkish Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Gulf Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Swiss, KLM, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa
, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways, United, Aeroflot and Malaysia Airlines
are a few airlines that fly between Mumbai and London.
Best time to book Mumbai to London flights
It is a well known practice to book the international flights
three months in advance to get the best deal on flight tickets. Same goes for Mumbai to London sector which gets the cheapest if booked 90 days ahead of date of travel with Wednesday being the cheapest day to fly. With tourists flocking back to their homes after festivities and end of high season leading to a drop in flight prices, February becomes a cheap month to book tickets to London. The price for a direct flight connecting Mumbai to London is around Rs 60,000 while a connecting flight reduces the amount to Rs 45,000. There are weekly flights flying non-stop to London from Mumbai by Air India
, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways
covering the transatlantic distance of 7,187 km in about 10 hours. For those looking to book one-way trip from Mumbai to London the cost is Rs 22,000 on an average.
Named Chhatrapati Shivaji
, Mumbai Airport is the second busiest in the country after Delhi Airport and has many accolades to its merit. Terminal 1 handles domestic flights while Terminal 2 handles both domestic and international traffic. Passengers in transit can book pay per use stay at Niranta hotel located at Terminal 2.
Facilities at Mumbai Airport
Postal services, prayer rooms at Terminal 2, smoking zones, WiFi, medical centre, cloak room, duty-free, restaurants and bars, spa, currency exchange, play zone for kids, ATMs, automated buggies and a number of lounges.
How to reach Mumbai Airport
Book a classic black and yellow cab or app-based apps like Uber or Ola. Take Mumbai Metro and get off at the Airport Road station. Mumbai Suburban Railway Network or local train is another way to reach the airport. Vile Parle, Andheri East are the nearest local stations to Mumbai Airport. Bus route no. 312 and 321 pass through the airport terminals. Auto rickshaws are another way to reach the airport.
There are six international airports in London but flights from Mumbai arrive at two: Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport.
Heathrow Airport :
Among the top ten busiest airports in the world, Heathrow Airport is the busiest and the main international airport in the city situated 20 km of central London. The airport is the hub for British Airways
and a base for Virgin Atlantic
and features four terminals. It serves over 80 airlines operating to more than 180 destinations across the world.
Facilities at Heathrow Airport :
ATMs, bag wrapping, baby care, business services, baggage shipping, restaurants, bars, cafes, duty-free shopping, car parking, cellphone rental, lounges, medical rooms, meeting rooms, multi-faith prayer rooms, showers, resident press corps and more.
Gatwick Airport :
Located in West Sussex, some 40 km of London, Gatwick Airport is the second busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow and one of the busiest in Europe. With two terminals and a single runway the airport caters to a huge number of international airlines
and passengers. It also acts as a base for British Airways with EasyJet as its resident airline.
Facilities at Gatwick Airport :
Lounges, shops and restaurants, baby care rooms, chapel and prayer room, premium upgrade for airport services like security, parking and lounges, inter-terminal shuttle service, WiFi, internet and printing kiosks, kids zone, VIP lounge and a private terminal with Signature Elite Class. Gatwick also offers Airportr service which transfers luggage to anywhere in London so that you can travel bag-free.
London Airport transfers
Heathrow Airport :
Book a car rental online on the airport’s website or at the arrivals desk. Get on Heathrow Express which is the fastest way to get to the city or choose the cheapest way: the tube. Take the Piccadilly Line on London Underground and reach the city in an hour. The stations can be found at Terminal 2, 3, 4 and 5. In taxis, book a London black taxi or hire a private cab such as Weknow or minicabit. Megabus and National Express provide bus service from the airport to the city. If you are staying at a hotel near the airport then there are hotel buses for a direct transfer to the respective hotels.
Gatwick Airport :
Hop on Gatwick Express that connects the airport with Central London. The service is available every 15 minutes. Choose car hire and book one at the airport or opt for easyBus that does airport transfers at affordable fare. Hire a taxi from the kiosks at the arrivals which take about an hour to reach Central London.
Hotels near London airport
A few hotels near Heathrow Airport are Sofitel London hotel, ibis Styles hotel, Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel, Renaissance hotel. Choose from Hampton by Hilton hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, Crowne Plaza which are a few hotels near Gatwick Airport.
Best time to visit London
March to mid-May is the best time to visit London
providing an ideal time for sightseeing which is also a high season. September to November is also a good time to plan a visit. And prep for unexpected showers as it rains year-round in London. For the ones who’re looking to fill in their bags with goodies then June-July is when major stores such as Harrod’s offer summer sale. Festive season during end of the year is thickly crowded with city restaurants and pubs jam-packed with tourists.
Places to visit in London
London will sure send you in a tizzy with the plethora of attractions it is marked with. The vastness and richness of the city enthralls the first-time tourists and the seasoned travellers alike. From pub crawling, restaurant check-list to museum hopping it is very much debatable as to what to see and what to miss while in the city and to ease the pressure off you here are the top picks of places to visit in London
. There is no way you can complete your London trip without taking a photo with the insignia of the British royalty, Buckingham Palace. Another city favourite is the royal church, Westminster Abbey. You can’t afford to miss London Eye, the famous observation wheel giving out a bird’s-eye view of the city and among the most popular tourist spots in London. Don’t miss out on the all-time family haunt, Madame Tussauds the very first of its kind to have set up in London city.