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London Layover Tours

May 12, 2010 | Comments 4

London offers a number of Layover Tours from Heathrow and Gatwick for passengers stuck on long layovers, to help you see some sights in a hassle free manner.

Customized tours can be personally arranged to pick you up from the airport on your London layover, see the places that most interest you around, and then return you to the airport with plenty of time to catch your next flight. For those who have limited time and might not be familiar with London, it can be the easiest and most efficient way to spend a limited amount of time. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your London layover, click here for useful tips.

London Layover ToursBelow are some of the Layover Tours available that will pick you up directly from the airport. For our full write-up on tips and suggestions for things you can do (both inside and outside the airport) on a Heathrow layover, click here.  For Gatwick, click here.

London Layover Tours:

Layover Tour To Windsor
With customized tours, a private driver and flexible itineraries, this tour can pick you up from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports. The London Layover Tour will arrive at the airport carrying a sign with your name and will chauffeur you on your tour to Windsor and surrounding area. Must have at least an 8 hour layover.

London Taxi Tour
London Taxi Tour also offers private layover tours to passengers from Heathrow or Gatwick. With a number of tours to choose from including a Harry Potter Tour and a James Bond Tour, you can make sure you see the places that most interest you.

London’s Tours
A comfortable car and your own guide can help you catch London’s sights in this layover tour. London’s Tours will “meet you at the airport and whisk you away to see the lovely countryside and places tour buses never reach! How about including lunch at an olde worlde pub before more delightful exploring en route back to the airport?”

London Sightseeing Tours
With a huge list of tours to choose from, London Sightseeing Tours offers virtually every tour possible in London (even tours from London to Paris). If you’re looking for an airport pickup, however, make sure to check the brochure page of the tour’s web site to find out the specifics on where they can pick up and drop off (tour customization at this site greatly varies depending on the tour).

In addition, if you choose to make your own layover tour, there are many options to choose from! There are dozens of London tours you can choose from including dinner and theater tickets, cultural and museum tours, landmarks, trips to Stonehenge and so much more!

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  1. Shauna says:

    We are going to have n 7 hour over night layover in London next week. We received a quote for a three hour tour. Do you think three hours is long enough to get to London see the lights and drive back? Some places say it will take an hour to just get to the city center. What are your thoughts?

  2. Paula says:

    To answer your question, we got into London in 30 minutes but I guess it depends on traffic on the day. We got to see all the main highlights and got out of the car to go sightseeing, walk, took hundreds of pics. We spent the time with an expert tour guide, learned so much and heard the most amazing stories. Having the extra driver was great in such a big city, no parking headaches, they both made us feel very special, couldn’t recommend enough. In fact we are now thinking of returning next year when they have the olympics!

    • tek says:

      We have a 4-hr layover in London going to Geneva from Abu Dhabi, on a Philippine passport. Can we avail of the 3-hour layover tour in London without a visa or could the airline assist us with a short pass for that layover. I am hoping to have a sneak peak of london… =)

  3. Jadore says:

    I’m going to ireland and like to know if i’m gonna need a visa for the layover in london. I only have a green-card. Flying from las vegas. Do I need a visa for layover in London? and can is it safe for my toddler for this layover.

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