How to get to Canary Wharf
London City Airport < 20 minutes
6 Canary Wharf transport links
When Canary Wharf began its development in the 1980s, the Isle of Dogs was renowned for being very inaccessible, especially via public transport!
Fortunately a lot has changed over the last 40 years! There have been major improvements in transport links to Canary Wharf, and an almost complete overhaul of the public transport system in this part of London.
Canary Wharf‘s transport links have gone from being virtually none existent — somewhere only really accessible by car — to having some of the most diverse public transport options in London! The Canary Wharf Group estimate that 95% of workers now arrive via public transport.
This article looks at all the public transport links to Canary Wharf.
1. On a boat — Thames Clippers
Great for – Avoiding the Tube and taking a leisurely route into central London via Waterloo on a weekend.
2. On a driverless train — DLR
Great for – A fast and frequent way to access the City of London, with journeys to Bank running every 5 minutes.
3. On the Tube — Jubilee Line
On the Jubilee line, Canary Wharf station has always been well connected for getting to london bridge (6 minutes) and Green park (13 minutes).
Great for – Enjoying a night out without worrying about the last train home!
4. By Plane — London City Airport
Great for – A weekend getaway without the train journey time, or the hassle, of Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
5. On Foot – Greenwich Foot Tunnel
Great for – Taking a leisurely stroll back through the tunnel from Greenwich having explored the observatory, Royal Park, and Greenwich’s traditional weekend market.
6. By London Bus – TFL
Great For – Late night weekday journeys into and out of central London. Especially while the night tube only runs on Fridays and Saturdays
Summary — Future transport connections
There are currently an abundance of Canary Wharf transport options.
However, transport options are only set to improve in the coming years, with extensions to the DLR continuing to be evaluated.
Alongside this, there is the opening of another rail station entirely, Crossrail Place. The Crossrail station opened to restaurants and leisure facilities in 2015, but the expected date for trains to begin running has been pushed back until 2022.
Crossrail will provide an even faster east west connection across the city. It is aimed to be able to travel as far west as Heathrow Airport in 39 minutes from Canary Wharf. This completely new line will massively improve train connections to Canary Wharf, and alleviate pressure on the often crowded Jubilee line station.
Over the last 30+ years, the development of transport connections to Canary Wharf has been staggering, and this looks set to continue.