How to travel to Heathrow
Heathrow is a major international airport with five terminals situated approximately 32km (20miles) west of central London. It is also considered one of the busiest airports in the world! There are various ways of getting to and from the airport depending on your:
what time do you need to travel
how long are you willing to travel
the amount of luggage you have
The Cheapest Option
The most cost-effective way of travelling to Heathrow airport is by using the London Underground. Piccadilly line connects all five terminals and you can use your oyster card or get a one way ticket at the station. If your journey only consists of using the underground and no other means of transport, then a one way ticket or pay as you go oyster may be sufficient. If you need to use other means of transport to get to your destination, such as a bus, it might be more cost effective to buy a one day travel card which will cover your travelling for the whole day in London. Single ticket starts at around £5.70. Heathrow airport is in the zone 6. Trains run frequently about every 10 minutes, starting shortly after 5am and the service ends just before midnight. Trains run later on Sundays and bank holidays and times may also vary depending on the terminal. Always check London underground website before you travel for any changes.
Allow approximately an hour for your journey from/to central London.
If you have to be at the airport in the early hours of the morning then you might have to consider other options.
Also if you carry a large amount of luggage travelling on the London underground may NOT be the best of options
The Most Convenient/Comfortable Option
Travelling by TAXI is probably the most convenient way of travel to or from the airport.Taxi will pick you up right in front of your doorstep at any time 24/7. You will have to book your taxi beforehand. Make sure you know which terminal you’re going to, as the terminals can be quite a distance from each other and it may cost you some valuable time. You can ask the approximate journey time before you decide when to book your taxi. The journey time may vary depending on the traffic. If you’re travelling early in the morning the journey will be much quicker than if you travel in the afternoon due to traffic.
The only disadvantage when travelling by a taxi is the cost. Taxis can be rather expensive. Prices usually start at around £40 and above depending on your destination. However, when travelling with other people you can always split the cost which may in the end workout cheaper than using other means of transport.
When travelling from the airport, be particularly aware of illegal, unlicensed taxi drivers offering their services. Always make sure you’re safe as well as your luggage.
You can use a taxi information desk inside the airport where you can ask questions and find out more information about the price and the journey. Taxi ranks are visible outside each of the five terminals. These are licensed taxi drivers.
How to travel to Heathrow by Rail
offers a journey without any stops lasting approximately 15-20 minutes. Oyster cards or travel cards will NOT be accepted. You will need to purchase a ticket that is exclusive to Heathrow express. The price of a single journey ticket starts at around £21. If you buy a ticket on-board you will be charged up to £26 for a single journey. It is therefore a good idea to book your ticket online or using a ticket machine that way you can save up to £5 on a single journey. Click here for more details and price options.
stops at 5 stations between Heathrow and Paddington and the journey takes approximately 25minutes. Oyster pay as you go is NOT valid but you can use your day travel card covering zones 1-6. Single ticket to Paddington cost around £9.90. Always book your tickets online for the best price. Click here for more details and price options.
Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect both operate between Heathrow and Paddington.
How to travel to Heathrow by Coach
operates to/from Victoria coach station. One way journey starts at £15 if booked up to 60 days in advance. You can carry two pieces of luggage each up to 20 kg plus one piece of hand luggage. Journey time depends on the traffic and may be between 40-80 minutes. You will have to allow plenty of time when choosing to travel by coach. Click here for more information.
Visit the official Heathrow website for more information.
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