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How to get to Central London from Heathrow Airport

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

London’s Heathrow is located 32 km (20 miles) west of Central London, and it is well served by transport links.

There is a shuttle service between Heathrow airport and Hotels in Central London. The service is named national express dot2dot, and runs between Heathrow airport and Canary Wharf, in London city center, close to the Tower of London. The price is £22 per person, one way, from the airport, and two or more people may have a discount on tickets. You may get info at the national express dod2dot website, which is simply named dot2.com. If you want save a few pounds you may choose the Heathrow Express, a train that runs from 5 am to 12 pm, and the ticket price is £15.50 if you buy the ticket at the airport, or £17.50 if you buy the ticket on the train. There are two train stations serving the airport, one is Heathrow Central that serves terminals 1 to 4, and the other that serves terminal 4.

Just visit heathrowexpress.com for further info.

There are also coaches between Heathrow’s central bus station and Victoria Coach Station in Central London, not far from The Victoria trains station. The journey lasts from 40 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes, depending on traffic condition and on one of the routes the bus runs. Single tickets start at £4, and the service is available between 5.30 in the morning to 9.30 in the late evening. Moreover you may find useful info at nationalexpress.com, that I suggest to you to browse. I’d recommend you to book your seat in advance, especially during weekends or at rush time, when there is a lot of people traveling from the airport to London city center as well as traveling around Central London itself. Considering allow plenty of time to reach the airport two hours before you do the check in, and this in case of road delays that may occurs due the traffic in London city center, and in the immediate surroundings.

You may also to catch the Tube to reach London city center from the airport, by traveling on the Piccadilly line (blue line). Traveling on the Tube is less comfortable than traveling by coach and takes a lot longer, but it is quite cheaper, and it is recommended for adults traveling alone, that could save a lot of money respect to a black cab or a mini-cab. If you are going to catch this public transport I advice you that there are three Tube station serving London’s Heathrow airport: one is serving terminal 1 to 3, another one serving terminal 4 and the last one serving terminal 5. The standard price is £4 at any time, but consider taking a Oyster card online. This peculiar fee is cheaper than the standard fee, in fact the price is £3.50 Monday to Friday from 07.00 to 19.00, and it is just £2.00 at all other time, including public holidays.

So, consider to get an Oyster card by visiting  the London transports website (https://oyster.tfl.gov.uk), where you may open an online account and pay as you go, or elsewhere renew your travel card.

The ones traveling with small children, for example a couple and two o three babies may be advantaged by using a taxi or a mini-cab, instead of a public transport. I suggest you to use a black cab, or a reputable mini-cab service, and never use unauthorized drivers. The price for a black cab from Heathrow to Central London is about £40

There are special feature to give opportunities of easy traveling to passengers using wheelchairs, and exiting at Paddington has been made easier. If traveling with a disabled person, you should plan your journey in advance, because only the newer buses are equipped for wheelchairs.

Photo of Heathrow Express Station originally posted by JL2003

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Venere Travel Blog writer michele venturini

Michele started to travel with his parents and major brother just before learning writing and reading, and as he become expert he started to travel alone. Michele visited USA, and UK, but without moving from London more than a day, not to miss a night out. He also traveled in the Netherlands, Amsterdam and later Copenhagen, and Amsterdam again. He visited and drove around Germany. Lately he still traveled, but with his fantasy for being busy with his new job as journalist and media expert.

18 responses to “How to get to Central London from Heathrow Airport”

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  1. Tom says:
    September 9th, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    This is really useful, especially for anyone arriving at Heathrow early in the morning or late at night. I could just suggest a few changes to your English vocab and grammar though that would make it even better.

  2. Michele says:
    September 9th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Hello Tom, thank you indeed for posting your comment.
    All comment posters are welcome here, so drop me a line.

  3. Helga Dowd says:
    October 7th, 2008 at 2:35 am

    3 questions to Londoners.
    1. 4 adults arriving Heathrow Monday 20/10/08 at 9.30 and need to get to Bayswater Hotel, Princes Square. Coach or tube or private car (cost would be 79 pounds for 4 of us.
    2. then we need to get from Hotel to Southampton on Wednesday morning the 22/10 to be at ship terminal by about 12 noon or later.
    3. then we need to get from Southampton back to Heathrow on Monday the 27th sometime in the late morning – late flight out from Heathrow.
    also is it better to buy single tickets on the Underground to see various sights in London or use the Hop on Hop off bus – or should be buy a ticket for 2 days.
    any suggestions would be most useful.

  4. Chris Nielsen says:
    February 19th, 2009 at 1:56 am

    We got caught in a taxi driver scam, saying that the price was fixed. GBP 65 instead of the more sane price of GBP 23 to the hotel in Slough. Ask the driver to switch on the meter, and pay with your credit card, so you might cancel the payment if you are cheated.

    This is worse than Nigeria ;-)

  5. Kevin Murray says:
    April 8th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    in response to Chris Neilson.

    London Black cabs are are probaly the most highly regulated in the world with a rigid fare structure set by transport for london. The majority of fares are on the meter but certain destinations fall outside of the london metropolitan area, these destinations have a fixed price which is listed at the taxi rank and can be confirmed by the taxi marshall. Slough is one of them, no scam. If you want a competetive fixed price to or from the airport try http://www.blackcabairporttaxi.co.uk

  6. Kevin Murray says:
    April 8th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    I forgot to correct your estimated price of a black cab to central London. It is not £40 but nearer £54, check my site for a link to taxi fares and avoiding taxi touts (unlicensed cars passing themselves off as taxis).

  7. Kelvin says:
    May 24th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Another website for cheaper travel…

    http://www.jetcarservices.co.uk/heathrow-airport-transfers-charges.html

  8. Maureen Walsh says:
    June 3rd, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    good website http://www.heathrowminicabs.com they charge £45 to central London from Heathrow Airport Tel 0208 574 0868

  9. Irving says:
    July 29th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Harmony Cars offer chauffeur-driven shuttles to and from airports in and around London for affordable prices. Harmony Cars’ fleet consists of luxurious saloons, estates to MPV’s.

  10. Chris Fernandes says:
    September 1st, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Hi
    you could try Hummingbird Cars http://hummingbirdcars.co.uk/index.php They are one of the best airport transfer companies in the town.
    For London airport Transfer and they are pretty good and Affordable. They Provide Transfers from all the five London Airports: Gatwick, Luton, London City, Stansted and London Heathrow Airpots. They have very well behaved Drivers who respect their customers. They also provide a MEET and GREET Service. They have well maintained Saloon, Estate, People Carriers (MPV’s) and large Public Carriers.
    They also dont hike their prices anytime they have standard prices throughout the year. They also provide good discounts on bookings.

    Chris Fernandes

  11. LA says:
    September 3rd, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    The new heathrow terminal 5 was a complete waste of money on one hand, but on the other – it looks amazing. I have no intention of taking the tube from there though.

  12. zalzil says:
    September 15th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Minicabsairport.co.uk will charge £30 only from Heathrow Airport to central London and the booking time is normally less than a minute.

  13. Jai says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Hi,

    Even i agree with Chris that Hummingbird Cars http://hummingbirdcars.co.uk is the best London Airport Transfer company in the town at present. and to add to the above comment they provide 5 % Discount on all return journeys.

    thanks

    Jai

  14. Tomer says:
    October 30th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I’ve used the London airport transfers service Harmony Cars a couple of times recently for my trip to Spain (:D was great btw). The service was really great, they were very nice and polite and punctual (what else could you ask for :P ).

  15. Darren Ricketts says:
    February 2nd, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I can definitely recommend the black cab option but have also used the HOPPA service which is very reliable. Having just stayed near the airport recently there appears to be regular buses that stop at most of the hotels to collect and drop off passengers.

  16. Hotels Near Heathrow Airport says:
    February 2nd, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    In response to Tomer I would also recommend Harmony cars. Great service.

  17. Allan says:
    May 13th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    have a 5 hour layover in heathrow on an international trip and wondering if it makes sense to head into London?

  18. Leo says:
    January 23rd, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this write-up and also the rest of the website is extremely good.


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