London Heathrow Airport
By Mark Farrell
Heathrow Airport is one of the most popular airports for London holiday-makers.
Read more about Heathrow Airport History.
Whether you've arrived on a long International flight or a short flight from a nearby
destination, you'll want to be on your way to your London accommodations as quickly as possible. After all
you didn't come to England to visit Heathrow Airport!
If you find yourself to have to spend some time at here, make sure to visit the page What to Do at Heathrow Airport. There are several options for reaching
the centre of London from Heathrow, and travel time along the roughly 15-mile route depends on a variety of
factors. Cost is another issue and this will vary considerably according to the way you will chose to
National Express Dot2Dot Transfer
One of the fastest, most comfortable and convenient ways to travel from Heathrow to your central
London or Canary Wharf destination is via National Express Dot2Dot transfer service.
Dot2Dot service desks are available at Heathrow Terminals 1, 3, 4 and 5, and if you arrive at
Terminal 2, a representative will meet you.
You'll enjoy a comfortable ride in a modern minibus with Wi-Fi service and air-conditioning
available, and your cost will be less than half of that of a taxi. If you're traveling as part of a larger group,
Dot2Dot offers discounts, too. Service is available 24 hours a day, and return shuttle service from your hotel to
Heathrow can also be arranged. Dot2Dot shuttle service costs a maximum of £20.00, and it's easy to pre-book
transportation at Dot2Dot. You can also phone +44 (0)845 368 2368 for more information.
Heathrow Express Train service to Paddington Station
Heathrow express is the train which connects Heathrow Airport to Paddington train station in
It only takes 15 minutes and there are trains every 15 minutes.
It is much cheaper than a taxi and the combination of convenience and comfort will make your
journey a much more pleasant experience, especially after a long flight.
Picture the convenience: you arrive after a 10 hours flight and all you have to do is catch the
next train and in only 15 minutes you will be in the heart of London!
Taxi or Limousine Service from Heathrow
Taxis offer another option for transportation from Heathrow to your central London destination.
There are several taxi companies that serve Heathrow, and you can find taxis by following signs in each of
Heathrow's terminals. A taxi ride to central London usually takes an hour or slightly less, and prices run
between £45 and £70. You may be able to save on the cost by booking your taxi from Heathrow in advance.
If you're interested in traveling from Heathrow to London in luxury, you can book a limousine in
advance from one of several agencies. This is the most expensive form of transportation available between Heathrow
and central London, but it will also be the most luxurious.
Tube Service to Central London
If you aren't too encumbered with luggage, you may opt to take the Underground to your London
The tube is by far the cheapest way to go to London. Heathrow Airport is located on the
Piccadilly line on the Underground, and Heathrow Express trains also operate frequently to London Paddington
You can access train service from each of the airport's terminals. Trains run roughly every 4 to
9 minutes and fares start at just £4.00. Depending on your stop, you'll reach your destination in approximately 45
to 60 minutes.
Bus Service from Heathrow to London
Bus service is another public transportation option for transfer from Heathrow to central
London. Expect your journey to take approximately an hour, although traffic delays could significantly increase
your travel time. Fares start at approximately £10 for coach travel. London buses will take a lot longer and
the cash fare is about £2.
Heathrow to London by Car
If you are driving yourself, you will want to obtain directions to your destination in advance
of your arrival. Your directions will vary depending on which Terminal you are exiting, but ultimately you will
need to arrive at the M4 motorway to reach London.
If you are travelling with a significant amount of luggage or with children, it may be easiest to
opt for Taxi or Dot2Dot transfer service from Heathrow.
Although public transportation such as rail and bus service is less expensive, you will need to
carry your luggage yourself along the way.
Many travellers find the convenience of Dot2Dot or Taxi service well worth the extra cost,
especially upon arrival at Heathrow. You can always choose another option for your return trip to Heathrow if you
decide to opt for savings over convenience instead.
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