By Mark Farrell
Heathrow is one of the most popular airports for London holiday-goers. 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. 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.
National Express Dot2Dot Transfer Service
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.
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.
Train Service to Central London
If you aren't too encumbered with luggage, you may opt to take the Underground to your London
destination. Heathrow Airport is located on the Piccadilly line on the Underground, and Heathrow Express trains
also operate frequently to London Paddington station. 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 bus travel.
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
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