If you are travelling in the British capital and have already decided on an airport but still don’t know how to get to the city centre, you have arrived at the right place.
When we travel to another country, we always try to know in advance how to get from the airport to the city centre and to London; in general, there are many different types of transport that make the transfer from the airport to the centre. With so many airports it is normal to get confused and not know which one to take.
In this post, we will tell you all the transport you can use at London Heathrow airport.
London Heathrow airport transfer
London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is one of the busiest airports in England and the world. Among those in London, this is the most important. It is located about 32 km west of the city centre. The airport is divided into five terminals that have services such as shops, restaurants and services for accommodation and car rental. They also have instructions and exchange offices.
For those who want to use private transport, from Heathrow airport, you can choose between different types of transfers: coaches, taxis or minicabs, rent a driver service or rent a car.
Car Rental applications
One of the options is to rent a car. Again, the duration and price will depend on different factors. There are many applications that can help you arrange your pick up from Heathrow airport like uk.getaround.com for instance.
Coaches and buses
There is a very frequent service of this type of bus that connects Heathrow Airport with more than 500 domestic destinations.
The main operator is National Express. It is the largest operator and offers services in London and other cities such as Oxford, Bristol or Wales. It even has services at other London airports such as Gatwick, Stansted and Luton.
They depart from terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the airport. Prices and duration vary depending on where you want to get off, but to give you an example; going to London Victoria Bus Station (just next to Victoria Station) costs £10 and lasts between 50 and 55 minutes. The price for children, for the same itinerary, is £5. The minimum price for an adult is about £6.
National Express also has a service called Hotel Hoppa if you stay in a hotel near the airport and it costs £4.50.
One company that moves you from Heathrow Airport to Oxford is The Airline. They have services every day of the year, day and night, and depart from the central bus station at the airport and Terminal 5. 80 to 90 minutes are required and the price of a single ticket is £23.
Railair coaches connect the airport to the national railway network at Reading (45 minutes, £16), Woking (50 minutes, £10.50), Feltham (30 minutes, under £5) and Watford Junction (45 minutes, £15) stations.
If you decide to take a local bus, they cost £1.50 with the Oyster Card.
The fastest way from this airport to the city centre is by Heathrow Express. In 15-20 minutes, you arrive in Paddington for £22 per trip, £36 for the round trip ticket.
Heathrow Connect follows the same route as the previous one but makes more stops. It takes half an hour and costs £10.20 per trip.
Car with driver
The company operating at this airport is Chauffeurit. It allows you to choose the car you want between the Executive, Premium Executive and Luxury options.
For example, going from Heathrow to Piccadilly Circus costs £50, depending on the category. The time it takes depends on the destination as well as the road and traffic conditions.
Taxis and Minicabs
The taxi between Heathrow and central London takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on traffic. The price is between £48 and £90.
The minicab company you will find at the airport is Green Tomato Cars. As with taxis, the duration depends on several factors. Prices also vary considerably depending on the itinerary, type of car and pick-up times.
You can also choose the Uber service.