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Transfers - how to get from London Heathrow airport to city center

Transfers - how to get from London Heathrow airport to city center

Airport transfers - if you are coming to London by air plane for the first time, you will probably want to know how to get from London Heathrow airport to city center





There are many ways to get into and around London. Heathrow Airport is located about 20 miles west of the centre of London. We have put together all the information you could need for travelling from Heathrow Airport to the centre of London, and vice versa.

Getting from London Heathrow airport to city center by Hoppa

National Express offer a London hotel transfer service to and from Heathrow Airport called Heathrow Hoppa. Offering comfortable seats on clean and modern coaches, they are a great option for getting to London, and to or from your hotel.

There is no additional charge for luggage as every passenger is permitted two pieces of medium luggage and a piece of hand luggage. Modern air conditioning keeps the shuttles comfortable making sure you have a pleasant trip.

There are Heathrow Hoppa desks in the arrivals area at Terminals 1, 3, 4 and 5. The service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The tickets for one person cost from just £4 single and £7 return. For less than half the price of a taxi, this is a great form of transport.

Getting from London Heathrow airport to city center by Train

Heathrow Connect operates between Heathrow airport terminals 1,2 and 3 and Paddington, via five stations in west London. This service takes 25 minutes, and operates every 30 minutes. Passengers travelling at terminal 5 should use the free inter-terminal service. Oyster pay as you go cards are not accepted on this service. For more information call 0845 6786975.

Heathrow Express runs four trains an hour, non stop between the airport and Paddington station. This journey takes 15 – 20 minutes and oyster cards and travelcards are not valid on this service. For more information call 0845 6001515.

Getting from London Heathrow airport to city center by Tube

The Piccadilly Line connects all Heathrow terminals with frequent services to London. There are three stations at Heathrow on Piccadilly Line, one for Terminals 1, 2 & 3 located between the terminals, one for Terminal 4 and the newly opened Terminal 5, both situated in the basements of the terminal buildings. The journey to central London takes about 50 minutes and services run between 05:00 and 23:40.

You are able to use your oyster card for the underground or you can buy an all day travelcard for unlimited travel on the tube all day. Buying a travelcard is suitable for commuters who are planning on using the tube and the train as the tickets can be bought together. Visit mytrainticket.co.uk to find out more about how travelcards work and how much they cost.

Getting from London Heathrow airport to city center by Taxi

The journey time to central London is approximately 45-60 minutes and should cost between £45 and £70.

Getting a taxi can take the hassle out of your journey. Choose a taxi to suit you and your passengers. From executive travel to minibus, and coach taxis. You can just sit back and relax, knowing you will be at the airport soon.

However, you could get a better price by booking your transfer in advance. Find a taxi company on our Heathrow Airport Taxis and Transfers page. Alternatively, follow the signs from each terminal for taxi ranks.

Oyster Cards

Getting an oyster card is generally the cheapest way to get around using public transport in London. You can get a pay as you go oyster car, meaning you don't have to worry about having the right change in your pocket.

You can use an oyster card on tubes, buses, DLR, trams, London overground and some National rail trains. For more information on where you can use your oyster card, visit TFL.

Just make sure you touch in with your card before boarding tubes and buses and Oyster will work out they cost of your journey at the end of the day. By doing this it means they can charge you less than the price of a day travelcard.

Getting from London Heathrow airport to city center by Car

If you are planning to park your car at the airport while your away then you may find cheaper quotes if you book online or by phone in advance. Take a look at our airport parking page to see prices, and compare car parks to find the cheapest deal.

Planning your journey once you arrive at Heathrow? Looking for car hire? Look no further, we have compared all the car rental companies operating from Heathrow. We also have their details if you wish to contact them directly.

It takes approximately 45-60 minutes to get to central London from Heathrow.

When leaving terminals 1, 2 and 3, follow exit signs to the access/exit tunnel. Follow signs to the M4 motorway, which will eventually bring you into London. Terminal 4 is on the main A30 road while Terminal 5 is close to A3044. The M4 and M25 orbital are signposted. Again, follow signs to the M4 which will eventually bring you into London

You should also be aware of Congestion Charge!

Driving in and around Central London means that you have to pay the Congestion Charge. You may be eligible to pay the congestion charge if you are travelling in central London between the hours of 7am and 6pm Mon – Fri. The charge is £8 daily, and you will be notified by signs when you are approaching CC zones, are within them and exiting them.

You can pay the congestion charge in a number of ways. By SMS, phone, online, at a shop and by post. For more information on how to pay the congestion charge, and where the congestion charge applies visit the Transport for London.

How does the congestion charge work? There are no physical toll booths or barriers, it is a network of cameras that monitor the entrances and exits of the congestion charge zones. If the camera recognises that you have paid to be in the zone then your image is automatically deleted from the database. If at midnight your image still exists an you should have paid the charge then a pentaly charge notice is produced and sent to the vehicle owner.

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