How do you get from Heathrow to London? Here’s some information about the fastest and cheapest way of getting from London Heathrow to Central London.
London Heathrow is the largest of the six international airports serving London. It’s the busiest international airport in the world. Around 190,000 passengers pass through this airport on a daily basis. With the help of this terminal map, you’ll have no trouble finding your way around the airport.
London Heathrow Airport has excellent public transport links, despite being a good 20 miles from Central London. Below we’ve compiled a list of the best transfer options for getting from Heathrow to London.
National Express coach service from Heathrow
National Express coaches run between Victoria Coach Station and the central bus station at Heathrow Airport on a regular basis. They call at all five airport terminals. Coaches depart from the airport between 4:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. They run once an hour at quiet times of the day and every 15 minutes at peak times. The journey times to Central London range between 40 minutes and 2 hours, depending on the route and the amount of traffic. A one-way ticket costs £6.
From Heathrow to London by train
There are a number of different train services that will take you from the airport to Central London and back. The train is probably the safest option since it does not depend on traffic conditions. In our opinion, the Heathrow Express offers the best value for money among all the options. We’ve listed the various options below:
1. By Heathrow Express
The high-speed Heathrow Express is the fastest way of getting from Heathrow to London. It runs every 15 minutes, from 5:00 a.m. until midnight. The journey to London Paddington Station takes around 15 minutes. The train leaves from Heathrow Central Station (Terminals 1, 2 and 3) and from Terminal 5. Should you arrive at Terminal 4, you can take the free shuttle train linking the terminals. The one-way adult fare for the Heathrow Express is £22. However, if you don’t buy the ticket until you’ve boarded the train, you’ll have to pay £27. We, therefore, recommend buying tickets online here.
2. By Heathrow Connect
Between 5:20 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., you can take the Heathrow Connect to Paddington Station. Trains call at Hayes & Harlington, Southall, Hanwell, West Ealing, and Ealing Broadway. The journey to Paddington costs £10.10. The Heathrow Connect service from Heathrow Central to Paddington takes around 25 minutes. Trains depart from Heathrow Central Station (Terminals 1, 2 and 3). Should you arrive at Terminal 4 or 5, take the free Heathrow Express transfer to Central Station.
3. By Heathrow subway
The cheapest way of getting from Heathrow to London is the subway. It’s cheaper than both the Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect. However, the journey time is considerably longer, and the lines at the ticket machines are never-ending. The Piccadilly Line calls at three Heathrow Airport stations: “Terminals 1, 2 and 3”, “Terminal 4” and “Terminal 5”. Trains to Central London run every 6-10 minutes between 5:10 a.m. (5:50 a.m. on Sundays) and 11:45 p.m. (11:30 p.m. on Sundays). The journey time to Piccadilly Circus is around 60 minutes.
The Visitor Oyster Card in Heathrow
As there are often long lines at the ticket machines for the subway, we recommend the Visitor Oyster Card. You can order this card in advance and arrange for it to be sent to you by post. It allows you to use the subway as soon as you arrive at the airport. And during your stay in London, you can also explore the city on various means of public transport without having to purchase individual tickets. You’ll find everything you need to know about the (Visitor) Oyster Card in our overview.
Private transfer from Heathrow to London
Did you know that you can book a car transfer online in advance and that this is a reliable, fast and even low-cost way of getting to your accommodation? Private transfers are becoming increasingly popular for obvious reasons:
- Bookable in advance
- No waiting
- Fixed price
- Transfer to overnight accommodation/hotel
- Door-to-door service – no need to hump heavy bags around
We’ve taken a look at the two best Heathrow transfers on your behalf:
1. The luxury transfer
If you book a private airport transfer with Europe Van Tours, you’ll be met in the arrivals hall by your personal chauffeur. You don’t need to worry if your flight is delayed. The driver receives regular updates about your flight and waits for you if necessary. This transfer service is available 24/7 and costs around £150. It’s also suitable for groups, as up to 8 passengers can travel in one vehicle.
2. The Heathrow Shuttle
The Heathrow Shuttle service – available 24/7 – is a fast, easy way of getting from Heathrow to London. Fares for taking you directly to your hotel start at £22. The journey to Central London takes around 40 – 50 minutes, depending on the traffic situation. One of the great things about this type of transfer is that it can be booked online in advance, which saves hassle on arrival at the airport. This door-to-door service couldn’t be more straightforward: simply hop aboard the shuttle bus at Heathrow Airport and your vacation can begin!
Taxi from Heathrow to London
Taking a cab directly from Heathrow Airport to Central London is the most convenient type of airport transfer, but also the most expensive. A ride in a black cab to Central London costs between £45 and £60 and takes around 50 minutes.
Our tip: Ignore any shady characters who offer you a “cheap” cab at the airport exit. If you accept their offer, you’re likely to pay far more than you would for a licensed cab.