During the day time, there are no public bus services from Heathrow Airport to central London, only rail connections, but the National Express (the UK’s largest coach operator) offers coach (bus) services to London and many other destinations, such as Bristol, Oxford and Stansted.
From Terminals 2 and 3, the journey to Victoria Coach Station (a major transportation hub in central London) takes around 50 minutes.
A one-way ticket to Victoria Coach Station costs £6, and can be purchased at sales points in the arrivals terminal, or from the National Express website.
The main airport bus station is located between Terminals 2 and 3, and is open 24 hours. You can also take the coaches from Terminal 4 (bus stop 13-14) and Terminal 5 (bus stop 9-15).
If you need to get to/from Heathrow Airport at night-time, you can also take the N9 night bus, which runs between Heathrow Airport and Aldwych in central London. The journey takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes, with departures every 20 minutes.
The journey costs £1.5 (please note that you cannot pay in cash on the bus, but will need to either get a single (paper) ticket at a ticket machine inside the airport Tube (underground) station, or buy an Oyster card and load this with money).
If you're going to be in London for more than one day, it's a lot cheaper to get an Oyster card rather than buying single tickets for every journey. Oyster cards can also be purchased at the airport Tube (underground) station.
There are three metro/train options to get from Heathrow Airport to central London. These are listed below in order of cost:
❯ Heathrow Express: the Heathrow Express is the fastest way to reach the center of London from Heathrow Airport. The journey takes 15 minutes.
A one-way ticket costs £22 (£36 return). Trains depart every 15 minutes from Terminal 5, stopping in Terminals 2 and 3, and then go directly to London Paddington Station.
Services operate from 5:07 AM–11:45 PM from Terminal 5, and 5:12 AM–11:48 PM from Terminals 2 and 3.
You can purchase tickets from the Heatrow Express website or at the train station in the terminal (Oyster cards are not accepted).
❯ Heathrow Connect: Heathrow Connect trains take the same route as the Heathrow Express, but take longer as the trains stop at various West London stations. The journey to London Paddington Station takes 28 minutes.
A one-way (single) ticket costs £10.20 (£20.40 open return), and can be purchased at the machines in each station.
The trains depart from Terminal 4, stopping in Terminals 2 and 3, and then continue to London Paddington.
❯ The Piccadilly Line: the cheapest rail route from the airport to central London is the London Underground, Piccadilly Line. There are three underground (tube) stations at Heathrow, one between Terminals 2 and 3, one in Terminal 4 and one in Terminal 5. The journey to central London takes about an hour, depending on your exact destination.
A one-way (single) ticket costs £6.
Trains depart every 10 minutes or more:
In Terminals 4 and 5, the Underground station is located underneath the terminal, whereas for Terminals 2 and 3, the station is located just in between the terminals.
• Do keep in mind that London is a big, sprawling city, and that the Heathrow Express only goes to Paddington Station, which may be quite far from your final destination.
In this case, it might work out faster - and most certainly cheaper - to take the London Underground (Tube), Piccadilly Line, directly from the airport.
• From 5:45 PM–6:45 PM, Monday to Friday, the trains get especially overcrowded.
London Heathrow Airport is located 27 km from central London.
London black cabs are available outside of each terminal. A taxi trip to central London takes about 40 minutes without traffic.
The cost highly depends on your final destination, but you can expect to pay around £50-60 for a central point.
If you don't want to deal with the hassle of taxi companies or long bus queues, you can prebook a ride via Kiwitaxi, an online booking platform that offers reliable and cheap airport transfers worldwide. The English-speaking driver will wait for you at the airport even if your flight is delayed, holding a sign with your name on it.
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