How to reach London from Heathrow Airport – A Guide
Millions of commuters travel to and from Heathrow airport terminal 4 per year. Once they land, the biggest question raises to how to get to London from there. If you are one amongst these commuters, you know how it goes.
So, what to do then?
To make things easier for you, Parking 4 Airport has created a guide that will help you reach your destination with lesser hassle. So, without further ado, here are your options:
1: The Underground Train
It doesn’t matter what country are you from or to, the train always is popular, the cheapest and most economical way to travelling. So if you want to get to London from Heathrow, then London Underground Piccadilly Line from Heathrow to Paddington Station is just the right option for you. All you need to do is to buy a ticket from one of the self-service ticket machines in the terminal buildings.
The ticket is £16.00 and there is not restriction on luggage. The travel time is from 31 to 43 min approximately and the trains run from 05:00 am to 11:45 pm.
2: The Heathrow Express
If, for some reason, you are not a great fan of undergrounds and prefer the on-ground travel instead, then Heathrow Express Train to Paddington is the right option for you. The train runs from 05:12 am to 11:48 pm, departs every 15 minutes so no worries if you miss one. It takes only 15 minutes to get you to London city from Heathrow runway.
Like underground, it also has no luggage restriction but one thing you need to know, it is by far the most expensive public transportation option. The ticket will cost you anywhere from £8 to £22 but your comfort is assured.
3: Heathrow Connect
The third option that you have is the Heathrow Connect. Although the route it takes is the same as Heathrow Express but it makes some local stops before reaching Paddington Station. So obviously, it takes more time to reach destination than the Express, anywhere between 21 to 43 minutes. The ticket will cost you around £10.20 and the Connect departs from the main transport hub between Terminal 2 and 3 after every 30 minutes.
It runs from 05:32 am till 11:45 pm and makes brief stops at Ealing Broadway, West Ealing Hanwell, Southall, Hayes & Harlington, and finally, the Paddington.
4: National Express Bus
If you have plenty of time to spare and fond of travelling by road, then why not try the National Express Bus which goes to Victoria Coach Station. The ticket is around £6 which is comparatively less expensive than the underground. You can catch one of these from Terminal 2 & 3 at the main hub from 04:25 am till 10:15 pm.
The luggage limit is 25 kg and the bus leaves after every 15-20 minutes. But remember, this is only during peak hours, if you plan to take the bus early morning or late at night then it leaves after every 60 minutes. It’s a good option but there is a risk of getting stuck into traffic on your way to city centre.
Wherever and whenever you come out of the airport, you’ll always find taxis waiting for you to hire. The good thing about them is that they are available outside each of the Heathrow terminals and all of them offer wheelchair access. The fare is between £45 to £60 and it takes 45 to 60 minutes to get you to Central London. They run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
So which option would you choose?
You have all the options ahead of you, which one would you prefer? Leave us a comment below.