London Heathrow Airport is a major international airport serving London, the capital of England. Heathrow is located 23 km west of London. It is the third largest airport in the world in terms of international passenger traffic (after airports in Dubai and Hong Kong), as well as the busiest airport in Europe in terms of passenger traffic.
London Heathrow is the main hub for British Airways and the main operating base for Virgin Atlantic. In 2016, he broke his own record with nearly 76 million passengers.
Since Heathrow Airport, as already mentioned, is one of the largest and busiest airports in the world, it has a well-developed public transport system, not only in London, but throughout the region.
National Express and the airline connect Heathrow with over 500 destinations.
National Express is the largest UK operator to offer frequent direct flights to hundreds of cities, including Oxford, Bristol, Wales, London and Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports. This is the only direct connection between Heathrow and other airports and provides more than 100 routes per day.
Oxford Bus links Heathrow with Oxford. Frequent regular services 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the central bus station and terminal 5. The journey lasts 80 — 90 minutes. One ticket costs 27 €.
Tickets for all carriers can be purchased at the ticket office at the central bus station in Heathrow (06:00 — 22:10) or online. Ticket machines are also available 24 hours a day.
NOTE. Keep in mind that in the period from April 2 to April 29, 2017, from June 4 to October 7 and from November 26 to 2017 to January 13, 2018, the schedule changes.
RailAir: This is a type of transport service that works non-stop:
Heathrow to Reading station: the bus leaves every 20 minutes, the journey time is 45 minutes, one adult ticket is € 18.5 (return ticket € 28).
The Green Line route 724 leaves for Warford Junction, the stop for trains heading to Midlands, Manchester, Liverpool, north-west England and Scotland leaves once an hour, the road lasts 40 minutes, the cost of one ticket is 17.5 €.
Heathrow — Woking: Goes to Woking Station — stops for trains to Aldershot, Winchester, Salisbury, Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth, runs every 30 minutes and runs for 50 minutes for a ticket of 12 euros.
Heathrow — Feltham: route no. 285 goes to Feltham (station for trains to Richmond, Camberley, Bracknell, London Waterloo, Clapham Junction and South) every 10 minutes the ride takes 30 minutes and the single charge is 6 euros.
Bus route 490 runs from Terminal 5 to Richmond via Terminal 4, Hatton Cross and Feltham Station every 12 minutes, the trip lasts half an hour, and one ticket costs 6 euros.
There is a wide range of public bus connections between Heathrow Airport and places in west London. You CAN’T pay in cash, so be sure to buy: an Oyster card, an Oyster visitor card, a contactless payment card or a day trip card.
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You can take all public buses at the bus station between terminals 2 and 3.
The train is the fastest option to get to central London from Heathrow Airport. You can choose one of two options:
Heathrow Express: This train connects the airport with London Paddington and takes 15 minutes, it leaves 4 times per hour (every 15 minutes).
Heathrow Connect: the train leaves every 30 minutes and operates the Heathrow Airport — London Paddington route.
The London Piccadilly Underground Line offers the most economical rail route between the airport and the capital.
The journey takes 60 minutes and the car leaves every 10 minutes or less.
There are 3 metro stations at the airport: one between terminals 2 and 3 and one each at terminals 4 and 5, all stations are located in the “Travelcard Zone 6” zone.
One ticket to central London is 7 euros.
The first train leaves at 05:12, the last at 23:25 (a few minutes more or less, depending on the terminal).
At night, the N9 bus connects Heathrow with central London. The service works every 20 minutes from the central bus station.
If you want to avoid the hassle of public transport, think about taxis. Famous black taxis in London stop in rows outside of each Heathrow terminal. There are over 600 taxi companies serving Heathrow Airport and surrounding areas. Drivers are fully licensed and have passed the Knowledge of London exam.
NOTE. Heathrow has a partnership with Uber to give you a free £ 15 ride. You can use this offer to make transfer to and from the airport much cheaper. This offer can only be used for the first time. The code is AIRPORTGUIDES.
If you do not like to use public transport and do not want to take a taxi, consider booking a private transfer that will be waiting for you at the airport and take you to your destination. The transfer company will send a professional driver to pick you up. You can even pre-order a child seat if you are traveling with a child.
For those of you who would like to get to the city and explore the surroundings on your own, the best option is to rent a car right at the airport. There are several car rental companies: Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, National, Alamo, Hertz, Budget and Sixt. All information desks are located in the arrivals hall at the airport. Compare their prices and offers and save time by booking online.
If you come as part of a large group of people, consider renting a bus for your trip. It is worth booking it in advance so that the transfer company has enough time to inform you about the venue and other relevant information.
The distance between the two airports is 96 km. You can go by bus or train.
National express trains pass every 30-60 minutes. The journey takes 90 minutes, and one ticket costs 26 euros.
Stansted Express trains run to Heathrow every 15-30 minutes. The journey lasts 46 minutes and costs 22 euros.
You can cross the distance of 68 km also by bus or train.
National Express trains operate on the Heathrow-Gatwick route up to 6 times per hour. The journey takes 75 minutes and costs 29 euros.
Gatwick Express trains run directly between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport. A ticket for a trip of 30 minutes costs 20 euros. To get to Heathrow, do the following: Heathrow Express Heathrow — London Paddington, Underground Paddington — Victoria (45 min, € 31.5) — Heathrow (50 min, 5.5 €).
It is the nearest airport Heathrow (42 km). The journey takes a little over 60 minutes. To get to the airport you need, follow this route: the Dockland Light Railway between London Airport and Canning Town (10 minutes), the subway between Canning Town and Paddington (30 minutes, transfer to Baker Street), Heathrow Express between Paddington and Heathrow (15 min). It will cost you € 31.5 (all tickets included).
The distance between the two airports is 55 km. You can cross by train.
National Express operates this route 28 times a day. Travel time is 70 minutes and costs 26 euros.
Travel time between Luton and Heathrow is 75 minutes. To get to it by train follow the instructions: Teimslynd train between Luton airport and Farringdon (40 min), subway between Farringdon and London Paddington (15 minutes), Heathrow express between Paddington and Heathrow (15 min) One ticket costs 49 €
FAQ — bus and transport from the airport to London Heathrow
Question: My plane is late. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
- A: No, there are many means of public transport that can take you to all parts of London and nearby cities. Trams, buses and trains even work at night, but if you are too tired to carry public transport after your flight, you can take a taxi located in the taxi parking in front of the terminal.
Q: I have an early morning flight from the airport, are there any hotels at the airport where I can stay?
- A: Yes, there are hotels in terminals and hotels near the airport. You can book at the Sofitel London Heathrow (a luxury hotel with 605 rooms, terminal 5), four-star Hilton London Heathrow Airport (terminal 4) or YOTEL (a Japanese hotel with capsules with 32 cabins, terminal 4). In addition, there is a Holiday Inn Express 15 minutes from the airport, which is also an excellent value for money — with a hot buffet breakfast included for all guests, Doubletree Hotel 20 minutes from LHR, Leonardo, Mercure Hotel is ideal for businesses and travelers, the Mystery Hotel and many others offer cozy rooms while you relax between flights.
Question: I would like to visit London between flights. Is it possible
- A: Of course, the airport is only 23 km from the city center and has an extremely efficient public transport system that operates around the clock and seven days a week. You can reach central London in 15 minutes, and you don’t need to worry about being late for the flight, as there is always a tram, bus, train or subway line to the airport. In addition, you can leave your luggage at the airport. Excess Baggage operates in left-handed cells in all five LHR buildings. The price is £ 6.50 per luggage every 24 hours.
Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my trips?
- A: Yes, you can exchange your money, but you can also withdraw money from ATMs. which are available before and after security checks at every Heathrow terminal.
Most ATMs accept cards from the Bank of Great Britain and the building society at no extra charge. They also accept major credit cards.
Question: I continue my journey outside London. Are there any direct lines to other locations?
- A: From the airport you can, if necessary, go to all other airports serving London. You can also go to many places in the region, but if you prefer other destinations in the UK, we recommend that you go to London Central Station and see the timetables and routes there.