London Airport transportation
Heathrow airport is so large it is actually 5
separate airports, or terminals. Be sure you know which
terminal your flight will land at or depart from.
is the busiest airport in the world. Every year upwards of 60 million people pass
through its portals.
into/from London - quickly
The Paddington Line tube station serves
Heathrow with the Heathrow Express, and the
trip takes only 15 minutes, with prices starting at £15.50 one way for adults.
Several airlines now offer you the option of checking in for your outbound flight
at Paddington station before boarding the train to the airport. The Express serves
all four Heathrow terminals. Book
your London Heathrow Express tickets
(only for non-UK residents) Heathrow Express
offers a free shuttle between Terminals 1, 2, and 3.
An alternative is
Heathrow Connect, a 25 minute train trip, with departures
every half hour. Heathrow Connect stops at Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Southall,
Hanwell, Hayes, and Harlington and Paddington Station. This is a more cost conscious
option but it does take longer than Heathrow Express. Website: www.heathrowconnect.com
into/from London - cheaply
Piccadilly line tube serves all terminals,
and is the way to go if you are budget-minded. The trip takes an hour, and tickets
are available at the luggage area. You'll need the all-zone ticket (or the all-zone
Getting into/from London
Several large hotel chains have
a "presence" at Heathrow. You can get to these hotels by using the
Hotel Hoppa Bus. Alternatively, National Express dot2dot http://www.dot2.com/
operate shuttles from both major London airports to hotels in the city, for about
half the price of a taxi. Prices from 17.50 per person, with additional discounts
for large groups. A popular alternative is to use an airport transfer service
such as TaxiReservations,
which will drive you direct to most popular city centre hotels.
If budget isn't even a word you recognise, the simplest option for transportation
into the city from Heathrow is one of the traditional black London taxis. Prices
to the city centre run about £55 as of this writing. If you're only mildly aquainted with financial
constraints, consider a minicab, which should cost about £35 for the same
trip. Private Hire Companies often add a waiting time/Car park surcharge to fares
and Black cabs charge more at night. See here
for the difference between a minicab and the black taxis.
Heathrow to Gatwick Transportation
see shuttle information below
is smaller and better organised than Heathrow. There are two terminals, connected
by a monorail service. It is also much easier to drive in and out of - especially
for foreign visitors not used to driving on the left.
into/from London - quickly
Gatwick Express runs very frequent shuttle
trains to/from Victoria Station. 5AM to midnight trains run every 15 minutes.
The trip takes about 30 minutes, and is quite reasonably priced (by UK standards!).
You can buy tickets here for the Gatwick Express. There are
also Thameslink trains from London Bridge, Farringdon, and King's Cross for about
Getting into/from London -
In this case, cheap transport isn't that big a savings. Connex South
Central trains to/from Victoria are £8.20 one way. A better deal is the
Flightline bus, with a ticket good for 3 months costing £7.50 single/£11
return. Flightline is on the web at www.speedlink.co.uk.
If you have money to burn, a black taxi costs £50 to/from central London,
with a minicab kicking in at about £35 for the same trip. Alternatively,
National Express dot2dot http://www.dot2.com/
operate shuttles from both major London airports to hotels in the city. Cost
from Gatwick is about £20 per person. Or, use an airport transfer service
and get dropped off at your hotel.
Gatwick - Heathrow airport shuttle
We are frequently asked by readers if there is a direct transfer service between Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. Our answer used to be 'no', but there is now a direct coach (bus) service run by National Express, who operate more than 100 journeys per day between the two major London Airports. This is the cheapest and most hassle-free way we know of for Heathrow to Gatwick transportation (or vice versa!).
NOTE: All prices mentioned in this
article were believed correct at the time of publication, but, like all things
in life, they are subject to change!