How to Get From Heathrow to Central London – Your Options

So once you’ve made it to England, you have to get from Heathrow into central London. Heathrow is not close to London, but it is easy to get into London from the airport. Depending on your budget there are a lot of good and affordable options. I have traveled just about every way from the airport so I really can give some good advice on this topic. So here are your options for getting from Heathrow to central London;

  • The Tube: This method will cost you around $10. It is the longest journey into the city and can be a bit tricky if you have large luggage. I speak from experience here, traveling by tube with large luggage was not appreciated by my fellow tube riders, however, I was not alone, there were others with large luggage too. The journey takes about 45 minutes and drops you anywhere along the Picadilly Line.
  • The Mini Bus (known as the Airport Transfer): This option should cost you around $30-40. You can book a seat at the airport or one in advance online. The journey is much shorter than the tube. I’ve not used this method as of yet.
  • The Heathrow Express: This is my favorite option at about $50. The Heathrow Express is made to take travelers with large luggage into central London. You have a nice seat to sit back and enjoy the ride in. The ride is direct, so it only takes about 15 minutes to get to Paddington Station in central London. The best thing about this method is that it has air conditioning in the summer!
  • Hotel Pick-up: The price here is really unknown. Some hotels offer shuttles between the airport and your hotel. You can ask about this service when booking your room. But even if they offer it, unless it’s free, comparison shop for the option that fits your budget. You do not have to use this method if they offer it.
  • A Taxi Cab: This may be the most iconic way to get into Central London, but is the most pricey at about $100. However the benefit of this mode of transportation is that it picks up outside the doors of the airport and drops you at the doors of your hotel. You will also have the chance to possibly engage in conversation with a Londoner.

There are tons of ways to get into London and wide range of price options to get you to where you want to go. Put some thought into how you want to get into London before you land at Heathrow. Do a little research. You can even buy tickets for some options online. While saving money is the key there is one seriously important tip, DO NOT under any circumstances accept a free ride from a stranger. There is no such thing as a “free” ride into London, riding with a stranger can be really dangerous, so just don’t do it! There are plenty of other affordable options to get you where you want to be.

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  1. You left out another great option- the Heathrow Connect train-goes to Paddington
    roughly $28 usa for open return ticket-
    I tried it in 2010 and while they are not as Advertised and could use Better Signs at the airport & train station . It takes about 25 mintues{6CADC8D7-3605-43DB-94EF-F0F843642C04}&pageid=30

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