How to get from Heathrow to London downtown?

Heathrow Airport is located about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of London.

It is the busiest airport across Europe and the third busiest airport in the world (in number of passengers on international flights). The airport has 5 terminals marked with the letter T and the number thus T1 -T5 as well as two runways.

If you are going to land at Heathrow airport, the cheapest travel is through to the city’s subway. Subway stations open at all terminals and at a single station serving Terminals 1-3 (called Heathrow Central). Terminals 4 and 5 each have their own bus station. Underground, you should stop at Green Park in central London where you can then change to the Victoria line and skip over one station to Oxford Circus, where the famous Oxford Street is located. The whole journey from the plane to the Oxford Circus will again take a little around 1 hour 30, or a maximum of 2 hours.

If your flight leaves late in the evening, you can use the number N9 night bus that goes from Heathrow to Piccadilly Circus via underground station. The line is open only at night between 0:05 to 5:05 am and the ride is about 50 min. In the latter case, the link will only cost £2.
DIRECT-SPEED TRAIN: Heathrow Express. It runs every 15 minutes to journey to London Paddington station (where there is a metro) and lasts just 50 minutes. Prices and other information can be found www.heathrowexpress.com.

TIP: Tickets purchased through the web are economical (unfortunately a return ticket costs up to £32).

The bus station at Heathrow Central is one of the largest in England and can get you from London to almost any part of the surrounding country locations as well. Most lines are operated by the National Express and TERRAVISION – which provides services to London Victoria Station also. The journey takes about 50 minutes and a return ticket will cost you £8.50.
In case you are thinking of hiring a cab, make sure that the traffic situation is under control. In the afternoon on weekdays, there is a mess of traffic. This will increase the price which may surprise you being up to £70!

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