How to get from Heathrow to London downtown?
Heathrow Airport is located around 15 miles (24 kilometres) west of London. It is the busiest airport across Europe and the third busiest airport in the world (in terms of passengers on international flights). The airport has 5 terminals marked with the letter T and the corresponding number (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 single station serving Terminals 1-3 (called Heathrow Central). Terminals 4 and 5 each have their own bus station. If you are travelling 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 trip from the plane to Oxford Circus takes around 1 hour 30 minutes, or a maximum of 2 hours.
If your flight leaves late in the evening, you can use the 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 journey is about 50 minutes. In the latter case, the link will only cost £2.
DIRECT-SPEED TRAIN: Heathrow Express. It runs every 15 minutes to London Paddington station (where there is a metro) and lasts just 50 minutes. Prices and other information can be found on 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 so it 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 also provides services to London Victoria Station. The journey takes about 50 minutes and a return ticket will cost you £8.50.
If you are thinking about 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!
This is just one example of how you can save money while on your trip, but if you want to get the biggest savings you should always try and book your trains in advance. This will give you the biggest savings, while also allowing you to plan the rest of your trip efficiently without any hassle or fuss. As mentioned above, you should try and avoid using a taxi service during peak hours. Instead, opt for the bus or train, as these have standard rates at set times of the day so you’ll never be paying more than you need to on the day.