Transfer to/from - London Heathrow airport (LHR)

 

Public transportation services, licensed taxis and rideshare, private transfer companies and car rental services in London Heathrow airport (LHR)

Transportation

 
COVID-19 - Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, services and schedules of the different transportation options may be subject to change as well as the limit of available capacity could be reduced. In turn, due to the changing situation, some services may even be temporarily canceled.
 
London Heathrow airport (LHR)

National Express Coach

Journey time and schedules

Direct buses from Heathrow Airport to London (Victoria Bus Station) depart from 4:20 am, and the last coach of the day arrives in London at 10:50 pm, offering travel times from 40 to 70 minutes to Victoria Bus Station (and many other destinations).

In the opposite direction, the first service departs from Victoria Bus Station at 03:00 and arrives at Heathrow Central Bus Station (for Terminals 2 and 3) at 03:40. The bus arrives at Terminal 5 at 03:55 and 04:10.

Rates

The National Express one way fare from the airport to central London starts from £3,10 to £5,10 with Oyster card from or £6,00 cash.

Luggage

Two 20 kg bags and one carry-on bag can be carried per adult.

Gatwick airport

Another direct route offered by the National Express service is the direct connection between Heathrow and Gatwick Airport with 80 daily departures (from £25) and a travel duration of 1 hour 05 minutes (under normal traffic conditions).

Luton Airport

Direct connection to Luton Airport with 28 daily departures from £15 (approximate journey time: 70 min).

Stansted Airport

Direct connection to Stansted Airport with 20 daily departures from £19 (approximate journey time: 90 min).

Other destinations

Other important routes are Reading RailAir, NX Woking, Oxford Airline and Brighton

Stops

Pick-ups and deliveries
Terminals 2 and 3 – coaches arrive and depart from the Central Bus Station, which is only a 5-minute walk from the terminal buildings via the elevator, escalators and travelators. All coaches depart from stands 7-17.

Terminal 4 – stops are located just outside the terminal building at arrivals level. A free shuttle service to Central Bus Station and Terminal 5 is available at stop 7 outside arrivals. Buses can be found in stands 12-14.

Terminal 5 – Stops are between platforms 13-15 just outside the terminal building at arrivals level. Also available:

Reading RailAir and NX Woking 701 are departing from Stand 9.
Oxford Airline services depart from Stand 10.
Gatwick and Brighton boundary services depart from platforms 11 and 12.
All other coaches departures leave from stand 13-15.

Door-to-door transfer service:

If what you are looking for is the greatest comfort and tranquility to transfer from Heathrow airport to London city, you can choose a private transfer service.

The best option is book online and in advance your transfer to or from the airport so your driver awaits you and you do not have to negotiate prices with taxis or transfer companies. You can get from 80 USD (vehicle for 3 people), vehicle for 4 people USD 88, minibus for 6 people 115 USD.

The reservation must be made at least 12 hours in advance. At the airport the driver will wait for you with a sign with your name, as soon as you leave the baggage claim area and enter the public hall. In the case that you are in a Hotel or apartment, the driver will be waiting outside the building. If you have the possibility to park your vehicle, you can sometimes wait at the reception.

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Heathrow Express services

Journey time

The journey between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 takes 15 minutes (wait a few more minutes for Terminal 4 or 5). Trains depart every 15 minutes.

Fares

Tickets are available online or through the Heathrow Express app, as well as in Arrivals areas or at stations.

The Express Singles cost £22 off-peak and £25 at peak times. Rush hours are from 6:30 am – 9:30am or 4pm – 7pm, Monday to Friday, excluding UK holidays. Express class returns are £37 at all times. Alternatively, book in advance (90 days) from only £5.50 one way on weekends and £12.10 one way from Monday to Friday.

Children under the age of 15 travel free of charge at all times when accompanied by a paying adult.

Contactless and Oyster cards can be used to travel with Heathrow Express. Simply with your card validate at the beginning of your trip and when you leave, at your destination.

Stops

Heathrow Express trains stop at Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3 and Heathrow Terminal 5. Passengers travelling to Terminal 4 must switch to the free transfer train at Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3 (connecting trains every 15 minutes, travel time four minutes).

Service Details

You can travel comfortably on modern air-conditioned trains, plenty of luggage space and onboard TV. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the train and power outlets are available in the seat as well. You can even use your mobile phone when the train goes through a tunnel. And for maximum comfort, you can opt for Business First with larger seats, extra legroom, work tables and free newspapers and magazines.

Connections

London’s Paddington station is close to Hyde Park and Oxford Street and is served by the London Underground’s District, Circle, Bakerloo and Hammersmith & City lines. From London Paddington you can take the main line trains to the west, south west and south Wales.

Underground

It is the western end of the dark-blue Piccadilly line. The airport has three London Underground stations: one for Terminals 2 and 3 and one shared by Terminal 4 and Terminal 5. The Piccadilly line runs through central London. Some popular stops are South Kensington, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Kings Cross.

Journey time

The journey between Heathrow Airport and central London takes 50-60 minutes.

Rates

Underground tickets are available at all stations. The one-time cash fee to central London (Zone 1) is £6.00. A one-day Travelcard, which offers unlimited travel in Zones 1-6, costs £18.10 (at any time) or £12.70 (out of peak). With an Oyster card or a Contactless Payment Card, the rates (oyster pay-as-you-go) can be reduced to £5.10 (Mon – Friday, 06:30 – 09:30) and £3.10 (all other times).

For more information, head to the Travel Information Centre at Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3 Underground Station. See more

Stops

Heathrow has three London Underground stations: one for Terminals 2 and 3 and one in Terminal 4 and Terminal 5.

Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3 are among the terminals, which are a few minutes’ walk by pedestrian tube. Heathrow Terminal 4 and Heathrow Terminal 5 underground stations are located in the basements of the terminal buildings.

All stations are in Travelcard Zone 6.

Times

First and last train to central London
Terminals 2 and 3 from 05:12 (Sat/Sun 03:17) to 23:45 (Fri/Sat 03:07; Sun 23:28)
Terminal 4 05:02 (Sun 05:47) to 23:35 (Sun 23:15*)
Terminal 5 05:23 (Sat/Sun 03:14) to 23:42 (Fri/Sat 03:04; Sun 23:25)
* Change at Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3

On Fridays and Saturdays, the Piccadilly line now operates a 24-hour service, with night trains to and from Terminals 2, 3 and 5 on average every 10 minutes. There is no service in the Terminal 4 loop.

Night Bus

When the Tube is not running, during the night, the N9 bus connects Heathrow to central London. The service runs every 20 minutes from the central bus station, located between terminals 2 and 3.

TfL Rail service

Journey time and schedule

TfL Rail services take just 30 minutes between Terminals 2, 3 and 4 and central London (Paddington Station) and depart every 30 minutes. See more

Payment Methods and Fees

The easiest way to pay for your trip is with a Contactless or Oyster card available on ticket machines. You can use a contactless debit or credit card or mobile device. There’s no need to buy a ticket. Individual tickets and travel cards from zone 1-6 can also be used.

Rates £5.10 (Monday to Friday from 0630 to 0930 and the rest of the hours and holidays £3.10, paying by Oyster card or Contactless credit or debit card. (Cash £6.00)

Stops

TFL Rail trains stop at Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3 and Heathrow Terminal 4. Passengers travelling to Terminal 5 must change at Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3 for the free transfer train (four trains per hour, travel time 6 minutes).

Travelling between Heathrow terminals is free on any service if you touch in and out with a Contactless or Oyster card. Alternatively, you can pick up a terminal transfer ticket from certain machines at all stations.

Coach services to train stations

Heathrow to Feltham

The 285 and 490 buses runs from Heathrow to Feltham (for trains to Richmond, Camberley, Bracknell, London Waterloo, Clapham Junction and the South). Due to roadworks, only the 285 operates to Feltham Railway Station as of April 2020.

Frequency: Up to every 12 minutes
Journey time: Approximately 30 minutes
Fare: Adult Single £1.50 (Contactless or Oyster only – cash not accepted)

Heathrow to Guildford

The RailAir2 service between Heathrow and Guildford operates hourly with a journey time of 45 minutes.

Fare: Adult Single £9, Adult Period Return £16.20

Heathrow to Oxford

The Airline coach runs from Heathrow direct to Oxford train station (for trains to Birmingham New Street or Bicester Village).

Frequency: Hourly
Journey time: Approximately 80 minutes
Fare: Single £23, day return £25, return £30.

Heathrow to Watford Junction

Green Line route 724 runs from Heathrow to Watford Junction (for trains to the Midlands, Manchester, Liverpool, north-west England and Scotland).

Frequency: 2 hourly
Journey time: Approximately 1 hour
Fare: From £11 single, £15 return

Taxis and ridesharing

Black taxis

Pick up zones - Outside the terminal’s arrivals

Estimated rates - The average fare from Heathrow Airport to Central London ranges from £49 to £92, depending on the traffic conditions and the final destination within Central London. There is a minimum fee of £3.20 + £2.80 extra for taking it within the airport grounds. On Christmas and New Year holidays, there is a £4 extra fee. All units are metered and many of them are wheelchair accessible.

Journey time - Between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the traffic.

Private-hire taxis WeKnow

Private transfers in electric vehicles licensed to operate at Heathrow. Fixed rates and customer service desks are available in the arrival areas of all terminals. Fees and bookings

Minicabit

Britain’s largest taxi comparison site allows you to compare the most competitive quotes of fleets reviewed by customers.
Prices are fixed and include ‘Meet & Greet’ in the arrivals.
Transfers are available between Heathrow and more than 550 UK cities.
Allows you to book individual and return trips up to 12 months before your trip. You can pay with credit cards or PayPal.
Rates to Central London from £29. Fees and bookings

Uber and Lyft ride sharing apps Pick up areas

Terminal 2 – Level 4, Row H (Short stay Park 2)
Terminal 3 – Level 3, Row A (Short stay Park 3)
Terminal 4 – Level 1, Private-hire pick up area
Terminal 5 – Level 1, Row R (Short stay Park 5). Prices starts from £30.

Latest updates: March 03, 2022

Transportation Tips to/from the airport

While there are issues that seem more than obvious, it is always advisable to take into account when moving from or to the airport, and especially if you go on some public transport.
 
 1- To the airport - It is convenient to go out with a little more anticipation than you would commonly suggest. If you choose a taxi or a private car service, always keep in mind peak transit times, demonstrations, strikes or events that may take more or less the trip to the airport from where you are. It is always good to be informed about what happens in the place where you find yourself.
If you have a shared transfer service, please have a contact Tel in case of any delay on the part of the company. In these cases, a scheduled collection schedule is already in tenter.
If you are using public transport (bus, train), have the schedules (weekends and holidays usually have fewer frequencies), if you have to transfer and also how to board (if you need a card or boarding pass or paying at the moment to the driver or rider). These are details that seem obvious, but it is advisable to know not to have surprises and suffer a delay that could bring complications.
If you rent a car to get to the airport check well, where you must leave the vehicles. In some airports, there is an exclusive parking lot for rental cars.
 
 2 -From the airport- here is a little less stressful as you don't have the pressure to miss the flight. In the worst case you will arrive later to the place where you are going to stay or to the meeting point where you try to arrive. Once you get out of the plane, pick up your suitcase and finish with the required arrival procedures. Then you have to look for the public transport signs or consult the airport staff. It is very useful to inform the timetables of the buses in case you arrive late at night. Not all of them work 24 hours a day. The same goes for taxis. If you have hired a private car service, keep ready the mobile app to contact the driver. Some transport services hired, have a person waiting for you, identified with a sign.
If you rent a car to go from the airport to your final destination, for more peace of mind it is recommended to reserve it earlier. Rental counters are usually available at arrivals hall.

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