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London Airports To Bayswater Transfer Options Compared

An analysis of public & private transport to Bayswater from airports and cruise ports


London Airport Transfers

Bayswater is in the north western sector of the centre of London, on the northern border of Kensington Gardens / Hyde Park. Although central, Bayswater itself has no direct public transport to any of London's four major airports, Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports, nor indeed its cruise ports.


Bayswater Hotel Map

Bayswater
Hotel Map

A good first task is to identify precisely where your accommodation is in Bayswater. A lot of the accommodation in Bayswater is easily walked to from the two underground stations in Bayswater, Queensway and Bayswater.

However, many hotels do tend to drift into “marketing speak” when describing their location. In the Bayswater area a common habit of hotels is to describe themselves as close to Paddington Station, a good 10-15 minute walk even without luggage from most Bayswater hotels.

We have an accurate Bayswater hotel map, that pinpoints most accommodation in Bayswater.


A good second investment in time prior to travel is to understand the basic's of using London's public transport. You will be using London's public transport to get around London during your visit, full stop.

Paying single fares for every trip is expensive and time consuming. You will need to purchase a transport pass of one kind or another. You will save yourself a lot of time and money purchasing the right pass before you get to your hotel using the pass immediately as part of your hotel transfer.

London Airport Map

Public transport passes in London can be complicated to understand, especially if you have children so reading our Travelcard or Oyster Card page will pay dividends for a small investment in your time.

Bayswater Local Public Transport Connectors

For most leisure travellers, Heathrow is the only airport where the cost of taxi transfers are worth considering within most people's budgets. The exception to the rule perhaps being if you have a group or lots and lots of luggage. A private charter bus is well worth considering for such groups.


Bayswater has no direct public transport to any of the airport or cruise ports.

The London Underground runs every couple of minutes between about 5:30 a.m. and midnight and buses run 24x7. Night buses that run when the Underground is closed will get you to Marble Arch and Victoria along the Bayswater Road at the southern end of Bayswater and at the northern end several buses run to Paddington Station.


Map Of Underground Links Between Bayswater & Main London Transport Gateways

Map Of London Underground Links Between Bayswater & Main London Transport Gateways

Late Flight, Early Hotel Check Out Dilemma?

Most hotels want you out of the room by lunch time, a problem if you have luggage and a late afternoon or evening flight. If your hotel doesn't offer a left luggage service then most of the main train stations in Central London do and all of the airports passenger terminals have manned left luggage desks.

Unfortunately there is no competition, all the left luggage offices at both airports and stations are run by the same company, The Excess Baggage Company. Perhaps as a result charges are high. Use your favourite search engine to find the Excess Baggage Company web site and current prices and opening hours.

Heathrow / Gatwick Airport Late Flight Solution

An alternative to Left Luggage offices and also using your time productively rather than just killing time before your flight is to visit Windsor, close by Heathrow Airport.

We offer a service whereby you are picked up by vehicle from your London hotel and taken to Windsor. There is much more to Windsor than the castle, it would take a couple of days to see everything. Eton College, Runnymede, Legoland. river trips, walks through the royal parks etc.

You are taken to Windsor and left to explore independently, leaving your luggage with the vehicle. You will have agreed a time when the vehicle will return with your luggage for the 15-20 minute journey to Heathrow, (Gatwick is an hour away).

A key aspect is that you do not pay waiting time as the company offering the service is based in Windsor, so it is the same cost whether you stay 3 hours or 10 hours in Windsor.

The service is a private service, times are set by you and vehicles can range from cars to 50 seat touring coaches.

Windsor Late Flight Solution - More Details

Heathrow Airport Transfer To/From Bayswater

Best Way From Heathrow To London

Cheapest - The London Underground from Heathrow changing at Earls Court with an Oyster or Travelcard offers by far the cheapest transfer option. Journey times of about an hour. Be prepared for crowded carriages, (you may not get a seat) and dragging your cases up escalators and long corridors.

Fastest - The Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station then a taxi or Underground about a mile to your hotel in Bayswater is the fastest, most comfortable option. The trains runs every 15 minutes and takes just 15 minutes to Paddington. There is a much cheaper, less publicised airport train called the Heathrow Connect that is not as frequent and makes stops along the same route as the Heathrow Express, so is slightly slower. You can also get off the Heathrow Connect at West Ealing Station, that has a direct Underground link to Queensway.

Groups - For groups of 6 or more a private charter bus is worth considering. Vehicles from 8 seats to 50 seats are available offering a door to door service between airport terminal and hotel. For larger groups you obviously get a low cost per passenger as well as the convenience of a personalised door to door service.

Taxi & Private Cars - London's famous black cabs form the taxi rank outside each terminal at Heathrow. Journey time will be between 45 and 75 minutes depending on traffic conditions. Road congestion delays are routine Monday to Fridays between 6:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. going into London and between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. out of London on work days plus going into London on Sundays from about 3 p.m. until mid evening.

Price is an issue for most people with the London black taxi's. Much cheaper licenced private cars offer an alternative and also perform Meet n Greet as you exit customs. For a small family a private car may be much cheaper than using the Heathrow Express train.

Gatwick Airport To/From Bayswater

Gatwick Airport to London, Buses and Train Options Compared

Cheapest - The cheap option from Gatwick into London is bus. National Express Bus run a full size bus to Victoria, easyBus a small van type bus to West Brompton Underground, both with direct London Underground services to Bayswater.

Fastest - By far the majority of people flying into Gatwick take the train. The Gatwick Express to Victoria Station is the dedicated airport train for which you pay a significant premium to the slower alternative Southern Trains that ply the same tracks but with commuter trains making several stops. From Victoria the London Underground runs direct to Bayswater, a taxi is an option from the station rank but it is not a short journey.

Groups - For groups of 12 or more a private charter bus is worth considering. Vehicles from 8 seats to 50 seats are available offering a door to door service between airport terminal and hotel. For larger groups you obviously get a low cost per passenger as well as the convenience of a personalised door to door service.

Taxi & Private Cars - Travelling into Central London by vehicle is a frustrating option, there are no fast road links. Its a slow, stop, start endurance prone to road congestion delays. Unless you are a sizable group its much faster, cheaper and more comfortable if you get the train to Victoria then get a taxi from there.

Stansted Airport To/From Bayswater

The Best London Stansted Airport Bus?
The Stansted Express

Cheapest - The cheap option from Stansted into London is bus. National Express run a direct Paddington - Stansted Airport airport bus service from nearby Paddington Station or Marble Arch.

Fastest - The alternative to the buses is the Stansted Express train, the dedicated airport train for which you pay a significant premium for the speed, frequency and comfort over the bus alternative. The only caveat is the Liverpool Street terminus of the Stansted Express in London is the other side of Central London from Bayswater. The direct London Underground link to Queensway is an all together less luxurious train to the Stansted Express!

Groups - For groups of 8 or more a private charter bus is worth considering. Vehicles from 8 seats to 50 seats are available offering a door to door service between airport terminal and hotel. For larger groups you obviously get a low cost per passenger as well as the convenience of a personalised door to door service.

Taxi & Private Cars - Stansted is a long way out of London, about 40 miles from Bayswater. At peak hours during working days there will be road congestion delays and the distance means the fee is not cheap. Stansted private cars with meet n greet as you exit customs at Stansted are available.

Luton Airport To/From Bayswater

Cheapest - The cheap option from Luton into London is bus. National Express run a cheap service that terminates at London Victoria. For Bayswater you get off at stops at either Baker Street or Marble Arch, about a mile from Bayswater. Night buses run between both Baker Street and Marble Arch to Bayswater all night so there is no problem if you have a very early or late flight.

Fastest - The faster but more costly alternative to the bus is the Luton train . It is not a dedicated airport train and for Bayswater you get off at St Pancras Station. A direct London Underground link to Bayswater is available. The train doesn't go into the airport itself, a shuttle bus part of your rail ticket connects the passenger terminal at Luton with Luton Parkway Station, just a 5 minute journey.

Groups - For groups of 8 or more a private charter bus is worth considering. Vehicles from 8 seats to 50 seats are available offering a door to door service between airport terminal and hotel. For larger groups you obviously get a low cost per passenger as well as the convenience of a personalised door to door service.

Taxi & Private Cars - Luton is a long way out of London, about 35 miles from Bayswater. At peak hours during working days there will be road congestion delays and the distance means the fee is not cheap. Luton private cars with meet n greet as you exit customs at Luton are available.

City & Southend Airports

City Airport- City Airport is served by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), which for visitors you can think off as part of the London Underground. City Airport is in zone 3 of the London public transport system. You can use Oyster Cards and other London public transport ticketing options to interconnect between DLR and the Underground in one fare.

From City Airport the DLR interconnects with the London Underground at Canning Town, where you can take the Jubilee Line of the Underground to Baker Street, three stops from Bayswater on another Circle Line train.

For Lancaster Gate and Notting Hill get off the Jubilee Line train at Bond Street where the Central Line interconnects for Lancaster Gate and Notting Hill.

Southend Airport - The only viable public transport between Southend Airport and Central London are the regular trains that terminate at London's Liverpool Street Station.

The Circle Line and Central Line of the London Underground connect directly between Liverpool Street and Bayswater and Lancaster Gate respectively.

Southampton To/From Bayswater

Public Transport - The cheapest option on paper is to take public transport. The cheapest option are the National Express buses that terminate at Victoria Coach Station. The alternative trains from Waterloo to Southampton are much faster and unlike the buses luggage is only limited by the amount you can carry on-board. However, both Waterloo and Victoria are not close to Bayswater, a taxi to Victoria may cost you as much as the bus fare to Southampton.

It is possible to get to Southampton by train from Paddington Station, changing trains at least once - Paddington is less than a mile from Bayswater.

There are 4 cruise terminals at Southampton, you will need to take a short taxi ride between Southampton Bus or rail Station to your cruise terminal.

Cruise Bus - A dedicated cruise bus operates in each direction between Southampton and Central London connecting with individual cruise ships. It is a door to door service with drops at all the hotels in Bayswater and pick-ups from many hotels in Paddington, so there will be one close by your hotel.

Price is competitive even against public transport when you factor in the taxi transfers either end with public transport. There is also a much more relaxed luggage policy.

The London to Southampton Cruise Bus offers two services one a direct van shuttle, the other visits Stonehenge on the way before continuing to your cruise terminal around 1:30 p.m.

The Southampton to London Cruise Bus direction service has 3 choices, one direct the others full day tour transfers on eof which visits Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle with drop at Heathrow Airport and Central London hotels.

Groups, Bus Charters & Private Cars - Southampton is 2 hours drive from Bayswater by private vehicle. Vehicles from cars to large buses are available to charter either direct or stopping off somewhere along the way, Windsor Castle and Stonehenge are the most popular stops.

Private Vehicles Southampton To/From London - More Details

Dover To/From Bayswater

Public Transport - The cheapest option is to take public transport. The cheapest public transfer option are the National Express buses that terminate at Victoria Coach Station. The alternative trains from London St Pancras to Dover are much faster and unlike the buses luggage is only limited by the amount you can carry on-board.

Neither bus or train public transport will take you to the Dover cruise terminals. It is a 5 minute taxi from both bus and train stations at Dover to the cruise terminals.

Cruise Bus - A dedicated cruise bus operates in each direction between Dover and Central London connecting with individual cruise ships. It is a door to door service with drops at hotels in Bayswater and pick-ups from many hotels in Paddington, so there will be one close by your hotel.

Price is competitive even against public transport when you factor in the taxi transfers either end with public transport. There is also a much more relaxed luggage policy.

The London to Dover Cruise Bus picks up from Bayswater hotels and will be at your cruise terminal around lunch time with an optional visit to Dover Castle available.

The Dover to London Cruise Bus service has a choice of a direct van shuttle ot two tour transfer options, one visiting Leeds Castle and Canterbury the other the Harry Potter Studio Tour with hotel drops at Bayswater late afternoon/early evening.

Groups, Bus Charters & Private Cars - Dover is 2 hours drive from Bayswater by private vehicle. Vehicles from cars to large buses are available to charter either direct or stopping off somewhere along the way, Canterbury and Dover Castle are the most popular stops.

Private Vehicles Dover To/From London - More Details


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