The Best Way From Heathrow Airport To Central London And Other London Airports
Author: Bob Handford
London is a spread out city covering a wide area. There is a wide range of options getting into London all with their own target market. What is right for one persons destination and wallet can be an ordeal for another.
Transfer Options Between Heathrow and Other London Airports
However, the National Express coaches are not the cheapest public transport options from Heathrow to one of London’s other airports. The cheapest options are normally indirect via Central London, although much slower.
There are too many permutations to go through all the possible solutions for inter-airport transfers between London’s airports here. There are dedicated pages on the main London Toolkit web site that goes through the main transfer choices for each airport pair.
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A Summary Of Transfer Options Between London and Heathrow Airport
The fastest transfer is the Heathrow Express train. London in 15 minutes every 15 minutes is the marketing slogan. The downside is its a very expensive train ride and the London terminus, Paddington may well be far, far away from your hotel.
A budget version of the fastest transfer is the Heathrow Connect train. At about half the cost of the Heathrow Express and just 10 minutes slower the savings are worthwhile. Like the Heathrow Express the location of the Paddington terminus will be an issue for many. The Heathrow Connect is also less frequent than the Heathrow Express, especially on Sundays.
Taxi cabs and private cars are worthwhile looking at if you are a group or have lots of luggage. If you are staying in a hotel district on the west side of London like Earls Court it can be quite economical. In the centre of town road based transfers will be slower than a train based transfer a lot of the time.
There is an airport bus, but unless you are staying in the Victoria hotel district of London or close by, there is little reason to use it.
If you are from a country where van style shuttles are the canny travellers choice, there is this option available but few people use them. So few people use the service that companies that have attempted to provide such a service in the last few years have not lasted long. Other options are faster and cheaper, so about the only people that use the van shuttle option are those that are not aware of the alternatives.
The Key Factor In Getting A Smooth Transfer
The number one thing you can do to make your transfer less stressful and good value is the location of your hotel you select.
The best locations in London for a hotel in terms of ease of transfers are Paddington and the Earls Court and Gloucester Road areas of Kensington.
The worst locations are around the Tower of London, Canary Wharf, Southwark and County Hall.