Travelling from Heathrow Airport to London is easy-peasy. Central London is just 15 miles west of the airport, and there are a variety of different transport methods to help you get there.
Using the London Underground is one of the cheapest ways of travelling to the centre of London; the Piccadilly Line in particular is one of the most cost efficient routes. The journey takes 50 minutes - 1 hour, and tubes run every few minutes - you should never have to wait more than 10 minutes for one to arrive.
There is now a Night Tube running on the Piccadilly Line on Fridays and Saturdays from Terminals 2, 3, and 5. There is no service for Terminal 4. Tubes come and go every 10 minutes.
At Heathrow there are three London Underground stations: Terminals 2 and 3, Terminal 4, and Terminal 5.
You will find the Terminals 2 and 3 station between the Heathrow T2 and T3 terminals, which are accessible on foot via a pedestrian subway. The Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 stations are located in the basements of the Heathrow terminals.
The most affordable ticket is a single fare to Central London (Zone 1) for £6.00. An all-day Travelcard, which entitles you to unlimited travel in Zones 1 - 6 is £17.20 (Anytime) or £12.10 (off-peak). If you have an Oyster card, pay as you go prices are £5.10 at peak rush hour times, and £3.10.
The Heathrow Express trains run every 15 minutes, and the journey from Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 to London Paddington takes 15 minutes too, making this the speediest travel option.
You can purchase your Heathrow Express tickets online, at the station, on the Heathrow Express app, or on the train.
The Express Saver single fare is £25.00 during peak times, or £22.00 if travelling off-peak. Returns are £37.00. If you book in advance, one-way tickets start from £5.50. Children aged 15 and under travel for free.
The Heathrow Express trains stop at Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 and Heathrow Terminal 5. If you're travelling from Terminal 4, there is a free transfer train at T2 & T3; the transfers run every 15 minutes, and take 4 minutes.
Paddington Station, where the Heathrow Express stops at, is located near to Oxford Street and Hyde Park. From Paddington, you can catch the Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines.
An alternative to the Underground, the Heathrow Connect runs between Heathrow and London Paddington, leaving every 30 minutes and stopping at local West London stations. Journey time takes between 31 and 49 minutes.
You must buy your tickets either from the ticket office or online. Single fares to or from Heathrow are:
Please make sure you buy your ticket before boarding as a penalty fare zone is in operation between Hayes & Harlington and London Paddington.
Heathrow Connect trains stop at Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 and Heathrow Terminal 4. If you wish to catch Heathrow Connect for Terminal 5, change at Heathrow T2 & T3 for the free transfer train (there are around 4 transfer trains every hour; journey time is 6 minutes).
Travelling by National Express is extremely convenient, with coach services running to and from all terminals. Coaches run across the day, starting from £10.00. Journey times vary between 40 and 80 minutes to get to Victoria coach station.
The National Express coaches depart from the Central Bus Station, which is only a 5 minute journey on foot from the Heathrow Terminal buildings.
The coaches use stops 13 and 14 (which are outside arrivals at the terminal). There are free transfers to the Central Bus Station; you can get to Terminal 5 by getting off at stop 7.
The coaches use stops 13, 14, 15 and 16 which are located outside the terminal building at arrivals.
You can get to London Waterloo station via the Feltham rail link. It is a combined journey with the 285 bus and a train. The total journey time is 1 hour and 40 minutes.
There is also the option of getting a taxi, which are available outside each terminal. To get to Central London via taxi takes around 1 hour and costs between £45.00 - £70.00.
If you have any Heathrow queries, find out more.