Plan your journey between London and Heathrow Airport with our useful guide to the trains, Tubes, taxis and private transfer companies serving the world's busiest international airport, located 17.7 miles to the west of London.
Airport Code: LHR
Distance: from central London: 15 miles (24km)
Contact: For flight and travel information call: 0844 335 1801
If you use a textphone please call: 0844 571 7410
Text: LHR and your flight number to 82222 for flight information (charges apply)
Address: Heathrow Airport Limited, The Compass Centre, Nelson Road, Hounslow, Middlesex
Postcode: TW6 2GW
For a personal and hassle-free introduction to London, it makes sense to use of one of the many private transfer providers servicing Heathrow Airport. The service is often cheaper than the equivalent taxi fare and definitely much less trouble.
Private transfers allow you to avoid queuing or searching for transport - your driver meets you with a personalised sign in the airport Arrivals Hall, assists you with your luggage, escorts you to your vehicle and transfers you straight to your hotel.
We've hand-picked a selection of what we think are the best transfer companies in the industry.
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Heathrow Airport has three underground stations - one shared by Terminals 1, 2 and 3, one at Terminal 4 and a third at Terminal 5. All provide regular stopping train services on London Underground's Piccadilly Line into central London.
Trains run every 4 to 9 minutes between the hours of 5.13am (5.57am Sundays) and 12.22am (11.55pm Sundays).
The average journey time is 45 to 65 minutes depending on destination.
A single ticket takes you from Heathrow Airport (Zone 6) into central London (Zone 1).
If you are travelling after 9.30am a One-Day Travelcard between Zones 1 and 6 gives unlimited travel on London Underground trains, the DLR and buses.
Ticket machines at the stations accept UK coins and most give change. Some accept UK notes (bills) and credit cards.
For further information about London Underground services call London Transport on: 020 7222 1234.
The Heathrow Express is the fastest train service running from Heathrow Airport into central London.
It operates seven days a week and runs directly into London Paddington train and Tube station. Trains are non-stop.
Trains from Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 to London Paddington start at 5.07am and then run every 15 minutes, with the last train leaving at 11.42pm (11.48pm Sundays).
Trains from Heathrow Airport Terminals 1-3 to London Paddington start at 5.12am (5.08am Sundays) and then run every 15 minutes, with the last train leaving at 11.48pm (11.40pm Sundays).
For Terminal 4, depart at the station for Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and take the free and frequent transfer to Terminal 4.
Trains from London Paddington to Heathrow Airport start at 5.10am and run every 15 minutes to 11.25pm, when the last train leaves.
15 minutes for Terminals 1, 2 and 3 | 27 to 32 minutes for Terminal 4 | 21 minutes for Terminal 5.
First Class: £28 (Single), £52 (Return)
Express Saver: £20 (Single), £34 (Return)
Tickets must be purchased before boarding. There is a £5 surcharge for Express Class tickets if bought onboard.
Heathrow Express offers a free transfer for customers travelling between Heathrow Central (T1, 2 & 3) and Terminal 4.
For information on all these services call the National Rail Enquiry service on: 08457 48 49 50.
A Black Cab taxi holds up to 5 people and can be picked up from outside the airport. There is no need to pre-book a taxi, simply go to the taxi rank on each of the terminal forecourts. However, to avoid the inevitable queues for taxis, you can book in advance through London Black Cabs. 48-hours notice is required for airport transfers. Flights arrival times are monitored by reservation staff so you do not need to worry about delays to your flight. You will be met outside the customs area by your driver who will assist you in carrying your luggage to the vehicle. London Black Cabs can also arrange your return journey at the time of booking.
Journey time by private taxi or Black Cab into central London is 50 - 75 minutes.
To book a London Black Cab or for more information call: 44 (0)203 178 8923 (Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm)
Heathrow Airport is 15 miles (23km) west of London.
On leaving the airport, follow signs for M4 motorway and central London.
Journey time to central London is approximately 50 to 75 minutes.
An £8 Congestion Charge applies to all cars entering central London from Monday to Friday 7am-6pm.
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