Heathrow Airport (LHR) is London’s largest airport and the busiest in Europe. In 2015 it was ranked the third busiest airport worldwide with 74 million passengers flying from its different terminals.
Since opening its fifth terminal in 2008, Heathrow has become one of the world’s largest airports. It is estimated that it can serve over 90 million passengers every year.
If you would like to book a private airport transfer service, the driver of the car will be waiting for you at the arrival terminal with a sign with your name on it. The fare will cost minimum £53, so very similar in price to a taxi, but a lot more comfortable and hassle-free.
The Heathrow Express is the quickest way to get to the city center from Heathrow Airport, taking between 15 and 20 minutes. The train stops at Paddington and runs every 15 minutes from 5:15 in the morning to 11:30 pm approximately.
A one-way ticket costs £21,50 and a return ticket costs £35 (valid for a month). You can get the tickets online (with a small discount), in the station or once on the train (paying a supplement).
The Heathrow Connect costs £10,10 for a single journey and £20,20 for a return ticket (half of the price of the Heathrow Express). Another advantage is that this train stops at other train stations before getting to Paddington, so it might be worth checking its route to see if it's more convenient for you. It takes approximately 30 minutes to get to the last railway station, Paddington.
Taking the London Underground is the cheapest way to get to the city centre. The journey lasts roughly 45 minutes. Heathrow’s London Tube stations (one for Terminal 2 and 3, one for Terminal 4 and one for Terminal 5) are all in zone 6 of the Underground system. To get to the centre, which is in zone 1, will cost £5,70.
You’ll be able to catch a train every 10 minutes and the service runs from 5 am to 11:45 pm.
Although it is also possible to take a bus to the city centre, it takes longer and is more expensive than the London Tube, so we recommend always taking the subway.
Getting a taxi is the best option for those traveling in big groups, with a lot of suitcases, or for those who don't like taking the public transport. It can take up to an hour to get to the city center and will cost between 50 and 90 pounds.