London has several airports and it can be quite daunting to try to get from any of the airports to Central London. Moving to London means you will probably be expecting friends and family from back home on a regular basis and being able to get into London quickly and cheaply is a skill and some worthwhile information to have ready.
London Heathrow Airport
Located about 30 km from central London, Heathrow Airport (LHR) handles more passengers than any other airport in the world today. With five busy terminals, over 65 million people arrive in London through Heathrow every year and they’ve made it very easy to get into the city and out to the airport for everyone. The new long distance terminal at Heathrow is the biggest freestanding building in the United Kingdom.
Hop and a skip to Heathrow
The quickest way to get to and from Heathrow is on the Heathrow Express. Leaving from 5am until 11.45 pm it is a quick 15-minute non-stop journey to or from Paddington Station. Tickets prices range from £21 for an online ticket up to £26 for a ticket purchased on board the train. You can also take the tube from Heathrow to London on the Piccadilly Line, but while it is slightly cheaper it is much longer; about 50 minutes to central London with multiple stops on the way.
The National Express runs coaches between Victoria Coach Station and Heathrow central station with the journey taking between 45 and 90 minutes depending on the route. The tickets are cheap though, about £15 and the services run from the early morning until about 9.30pm. There are buses that run from Heathrow every 30 minutes between midnight and 5.30am. The N9 Night bus takes about an hour and it’s a very cheap alternative, and even less on your Oyster Card.
The TFL website offers a handy journey planner on their website, which makes getting around London extremely easy and offers a superb range of transport choices.
For a grand entry to London, you can take the famous ‘black cab’, but it will cost between £50 and £80 for the journey. So if lugging around baggage is a hassle for you pre-booking through a car service might be a better route. Services like Uber and Green Tomato offer applications where you can obtain a quote for your journey as well as customize car choice. They usually offer discounts for first time users but it is always useful to do a quick Google search or simply head over to the Voucherbox app to see what offers are available.