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How to Get from Heathrow to London?

Spread over 5 terminals, Heathrow Airport is one of the most modern and most visited airports in the entire world with nearly 200,000 passengers passing through every single day!


The majority of people visiting London from outside of Europe will arrive at Heathrow and because of its’ stature and importance, there are a number of ways to travel to and from the airport

London Underground

By far the easiest and most affordable way to get to and from Heathrow Airport. The Piccadilly Line runs through all 5 terminals of Heathrow Airport as well as straight through the centre of London, offering connections with every other tube line on the London Underground network.  Use our Google Map and input the address of your final destination for directions and travel time from Heathrow.  Travel time on the Tube is roughly 45 minutes to central London.

How to get from Heathrow to London

Piccadilly line trains run out of Heathrow from 5:00 to 23:00.

Ticket prices from Zone 1 to Heathrow are £5.70 for a cash-bought paper ticket, £5.00 on Oyster card during peak times (6:30 – 9:30 and 16:30 – 19:00) and only £3.00 on Oyster card during off-peak times. 

Journey times vary depending on where your hotel is but from Green Park in the centre of Zoned 1 the ride to Heathrow takes just under an hour.

National Express

A coach service that runs throughout the day and night that can be boarded from a number of locations (Marble Arch, Victoria, Baker Street, etc.) within central London. Tickets are £15 one-way and on average, journey time is around 40 minutes to an hour.


Also operated by National Express, HotelHoppa is an option for visitors who are staying at hotels near Heathrow Airport. A bus service that costs £7.00 return, HotelHoppa services run from ‘first thing in the morning to last thing at night.’

The Heathrow Express

A train line that takes passengers directly from the airport to Paddington Station in London’s Zone 1.

The trains depart from Paddington and London Heathrow every 15 minutes, meaning you can simply turn up and purchase a ticket for the next departing service without having to book in advance.

Paddington Station is situated on the Bakerloo, Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan lines so every area in central London is easily accessible on the London Underground Network.

First and last trains vary depending on your required terminal at Heathrow, but service generally runs from 5:30am until just before midnight.

Ticket price for a standard return fare is £34.00 when bought at the station or online - £39.00 if you purchase whilst on the train.

GO Airport Shuttle

If you'd rather avoid public transportation, the GO Airport Shuttle offers reliable 24/7 airport shuttles and car service from Heathrow (and other London) airports.


With upfront pricing you'll know exactly how much it will cost before you hop in! With the number of discount flights that take off/land outside of public transportation hours, GO Airport Shuttle is a great option for midnight rides

Heathrow Connect

A train service taking passengers from Heathrow to Paddington Station in London’s Zone 1.

The trains depart every 30 minutes during the day.

 Paddington Station is situated on the Bakerloo, Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan Lines so every area in central London is easily accessible on the London Underground Network.

Heathrow Connect, unlike Heathrow Express, makes a number of stops along the journey. Passengers can embark or alight at any of these stations, including Ealing Broadway which is on the Central and District Lines.

The first trains depart around 4:40 from Paddington and 5:30 from Heathrow. Last trains depart 23:07 from Paddington and 23:24 from Heathrow.

Ticket price for a standard return is £19.80. Average journey time is between 25 – 45 minutes.

London Black Cabs

Maybe you just want an iconic ride from the airport to your hotel!

London Historical Taxi Tours

These taxis provide a professional, competitive and reliable airport transfer services to and from Gatwick, Heathrow, Stanstead, Luton and London city airport.

They can also provide a “meet and greet” service at the airport. What we quote you is what you pay.

All prices include airport charges and we guarantee to beat any quote from any of our competitors, all at 15 – 20% below meter prices. 

Check out our Airport Transportation pages, or e-mail us for a quote.

The London Transport Pass

If you’re interested in a private transfer from the airport to London city center, this is an excellent alternative to some of the other options on our list.

In addition to covering the costs of a private transfer, the London Transport Pass also includes a 1-Day Travelcard (£18+) at no extra cost.

At a cost of only £37 per pass, that means you’re really only paying £19 for the private transfer. Given that this service typically costs at least £25-£45, that’s a pretty good deal!

Visitors who plan to travel around the city for at least one day while in London may find that the Travelcard is quite useful.

That said, if you’re curious about the different options for public transport, please read our post about the Oyster Card and Travelcards.

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About The Author


An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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