Commuting to and from Heathrow


For travellers to London, finding quality accommodation close to Heathrow Airport is never an issue, with several top class hotels close to and also in the vicinity of the airport.

A good option to stay in luxury at a very affordable cost would be the Grand Park hotel London, Hounslow, which is at a convenient distance from the airport. It is a boutique luxury hotel known for its customer friendly ambience and excellent facilities. If you book a room at the Grand Park hotel London Hounslow in the tourist off-season you could benefit from the best price on offer at that part of the year.

For those travellers who fly into Heathrow airport, the most convenient and cost-effective way to get around the city is by making use of the excellent transportation facilities offered by the London Tube or British rail.  Some of the other popular and efficient modes of transport include coach and taxi services to the city.

Heathrow Central Railway Station
Heathrow Central Railway Station was earlier known as Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3 and is located at Heathrow Airport. In fact the signage still reflects Terminals 1, 2 & 3 with the station offering Heathrow Express services non-stop to Paddington every 15 minutes. The Heathrow Connect services run every 30 minutes and stop at most stations en-route to Paddington Station. You can also get a shuttle service from Heathrow Central Railway Station to Terminal 4 that is run by Heathrow Express. Transport with London Travelcards is not permissible from Heathrow Central, but passengers transferring between terminals can use the trains at no cost. Nowadays Heathrow Express services extend only to Heathrow Terminal 5. Terminal 4 is now served by Heathrow Express ‘shuttle’ or Heathrow Connect services.

The Heathrow Connect goes from Paddington to Heathrow Airport terminals 1, 2 and 3. Along the route it stops at Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Paddington, Hayes, Southall, Heathrow Central (1,2,3) and Terminal 4. To get to Terminal 4 will take around 35 minutes from Paddington, and commuting from Terminal 5 is also very convenient.  There is also a free inter-terminal transfer available on Heathrow Express. Trains depart every 30 minutes with a single ticket from Paddington being just £9.90 with an open return starting at £19.80. The Heathrow Connect trains offer comfort and ample space with air conditioning to make the journey pleasant.

Tube Services
In terms of cost, the Piccadilly Tube Line is the most cost-effective to travel between Heathrow Airport and London. The journey takes less than an hour and the frequency of trains is exceptionally good with trains leaving approximately every 10 minutes. There are 3 Underground Stations at Heathrow with one serving Terminals 1,2,3 and One each for Terminals 4&5. Getting to the station for Terminals 1,2,3 is a just a short walk of a few minutes and lies in the Central Area. You will find the underground stations for Terminals 4 & 5 located in the basement of the terminals. All of them fall in Travelcard Zone 6.

Tickets & Fares
You can get tickets for the Tube at all stations and the fare to Zone 1 (Central London) costs £5.70. Getting a one-day Travelcard, for unlimited travel within Zones 1 – 6 is £17 (Anytime) and in non-peak hours costs £8.90. To get an Oyster pay-as-you-go ticket will cost you £5 (Weekdays 06:30 – 09:30) and £3 (at other times). You will also need to get an Oyster card.

Coach Services
There are National Express coaches available from Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station, to Central London and other destinations all over the country. The central bus station is open 24 hours a day and is situated between Terminals 1, 2 and 3. It is a short walk away using the underground walkways. To get a free Heathrow Connect or Heathrow Express Service to the Central Bus Station you can go to Terminal 4 and 5. The travel desk at the Central Bus Station operates between 06:00 to 22:30. It is recommended to book in advance and you can get discounted tickets online.

The only direct connection between Heathrow and other airports is the National Express which runs around 100 services a day. There is also a Hotel Hoppa service available that serves 21 hotels in the vicinity of Heathrow Airport at just £4 each way, from the Central Bus Station and all terminals. Group travel is definitely more economical with an average of 4 passengers saving up to 25% on fares for select routes.

There is RailAir that operates dedicated coach services from Reading Station to Heathrow Airport. These are to Terminals 1, 2 and 3 with departure from Reading Station being every 20-30 minutes. For passengers from and to Terminal 4 there is a Heathrow Connect train that offers a free transfer every 15 minutes.

Prices differ as per the type of ticket with the standard cost for an adult one ways being £16 with online prices being cheaper. Group travel costs for 8 or more is much more economical. In case of individuals with special needs like Wheelchairs, Railair need to be called prior to booking tickets to ensure the needed facilities are available.

Another popular mode of transport are taxis to the airport. With over 600 taxi companies that serve Heathrow and its surroundings with many companies offering specialised services with great rates. You can look for a Heathrow Airport Taxi Quote, which will give you a description of each company’s services as well as contact details.