If you are heading over to London anytime soon then I’m sure you are busy doing your research on all the wonderful sights you want to see. But to ensure you get your visit off to a flying start (no pun intended) I suggest you give some thought to the best method to use for getting from the airport to your London destination.
There really is no ‘one size fits all’ as the route taken will depend on a number of issues:
Let’s start by looking at what options are available at the two main airports that serve the greater London area.
This is probably your fastest option as trains run very regularly throughout the day and night, to coincide with the airline schedules.
Tip if you are in a rush you can buy your ticket once onboard the Heathrow Express, but be aware that you will pay a slight surcharge for this convenience. If you want to save some money, then check out their current special offers
Tip: Ticket gates have been installed at Gatwick Airport and London’s Victoria stations so you will need to purchase a ticket before boarding.
This is probably your cheapest option, especially if you take advantage of the Oyster card option.
This is probably your most private option, depending on what method you select. Here are a few options:
National Express Coach Service – 200 services a day, 154 drop off points in central London, fares start at GBP 6 one way per person
London Black Cabs – available for hire at the well-organized taxi ranks outside each terminal. Black cabs are highly regulated so you will get a licensed driver, a clean car to travel in, and a driver that knows London routes better than anyone else. Fares are metered with a GBP 2.40 minimum fare. There is an additional charge of GBP 2.80 for fares that start at Heathrow airport.
Private car hire –Private hire minicabs offer a fixed price to and from any UK destination from Heathrow or Gatwick. Private hire minicabs must be pre-booked via a telephone or online. Your driver will greet you in the arrivals area and will be holding a sign with your name. You can compare a range of prices online with minicabit or get a quote from greentomatocars.
Local bus – I feel I should add this option as it does exist. However, with journey times over two hours I don’t think many will take this route, even though it is the cheapest.
Now that we have looked at the three main options for transport, lets compare the pros and cons so that you can work out what is the best fit for your particular situation. Below is a chart showing each of the transportation options available. If you still have questions, then drop me a note as I am happy to help.