Terminal 5 is well served by taxi firms, although costs can vary significantly, so it pays to shop around. There are three main options for those wanting to reach the airport by taxi – a London black cab, a private hire minicab, or a chauffeured car. To find your three nearest cab companies, use Transport for London’s Cabwise service – text cab to 60835 to receive their numbers direct to your phone.
Black cabs can be hailed anywhere in London, and are in plentiful supply, particularly in central London and at transport hubs such as stations. They’re also costly, with a metered journey to or from central London from Terminal 5 priced at anything between £40 and £70.
Numerous minicab firms serve Terminal 5, and they tend to be cheaper than black cabs. In London, only black cabs are allowed to pick up passengers on the street, minicabs must be pre-booked. Most minicab firms offer fixed prices rather than metered rides, so you’ll know exactly what you’re paying in advance. Often, taxis can be booked in advance online, as well as by phone, and those specialising in airport runs will often monitor flights if picking up from an airport to check for delays. If you need a taxi to Terminal 5, try one of the following companies:
As well as standard minicab hire firms, there are companies offering specialist airport transfer services. These are often international firms that operate in several different countries, and provide transfers either in private or shared cars and minibuses, both to and from airports. You can generally book return journeys with them in advance. Some firms serving Heathrow are:
Resort Hoppa: 0871 855 0350
Shuttle Direct: 0870 7350 369
If you’re feeling like splashing out, then there are also a number of firms offering executive and luxury transfer services to Terminal 5, often in limousines. They’re often aimed at business travellers, but there’s no reason private customers can’t also use them. Some firms to try are: