Airport Transfers

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For transfers to central London, either take the National Express Coach to Victoria; the tube from Terminal 5 station on the Piccadilly Line; the Heathrow Express to Paddington from Terminal 5, or the Heathrow Connect to Paddington from Heathrow Central. To other UK cities, either take a coach, or travel into London and then journey from there on rail or coach. Bear in mind that fares (particularly rail fares) tend to be much lower if booked in advance, which can be done easily via the relevant operator’s website. For further information please see our Bus and Coach and Train and Tube pages.

For local transfers, taxi can be the best option. Fares tend to be expensive, so shop around for the cheapest firm. Some suggested taxi numbers are listed on the airport taxis page of this website.

Transfers to other London airports are easiest by coach. National Express run direct services between Heathrow and the other major London airports with numerous departures throughout the day. The Gatwick-Heathrow service, for example, runs 100 times a day.

For travel between Terminal 5 and other Heathrow terminals, there are bus and train services. From Terminal 5 to terminals 1 and 3, buses 441 and 724 are free and take 10 to 20 minutes. At night, use the N9 night bus. Heathrow Express trains also make the journey, but not all trains stop so make sure you board the right one. To Terminal 4, take bus 482 and 490, or the Heathrow Express. Heathrow covers a huge area of land, so don’t try and walk – the site is four square kilometres. Terminal 5 has its own station which is served by both the Heathrow Express and Underground rail services.

To hotels in the Heathrow area, you can take the Heathrow Hoppa bus service run by National Express. This costs £4 each way for adults, 50 pence for children.

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