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Heathrow Transfers to Central London

Vicky Del Moral

Vicky Del Moral

Jun 12, 2021 • 7 min read

Heathrow Transfers to Central London

© Ramapasha Laksono

Heathrow Airport (LHR), the most important airport not only in London but also in the United Kingdom, is located just 24 kilometers west of the city.

1. The best transfers between Heathrow airport and central London

Heathrow Airport Lounge | ©Tomek Baginski
Heathrow Airport Lounge | ©Tomek Baginski

The most convenient door-to-door service from Heathrow airport to your hotel is the private transfer service (you will have the vehicle for you and your companions) or the shared transfer (with a maximum capacity of up to 15 travelers).

2. Shared transfer between Heathrow airport and London city center

London traffic passing over London Bridge | ©Meeting Life
London traffic passing over London Bridge | ©Meeting Life

This private transfer service by vehicle sharing between Heathrow and central London: is the most comfortable way of all, as a driver will be waiting for you at any time upon your arrival at Heathrow airport and will transfer you to the door of your accommodation, carrying your luggage as well.

The price

Its price is a little higher than that of transferring from the airport by metro or bus, approximately 20 euros each way and person, but it is cheaper than the airport express train. Also, sharing the ride with more travelers makes it more affordable.

Luggage

As it is a shared vehicle, each traveler is only allowed to carry one large suitcase and one carry-on bag. If you are traveling with more or oversized luggage you must inform us of this when booking the service as it may incur additional fees.

Transfer back from your hotel in London to Heathrow airport
The car sharing service for transfer between London and Heathrow: is practically the same there and back and you can reach your destination in central London in just 30 minutes (depending on traffic it can be 60 min) and making no more than 3 stops on the way.

Details of interest of shared transfers

  • You will receive an immediate confirmation and your ticket in electronic format after booking your service.
  • Shared vehicles can carry a maximum of 15 passengers.
  • Their drivers speak Spanish, English and Portuguese, so you will find it very easy to communicate with them.
  • These cars are adapted for all travelers, as they are equipped with safety seats for small children and are wheelchair-accessible.
  • From the moment your flight lands, your assigned driver will give you a waiting time of up to 60 minutes to disembark and collect your luggage.
  • The duration of the transfer is approximate as it will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions.

What is included in the shared private car transfer service between Heathrow and London?

  • Transportation in minivan or car with air conditioning
  • Professional driver
  • Ticket on your mobile device

What is not included in the shared private car transfer service between Heathrow and London?

  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Excess baggage charges (if applicable)

Shared private car transfer service times between Heathrow and London

  • Every day of the year
  • From Monday to Sunday: from 01:00 to 23:30

Vicky's Traveller Tip

If you hire a transfer service from your hotel to the airport, keep in mind that there may be traffic, so add a reasonable margin of time.

3. Private transfer between Heathrow airport and London city center

Private transfer | ©Dan Gold
Private transfer | ©Dan Gold

This is definitely the fastest and most comfortable way to get to your accommodation from Heathrow. As with the shared transfer, a driver will be waiting for you (you and your companion(s)) at the airport upon arrival but in this case, you will be on your way to your accommodation without having to make any prior stops because there will be no other travelers in the vehicle.

The price

Of course, the private transfer has a higher price than the shared one, but you may even find it more economical if you travel together, since the price is paid per vehicle and not per person.

Duration

The journey time between Heathrow and central London is about half an hour, but as you are going straight to your hotel, there will be no interruptions or detours along the way.

Luggage

By having a vehicle exclusively for you, you will have more room to carry bags or backpacks, but keep in mind that it is not a minivan, so if you have doubts because you are carrying very bulky luggage, please let us know via email when making the reservation.

4. Other ways to move between Heathrow and London

Paddington Station | ©Neil Martin
Paddington Station | ©Neil Martin

There are also other ways to get to London from Heathrow and vice versa that may be interesting depending on where you are staying and the comfort you are looking for. Here is a summary of the main ones:

  • Private or shared transfer
  • From 20 Euros approx.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Destination: your hotel
  • Heathrow Express Train
  • From 25 euros
  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Destination: Paddington Station
  • Metro
  • From 10 euros
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Destination: several stops
  • Uber
  • From 35 euros
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Destination: customized

How to travel by subway between London and Heathrow Airport

London Underground | ©Carmen Voces
London Underground | ©Carmen Voces

The best thing about Heathrow airport is that it is connected to the London Underground and reaches the city center in about 50 minutes. It is not the fastest way to move between Heathrow and the center of London, but it is the cheapest (the ticket is about 10 euros).

To go by subway from Heathrow to the center of London you must take the Piccadilly Line (navy blue). I recommend that if you choose this means of transport take the opportunity to get an Oyster Card, the card that will give you access to all public transport in London and that will help you get around the city in a much more agile and economical way.

The London Underground is not open 24 hours a day: on weekdays the subway is operational from 5.00 to midnight and on weekends it covers fewer hours, from 7.00 to 00.00.

6. How to travel by train between London and Heathrow airport

Heathrow Express | ©Jeremy Segrott
Heathrow Express | ©Jeremy Segrott

Going from Heathrow to central London by train is another way to get around and, although its express train is the fastest of all, its price is quite high and in my opinion, it doesn't pay off that much unless you are in a real hurry to get to your destination.

Heathrow Express
Heathrow Express is a fast train that departs every quarter of an hour from any terminal at Heathrow Airport and you will be in the center of London in just 15 minutes. It operates every day of the week, but if your flight arrives or departs in the early morning it will not be a viable means of transport.

On the other hand, this train can cost even more than a private transport service as your ticket costs 27 euros each way per person, 40 euros if purchased round trip. Also, being a direct train, the Heathrow Express only stops at the central Paddington train station so you may have to take a second means of transport from there to get to your hotel or accommodation.

Regular train from Heathrow to Paddington

This regular train takes twice as long as the express, half an hour, and its frequency is also higher, 30 minutes. But you will spend less than on the Heathrow Express, about 12 euros pounds each way per person.

Vicky's Traveller Tip

If you choose to take the train back to the airport, be careful as train destinations may vary between terminals even if they are on the same track and at the same station.

7. Travel by bus between Heathrow Airport and London

Bus to Heathrow | ©martin arrand
Bus to Heathrow | ©martin arrand

Heathrow Airport also has bus services to different areas of London and to London Victoria Station, as well as an overnight route when the train service ends.

I only recommend this method if you are carrying a lot of luggage and/or traveling at times when you cannot take the subway or train (in the early morning) and do not want a private transportation service.

8. Other options: Uber and cab

Typical London Taxi
Typical London Taxi
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Ordering an Uber is another of the options you have to get to London from Heathrow. You can get to the city center in a journey that takes 30 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic and time of day. This option is not the cheapest (it usually costs more than 35 euros). But it is true that Uber can be up to 30% cheaper than cabs, whose price from the airport is usually around 50-90 euros approximately.

9. Transfers from other London airports to the city center

Terminal airport | ©Belinda Fewings
Terminal airport | ©Belinda Fewings

If you have not yet booked your flight and you are hesitating between landing at one airport or another, I have also written similar articles with all the details to move from each of the airports. I leave them linked here in case you want to take a look before booking your flight:

10. And what are you going to do when you are there?

If you are one of those who start organizing the flight and transportation and still do not know what you will do there or what are the attractions you will visit, I recommend you to read my travel guides about the city, as they are full of practical tips for you to decide how you want to spend your time during your trip. Here are the most complete ones so you can start organizing your ideas. Have a safe trip!

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