Heathrow Transport - Rail, Coach and Bus
Heathrow airport is easily accessible from nearby London and the south east, and all over the UK by both private and public transport. Explore the options below to find out which method of getting to Heathrow is best for you.
You can often make big savings when you research which method of travel you would like to use and book your tickets online. Transport providers will cut prices to those who book early, so it is definitely worth sorting out all transport to and from Heathrow Airport in advance and it saves a lot of hassle too!
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Heathrow by Car
Travelling to London Heathrow by car is a great option for most people. If you have your own car there are plenty of cheap airport parking options to choose from. If you have an early morning flight or would rather be closer to the airport the day before your flight the most hassle free option is to book an airport hotel.
This is a reasonably priced option and saves you the hassle of having to get up at the crack of dawn to travel for an early flight! Airport Hotel Shop offers great overnight hotel stays and long or short stay parking packages to save you money!
Heathrow Airport is easily accessible by car from the M4 which is connected to the M25 motorway and so to the whole country.
You can find out much more about directions, and view interactive transportation and terminal maps by visiting our Heathrow Maps & Directions page.
Share a Car when travelling to and from Heathrow
A fantastic way to reduce costs, pollution, congestion and parking is to car-share. If you’re interested in finding someone else going your way, so you can share lifts, then take a look at the UK’s largest car-sharing network: Liftshare.com.
It's totally free to join and use. Just enter your journey details and it will automatically show you others who are making similar journeys so you can make contact with them.
Heathrow Airport by Coach
National Express coach services operate out of the Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station, to and from central London (Victoria), and destinations all over the UK.
The central bus station is located between Terminals 1, 2 and 3, is open 24 hours and is well sign posted. It is a few minutes walk from the terminals via underground walkways. From Terminal 4 and 5 you can catch a free Heathrow Connect or Heathrow Express service to the Central Bus Station. The travel centre at the Central Bus Station opens from 06:00 to 22:30 and provides full details of all services.
National Express is the only direct connection between Heathrow and other airports and runs 100 services a day. They also operate a Hotel Hoppa which serves 21 hotels around Heathrow Airport for just £4 each way door to door, from all terminals and the Central Bus Station.
Passengers travelling in a group can make significant savings, 4 passengers travelling together can save on average 25% on standard fares on selected routes such as Heathrow to and from Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Newport, Swansea, Warwick or Wolverhampton.
Website: National Express
RailAir operate a dedicated coach service which runs non-stop from Reading Station to Heathrow Airport.
This coach service departs from Reading station every 20 minutes (or up to 30 minutes in the early hours of the morning) and travels to terminals 1, 2, 3 and 5. Passengers needing to get to and from Terminal 4 can get a free transfer between terminals using the Heathrow Connect train which runs every 15 minutes.
Standard ticket prices start ftp, £16 for an adult one way, depending on the type of ticket, although online ticket prices are actually cheaper. Group discounts are available with 8 or more people travelling together which can save adults over a third and children half the price of a regular fare.
Wheelchair users are asked to call RailAir prior to making a booking in order to assure a coach with appropriate facilities is available.
Heathrow Airport by Taxi
Taxis are a great, hassle-free and convenient way to get to the airport. There are over 600 taxi companies serving Heathrow airport and the surrounding areas, many of which specialise in airport taxis and can offer great rates.
Find cheap airport taxis near you and get hold of a Heathrow Airport Taxi Quote.The listings include contact details and a description of each company's services to help you book a taxi to suit your needs.
Looking for a cheap, reliable Overseas Airport Transfer Service? Check out our International Travel page; Holiday Taxis.
Heathrow Airport Hotel Transfers
There are many services that offer shuttle transfers between Heathrow and your chosen London hotel. Often these are offered by the hotels themselves, so if you are needing to get to a hotel with a transfer or shuttle bus service offered then you might find it useful to compare and book your Heathrow Hotel through Airport Hotel Shop which lists hotels around Heathrow airport. You can view further information including whether a shuttle or transfer service is offered by each hotel.
Alternatively, National Express offer a Hotel Hoppa transfer service. Shuttle buses are provided to and from Terminals 1, 3, 4 and 5 and tickets can be bought from the Heathrow Hoppa Hotel website.
Heathrow Airport by Train
There is a Railair service operating to and from London Heathrow Airport providing links to stations in Feltham, Reading, Woking and Watford Junction.
Rail information and ticket desks are in the arrivals areas of all five terminals.
Train times, cheapest fare finders and discounts on UK attractions can be found from thetrainline.com. Booking in advance with the Trainline can save you an average of 43%, as opposed to booking at the train station. So it's worth getting your tickets sorted online today!
For cheap train tickets to the South of England then please visit Southern rail. They provide links from London to locations across the South of England including Southampton, Brighton, Chichester, Portsmouth, Worthing and many more. They don't charge additional booking fees on their site and commuters can get 100% refund if they need to cancel their ticket. They even offer a group save ticket so 4 travellers only pay the price for two tickets. Visit them today if you plan on enjoying the beautiful South coast of England.
Train operators linking London to the rest of the UK: C2C Rail Limited, Chiltern Railways, Docklands Light Railway, East Coast Trains, East Midlands Trains, First Capital Connect, First Great Western, London Midland, South West Trains, South Eastern Trains, First ScotRail and Virgin Trains.
Heathrow Airport by Heathrow Express
Heathrow Express is the fastest way from Heathrow to central London. Their non-stop trains speed you from terminal to city centre in just 15 minutes. Experience airport transfers the easy way, with departures every 15 minutes and tickets available online or on your mobile phone.
On board Heathrow Express
Leave your luggage in the ample racks near the doors and relax for your journey in one of our comfortable, spacious seats. In First Class you’ll find even more legroom and a personal table to work from, as well as free newspapers and magazines.
Their wireless internet service is free throughout the train, throughout the journey. Need to make a call? You’ll find an uninterrupted mobile signal throughout your journey, even when the train is in a tunnel.
Their on-board Express TV service brings you up-to-the-minute Sky news, weather and entertainment clips, as well as useful information about your journey.
Every train has a Quiet Zone carriage where the TV is switched off and passengers are asked to use phones and personal stereos considerately.
There’s no step on a Heathrow Express train. Level platform access means no struggling with luggage and easy boarding for wheelchairs (there are dedicated wheelchair areas throughout the train too).
You can book your Heathrow Express tickets in advance with thetrainline.com
Heathrow Airport by Heathrow Connect
In just 25 minutes the Heathrow Connect will take you from London Paddington to London Heathrow Airport terminals 1, 2 and 3. Calling at London Paddington, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Hanwell, Southall, Hayes, Heathrow Central (Terminal 1,2,3) and Terminal 4. If you are travelling to terminal 4, the journey will take around 35 minutes from London Paddington, getting to and from terminal 5 is also very easy, with a free inter-terminal transfer on Heathrow Express.
The Heathrow Connect departs every 30 minutes and with a single ticket from Paddington costing just £9.90 or an open return from £19.80, it is a very cost effective way to travel to London Heathrow Airport.
You will find the Heathrow Connect trains to be very comfortable with lots of carriage and luggage space, plus air conditioning to make your journey as pleasant as possible.
For more information call +44 (0) 845 678 6975 or book online with thetrainline.com
Heathrow Airport by Underground
Heathrow has three stations on London Underground's Piccadilly Line, one for Terminals 1, 2 & 3, one for Terminal 4 and the newly opened Terminal 5. Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3 station is located between the terminals, only a few minutes' walk via underground walkways. Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 stations are situated in the basements of the terminal buildings.
The average journey time to central London is about 50 - 60 minutes. Tubes run every five minutes at peak times and every nine minutes at off-peak times and weekends. It takes an additional five minutes to reach Terminals 1, 2 & 3. These times are subject to change - it is normally advisable to check with London Transport before travelling. During the night, the N9 bus connects Heathrow with central London every 30 minutes.
Full details of timetables and fares are available from London Transport:Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3 station is in the central area between the terminals and a few minutes' walk from them via underground walkways. Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 stations are in the basements of the terminal buildings. All stations are in Travelcard Zone 6.
Telephone: +44 (0)207 222 1234 (24 hours)
Website: Transport for London