Heathrow Airport Taxis and Transfers
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How much will a taxi cost me from Heathrow?
|To||Distance||Approximate Journey Time||Approximate cost|
|Central London||20 Miles||60 Mins||£35-£40|
|Gatwick Airport||38 Miles||40 Mins||£60-£70|
|Southampton||62 Miles||70 Mins||£90-£100|
|Reading||27 Miles||36 Mins||£50|
|Luton Airport||34 Miles||40 Mins||£50-£60|
|Stansted Airport||64 Miles||70 Mins||£80-£90|
|Oxford||47 Miles||60 Mins||£70|
* Please note that these prices are only estimates. Fares can vary depending on routes, taxi firm rates and time of journey. Please contact a firm directly for a quotation. You can find out more information about London taxi fares by heading over to the TFL website.
What will the route be?
The above estimates are based on a journey to Central London and we’ve put together this handy map to help you plan ahead.
This is an estimate journey route from Heathrow Airport to London Bridge station and can vary hugely depending on which taxi company you take, time of day and whether there are areas of heavy traffic or accidents. If you wish to know more about your route, ask your taxi company in advance.
Heathrow Taxi Services: Why should I choose taxi over other travel options?
Taking a taxi can take a lot of stress out of your journey – you won’t have to worry about parking at the airport, returning a hire car or catching a specific train and worrying about flight delays.
As long as you choose a reputable Heathrow taxi company to get you to the airport on time then you will have little to worry about. A lot of companies will even have a meet and greet service from Heathrow Airport itself, helping take the stress out of your journey.
Our recommended airport taxis, as seen above, have professional drivers, affordable rates, they have a variety of vehicles to choose from, online booking systems, flight tracking and a 24/7 customer service line.
Getting a taxi to and from Heathrow
How do return taxis work? Most taxi companies also offer a return journey from the airport which can work out cheaper than booking a different one on your arrival back to the country. It also makes it much more convenient for you if you book a return journey as the taxi company will take your flight number and track your flight on the day of your return and watch for any delays so you can be sure they will be there waiting when you touch down.
You can choose from a range of vehicles. Taxi services are ubiquitous, ranging from London black cabs to saloons, minibuses and executive cars so you can pick the perfect cab to get you and your party on your way.
Estate cars and people carriers, which carry more bags or more people, cost more than your standard taxi. Executive cars are more expensive and seat a maximum of four people, albeit a bit snugly for those in the back. Be sure to book your taxi at least 24 hours in advance, as all prices are agreed before departure.
London is a huge city, and the price of a taxi journey from one postcode or district to another may vary significantly. Individual taxi ranks may offer a discount (or charge a premium) based on any number of factors, so we advise doing your research beforehand. Online booking is an ideal way to ensure that you don’t end up stranded outside a terminal in the proverbial rain.
Premium Heathrow Taxi Services
London’s transfer specialists offer a wide range of packages for the discerning traveller. Executive or elite services, providing fancy cars for big-spenders, showcase some of the most desirable vehicles on earth – Ferraris, Mercedes, Lamborghinis, Porsche, etc. – all chauffeur-driven to your requirements. Drivers come well groomed and will provide a meet and greet service.
Premium services also provide little perks – newspapers and bottled water, in-car entertainment, and document printing services – but these are by no means guaranteed and may be specific to a particular taxi firm.
Credit card payments are permissible with online booking, and corporate customers may want to take advantage of the account options, removing the need to fill out endless forms and helping reduce taxi fares, especially for frequent flyers. All London transfer companies provide a 24-hour service with fixed prices.
Heathrow taxi ranks
Taxi ranks at Heathrow are located outside of every terminal building and are occupied by London’s famous black cabs. You needn’t worry about the credibility of the drivers at these taxi ranks as they are all fully licensed and have passed the Knowledge of London exam. Please take into consideration that in peak times there may be limited taxi’s or no taxi’s at all at the rank, we therefore recommend you use one of the companies at the top of this page and prebook to save money!
- Terminal 2 – Ground floor outside of the arrivals hall, opposite bus stop 12.
- Terminal 3 – Adjacent to Cromer Road West, next to bus stops 16-22.
- Terminal 4 – Located outside arrivals between the travel/help information point and Costa.
- Terminal 5 – Outside arrivals hall, opposite bus stops 10-12.
Of course, it’s important to make sure that your taxi picks you up and drops you off in the right place. All Heathrow car parks are drop-off-only areas. Taxi firms will have to arrange to park in the short-stay car park prior to pick up, at a fair cost, and this fee will form part of your total fare.
Where is Heathrow Airport in the UK?
LHR, or London Heathrow Airport, is just across the Surrey border in the London Borough of Hillingdon. Its neighbours are Slough and Staines, towns made famous by TV shows The Office and Ali G. The airport is about 15 miles from the centre of London and is linked to the capital by the M4 motorway.
London is one of the most populous cities on Earth, being home to more people than Berlin, Los Angeles and Madrid. The city’s commitment to public transport is legendary – aside from the iconic red buses, London’s armada of hackney carriages is unrivalled throughout the UK. Factor in the St. Pancras International train station and the labyrinth of the Underground, and the capital becomes a gateway to the near continent.
Of course, the nearby Heathrow Airport is the jewel in London’s crown, handling over 72 million passengers a year. That figure is expected to double when the third runway and sixth terminal are built between 2025 and 2029.
The Sights: What can I visit from Heathrow Airport?
London is your nearest and biggest landmark to visit. The seat of the UK government, London is a haven of municipal architecture, boasting some of the most recognisable landmarks in the world. Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament sit on the River Thames, about 16 miles from Heathrow Airport. Parliament is in the very centre of London, and an ideal place to kick off your trip.
Wind down from your Heathrow flight by taking a trip to the Tate Modern and Tate Britain galleries, home to both modern and conventional art from the sixteenth century onwards. The National Portrait Gallery is also a valuable addition to your tour of the capital. The former two are located in the SW1 postcode district, on the south bank of the Thames, whereas the Portrait Gallery sits to the north of the river near Trafalgar Square.
South Bank is one of the most iconic parts of London. The London Eye, arguably the most glamorous fairground ride on Earth, The Globe Theatre and some wonderful sculptures that bring the work of Salvador Dali to metallic life can be found to the south of the river. Lovers of street theatre and drama will enjoy being pestered by the resident mime artists.
Football fans have a paradise of stadia at their feet. Chelsea, West Ham United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham FC all claim London as their home. Whilst the clubs are spread throughout London, many taxi firms offer an ‘airport to landmark’ service at a fixed rate.