How to get from Heathrow to Central London

There are many ways to get into and around London. Choose your method of transport from out helpful information below:

Coaches to London

National Express

National Express operate services from London Heathrow Airport to London Victoria, and many destinations around the UK. The buses run from Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station. The bus station is located between terminals 1,2 and 3, and is well signposted within the terminals. From terminals 4 and 5 catch Heathrow Connect to the central bus station.

Buses Around London

Most buses around London are low floor, meaning that they lower to pavement level, making it easier to board the bus. You are now able to use Oyster cards on bus routes.

For more information on what buses to get and timetables for the buses, visit Transport for London.

Trains

Heathrow Connect operates between Heathrow airport terminals 1,2 and 3 and Paddington, via five stations in west London. This service takes 25 minutes, and operates every 30 minutes. Passengers travelling at terminal 5 should use the free inter-terminal service. Oyster pay as you go cards are not accepted on this service.

Heathrow Express runs four trains an hour, non stop between the airport and Paddington station. This journey takes 15 – 20 minutes and oyster cards and travelcards are not valid on this service.

Tube

The Piccadilly Line connects all Heathrow terminals with frequent services to London. There are three stations at Heathrow on Piccadilly Line, one for Terminals 1, 2 & 3 located between the terminals, one for Terminal 4 and the newly opened Terminal 5, both situated in the basements of the terminal buildings. The journey to central London takes about 50 minutes and services run between 05:00 and 23:40.

You are able to use your oyster card for the underground or you can buy an all day travelcard for unlimited travel on the tube all day. Buying a travelcard is suitable for commuters who are planning on using the tube and the train as the tickets can be bought together. Visit mytrainticket.co.uk to find out more about how travelcards work and how much they cost.

Taxi

The journey time to central London is approximately 45-60 minutes and should cost between £45 and £70.

Getting a taxi can take the hassle out of your journey. Choose a taxi to suit you and your passengers. From executive travel to minibus, and coach taxis. You can just sit back and relax, knowing you will be at the airport soon.

However, you could get a better price by booking your transfer in advance. Find a taxi company on our Heathrow Airport Taxis and Transfers page. Alternatively, follow the signs from each terminal for taxi ranks.

Oyster Cards

Getting an oyster card is generally the cheapest way to get around using public transport in London. You can get a pay as you go oyster car, meaning you don’t have to worry about having the right change in your pocket.

You can use an oyster card on tubes, buses, DLR, trams, London overground and some National rail trains. For more information on where you can use your oyster card, visit TFL.

Just make sure you touch in with your card before boarding tubes and buses and Oyster will work out they cost of your journey at the end of the day. By doing this it means they can charge you less than the price of a day travelcard.

As Solomon said…

“There is a time for everything,  and a season for every activity under the heavens:”

time to pay a visit…

time to rest…

time to play with pets…

time to live what once were only dreams…

“…so I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?”

Ecl 3:22

Forever 2012

 

The games will be over and the medals put away… What will remain in the UK must be more than just memories and the Olympic village.

With an opportunity to reach out to the peoples and communities of the United Kingdom and also to touch the hearts and souls of the million-plus visitors from the nations coming to the UK for the Olympics, a project has been carried out for the last three years.

Forever is a team focused on taking advantage of these opportunities and on conveying the gospel of Jesus at the forthcoming Games. We are preparing to mobilise thousands of outreach teams from across the world to impact people in a fresh and exciting way. Our vision statement is “Using the 2012 Olympic Games as a catalyst to release teams across the UK demonstrating Christ through continuing outreach”.

We want to impact the United Kingdom in a fresh and powerful way.

As we partner with churches and other organisations to reach out to love the people of our nation, we want to see more people empowered into outreach.

We want to establish teams, before, during and after the 2012 Games, with a vision to continue to impact the communities Forever.  

In the midst of the Games we will be hosting and coordinating a massive outreach, involving thousands of YWAMers partnering with local churches to reach communities across the UK.

Making it happen

To see this vision fulfilled we want to see new teams released in London, and at least one new team in each of the other Olympic cities. The focus for these teams will be on evangelism and urban ministries, using new ways and fresh ideas to minister to the local community. 

We will continue to build on existing networks to draw churches and different organisations under the umbrella of More Than Gold, the organisation helping churches to engage with the 2012 Games.

We will aim to serve, train and equip the Church and connect our short-term teams with the long-term visions of local churches.

Through the YWAM international network, we are inviting tens of thousands of people from across the world to come to the UK during the Olympic season.

Our work will come to nothing without your support, though. Click here to find out how you can get involved.