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.

December

So, this is it…
It seems like yesterday, December 2010 and a year has already gone by… December has always been the best of all months. The end of the year, Christmas and New Year, family, friends, time for reflection and new decisions to make.Spending December away from home is not the same, far from family and friends the best way is to get used to the idea and enjoy what London has to offer.

enjoy the view from my window
go for a walk on Hyde Park
visit the place I used to work in the past
explore the city on foot to burn some winter calories
and be thankful for living in such a beautiful city like this…

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

Winning the prize

Second to the Ancient Olympics were the Isthmian Games. These Games were held near the “boomtown” city of Corinth. It is a misunderstanding to say that athletes were casual and competed for the fun of it. In 564 BC, Arrhichion was caught in a lethal ladder hold and was expiring from asphyxiation. Inspired by a shout from his coach, Arrhichion managed to roll over and savagely twist his opponent’s foot. The opponent raised his finger of surrender (giving Arrhichion the victory) just as Arrhichion died!

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”                              1 Corinthians 9:24

Paul exhorts the people of Corinth (and us some millennia later) to run in such a way as to win the prize. He knew that the Christian life can be painful involving discipline, training, frustration from setbacks and even death, similar to that of athletes. (2 Corinthians 11:23-29).

To Paul, aspiring to and striving after the prize was the ultimate aim.

 

Mind the gap…

Every city has its own beauty and peculiarity. Rio de Janeiro will always be the Wonderful city, Curitiba the role model for other Brazilian cities and Belo Horizonte a welcoming place with its hospitable people.

I always make sure to make the most in every city I have lived in. Cape Town, Paraty, and LONDON.

 London is for sure the centre of the world. There are people from all parts of the globe living here.

 ·         More than 250 languages are spoken in London which makes it  the most linguistically diverse city in the world!

       ·         With a population of 7.75 million people make of ethnical groups coming from the four parts of the planet.

 I really enjoy watching people and the diversity here makes it even more fun. It is always interesting trying to guess where a group of people are from. I usually do that by listening to them talking and try to see if I can recognize their accent. Now, when there is a Brazilian coming down the road I can spot within seconds. This morning for example I saw three girls walking just a few meters in front of me heading towards the Abbey Road (where the Beetles recorded their albums). I didn’t take much effort for me to find out that they WERE really from Brazil.

 One of the things that I find very interesting here is the subway or “tube” as the Brits like to call it. For those that have visited the city the sentence “mind the gap” will always bring back the memory of the tube.

London subway is the oldest and one of the busiest in the world. With a very good system the underground transport about 3 million people a day. They are business people commuting every day to work or tourists coming and going with their maps and the latest gadgets.

The oyster card was first introduced in 2003 replacing the paper card which still exists for those who don’t use the tube that much. Paying a fixed amount of money you can use your oyster card to travel on the bus and underground as much as you want. There are daily, weekly and monthly fees which are respectively cheaper.

The tunnels link the city from North to South and East to West, crossing one side of the city to the other.

 

Here are some interesting facts:

Facts and figures

  • ·          Number of miles/km travelled by each Tube train each year: 76,800 miles/123,600km
  • ·          Total number of passengers carried each year: 1,065 million
  • ·          Number of individual passengers carried on the Tube each year: 28 million
  • ·          Average train speed: 33km per hour/20.5mph
  • ·          Length of network: 402km/249 miles
  • ·          Proportion of the network that is in tunnels: 45 per cent
  • ·          Longest continuous tunnel: East Finchley to Morden (via Bank) – 27.8km/17.25 miles
  • ·          Total number of escalators: 422
  • ·          Station with most escalators: Waterloo – 23 plus two passenger conveyors
  • ·          Longest escalator: Angel – 60m/197ft, with a vertical rise of 27.5m/90ft
  • ·          Shortest escalator: Stratford, with a vertical rise of 4.1m
  • ·          Total number of lifts: 141
  • ·          Deepest lift shaft: Hampstead – 55.2m/181ft
  • ·          Shortest lift shaft: King’s Cross – 2.3m/7.5ft
  • ·          Vertical lifting platforms highest rise: Walthamstow 1.98m/6.5ft
  • ·          Vertical lifting platforms shortest: Hainault 0.64m/2.1ft
  • ·          Carriages in London Underground’s (LU’s) fleet: 4078
  • ·          Total number of stations served: 260 
  • ·          Total number of stations managed: 260
  • ·          Total number of staff: 19,000 approx
  • ·          Stations with the most platforms: Baker Street – 10. Moorgate has 10 platforms but only six are used by LU (two are used by First Capital Connect and two were formerly used by Thameslink services)
  • ·          Busiest stations: During the three-hour morning peak, London’s busiest Tube station is Waterloo, with 49,000 people entering. The busiest station in terms of passengers each year is Victoria with 77 million
  • ·          The Underground name first appeared on stations in 1908
  • ·          London Underground has been known as the Tube since 1890, when the first deep-level electric railway line was opened
  • The Tube’s world-famous logo, ‘the roundel’ (a red circle crossed by a horizontal blue bar), first appeared in 1908

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