Transportation to and from London Heathrow Airport


What is the distance from London Heathrow Airport to the centre of London?

The distance between the airport (Terminals 1-2-3) and central London (Charing Cross) is 27 kilometres / 16.8 miles. If you are lucky you can cover the distance in half an hour. However, in most cases, it takes more time.

From LHR Airport to Londres City centre by Car
27 km
45 min

Public transport

Do you want skip-the-line tickets for London’s busiest attractions London Eye and Buckingham Palace, then the London City Pass is worth considering. It includes a free airport transfer to the city centre and a 24h Hop-On Hop-Off bus ticket!

Heathrow Express to London (Paddington Station)

Heathrow Express offers the fastest travel option between London Heathrow Airport and central London. You can catch the train at the stations of Terminal 2-3 and Terminal 5. Terminal 4 is not on the route; you can use the free transfer to Heathrow Terminal 2-3 (departures every 15 minutes, travel time 4 minutes). The Heathrow Express runs every 15 minutes between the airport and Paddington Station in London’s West End. The journey time is 15 minutes from Terminal 2-3 and 21 minutes from Terminal 5.

Tickets are available through the website, ticket vending machines and ticket offices; the prices are £ 22.00 or £ 25.00 for a single journey and £ 37.00 for a return (Express Saver). You can also buy more expensive tickets on board the train, then you will have to pay £ 27.00 for a single journey and £ 42.00 for a return (Express Standard).

Early booking via the website is up to 75% cheaper than waiting until the last moment. A child aged between 5 and 15 can travel for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Please consult website and timetable Heathrow Express for more information (Note: not directly from Terminal 4!). You can book tickets quickly, easily and securely for the Heathrow Express train to the city centre via GetYourGuide.

TfL Rail to London (Paddington Station)

The train service called TfL Rail follows the same route, but makes more stops along the way, thereby causing the journey to last longer. Heathrow Connect services have been replaced by TfL Rail, in preparation for the launch of the Elizabeth line (Crossrail). A ride from the airport (Terminal 2-3) to Paddington Station takes 27 minutes, travel time to London Heathrow Airport is 32 minutes. The TfL Rail runs less frequently; it runs twice an hour.

The train service stops at the station of Terminal 4 in contrast to Heathrow Express, but not at the station of Terminal 5. A Single Fare ticket to or from Paddington Station costs £ 10.10 for adults, contactless payment is also possible. The TfL Rail is slower, but cheaper than the Heathrow Express. Please consult website and timetable TfL Rail for more information (Note: not directly from Terminal 5!).

Metro to London (King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground Station)

The cheapest way to get into central London is the tube (London Underground). The airport has three metro stations, Terminals 1-2-3, Terminal 4 and Terminal 5, all of them connected to the dark blue Piccadilly line. A journey from London Heathrow Airport to King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground Station in the north of the city centre takes an hour, the metro runs every 5 minutes. Other metro stations where you can get off in the city centre are South Kensington, Knightsbridge, Hyde Park Corner, Green Park, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Holborn and Russell Square.

The price depends on which type of ticket you use: a paper TravelCard or a plastic Oyster Card (here’s an explanation of public transport in London). These options are cheaper than a single ticket, the price of a single ticket is £ 6.00 (zones 1-6). Children from 5 up to 15 years receive a discount and pay £ 3.00. Please consult timetable Piccadilly line for more information.

Travelcards and Oyster Cards are not valid for Heathrow Express, but for TfL Rail and travelling by metro!

Top 5 sights in London, United Kingdom

1. Buckingham Palace
2. London Eye
3. British Museum, book a guided tour
4. Tower Bridge & Tower of London
5. Hyde Park, free! Close to Kensington Palace and Harrods department store

Bus to Reading, Slough, Windsor, Watford, Woking and Feltham

London Heathrow Airport is also widely used for surrounding places like Reading, Slough, Windsor, Watford, Woking and Feltham. Bus service RailAir of First UK Bus runs between Heathrow Central Bus Station and Reading railway station. Bus service 8 of First UK Bus runs between Heathrow Terminal 5 and Slough, you will reach bus stop ‘Windsor, Parish Church’ near Windsor Castle after about 60 minutes.

The journey time to Watford (Green Line 724) and Woking (National Express) is 50 to 60 minutes, both buses depart approximately every hour to and from London Heathrow Airport. From Terminal 2-3 bus route 285 departs to Feltham Rail Station, from Terminal 5 (via Terminal 4) you can travel by bus route 490. In Feltham, it is possible to board SouthWest Trains in the direction of London (Clapham Junction, London Waterloo) and the southwest of England (Ascot, Bracknell, Wokingham, Reading and beyond). Please consult Heathrow rail-air bus links for more information.


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