The London Heathrow Airport is located 32km to the west of Central London, and it is one of the busiest airports in the world. Being a big airport, you have lots of options when it comes to airport transfers.
Many would choose the London airport taxi transfers because they are comfortable, fast and spare them from the trouble of looking for bus stops and buy tickets. But, you have to know that you will pay from £45 to £70 for the taxi fare, and you will be in the center of London in about one hour.
If you are looking for more affordable means of transportation, then you can choose from these three best options.
The Heathrow Express is the fastest means of transportation. There is a train leaving every 15 minutes and in about 20 minutes you will get to the city. The first train departs at 5 am and the last one at 11:55 pm. The ticket for an adult is £21.50 when purchased at a ticket office or online and £26.50 if you buy it onboard.
You also have the Heathrow Connect, which is more affordable (£10.10 for the ticket). In 25 minutes you will get to Paddington Station.
The Tube is cheaper than the train at only £5.70 and it leaves the airport every few minutes from 5 am until 11:30 pm. The journey is longer compared to the train, so you will get into the city in 50 minutes. There are three tube stations at Terminals 1-3, 4 and 5.
Bus & coach
You can catch the N9 night bus between 11:30 pm and 5 am or the Easybus. It will take approximately 80 minutes to get Trafalgar Square. The ticket is £1.50. The National Express coach frequently runs between the airport and Victoria Coach Station. The journey takes 40-90 minutes depending on the traffic and the route (some coaches stop in Earl’s Court or on Hammersmith). A ticket is £6.
If you plan to visit London for more than a day, it would be useful to buy a Visitor Oyster Card. You can use public transportation services at a discounted price. The card offers daily capping. This means that you can travel as much as you want in a day in Zone 1 and Zone 2 and you will not be charged more than £6.50.