Heathrow airport is the largest in the United Kingdom, and one of the largest in Europe, with over 70 million passengers passing through its doors each year. This staggering statistic makes it the third busiest airport in the world, after Atlanta, USA and Beijing, China. With that many people heading on trains, cars, buses and the underground toward this destination, a trip to Heathrow is bound to be a bit stressful for anyone. Here are the top ways to get to and from the capital to its most trafficked airport this summer.
Heathrow Express – While this ultra-fast train link between Heathrow and Paddington station may be convenient for those staying in West London, for anyone venturing to the North or East the onward travel from Paddington station can be a nightmare – particularly in rush hour. It’s hefty 20 pound+ price tag can also be a deterrent – this is only recommended for those staying in and around the Paddington area.
Piccadilly Line, London Underground – As the most economical option, the good ol’ Piccadilly Line will only cost you a fiver, but it does take absolutely ages to pull into King’s Cross – around an hour, and even longer if you are traveling further North. Do you have the stamina to brave the tube for hours in the middle of the summer?
Taxi – Taking a taxi to and from Heathrow used to be an option only for the richest people in London, but there are loads of more affordable options available for those who want a hassle free, direct transfer back home or to their hotel. In order to get a great price, booking your taxi ahead of time on Cabmania allows you to bid on the lowest rates up to months in advance. This is our bet for the most pleasant Heathrow experience!
Shuttle Bus –No Booking a shuttle bus that will take you to (or near) your hotel or home may seem like an economical option, but when 2 or more passengers are travelling together the cost often works out to the same as a private car hire or taxi.
Whether you live in London and are escaping on a lovely summer holiday or arriving here as a visitor, getting to and from the airport doesn’t need to be a stressful experience. Book a cab in advance, sit back and relax!