When flying to Heathrow Airport there are plenty of simple and fast methods of transportation to get into central London. Here is a list of the best ways to suit your group size, budget, and schedule.
Fast, reliable, and simple. Taking just 15 minutes to Paddington station (central west) and leaving every 15-20 minutes this is the speediest way into the city. At £25 ($34.60) a ticket it can get expensive for large groups and may not then be your best option. If possible, book more than 90 days in advance to get tickets at more than half price.
The cheapest way into central London. The Tube or The London Underground is a subway train and while many find transport systems in foreign countries intimidating it’s simple and easy to use. Taking 50 minutes into central London costs £6 ($7.25) one way for adults or free for kids under 11. For the easiest and cheapest way to use the Tube simply tap your contactless debit or credit card at the gate, and tap out when you leave, using your card will only cost you £3.10 ($3.75) and saves a lot of time. The Tube takes you from Heathrow Airport to central London via the Piccadilly line (dark blue on the map) stopping at the main stations west, central, and north.
London’s taxi system is comfortable, reliable, and impressive. A black cab will take you 55 mins into central London and, costing between £45-65 ($62-90) may be the most comfortable and easiest for a group of up to five. They can also use bus lanes unlike any car including Ubers giving them a speedy edge over car rental apps.
National Express Bus:
Lastly, the bus is a cheap and relatively fast option for a group. With bus stops outside terminals 2-3-4-5, these buses will take you to Victoria station for £5 ($6) and run from 3 am to midnight. Taking around 40-55 minutes.