London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is located 14 miles west of London’s center and is the third busiest airport overall in the world. London Heathrow sees more international passengers than any other airport on the planet, over 60 million a year, and as a result is responsible for providing nearly 200,000 jobs. Many large carriers operate out of Heathrow, including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and all four US legacy carriers (Delta, United, American, US Airways).
Tube/rail to/from London Heathrow:
The Heathrow Express is a speedy 15 minute trip for £18 to Paddington Station, a few minutes outside of the center. The Heathrow Connect isn’t quite as speedy at 25 minutes but will set you back half as much at £9.10. Taking the London Underground Piccadilly Line is a 45 minute trek but is extremely cost effective at around £5. If you choose to take the London Underground, consider getting a London Pass with travel as you’ll save money on all of your public transport and have free access to many famous London attractions.
Taxi to/from London Heathrow
Taking a taxi will take 30 minutes depending upon traffic and cost around £60 and is a good option if you are with a group or like to avoid public transportation. Booking a mini cab online in advance is the best way to go about it as it should save you some money.
Night travel to/from London Heathrow:
If you are unlucky enough to be attempting this trip in the wee hours of the morning, have no fear: the N9 bus route runs from midnight to 5 AM between Heathrow and central London. Buses depart every 20 minutes but take over an hour to run the whole route. The night bus’ one saving grace is that it will be the cheapest thing you pay for while in London (£2).