Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Heathrow to London City Airport

Jump to last reply

I will be landing at Heathrow Terminal 5 from Cape Town at 6:45am on Thursday Sep 19th and departing London City Airport for Venice at 11:00am. That gives me a grand total of 4 hours 15 minutes between flights. I will have a checked-in wheely case weighing +- 20kgs plus a fairly heavy backpack. I am 72 years old but fit and healthy. The only thing I am not too comfortable with is hauling that suitcase up or down long flights of stairs.
I have read all the threads on the forums (thanks, everyone, for all the information) and have researched other websites as well. Here is my plan:

Plan A: If I manage to clear Customs at Heathrow by 8:00am, I will head for the tube and take the Piccadilly Line to Green Park. There I will go up the escalator to the main hall and down the escalator to the Jubilee Line Eastbound. I will take the tube to Canning Town and then the DLR to London City Airport. If all goes well I should get there by 10:00am. Total cost: about 5 pounds.

Plan B: If I do not manage to clear Customs at Heathrow by 8:00am, I will head for Heathrow Express and travel to Paddington. At Paddington I will take the escalator down to the Bakerloo Line and take the tube to Baker Street. At Baker Street I will change to the Jubilee Line and travel by tube to Canning Town and then by DLR to London City Airport. If I manage to get away from Heathrow by 8:30am, I should still reach LCY by 10:00am. Worst case scenario, if I don't get away from Heathrow until 9:00am, I should still make LCY by 10:30am. Total cost if Heathrow Express ticket bought on the train: about 30 pounds; 5 pounds less if the ticket is bought before boarding the train.

The alternative to plans A and B is to save myself the hassle of that awful journey and pre-book a shuttle at a cost of between 50 and 60 pounds.

If I do not get away from Heathrow by 9:00am, I am probably done for, no matter what I do.

Please check out my plans and let me know if I have got anything wrong or missed anything out.

Many thanks :)

22 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report Our Adventure to the Southeast of England and London
  2. 2 Need help with itinerary
  3. 3 Think twice before booking a trip with Grand Circle.
  4. 4 How much luggage?????
  5. 5 Trip Report Venice (Somewhere) and Trieste (Nowhere)—With a Bit of Slovenia In Between
  6. 6 Paris Marais, Montmartre and fairies wheel
  7. 7 Brussels / 2 nights / looking for insider tips
  8. 8 Catalunya Pyrenees Itinerary
  9. 9 Getting from airport to hotel in Prague
  10. 10 Trip Report Jamikins and Bikerscott Head Back to Le Marche
  11. 11 Stockholm/Copenhagen/Norway?
  12. 12 Advice for returning rental car to Florence airport
  13. 13 Swiss Air seat assignments
  14. 14 Terrorism in Europe
  15. 15 Credit Card Number stolen from hotel booking
  16. 16 London GTG late September?
  17. 17 From Seville to Faro, Portugal and back to Seville on a rental car
  18. 18 eateries in Puglia
  19. 19 City Night Line from Paris to Munich
  20. 20 What will happen if I do not pay the penalty of ATAF bus in Florence
  21. 21 100 years of French gratitude
  22. 22 Bringing Wine Home From France
  23. 23 Best area to stay in Dublin for someone in a wheelchair
  24. 24 Help with France itinerary
  25. 25 Trip Report Castles, Palaces and Caves-9 Days in Puglia and Basilicata
View next 25 » Back to the top