getting to London from Heatrow

Nov 16th, 2002, 04:51 PM
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Whne I try this website, it doesn't work:
Any ideas?
Nov 16th, 2002, 04:55 PM
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Why bother with the stop at the ATM? The Underground booking office takes credit cards....
Nov 16th, 2002, 04:56 PM
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Better make sure the firemen are not on strike if you plan to take the tube. The Picadilly line is one of London's deepest and many Picadilly stations are closed on strike days.

The British Fire Service is staging a number of two-day strikes -- the first was began Wednesday at 6 p.m. -- and also plans some week-long strikes. The government is being pretty adamant about not giving in to wage demands. When we left Thursday, talk was that this could be a stubborn problem.

I'd opt for the car service or the Heathrow-cab combo.
Nov 16th, 2002, 08:20 PM
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We usd the ray skinner service recently-there were 5 of us -we were met on time and the spacious people mover got us to London smoothly and at comparatively reasonable cost
Nov 17th, 2002, 01:51 AM
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To "xxx": An ATM is my first stop whenever I visit a country. I rarely have much cash from previous trips and I'm more comfortable with some local currency in my pocket. But using a credit card for the 7-Day Travel Card is a good idea.

The Travelcard issue has been addressed on this board many times before. But anyone is planning to buy one for the first time needs to bring a small photo of him/herself. Many stations have self-photo booths nearby but I don't recall seeing one at Heathrow. Besides, it's one more thing to do when you get there, and it's easy enough to have one taken before you go, or to clip one from a recent snapshot. Once you have the Travelcard, you can re-activate it on future trips.

Beginning in January, an adult 7-day Travelcard for Zones 1 and 2 will be £19.60, a little over $30. Most people buy cards only for Zones 1 and 2, but to/from Heathrow you'll need to buy an "extension," which is a couple of £ extra. A whole week of transportation costs less than a single trip from the aiport by other means of transportation.

To Casey: You've got the wrong URL. The link for London Transport is
Nov 18th, 2002, 01:49 AM
Nigel Doran
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I would get the Tube. It is not at all difficult. Millions of people use the Tube each day. Covent Garden is on the Piccadilly Line, which links directly with all four terminals of Heathrow, so what could be simpler. It should take about 50 mins. and you will almost certainly get a seat. On a Saturday, there will be no rush hour as it is weekend, so that will help you greatly. If you have wheelie luggage, all the better as Covent Garden has a lift and not an escalator.

However, if you have got a ten pound per person car service, that sounds like a great deal. Lots of posters on this site recommend Swiss Cottage Cars and others - do a search. Does the charge you quote include waiting and luggage? Will it be big enough to accommodate all your bags etc? If it is not a mini-van or people-carrier, and just a normal car, it might be a real squeeze.

If you do take the Tube, it should cost about £4 each. The car should take about 45 mins, depending on traffic.
Nov 18th, 2002, 05:23 AM
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I do that trip once a week:
- Heathrow express to Paddington station
- Then cab or tube to Covent Garden -- cab is easiest of course, 60 minutes door to door, c. £25 total for one person (2nd class)
Nov 18th, 2002, 08:01 AM
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Once again, I think the big problem with responses to this question is that you need to take into account how many people. Several of those who like the Express/taxi combo appear to be single travelers and yes, that would be the best and most economical way. But nat specifically said "WE" indicating at least two, which totally changes the economics of the alternatives.
Nov 18th, 2002, 10:09 AM
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Ray Skinner's car Service
May 13th, 2003, 09:54 AM
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We are two people, arriving Heathrow Noon on a Sunday and staying at Berners St off of Oxford (Berners Hotel). Taking these factors into consideration, after reading the preceding posts, I am thinking of using a car service. Any advice? Also, we do plan to purchase the weekly transport pass - any advice would be welcome! Thanks.
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May 13th, 2003, 11:08 AM
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The advice is already in the precending posts. Use Ray Skinner or Swiss Cottage for car service. They are both fine, and lots of people on these boards have used them. On a Sunday there won't be much traffic, so it should be an easy ride into London.

For the weekly Travelcard - bring a passport sized photo with you so you don't have to use the photo booths - any photograph will do, it doesn't matter. You get the card in about 1 minute, it is very easy.

Have fun!
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