Heathrow to London

Nov 17th, 2005, 05:09 AM
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Another option for Oxford Circus would be the Heathrow Connect train to Ealing Broadway, then a change with no steps to the Central Line which goes to Oxford Circus.
If you get the Piccadilly Line from Heathrow, go to the front of the train because the front carriage always has plenty of room while the last carriage is packed with airport passengers and their luggage. If this means missing one train and waiting five minutes for the next one, it's worth it to get a seat.
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Nov 17th, 2005, 05:18 AM
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Just to clarify from an earlier post - the £20-£30 for a car service is for the car - not per person.

So for two it is more economical than the HEX + a taxi, and about the same as the HEX + the tube.

It won't be as fast as the tube or train into town - but a lot easier/more comfortable than navigating various tube stations or getting from the HEX platform at Paddington to the tube station.

I tend to travel on a budget and usually take the tube when on my own - but if there are 2 or 3 of us I almost always book a car service. And even when traveling solo, I sometimes fork over for a car depending on where I'm staying and whether it is close to a Picadilly line station.
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Nov 17th, 2005, 08:44 AM
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Hello there janisj. You hit the proverbial nail on the head with your last comment on Nov 17. The private car hire has to win out and I think we have determined that "JustAirports" private car hire is the most economical of most all of the car hire companies out there. In my case , pick up at Heathrow and drop off at my hotel in W1 (Cumberland), for two people would be 27GBP. I am, however, still muddling over whether I should consider the National Express bus. What a great deal for seniors!

1)Heathrow Express is approx. 13GBP pp
2)Underground is approx. 5GBP pp
3)National Express bus approx. 13 GBP total for two using senior discount
4)Taxi approx 45-50 GBP total.
What are your thoughts janisj or anyone for that matter?
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Nov 17th, 2005, 09:18 AM
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If you're going to be out and about the day you arrive, you will want an Off-Peak Travelcard for Zones 1-6. This will set you back £6 and will not only get you from the airport to your hotel but also all over town for the rest of the day. Since a similar Travelcard for Zones 1-2 would cost £4.70, your ride from Heathrow is in effect costing you £1.30

I would ride to Holborn and get the Central Line to Oxford Street. It's about five minutes longer, but the change is very convenient IIRC.

Note: the following is not recommended for adults with any vestige of sanity. It is intended as advice to the very young, fit, and strapped: A bus pass will get you everywhere in greater London (including Heathrow) for £3 for one day, or £11 for seven. The only requirement is that you have infinitely more time than money, as a trip to central London takes two hours and requires three to five changes, depending on what time of day you're traveling.
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Nov 17th, 2005, 11:41 AM
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Robespierre, we are going to London the end of Jan. I was thinking about getting a weekly travelcard, maybe the off peak is the way to go. We are also going to be using the Piccadilly line to Holburn, then change to the central line to go to Marble Arch stop. We have a 1;30 pm return flight and will be able to take the tube back to Heathrow. I do not mind the tube from Heathrow at all BTW.
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