London city Best option for transit

Old Oct 1st, 2014, 08:25 PM
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London city Best option for transit

Ann advice will be highly appreciated.
family of 4 will be in london 2 days starting from Holiday inn near LHR T5.
Please suggest Travel card vs. Oyster vs other options
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Old Oct 1st, 2014, 09:34 PM
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For only two days I would just get everyone a travel card.. but then I didn't travel with children so not sure if there might be better plan with kids.
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Old Oct 1st, 2014, 10:39 PM
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Depends how old the two children are.

Depends where you're staying. For a two-day stay, I wouldn't stay out at Heathrow and spend the best part of an hour's journey each way every day to go sightseeing, I'd stay somewhere central.

Plus, if what you're asking about is getting a National Rail travelcard in order to take advantage of 2for1 offers, you need to work out:

(a) which 2for1s you might want to use it for (a lot of the things you might realistically have time to see are free anyway)

(b) how easy it is to get to a National Rail station to get one - and I don't think you can get one at Heathrow, you'd have to come in to central London.
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Old Oct 1st, 2014, 11:08 PM
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Agree with Patrick that staying out at Heathrow is not a good idea. It is a false economy if you are trying to save money by doing so as you will waste so much time and money commuting. Try to find a place in zone 1 (within the circle live on the tube map. Holiday inn, premiere inn are good budget hotels with better locations than heathrow.
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Old Oct 1st, 2014, 11:16 PM
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Have to agree that staying 30 miles from London is a poor idea as it means that once you leave the hotel you won't be returning until it's time for bed due to the 60 minutes each way travel time.

If you *must* then the 423 bus will provide free travel between hotel and T5 (otherwise you'd have to pay for the Hotel Hoppa)

For 2 days, unless you want the 2-4-1 offers, just get Daily Travelcards for each adult. Children between the ages of 11 & 15 can get 1 day Travelcards, with under 11 yr olds travelling free.

Do note it's significantly cheaper to travel after 9:30am on weekdays
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Old Oct 1st, 2014, 11:24 PM
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"how easy it is to get to a National Rail station to get one - and I don't think you can get one at Heathrow"

But most "Heathrow" hotels "near" an airport terminal are actually nearer a railway station like Feltham or Hayes & Harlington, and will often have proper buses (as distinct from the Heathrow Hoppa) running to the station.

The Holiday Inn Express that calls itself "HIE-T5" is miles away from anywhere, including from Terminal 5, and is closer to Datchet railway station.

The poster first needs to find out whether they can change hotels to somewhere convenient for anyone interested in travelling to London. The next step is to work out the practicalities of getting from their hotel to central London - including how close to sunrise they have to leave it to see anything before it gets dark. Start with the TfL Journey Planner: input the full postcode into

Under no circumstances trust anything the hotel, or its website, tells you about transport.

In all probability, the best allround deal will be one-day Travelcards bought from a railway station on National Rail stock. But the poster needs to be sure the family is staying somewhere they really want to first.
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Old Oct 2nd, 2014, 12:04 PM
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Two nights near the airport makes no sense. One night only makes sense (sometimes) if one is in transit and has a VERY early flight.

So you first need to change to a central London hotel if you haven't pre-paid a non-refundable stay.

No matter where you stay near the airport and especially near T-5, it will take 60-90 minutes to get to any of the major sites in London. Plus your transport options in town are easier/cheaper.

Move hotels if you can . . .

Otherwise, go to Windsor - much closer to where you are staying - and forget about London.
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