Heathrow Airport is the closest London airport to the city centre. It is very well connected by all modes of transport including the London underground.
National Express operate a bus service connecting Heathrow's Central bus station (accessible from all terminals) to London's Victoria coach station and other cities in the UK. The service runs every 5 to 10 minutes at peak times. The length of time it takes to get from Heathrow to Victoria Bus Station depends on the time of day, but ranges from 40 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes. The fare is very reasonable at 4.50 GBP for an advanced single and 8.50 GBP for a return and there is also a 50% discount for over 60s on bus fares from Heathrow to London see the - discount leaflet. The buses run from 5.30 in the morning until 21.40 at night, 7 days a week and at peak times every 30 minutes. They stop at Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3 (at the Central bus station bay 14a) and also on the ground floor at the new Heathrow Terminal 5 (Bay 11).
Bus tickets for National Express can be booked on-line. Select your travel details below to book online:
(Please note: If you buy a bus ticket using the form above for a specific time and you are delayed, the ticket will still be valid for any bus between Heathrow and London for 24 hours from the original departure time. Tickets bought on-line can be picked up from the central bus station (Terminals 1,2,3,4) or the National Express office in Terminal 5. You can also print your tickets at home and bring them with you.)
The fastest way to get to Central London is to use the Heathrow Express train which runs every 15 minutes to Paddington Station in the North West of London - Heathrow Express Train Service Brochure. At Paddington you can change for the London Underground or Buses. The service is fast but a bit expensive. A single ticket on the Heathrow Express is 16.50 GBP on-line, 18.00 GBP at ticket offices and machines, and 23 GBP if purchased on-board. To board this service just head to the basement level of any terminal and follow the many signs for the Heathrow Express.
Heathrow Connect is a much cheaper standard train that also connects to Paddington from Heathrow like the Heathrow Express but has a much cheaper single fare of 7.90 GBP (under half the Heathrow Express fare) but has a journey time of 25 minutes against the Express time of 15 minutes. For more information and a brochure on the Heathrow Connect Train Service please click the link.
If you wish to book train tickets on the Heathrow Connect in advance click on the link below. You can pick them up on arrival at the station or have them posted to you.
A cheaper but much slower alternative is to take the London Underground which is easily accessible from Terminals 1,2 and 3 but involves a free trip one stop on the Heathrow Express from Terminals 4 and 5. Heathrow Airport is in Zone 6 of the London Underground and most of the hotels and attractions visitors will use are in Zone 1 or 2. The fare for this trip was 4 GBP for an adult single into Central London at the time of writing.
If you have a very early flight from Heathrow Airport or arriving late you may wish to spend the night at a hotel near Heathrow Airport which can work out cheaper than Oxford itself. If you are on a budget you will find the new Easyhotel is one of the cheapest places to stay. Those on a bigger budget might prefer the brand new Sofitel attached to Terminal 5.
You can easily transfer between Heathrow Airport and the local hotels using the Heathrow Hoppa Service. Details of Heathrow hotels that are covered by the service from terminal 1-3 can be found here and from terminals 4-5 here.
To see other hotels in and around Heathrow airport click the following link - Heathrow Hotel Deals.
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