Tsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5729 times:
I have made the choice NOTto go to Vegas for my birthday next march! I will go in january or february! So after talking to an AAgent at work today, I have decided to go to London, England! Ive never flown internationally at all nor have I been on a plane that long either! I was told where to get a passport, if I remember.
What's decided is the route im flying. Im flying AA ORD-LHR-ORD. Scheduled to be the first week in March. Ill be there about 3-4 days. I really dont plan on taking checked lugagge just a carry on.
I just have some questions that i hope seasoned international travellers can answer.
*how far is Heathrow from the actual city?
*are the hotels very expensive in terms of London's own standards?
*should I stay near the airport or closer to the city(if they are far apart)
*should I convert my money to pounds or just use my debit card?
*how much money should I convert if I went that route?
*lastly, AA has flights in the mornin, evening, and later at night. which time of day would be best to fly out?
Thanks for any advice anyone has to offer! I cant wait for this trip already
Willyj From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5697 times:
Heathrow is not too far from London, by tube it is about 45 minutes to Picadilly which is pretty central in terms of tourist activities. A faster alternative is the Heathrow Express to Paddington station, which only takes 15 or 20 minutes, but it is very expensive. Depending on your budget, taxis are my favorite way into the city because you travel above ground and can see the outskirts of the city on your drive in. A black cab will cost you about $100.
I would not suggest you stay near Heathrow - unless you are just planning on watching planes. Check out hotels.com for rates, as you can get good deals in London. Without knowing your budget it's pretty hard to recommend a place to stay.
Use your debit card at ATMs (called cash points) as they usually have the best exchange rates.
As far as flights, I prefer to take the day flight over, but then you miss an extra day of work and have to pay for an extra night in a hotel. If you have a limited amount of time, then take the latest flight of the evening. I find that it's easier to get some sleep because you go to bed at a more normal time. Plus, when you land in London it's already late morning, rather than 6am, so you don't have as long to stay up the first day...
Tsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5644 times:
well I will have my taxes back by then. so lets see something $100-$230 a night would be reasonable. well, I plan to do some shopping so with hotel, public trans,food, id say i would try not to spend no more than $1500 while im there. or am I being realistic in terms of money spent on a trip such as this?
SQNo1 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 690 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5549 times:
On the 4th & 5th March 2006 the picadilly line will be partially closed, so direct access will be avliable to Heathrow.
However if you buy a zone 1-6 travelcard for your stay, this will be accepted on the heathrow express ervcies from London Paddington station ONLY on the days that the works that are taking place. It costs £39.50 for one week and is avliable from this link;
In answer to your question about using debit-cards, many stores in the UK are now only accepting chip and pin cards, where you enter a four digit number, (not the one which you get cash out of machines), instead of signatures.
Personally I go to london at least once a month, I tend to stay at Holiday Inn Or Holiday Inn Express resorts. They are only about £55 a night and also includes a free-continental breakfast each morning. Premier Travel Inn is also a very good UK brand.