9VSRH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2258 times:
Hi just looking for some help from anyone living in London. I'm arriving at Heathrow and need to get to Kings Cross for a train to take me up north.
My flight arrives at 0545. How long should I give myself getting from LHR to Kings Cross? What is the best way to go? Train to Paddington then taxi? Or get the tube to Kings Cross St Pancras? Keep in mind I'll have a suitcase and stuff.
Any help would be appreciated. I'm looking to book my train ticket sooner rather than later.
Pawsleykat From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2228 times:
Although I'm not a Londoner, I do spend a large amount of time in and around the city.
If you're on a budget, the best idea is to get a 6 zones all day tube pass for £14.50 at peak hours or £7.50 on non-peak hours. You can then get from Heathrow any Heathrow Terminal to anywhere in London on the tube and travel by tube as many times in that one day (which goes up to 0430 the next morning I believe), although you won't be needing this if you're heading up North. The tube from Heathrow to Kings Cross on the Piccadilly Line takes around 1.5 hours and can be longer during peak hours.
However, if you're looking to be there a bit quicker, take the Heathrow Express to Paddington Train station (a standard class single is £16.50) and you're there in 15 minutes. From there, you need to go up the ramp out of Paddington Station itself and follow signs for the Underground (about a 5 minute walk). Once you're in the underground, you can purchase a zone 1 single - forgive me as I do not know how much this costs and the TFL site doesn't want to tell me, but it's less than the £5.10 day ticket for zones 1 and 2 I presume - and hop on a Hammersmith and City Line heading East. This will take around 40 to 50 minutes
NWIguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2219 times:
When are you coming to London? There's a strike planned on the tube from June 9th-11th so if you're coming then get the Heathrow express!
The tube the whole way takes just over an hour with no changes and at that time of the morning I doubt it will be that busy so just take a seat and relax! You can get a travel card for London, but unless you want to wait at the airport until 9:30, it's quite expensive. If Kings Cross is your only stop then you just need a single to zone 1 which is only £4, no matter when you travel.
IMO the Heathrow express just isn't worth the money, I'd get the Picadilly line, it'll take about 20 minutes longer but you don't need to change and its about 20% of the price if you get a single!
Davehammer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2214 times:
Which Terminal are you arriving into? I do the journey quite often to and from LHR and I'd say that for airport to Kings Cross your best bet is most likely the tube. I'd allow about 2 - 2.5 hours from getting off the plane to getting to Kings Cross.
9VSRH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2205 times:
Thanks so much for the quick and helpful replies!
I will be arriving at T3 towards the end of this month. From what all of you have said, the easiest way to get to Kings Cross, without having to change, would be on the Picadilly line. The same train from T3 to Kings Cross St. Pancras.
As I should be getting in at 0545, (taking into account getting through immigration and getting bags), at this time of the day would it be really hectic to actually do this on the tube? Or no real problem?
NWIguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2202 times:
Quoting 9VSRH (Reply 5): As I should be getting in at 0545, (taking into account getting through immigration and getting bags), at this time of the day would it be really hectic to actually do this on the tube? Or no real problem?
I think it will be busier going to Padington. Most of the commuter trains will be getting in about the same time you would be which means getting to Kings Cross from there would be hectic.
Getting a taxi from Padington would take a while as well. The Edgware Road area gets all the commuters driving from the M1 and i personally wouldn't chance the traffic.
The tube might be busy but as you'll be one of the first on you can grab a seat by the door and it'll be no problem getting of at Kings Cross.
BAViscount From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2034 times:
Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 1): If you're on a budget, the best idea is to get a 6 zones all day tube pass for £14.50 at peak hours or £7.50 on non-peak hours.
No point in doing that when a single from LHR to King's Cross is only £4. The Piccadilly line from Heathrow Central to King's Cross St. Pancras takes roughly 57 minutes.
Quoting Babybus (Reply 8): We Londoners are a tad intolerant when it comes to tourists dragging bags in the rush hour, which it might be if he is a bit late.
Agreed. I know that I've been guilty of rolling my eyes and tutting at people on the tube toting huge suitcases that use the space that could easily accommodate an extra passenger or two! But as you'll be getting on at the start of the line, and pretty early in the day too, I recommend trying to get a seat at either the very front or the very back of the carriage and tucking your bag into the space in front of the door to the next carriage. These doors are only supposed to be used in an emergency, although I have seen people use them to pass from one carriage to the next. If they do, you are perfectly within your rights to tut and roll your eyes, as they really shouldn't be doing it!!