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LHR Into Central London?  
User currently offlineVS346 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 339 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1186 times:

Just curious, what do you prefer when traveling into central London from LHR? Tube, Heathrow Express, Taxi, Bus?

Cheers,
VS346


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User currently offlineWorldoftui From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1174 times:

Would prefer another one : Helicopter!

But until I win the lottery, will go for the Heathrow Express. Cant be bothered with the tube at the moment. Over a hour into central london, and you are lucky if you and your bags don't get trampled to death the trains are so crowded.
Expensive? Yes. But very convenient.

Mark


User currently offlineMusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1146 times:

definitely heathrow express, expensive yet good. they have very good trains in there.

also, enrol for the BAA worldpoint thing on BAA's website - may get some points and free tickets for heathrow express quite easily.



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6299 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1105 times:

yeah I took the Tube once and...it's nice if you're carrying very light and have time, but I have to connect to Eurostar pretty quickly this summer from LHR and am taking the Heathrow Express second class. It should be nice, clean, quick, and easy!

User currently offlineBA97 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1096 times:

Heathrow Express and no other way. Tried the tube and nearly died by the time we hit Hammersmith. Tried a cab on a Sunday morning, ugh not cheap.
I live off the Heathrow Express, stay at the Hilton Paddington. The dream combination. Where else can you watch the BBC news and gophers in Africa popping out of holes on the TV to soft relaxing music.



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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1090 times:

I live off the Heathrow Express, stay at the Hilton Paddington. The dream combination

Personally I prefer the Hilton Metropole which is about 100 yards down the road and is not only cheaper, but also is more likely to get you a room upgrade as a Hilton Gold/Diamond VIP!


User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6299 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1046 times:

Wow...umm...I stay at hostels  Wink/being sarcastic No hilton for me!  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5630 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1018 times:

I took the National Express bus into central London when I arrived at LHR last January. Sure, it was much slower than the Heathrow Express would've been, and probably slower than the Tube, but I got a terrific view of much of the city from my upper-deck seat!


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User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 990 times:

If you're destination is near a stop on the Piccadilly Line, the Tube is not a bad option. Sure, it takes a while, but you don't have to worry about transfers, etc. I used to live near Russell Square, and it was much more convenient to simply jump on the Tube there, pay 4 quid, and be at Heathrow in about an hour. That was better than taking the Tube or a cab to Paddington, then catching Heathrow Express for a lot more money ... came out to be about the same amount of time, too.

Yes, the Tube can be a bit crowded, but if you get on at Heathrow you'll be the first ones on the train; you can claim your seat and have a place for your bag. Also, most if not all of the Piccadilly Line trains have a bit of space for luggage in anticipation of the Heathrow traffic.



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User currently offlineBA97 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 984 times:

B747-437B- habits are hard to break--I know the set time I need to hop off a plane, Heathrow Express in, drop my bags and get on the Bakerloo line to my office in London. The same in getting up in the morning and hitting the airport. Better yet is Lolita's Doner on Spring Street. We have it down to 30 minutes from Heathrow to grab one.


there is economy class, business class, first class...then Concorde..pure class
User currently offlineVS346 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 339 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 956 times:

Fascinating answers. Interesting to see how business/affluent travelers prefer the express and the Hilton to say something like SW733's hostels.  Big thumbs up

Cheers,

VS346



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User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1311 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 942 times:



When I worked for Hilton, I stayed at pretty much all of the 14 or so Hiltons in London and depending on where it was I took the tube, or the bus or the Express. Now that I am with Starwood, I have yet to explore their hotels in London...

cheers






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User currently offlineAA777MIA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 686 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 937 times:

HEATHROW EXPRESS, very convienent!!

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 920 times:

I prefer the Heathrow Express - hands down, no questions asked.

But I do think that everyone who visits London really should take the tube at least once for that trip... it really is an experience, especially if you're on a tube into London on a workday morning... Big grin

After that one trip: take Heathrow Express. It's expensive, compared to the tube, but it's worth it.

Regards,
Frank



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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 908 times:

Without question the Heathrow Express. I also use it for transfers from T4 to T1 and vice-versa. I regret that BA closed the check-in station at Paddington, however.


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User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 897 times:

Underground for me. The Heathrow Express goes to Paddington, which is not where I wanna go. I wanna go to Piccadilly Circus, then I walk to Charing Cross, and then I get a train from there. Only £5.40 for the whole trip on a 1 day travelcard.

User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 878 times:
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Usually use the tube, even though it's slow and crowded, HEX is too expensive, a cab is out of the question. I've used cabs before and saw my wallet empty faster than i ever imagined. Using public transport for getting around London is the most sensible option, use the car only if you have to.



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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 877 times:

Have used the bus before, its ok,slow, but ok.

Used the tube to go spotting there once, hated it, felt like i was on that thing for hours.

I will now always use the express train, that was great.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19188 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 872 times:

I won't pay the absurd prices on the Heathrow Express, so it's the tube for me. It's perfectly fine, especially when I normally get off at Pic. Circus which is on the same line.


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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 869 times:

For me it's either Tube or Heathrow Express depending on :-

A. How quickly I need to get to where I'm going.
B. Where abouts in London I'm actually going to.

Not actually that often I do travel in Central London from LHR though, normally use my local train station.

You can always take the Bus number 140 to Hayes and Harlington Station and then get a train to Paddington from there - much cheaper than the HEx, juts depends if you can be bothered with the @rsing about.

 Smile



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