Heathrow Airport is the busiest one in Europe, and it’s located around 14 miles from Central London, England. LHR is one of the several international airports that serve the capital city of the United Kingdom. It offers many parking services and ground transportation options to tens of millions of people each year.
If driving to the airport terminal building, type the address below into your phone mapping app to get directions:
Longford TW6, Greater London, England, UK
Pickup Location / Where to meet your Heathrow Airport shuttle driver?
Shared-ride vans: Hotel Hoppa
The shuttle buses collect and drop off passengers in front of each airport terminal.
Buses: TFL bus
The airport bus stop is located between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3.
To locate your Uber driver at LHR, check the app after requesting a ride, and it will direct you to your pick-up point.
Travelers who are not driving to LHR have various transportation alternatives. If you choose one of the London Heathrow Airport shuttles or public transportation, you will significantly lower your costs and avoid paying parking fees. Apart from LHR shuttle providers and public buses or trains, you can also use airport taxi cabs, private cars, and rental cars. Keep reading for information on each transportation service, including the prices and a few helpful tips.
London Heathrow Airport Shuttle
An airport shuttle bus or van is probably the best choice when it comes to airport transfers. Shuttle transportation gives you the best of both worlds — it’s cheaper than a taxi service but quicker than public buses. Passengers staying in a city hotel should choose one of the London hotels with free shuttle service to/from LHR. Listed below are the top Heathrow Airport shuttle operators.
Heathrow Shuttle provides safe and convenient LHR transfers for solo travelers and groups alike. Whether you want to travel alone or going with your family or friends, this company will arrange a perfect ride for you. Of course, the individual price will be much lower for large groups. For example, an 8-passenger transfer from Heathrow Airport to Central London can be reserved online, and the LHR shuttle fare would be around £20 per person.
The pick-up location is in the Arrival Lounge, right in front of the Airport Information Desk, where the Heathrow Shuttle staff will be waiting for you. If you book a ride to LHR, the driver will drop you off outside your departure terminal. Make an advanced reservation to get an online discount, which is available from time to time. For additional information, call the Heathrow Airport Shuttle at 0845 415 4268.
Hotel Hoppa offers shuttle bus services to Heathrow Airport passengers who are staying in major hotels near LHR. It’s the most convenient way to get to your hotel, and it’s much cheaper than taxis and private transfers. The Hotel Hoppa buses operate between 4 AM and midnight. They serve the following establishments: Holiday Inn M4J4, Novotel Hotel, Crowne Plaza Heathrow, Premier Inn M4J4, Mercure Hotel, and Easy Hotel Heathrow.
An adult one-way fare is £5, while the round trip costs £9. Any child younger than 5 rides for free, while children between 5 and 15 can travel free with one paying adult; purchase your tickets directly from the driver. Hotel Hoppa buses drop passengers off in front of the airport terminal building.
Ridesharing & Taxi Services
One of the suitable (but more expensive) alternatives to Heathrow Airport shuttle providers is app-based transportation. This type of transfer is available at LHR thanks to Uber, which allows you to request a ride within minutes using only your phone.
The pick-up location depends on your terminal; to find your driver at LHR, check the app after requesting the ride, and it will direct you to your vehicle. The prices vary according to your final destination. If you’re going from LHR to Crowne Plaza Heathrow, the ride will cost £20.
London's black taxis pick up and drop off at the ranks outside Heathrow Airport terminals. The taxi fares are very similar to the Uber ones and often more pricey. The approximate fare for a ride from Heathrow Airport to Central London is £60.
There’s also a minicab service — Minicabit provides prompt and secure transportation between Heathrow and numerous locations in England. Travelers going from Heathrow to Gatwick Airport will pay as low as £55, while transfers from LHR to Victoria Train Station start at £41.
Private Car Service
Private limousines and car services are perfect for business travelers or any special occasion. WeKnow is located at all Arrivals terminals at LHR and offers electric car transfers, luxury vehicles, professional drivers, and 24/7 customer support. They provide an exclusive door-to-door service, available online or upon request at the airport.
If you travel by yourself, the ride to the city will be quite expensive, around £60. However, if you’re going with a partner or a couple of friends, the fare can be as low as £20. To see the exact price, type in your starting point and final destination, as well as the number of passengers. WeKnow is available at +44 (0)800 310 0442, and you can call them free of charge.
Budget-conscious travelers who don’t have a lot of luggage should use public bus services. Fortunately, an extensive bus network provides cheap transfers between Heathrow and west London. The bus stop at LHR is open 24/7 and placed between Terminals 2 and 3.
Note: London buses don’t accept cash payment! You should purchase an Oyster card, Visitor Oyster, or contactless payment card. When using one of the listed cards, the one-way adult fare is only £1.50. This is the most affordable mean of transport at London Heathrow Airport. For additional travel information, feel free to call +44 (0)20 7222 1234.
Trains are another great and cost-effective way to reach numerous locations in the area. London Rail and its regular train services offer trains between Heathrow and Central London that depart every 30 minutes. You can also use the Oyster cards for payment. Heathrow Express has the fastest transfer between LHR and London Paddington, and you can book it online to pay £5.50. Finally, London Underground's Piccadilly Line provides the most inexpensive transfer, and it picks passengers up between Terminals 2 and 3, at Terminal 4, and at Terminal 5.
Car Hire Services
If you’re searching for the most convenient transfer that will allow you to avoid crowded buses and waiting for shuttles, you should book a rental car for pick-up at LHR. Even though reservations aren’t necessary, we still recommend pre-booking; it speeds up the renting process and often reduces your expenses.
Car hire desks are available within each terminal — find them on the Heathrow Airport map. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Enterprise, National, and Sixt are the car rental companies that serve the airport. They offer an array of cars and services to fit any of your needs. Contact them before your trip for more information or to make a reservation.