Shuttle? Train is fastest

Heathrow Express

Heathrow Express runs every 15 minutes between Heathrow Airport and Paddington Station.

Five airports in all serve London, but if you are flying from the U.S. you almost certainly will fly into either Heathrow or Gatwick. Once you have cleared customs and immigration, and you want to get to the hotel, DO NOT do what we usually do in the United States. That is, do not take a taxi or a bus. Forget Super Shuttle or any other hotel-airport shuttle. Surface traffic into and about London is slow and expensive. The quickest way into town is by some combination of tube and/or rail.

If you fly into Gatwick (27 miles south of town), you  want to take the Gatwick Express train that courses through the suburbs and drops you off at Victoria Station. From there you take the tube to Lancaster Gate (Central Line) or Paddington (accessible on the following lines: District, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Circle).

If you fly into Heathrow (15 miles west of town), you have two options: the tube OR the train, Heathrow Express. The Heathrow Express boasts a 15-minute transport time from the airport to Paddington Station, just north of our hotel. If you take the tube, the journey will cost less, but you will spend about 45 minutes to an hour getting to the hotel.

Both express trains offer discounted fares online. Cost works out to about $20-$25 one way.

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