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Getting to London
Most international flights to London fly to London Heathrow Airport (LHR). Visitors have various options for getting into the city center from LHR:
Taxi: A Black Cab from Heathrow airport can cost anywhere from £75 – £100 depending on destination, time of day, and traffic. Fares are calculated based on tariffs: tariff 1 weekdays, during the day; tariff 2 all day Saturday and Sunday, and weekdays after 10pm; tariff 3 holidays.
There is a minimum fare of £2.80 from Heathrow. Depending on how far the destination, it may be possible for the passenger and the driver to negotiate a fare before the journey. Black cabs are found outside arrivals doors.
Shuttle: Addison Lee is a private car service that will, like the taxi, take passengers to any address in London. Prices are from £60 – £100 depending on address and traffic. This service must be booked by telephone or online at least 30 minutes in advance.
Railway Trains: There are two types of trains from Heathrow Airport. Tickets may be purchased online in advance or at machines in the station on the day.
The Heathrow Express operates four non-stop trains per hour to and from Paddington and the journey time is 15 minutes. A one way ticket purchased day-of are about £22, however tickets purchased in advance are cheaper. The Heathrow Connect is a stopping train that runs to Paddington and takes about 35 minutes, at a cost of £10.20 per single journey.
Subway: The London Underground is the most cost-effective option and has a direct subway line into the city. The Piccadilly line is accessible from all Heathrow terminals, and tickets to central London can be purchased at the station at the ticket machines. A ticket for a single journey from Heathrow to central London (Zone 1) runs about £5.10 and takes about 50 minutes.
Buses: National Express coaches run throughout the day, offering journey times of 40–80 minutes to central London stations such as Victoria, Paddington, and Baker Street. A single journey coach ticket is about £7 per passenger. Follow the signs for the coaches (buses). Tickets may be purchased at the coach station on the day.