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    Cycling to Heathrow

    Cycle routes

    Heathrow can be reached by bike via a network of cycle paths. If you want to ride into central London you can plan a cycle-only route using the Transport for London journey planner.

    It's possible to use the Grand Union Canal towpath for much of the ride to Paddington (which takes just over 90 minutes).

    Heathrow cycle paths map (247KB PDF)

    Cycle parking

    There is currently no direct cycle route to Terminals 2 and 3 due to construction work to the main road tunnel. Bicycles can be parked in racks at the Heathrow Cycle Hub, where free local buses operate to the terminals.

    View bus route map (155KB)

    Free cycle parking is available at:

    • Terminals 2 and 3: The Cycle Hub, Heathrow Academy, Newall Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW6 2AP
    • Terminal 4: Cycle parking is opposite the arrivals forecourt
    • Terminal 5: Cycle parks are provided at either end of the terminal building.

    Bikes can also be safely stored in the left baggage office for up to 90 days.

    Please note that for security reasons, bicycles will be removed if not parked in the designated areas.

    View map of Heathrow cycle parks (1.6MB PDF)

    Taking your bike on public transport

    Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect

    Trains have some space available for cycles being taken on to a flight, but it's limited at peak times. Bicycles can also be taken free of charge between Heathrow terminals, even if you are not taking your cycle on a flight. Cycles are carried provided it is safe to do so – at peak periods you may need to arrive on the platform earlier. For more information contact Heathrow Express or Heathrow Connect.


    Folded bicycles can be taken free of charge on all sections of the network at all times. Non-folding bicycles can be taken free of charge on some sections outside peak times (07:30-09:30 and 16:00-19:00, Monday to Friday, except public holidays).

    On the Piccadilly Line, non-folding bicycles are allowed outside peak times in either direction between: Barons Court and Hounslow West/Uxbridge Cockfosters and Oakwood.

    You cannot take non-folding bicycles on moving escalators at any underground station. For more information contact London Underground on +44 (0)20 7222 1234 or visit the Transport for London website.

    South West Trains

    Bicycles can be carried from 09:45-16:30, and after 18:30. Bicycles can be carried free on most services without booking – please check with South West Trains for exceptions. Bicycles are not allowed on rail-link buses or substitute buses. Folding bikes can be taken on any service free of charge. South West Trains also offer racking facilities. For more information contact South West Trains.


    Some coach companies will carry cycles depending on space – please check with operators for further information.

    Cycles on flights

    Most airlines will carry bicycles on flights. Please check with your airline about packing requirements and weight restrictions.

    Abandoned bicycles

    If a bicycle has been identified as potentially abandoned, a notice will be secured to the handlebar. This explains if the bicycle is not removed within 21 days, it will be considered abandoned and removed by Heathrow Airport Limited. Every effort will be made to contact the owner to advice of this.

    If the bicycle has not been removed within 21 days, the bicycle will be removed and held securely in a compound for six weeks. If no claim is made after six weeks, the bicycle will be donated to The London Bike Hub or recycled. We do not sell abandoned bikes to members of the public.

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