Public transport disruption to and from Heathrow: 18 - 21 August

Due to industrial action between 18 - 21 August, there will be some disruption to rail and bus services to and from Heathrow.

 

When planning your journey, make sure you leave enough time to get to the airport as roads may be busier than normal. 

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Arrival times and other important information

As always, we’re looking forward to welcoming you to the airport and we’re working hard to make sure your trip runs as smoothly as possible. To help with this process, please be aware of the following:
 

Consider your arrival times

Allow three hours to check-in before your flight and make sure all your travel documents are up-to-date. Please do not turn up significantly early for your flight though, as this can cause unnecessary congestion in the airport and you may not be able to check in your bags.

 

Remove liquids from hand luggage 

Remember, you can only take liquids on the plane that are in individual containers with a maximum capacity of 100ml. This includes creams, gels, pastes, aerosols and make-up. 

Remove each item from hand luggage and place them all in a single transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of not more than one litre capacity. Each bag must be able to close properly with all the items inside. These bags are available free-of-charge before security. Passengers are strictly limited to one bag of liquids per person.

 

Terminal Drop-Off Charge

A £5 charge applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions apply. Free drop-off is available at our Long Stay car parks.

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  • If you need to connect between Heathrow and another London airport, here are some suggested ways to make the journey by public transport.

    Allow plenty of time! As well as journey times quoted here you’ll need to factor in things like passport control, baggage reclaim, waiting for buses, check-in, airport security and maybe taking a break.

    All journey times and costs are approximate – please confirm with the operator.

    Approximate distance by road: 42 miles / 68km

    Coach

    National Express

    National Express coaches run direct between Heathrow and Gatwick Airport regularly thoughout the day, 7 days per week.

     

    Oxford Bus Company “The Airline”

    Overnight coaches operated by Oxford Bus Company run direct between Heathrow and Gatwick Airport, 7 days per week.

    Train

    Gatwick Express services are suspended until further notice. However, Southern trains run non-stop between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport. The journey takes 30 minutes and a standard-class single costs £17.20.

    To make the link between Heathrow and Victoria your options include:

    • Heathrow Express between Heathrow and Paddington, Underground between Paddington and Victoria (45 minutes, £28)
    • Elizabeth line between Heathrow and Paddington, Underground between Paddington and Victoria (60 minutes, £12.10)
    • London Underground between Heathrow and Victoria (53 minutes, £5.10)

    For more information please visit the following links:

     

    Approximate distance by road: 60 miles / 96km

    Coach

    Direct coach services are currently not running between Heathrow and Stansted Airport. Please change at London Victoria Coach Station for connections between Heathrow and Stansted Airport.

    Train

    Stansted Express trains run between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport every 15 or 30 minutes.

    • Journey time: 48 minutes
    • Cost: From £19.40

    Links with Heathrow:

    • Tottenham Hale, via London Underground (76minutes, £5.10)
    • Liverpool Street, via London Underground (66min, £5.10)

    For more information please visit the following links:

    Approximate distance by road: 26 miles / 42km

    It takes just over an hour to travel between Heathrow and London City Airport.

    • Heathrow Express between Heathrow and Paddington (15 minutes)
    • London Underground between Paddington and Canning Town (40 minutes, change at Baker Street)
    • Docklands Light Railway (DLR) between Canning Town and London City Airport (10 minutes)

    Total journey cost: £25.30

    For more information please visit the following links:

    Approximate distance by road: 34 miles / 55km

    Coach

    National Express coaches run direct between Heathrow and Luton Airport regularly throughout the day, 7 days per week.

    Train

    Journey time is around 90 minutes (including interchange time) between Heathrow and Luton Airport Parkway:

    • Heathrow Express between Heathrow and Paddington (15 minutes)
    • London Underground between Paddington and King’s Cross St Pancras (20 minutes)
    • East Midlands Railway between St Pancras and Luton Airport Parkway (30 minutes)

    Cost: From £40.50

    For more information please visit the following links:

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