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Old 09-17-2013, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Bristol, CT
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Hello and sorry if this question has been asked too often,

My friends and I will be traveling through London in a couple weeks on route to Barcelona and will be spending a night in Central London. We need a way of getting to our hotel from the airport. What's the best, easiest, and most affordable way?!?! We've heard taxis and car services are too expensive. What people have said is to use the subway and train system. Is this easy/convenient to do while hauling luggage after flying all night? We're excited to see the city and want to use our time wisely and get the most out of our limited stay. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:43 AM
 
Location: Berkshire, England
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Yes, take the tube. Easy journey into central London. About £5 per person and takes about 45 mins.

A taxi takes just as long and is about £50, maybe more if traffic is heavy.
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Old 09-18-2013, 04:06 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Tube a great idea... in Glasgow theres a bus service from outside the airport which is cheap and goes right into Glasgow city centre, perhaps they have this service in London too..
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:15 AM
 
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Hello and sorry if this question has been asked too often,

My friends and I will be traveling through London in a couple weeks on route to Barcelona and will be spending a night in Central London. We need a way of getting to our hotel from the airport. What's the best, easiest, and most affordable way?!?! We've heard taxis and car services are too expensive. What people have said is to use the subway and train system. Is this easy/convenient to do while hauling luggage after flying all night? We're excited to see the city and want to use our time wisely and get the most out of our limited stay. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
Generally speaking, the underground is the cheapest way to get into central London. However, best and easiest depends on exactly where your hotel is and how much luggage you have. If you have to make a couple of train changes on the underground and have a bunch of suitcases then it might not be such a good idea. So tell us roughly where your hotel is and we can give you better advice.
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:36 PM
 
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Generally speaking, the underground is the cheapest way to get into central London. However, best and easiest depends on exactly where your hotel is and how much luggage you have. If you have to make a couple of train changes on the underground and have a bunch of suitcases then it might not be such a good idea. So tell us roughly where your hotel is and we can give you better advice.
This. I witnessed people struggle changing trains, trying to climb the many stairs in the tube while dragging luggage. Not fun
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Utica, NY
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Rough it and take the Piccadilly Line, unless you have more luggage than sense?
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:56 PM
 
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Rough it and take the Piccadilly Line, unless you have more luggage than sense?
If they are flying into Gatwick that could be tricky.
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Bristol, CT
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Thanks for the responses. Our hotel is right by St. James Park and the four of us will probably have one luggage each with one back pack each as well. When I hear subway, I think how the subways are in NYC with all the stairs and narrow entrance gates. I didn't want to be one of "those" people that are all awkward with luggage on the train and everything. But if it's something somewhat "normal" then I won't feel so bad I guess.
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:35 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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So your easy route is to take any Piccadilly Line Tube from Heathrow and get off at the station called Hammersmith.

Cross to the other side of the platform (5 steps on the level) and take any eastbound District Line Tube to the station called St James's Park.

You will have a few stairs to climb as you exit the staion, but the District Line runs very shallow (like at basement level) so it's not too bad.

I can't remember the exact layout of St James's Park station, but there will either be a wide automated gate or failing that a slot through which you push your luggage before passing through the barrier yourself.

All in all, not too daunting a trip :-)
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Chesapeake Bay
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My wife and I have been to London many times (vacations). We travel with one small suitcase. Later we buy whatever clothes we need. At the end, we pack them up and mail them home. And still have one small suitcase when we leave.
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