Getting to Heathrow Airport & More...
When travelling to or from Heathrow Airport by private transfer, personal car, train, coach (you get
the point), you need to ensure you take plenty of time for the transit (especially if traveling towards
Heathrow Airport); traffic can be a real nightmare and you should always allow plenty of time for the
journey. Saying this, we have some examples below of how much time you should allow for the transfer
(this takes into consideration possible traffic delays, although we can't predict the worst case
scenario) when choosing to use a private transfer with Twelve.
Traffic delays can occur:
between 06:30 AM - 09:30 AM (duration of transfer can take up to 50% longer than what shown on Google Maps)
between 09:30 AM - 16:00 PM (duration of transfer can take up to 25% longer than what shown on Google Maps)
between 16:00 PM - 20:00 PM (duration of transfer can take up to 50% longer than what shown on Google Maps)
between 20:00 PM - 06:30 AM (duration of transfer usually matches that shown on Google Maps, but you must always take in consideration possible events on that day, road works, weekends etc.)
Although the time we display for the duration of the transfer is usually much higher than it
takes in normal traffic conditions, we like to be sure that even if some traffic delays occur,
there won't be any problems in reaching your destination in time. We know how important it
is to reach your flight in time, so as we say... "better safe than sorry".
If you are arriving at Heathrow Airport and are in need of an airport transfer to pretty much
any location in London or the UK (of course, we offer return journeys as well), you can be
sure that Twelve will be able to help you with any transfer. With a wide selection of
extra services included with any pickup from Heathrow Airport; such as flight tracking (we
monitor the status of your flight and reschedule the pickup, if required, according with
the actual arrival time, so delays won't result in extra charges), meet and greet (our
driver will be waiting at the pickup poing with a board displaying your name) and of
course, 30 mins of free waiting and parking time (which apply depending on actual landing
time of your flight).
Where do I meet the driver?
Heathrow Airport has multiple terminals, so depending on the terminal you will be landing on, our driver will be waiting for you at the following location...
Terminal 1 - closed
Terminal 2 - arrivals hall - near WHSmith
Terminal 3 - arrivals hall - near WHSmith / Boots
Terminal 4 - arrivals hall - near Costa Coffee shop
Terminal 5 - arrivals hall - domestic arrivals - near Travelex / all other flights - near Costa Coffee shop
How should I schedule my pickup?
As our service includes only 30 mins of free waiting and parking time, we advise
those seeking to get a transfer from Heathrow Airport, to use the following time
frames, to avoid as much as possible any extra charges occurred from any delays further to
our free waiting time...
Domestic Flights - at least 15mins after landing (if only hand luggage, or 30mins with checked luggage)
European Flights - at least 30mins after landing (if only hand luggage, or 45mins with checked luggage)
International Flights - at least 45mins after landing (if only hand luggage, or 1 hour with check luggage)
We do try as much as possible to avoid extra charges, but where delays of over 30 mins after the scheduled pickup time occur, you will be subject to an extra charge (please see T&C's for more details).
> Travelling to or from Heathrow Airport by Car
In order to get from Heathrow Airport to London city centre (Trafalgar Square) by car, you have to depart the airport and (this applies to Terminals 1-3, for Terminal 4 or 5, see below) take the M4 motorway; this later turns into the A4 road once entering central London area. Continue on A4 road until you reach London city centre. The distance between Heathrow Airport and London city centre is around 17 miles and the journey can take approximately 40 minutes* (1 hour 15 minutes including any possible traffic delays). For Heathrow Airport Terminal 4, you have to depart the airport and take the A30 road until junction with A312 road. Continue on A312 road until the junction with the M4 motorway; once here, same route as above applies. For Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, you have to depart the airport and take the M25 (N) motorway until the junction with the M4 motorway; once here, same route as above applies. Same route will apply, but in reverse, if departing from London city centre and travelling to Heathrow Airport. Please note that during rush hour, we would advise allowing extra time for your journey to or from Heathrow Airport, due to traffic delays en route.
> Travelling to or from Heathrow Airport by Train
To travel from Heathrow Airport to London (Paddington Train Station) by train, you need to take the Heathrow Express rail service (available from Terminals 1-3) to London Paddington Train Station in a journey that takes approximately 20 minutes. Once at your destination, you have the option to travel all around London using the underground system or you can travel to various cities around England and UK using the coach or train service at London Paddington Train Station. To reach Heathrow Airport, the same route will apply, but in reverse. Please check with each operator for more details on availability, prices and operating hours.
> Travelling to or from Heathrow Airport by Coach
Getting to London (Victoria Coach Station) from Heathrow Airport by coach can be done by taking the National Express coach service from the airport towards London Victoria Coach Station in a journey that takes approximately 1 hour. To reach Heathrow Airport, the same route will apply, but in reverse. Please check with each operator for more details on availability, prices and operating hours. The coach will stop at Heathrow Terminal 1, 2 & 3 (at the central bust station bay 14A) and on the ground floor at Terminal 5 (bay 11). Please note coaches do not stop at Terminal 4. You will have to use the underground Heathrow Express (free service between terminals) to reach one of the other terminals.
> Travelling to or from Heathrow Airport by Private Transfer
Booking an airport transfer from Heathrow Airport to London city centre (Trafalgar Square – WC2) with Twelve Transfers would cost around ₤35.00* (saloon price with airport services included) and would take approximately 40 minutes* (1 hour 15 minutes including any possible traffic delays). The price for an airport transfer from London to Heathrow Airport would cost slightly less as the airport services would be deducted from the overall journey price. Prices can vary depending on drop-off location, type of vehicle required and any extras added. For an accurate quote on an airport transfer between Heathrow Airport and London, please check out our online booking page where an exact price can be obtained.
Looking for a transfer to or from a different airport? Check out our other pages with useful information on all London Airport Transfers.