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Arriving Heathrow, options for transportation to London, Regents Park area

Hello.

Would appreciate experienced Heathrow travelers opinions here. Seeking advice on options for transportation to hotel in London. I have read and understand Black Taxi fares (including L2.80 required fare from airport taxi stand and the L 60 to L87 fares to destinations within 20 miles from Heathrow). Mapquest shows 17 miles.

The Heathrow express to Paddington seems expensive to me, and then I would have to stop and purchase additional train tickets and tube tickets to get to my final destination of Euston station which is closest to my hotel AND THEN taxi anyway.

Traveling with one other family member, so the cost factor would double if I opt for train/tube.

Thank you.

TK

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I rode the Heathrow express a couple years ago and plan to use it when arriving at Heathrow in August. If 2 of you are traveling together there is a duo saver ticket you can get. To me it's worth the extra expense .

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3469 posts

I have found the Tube to be an excellent way to get from Heathrow if you don't have a ton of luggage. Takes about an hour and it is only about £5 per person depending on time of day and if you use an Oyster card.

Take the Piccadilly line from Heathrow to Kings Cross. There you can either transfer to a taxi straightaway or ride the couple blocks on the Victoria line to the Euston station to save a bit on the taxi fare. Either station always appears to have a good number of taxis available with Kings Cross the better option due to being across the street from St Pancras and the Eurostar.

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26039 posts

I'm confused - your question title says you are going to Regents Park (quite a big place - which end are you going to?) but then in your actual question you say Euston Station?

They aren't adjacent.

Where exactly are you trying to get to? Is the Euston bit (heading north later or immediately.

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4536 posts

Heathrow Express duo savers have gone up a bit at £54 but this is for 2 return trips.

If you say exactly where you are staying rather than a vague district (and confusing station names) then more precise help is possible and in particular whether HEX is any advantage at all.

Are you not going to use any public transport whilst in London? If you are then you would not be spending time on 'additional train tickets and tube tickets' but buying an Oyster or something else from the start to use throughout your stay.

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90 posts

Hello all,

To clarify, my hotel concierge states that best route is from Heathrow to St. Pancras Intl and then tube to Euston, Taxi to Hotel.
Hotel is on Carburton St., Regents Park, London.

Not taking excessive luggage and after doing additional research, have sent inquiry to Londontoolkit.com regarding private car hire.

Arriving at Oh my God thirty mid week and travel time by ground is not a concern. Hotel has hold luggage area and we'll be seeing the sights until checkin.

Thank you.

TK

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If you are arriving at 00:30 (presumably nominal landing time), that makes a difference.
Your hotel recomendation doesn't make sense. Euston is not the nearest tube station, and is not on any direct line from Heathrow. Regent's Park and Great Portland street are both nearer. See map here: https://bit.ly/21w6Yvh
But, Euston may be the nearest with a taxi rank.

  • Speed over cost: Take one of the two train services to Paddington (Heathrow express or the cheaper-but-slower Heathrow Connect), then taxi to your hotel.
  • Cost over speed: Take the Piccadilly line to King's Cross, and then a taxi from there. King's Cross is about 50% further by taxi than is Euston, but, unlike Euston, has a direct service from Heathrow.

Depending how late you emerge from Immigartion, you may miss the last Piccadilly line tube, in which case Heathrow Express is the only option.

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You will get much better advice if you give us more specifics around the time you are arriving and where exactly your hotel is located.

I was assuming a morning arrival and that you were trying to get to Regent's Park Tube station, which I would have recommended using the Tube but with this new info (what is OMG thirty? taxi from Euston?) it's not clear exactly what would be best. If the tube is still running when you arrive then you can get to Kings Cross without any tube changes and you could get a taxi from there but really more detail is needed.

DJ

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90 posts

Hi again.

Here is map of my hotel. Thanks for the update on the Euston station engineering schedule. I'm pretty well certain, it will be a private hire car. And flight arrives at 0640 which is pretty close to oh my God thirty in my world!

In response to the question regarding taking public transportation, the answer is a resounding yes seeing that I am changing locations across England and Wales 7 times in 16 days.

I will be purchasing a two together rail card and nominal oyster card. I don't understand if my companion requires her own oyster card.

The real fun will be on my departure day. Leaving from Canterbury West earlier than Oh my God thirty with three changes to my final terminal at Heathrow. But by that time, I shall have conquered both train and tube nuances! lol

TK

https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/london/lonrp/hoteldetail/directions

Thanks again. No telling what my last last minute questions will be!

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Yes, each and every person requires their own Oyster card.

They can be purchased and loaded with funds on arrival at the Heathrow Tube station. The remaining funds on the card along with the £5 fee is refundable at the station on departure IF you funded the original card purchase and any additions during your stay with the same type of funds (i.e. cash or the exact same credit card). Otherwise you can mail in your Oyster for a refund or keep it for your next visit.

The Oyster is only good within the London area and works on the Tube as well as any buses. Any trains going to sights outside London require separate tickets.

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90 posts

Ms. Emma,

I haven't researched the fares for tube travel. Predominant travel will be by train and I have already pre paid for all routes, except the one from Heathrow into London if I choose that venue. Is there an online fare calculator similar to train times.com to help me calculate the initial outlay of cash for the oyster card? I wish to use a DEBIT card for purchase if possible.

Thank you,

TK

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Hello Mark (from Denver).

How are those gorgeous Rocky Mountains? I was raised in Boulder…

Thank you for your insight. As I have to use the tube on one of the legs on my departure from Canterbury West to Heathrow, I guess if I have time, I'll turn it in then.

TK

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Thanks for all the clarifications The concierge must be new in town because their recommendation of using Heathrow Express then tube to Euston then a taxi is not really the best way to get there.

If it were me and arriving at 06:40 without a lot of luggage I'd get an Oyster Card (each traveler will need one) and take the Piccadilly Line and change at Green Park to the Victoria Line to get to Warren Street. From there it is only about a 5-10min walk to the hotel. Total travel time is about a hour. Much less fuss than what the hotel recommended.

DJ

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Hello DJ,

Thank you for joining in. Your suggestion is a welcomed one and looks doable.

TK

Ms. Emma,

Thanks for the links. $6.50 per day is reasonable; certainly allows for flexibility if our itinerary requires tweaking to accommodate last minute must sees.

TK

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Miss Emma,

Next question:

After glancing at fare table for various zones and knowing that I will certainly be traveling in many of them throughout the two weeks, which option would be most flexible? Pay as you go or travel card?

Here is my itinerary

day 1 to 4 London, Windsor.
day 5 Nottingham
day 6 Skipton
day 7 Manchester
day 8 and 9 Shrewsbury
days 10 thru 12 Cardiff
day 13 Rye
Final two days Canterbury

So If my understanding is within a reality check, the tube portion of our travel will be at the beginning and final legs of this trip.

Thank you for your interest and willingness to educate me.

TK

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90 posts

And to all other contributors,

Many thanks for insight as to options. Not much more to planning this adventure. I've selected good hotels and if all else fails, I'll re watch the RS dvd of England and Wales and just enjoy from the comfort of my room with room service on speed dial….

Bye,

TK

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tootiekester, Re London tube fares. You wrote "$6.50 per day is reasonable". Not so, they don't use '$' of any sort in the UK. The daily cap (as long as you stay within zone 1) is £6.50.
If you don't have a '£' key on your keyboard and don't know how to type in £, either copy-paste or use the banker's abbreviation GBP.

Re your other trips to Nottingham, Skipton, Manchester, Shrewsbury, Cardiff, Rye and Canterbury. The Oyster card will only cover you until you get to whichever London main line station trains for each of these places depart from (St Pancras for Nottingham). 'Pay as you go' and 'travel card' are terms for paying for trains in London, they don't apply outside London.
You need to research times and prices for each of these train trips. Suggested website: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
This will re-direct you to the correct company running the trains. These trains all have discounts for advance booking, so do your research sooner rather than later.

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90 posts

Hello Chris F,

I am thinking in pounds but typing dollars, sorry. Having same difficulty trying to update my vocabulary to proper English!

The need for Oyster card is for arrival destination and final destination only. Transportation to the remaining cities will be accomplished from one to another without returning to London.

L6.5 x2 x5 days then should do it and knowing that I can turn in for refund minus fee is a great feature.

Take care,

TK

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I think that you will find it extraordinarily hard to go by train from Cardiff to Rye by train and avoiding London.

You might, I suppose, cobble together a Journey (Journey with a capital J) something like Cardiff > Reading > Basingstoke > Southampton > along the Coast > Brighton > to Rye via Hastings. That's a LOT of changes and would take forever.

Or you could take the train from Cardiff to London Paddington, across London to Victoria or Charing Cross station, and one train to Rye. Much easier, but your choice.

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Hello Nigel,

You have incredible persistence and patience with me. I KNEW that the trip from Cardiff to Rye included a stop through London, it's on one of the printed confirmation pages from the Fasticket booking site. Forgive me.

TK