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Getting to LHR

My husband and I will be heading from our BnB (near Vauxhall Bridge) to Heathrow on Saturday 8/5 for a 2:30 international flight. It appears to me that the least expensive option is to take the tube all the way (walk to Pimlico Stn, change Picadilly line at Green Park). Rome2Rio also showed a direct bus from Victoria Station. When I searched on tfl.gov, it showed two tube lines to Paddington and then the train (the most expensive route and most compicated).

I'm leaning to the Tube route, but we'll have a large suitcase in additional to backpack carryons. Will that be a problem going by Tube the whole way?

Any other problems (staircases, crowding...)?

Any thoughts appreciated:)
Alison

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2876 posts

Did you search that specific date on tfl? Maybe they know something about planned construction that would disrupt the tube route.

Just so you know, the Heathrow Express is not all that expensive if you buy in advance. 8.80 GBP for tickets bought 30-89 days in advance for weekend travel.

https://www.heathrowexpress.com/tickets-deals/prices-fares

Having tried once to board the tube with luggage during commute hours I will never do that again. But maybe on a Saturday it is not so bad.

Posted by
317 posts

Well. The Tube is slower than you might think when you're trying to make a flight. Ask me how I know...

Allow an hour and a half for the Tube trip alone.

Posted by
1516 posts

If you decide on Heathrow Express one way weekend tickets are £8.80 pp when purchased online 30 days prior to travel.

Edit: Sasha beat me to it.

Posted by
4861 posts

Since you specifically asked about stairs be aware that the only access to Pimlico is by stairs. Built in the late 1960s when accessibility was way down the list of priorities. Take a look beforehand to see if they would be too much for you + bags.

After that it is step free provided you go up and back down again at Green Park.

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4862 posts

On TFL, if you want to see a route only using the tube, select "edit preferences" and then select your preferred options. TFL defaults to the fastest route. I generally change it to find the route with the fewest connections.

Posted by
61 posts

Thanks everyone. Turns out I should have asked dh first - he wants to do a taxi or uber!

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11294 posts

I don't know about Uber, but there is a cheaper alternative to a taxi (black cab hailed on the street). That would be a minicab - a prebooked car service. Just Airports, Simply Airports, and Blackberry Cars are three that are often mentioned (no personal experience). You can go to their websites and get exact quotes by putting in your address and the size of car you need. I don't know about the others, but Just Airports has a substantial discount for paying with cash instead of credit card.