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Transport from Bath to Heathrow

I am transferring to the hotel in Terminal 4 for the night before my flight. I seem to have 3 options - convenience, time and price point are all considerations in the decision. (I do not want to leave until 5pm as I plan on touring in Bath all day)

1 - Coach at about 13 pounds - will take 3 hours and deliver to Terminal 2 using Heathrow train to get to terminal 4 (need to be on bus for 4:30 departure)

2 - Train at about 60 pounds - will take 2 hours with a trip to Paddington and change there back to Terminal 2 and using Heathrow train to get to terminal 4 (train departs at 6:15pm)

3- Private Car at about 128 pounds - will take 3 hours (leave at time I set)

Which would you do? I'm traveling alone - will have one carry on roller bag and my day bag to move if those are considerations.

Posted by
1916 posts

at 13 quid it's the coach for me - simple, straightforward and as quick as the other ways.

when are you travelling £60 for the train seems a bit steep?

three hours in a car with a total stranger for £100+ - nope not for me

Posted by
4538 posts

Going into London and back out again to Heathrow is a waster of time and money. Did you only buy a single for your outward journey (looking back at past posts)?

Posted by
53 posts

I have not bought outbound yet - I need to stop in Newbury on the way out and haven't found a ticket that works with. I'm thinking I need to book one from Paddington to Newbury then one from Newbury to Bath and then a return to Heathrow.

I will take the tube on arrival from Heathrow to Earls Court as my hotel is right by the station there.

Posted by
4538 posts

How long are you stopping at Newbury? If it is only during the day and you are completing the journey to Bath in one day via Westbury then you can just use the outward part of a London-Bath Spa return.

Posted by
53 posts

Am I looking in the right places? All I find is service on Great Western Railway and it states specified train only. Can I get off and reboard with that? Also I see calling points at Reading only - not Newbury will it stop? Booking RT makes it 69 pounds

Sorry - really out of my depth on this one . . . .

Posted by
53 posts

I need to head out on October 8th. I will be in Newbury from 1pm to about 5pm and then head on to Bath. Returning October 10th after 5pm

Posted by
4538 posts

You are only looking at Advance tickets which are single point to point restricted to a single train. With a return you can break your journey as many times as you like within one day in the outward portion and within a month in the return direction, within the part of the day the ticket is valid for.

Personally though I would opt for the coach on the way back.

Posted by
1916 posts

This is what I would do (others may come up with alternative suggestions)

Take the Underground from LHR to Paddington. Contactless Off-Peak fare is £3.10 (cash is £6). Or the Heathrow Express is £14.30 booked today.

Assuming you are arriving at LHR and you don’t what to commit to a particular train, an Off-Peak ticket from Paddington to Newbury is £26.10 (can buy on the day).

If you want to commit to a particular train Advance tickets are from £9.50

Newbury to Bath Advance tickets from £12.50

For the return Bath to LHR take the coach at £13 – avoids rush hour at Paddington, not a good place to be.

So you could get from LHR to Newbury to Bath to LRH for £38ish

Posted by
53 posts

Thanks Ramblin! I will be leaving from my hotel in London so I can pick a time and save some money. This is helpful.

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1916 posts

Ahh leaving from central London makes it easier to buy the cheap Advance tickets. Have fun!