How to get from Heathrow Airport to King's Cross, London?

  • My wife and I will be arriving in London via Heathrow Airport (LHR) and are staying at a hotel near King's Cross station. So, we were wondering what the best (which means fastest but also easiest when carrying two large pieces of luggage and two carry-ons) way to get from LHR to King's Cross?

    I gather that, with only one changeover, we can take the Tube. However, in the interest of other passengers, we thought it would be best to take a taxi, or maybe a bus?


  • As a Londoner who does that route a lot:

    • The easiest option is to take a taxi, which have plenty of room for luggage. However, it will be quite expensive, probably around £80.
    • The cheapest option (excluding buses, which would be ridiculously tedious) would be the tube, which will cost £5.50 per person each way - assuming you are paying cash (you can save money if you get an Oyster card (or use a contactless payment card), which drops the price to £3 or £5 depending on the time of day). Fortunately in your case you can take the Piccadilly line the whole way there. The tube is more cumbersome with luggage, but it's doable if you are on a budget. (check for engineering work changes)

    A reasonable compromise for one person might be the Heathrow Express to Paddington, then a taxi to Kings' Cross, which is only a short journey. However, it's £34 return each, so you won't save much money over a taxi with two of you.

    Since the OP is staying in London, they'd most likely want to get an Oyster card and top that up for the journey, which would reduce the Piccadilly line cost

    @Gagravarr, they might, it's true, good point. I've updated my answer.

    Heathrow Connect to Paddington and then a taxi, maybe? It's only a few minutes slower than Heathrow Express and it's about half the price.

    2016 suggestion, use a contactless bank card. Those work like Oyster Cards, without having to buy them or having to top them up, so no money 'left' and no cost for the card (besides a possible replacement of own bank card.)

    You can also now use Apple Pay (and Android pay I assume) to pay. This can be a little slower as it scans your fingerprint etc, but you're likely to have your phone with you *everywhere*

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