Late night travel, Heathrow to London

Heathrow Airport

If you are taking a light night flight into Heathrow you may be wondering about travel arrangements once you have landed. Depending on the exact time you land, you will most likely be tired, and will want a straightforward solution to getting on to your next destination, whether that’s a train station which will take you elsewhere or a hotel for an overnight stop. Luckily, there are a number of different options for late night travel in the capital city:-

Heathrow Express

This is by far the quickest way to travel into Central London. The journey takes 20 minutes and there are trains leaving every 15 minutes from 5am until 11.45pm.

If you are experienced with London’s underground system then it may be more cost-effective for you to take the tube. The Piccadilly line connects the airport to the centre of London and services operate from around 5am to 11.45pm, or 11.30pm on Sundays.

The Night Bus

If your flight arrives too late for either the Express or the Tube then you might need to make use of the N9 Night Bus. This is a service which runs from the airport to Trafalgar Square between the hours of 11.30pm and 5am; ideal for people who are arriving in the dead of night.


This is probably one of the easiest ways to ensure that you won’t get stuck either at the airport or somewhere in Central London. However, taxis direct from the airport can be costly, and so it may make more sense to work out where the night bus, tube or Express may take you and then book a taxi from that point on.

Of course, utilising any of the above modes of transport only works if you are booked into a hotel which is central to London and so we would suggest opting for accommodation which is centrally placed, such as some of the hotels near Hyde Park like the Grand Royale London Hyde Park. Hyde Park has a number of tube stations located nearby which would be ideal if you decided to travel on the tube.

However you choose to travel from Heathrow to London, it should be fairly straightforward, and easy. London has a lot of public transport options so choose the one which makes you feel most comfortable, even if that means shelling out for a taxi to take you directly to your accommodation.