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Find out about your transport options for getting from Heathrow airport to UCL.


Please note that journey times take into account the time taken to move between stations and costs are based on an average of booking at different times of the day, with both peak time and off-peak time train costs listed.


Coach

A coach is like a big bus that travels between cities on the motorway. The National Express coach company runs a coach service between London Heathrow airport and London Victoria coach station.

The coaches depart from terminals 2, 3 and 5 and tickets can be bought from the National Expess ticket desk at any of these terminals or you can buy them in advance on their website.

Bloomsbury campus

Route, journey time and cost

Go to either terminals 2, 3, or 5 and take the:


  1. National Express coach to London Victoria Coach station. About 1 hour. About £7.
  2. Change to the Victoria line (northbound) to Warren Street station. 14 minutes. £2.50.
  • Total time = about 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Total cost = about £9.50.

Visit the National Express website to book their tickets.

UCL East

Route, journey time and cost

Go to either terminals 2, 3, or 5 and take the:


  1. National Express coach to London Victoria Coach station. About 1 hour. About £7. 

  2. Change to the Victoria line (northbound) to Oxford Circus station. About 15 minutes.  

  3. Change to the Central line (eastbound) to Stratford station. About 25 minutes. £2.60 off-peak time/£3.20 peak time

  • Total time = about 1 hour 40 minutes;
  • Total cost = about £9.60 off-peak time/£10.20 peak time.

Visit the National Express website to book their tickets.


Train

There are a few different train options to get from London Heathrow airport to central London. London Heathrow airport has train stations for terminals 2 & 3 (one station for both terminals), 4 and 5 but not all the train options go from all the terminals.

  • via the London Underground (Picaddilly line);
  • via the London Underground (Elizabeth line);
  • via the Heathrow Express.
Bloomsbury campus

Route, journey time and cost


Picadilly line

The Picaddilly line currently runs from terminals 2 & 3 and 5.

  1. London Heathrow airport station to Green Park station. 48 minutes.
  2. Change to the Victoria line (northbound) to Warren Street station. 14 minutes.
  • Total time = about 1 hour 10 minutes;
  • Total cost = about £3.50 off-peak time/£5.50 peak time.

Visit Heathrow's website for more information on the Picaddilly line.

Visit TfL's website to see how much a journey between 2 stations costs.


Elizabeth line

The Elizabeth line currently runs from Heathrow airport terminals 2 & 3, 4 and 5. Currently, the Elizabeth line stops at Paddington station and then continues on a separate rail line, so you will need to change at Paddington station whether you intend to continue on the Elizabeth line or not.

Take either of the following options:

  1. London Heathrow airport station to Paddington station. 32 minutes. £3.50 off-peak time/£5.50 peak time.
  2. Change to the next stage of the Elizabeth line (eastbound) to Tottenham Court Road station. 8 minutes.
  3. Change to the Northern line (northbound) to Warren Street station. 6 minutes. £2.50
  • Total time = about 46 minutes;
  • Total cost = about £6 off-peak time/£8 peak-time.

or

  1. London Heathrow airport station to Paddington station. 32 minutes. £3.50 off-peak time/£5.50 peak time.
  2. Change to either the Circle line or Hammersmith & City line (eastbound) to Euston Square. 11 minutes. £2.50. 
  • Total time = about 43 minutes;
  • Total cost = about £6 off-peak time/£8 peak-time.

Visit Heathrow's website for more information on the Elizabeth line.

Visit TfL's website to see how much a journey between 2 stations costs.


Heathrow Express

The Heathrow Express runs from Heathrow airport terminals 2 & 3 and 5.

Take either of the following options:

  1. London Heathrow airport station to Paddington station. 19 minutes. £16.50.
  2. Change to the Elizabeth line (westbound) to Tottenham Court Road station. 8 minutes.
  3. Change to the Northern line (northbound) to Warren Street station. 6 minutes. £2.50
  • Total time = about 33 minutes;
  • Total cost = about £19

or

  1. London Heathrow airport station to Paddington station. 19 minutes. £16.50.
  2. Change to either the Circle line or Hammersmith & City line (eastbound) to Euston Square. 11 minutes. £2.50. 
  • Total time = about 30 minutes;
  • Total cost = about £19

Visit Heathrow's website for more information on the Heathow Express.

Visit TfL's website to see how much a journey between 2 stations costs.

UCL East

Route, journey time and cost


Picadilly line

The Picaddilly line currently runs from Heathrow airport terminals 2 & 3 and 5.

  1. London Heathrow airport station to Holborn station. 55 minutes. 
  2. Change to the Central line (eastbound) to Stratford station. 20 minutes.
  • Total time = about 1 hour 15 minutes;
  • Total cost = about £3.50 off-peak time/£5.50 peak time.

Visit Heathrow's website for more information on the Picaddilly line.

Visit TfL's website to see how much a journey between 2 stations costs.


Elizabeth line

The Elizabeth line currently runs from Heathrow airport terminals 2 & 3, 4 and 5. Currently, the Elizabeth line 'ends' at Paddington station and then again at Liverpool Street station and continues on separate rail lines, so you will need to change at Paddington station/Liverpool Street station whether you intend to continue on the Elizabeth line or not. 

Take either of the following options:

  1. London Heathrow airport station to Paddington station. 32 minutes. £3.50 off-peak time/£5.50 peak time.
  2. Change to the next stage of the Elizabeth line (eastbound) to Liverpool Street station. 15 minutes.
  3. Change to the next stage of the Elizabeth line (eastbound) to Stratford station. 10 minutes. £2.60 off-peak time/£3.20 peak time.
  • Total time = about 57 minutes;
  • Total cost = about £6.10 off-peak time/£8.70 peak time.

or 

  1. London Heathrow airport station to Paddington station. 32 minutes. £3.50 off-peak time/£5.50 peak time.
  2. Change to the Bakerloo line (southbound) to Oxford Circus station. 12 minutes.
  3. Change to the Central line (eastbound) to Stratford station. 22 minutes. £2.60 off-peak time/£3.20 peak time.
  • Total time = about 1 hour 6 minutes;
  • Total cost = about £6.10 off-peak time/£8.70 peak time.

Visit Heathrow's website for more information on the Elizabeth line.

Visit TfL's website to see how much a journey between 2 stations costs.


Heathrow Express

The Heathrow Express runs from Heathrow airport terminals 2 & 3 and 5.

Take either of the following options:

  1. London Heathrow airport station to Paddington station. 19 minutes. £16.50.
  2. Change to the next stage of the Elizabeth line (eastbound) to Liverpool Street station. 15 minutes.

  3. Change to the next stage of the Elizabeth line (eastbound) to Stratford station. 10 minutes. £2.60 off-peak time/£3.20 peak time.

  • Total time = about 44 minutes;
  • Total cost = about £19.10 off-peak time/£19.70 peak time.

or

  1. London Heathrow airport station to Paddington station. 19 minutes. £16.50.
  2. Change to the Bakerloo line (southbound) to Oxford Circus station. 12 minutes.

  3. Change to the Central line (eastbound) to Statford station. 22 minutes. £2.60 off-peak time/£3.20 peak time.

  • Total time = about 53 minutes;
  • Total cost = about £19.10 off-peak time/£19.70 peak time.

Visit Heathrow's website for more information on the Heathow Express.

Visit TfL's website to see how much a journey between 2 stations costs.


    Taxi/Ride share

    From Heathrow airport, there are plenty of options for taxis and ride shares. You can be picked up from outside terminals 2 & 3, 4 or 5. Please note that journey times and costs can change based on the time of day. We advise booking a car in advance if you plan on this option.

    The following options are:

    • via WeKnow Cars;
    • via London Black Cabs;
    • via ride share.
    Bloomsbury campus

    Route, journey time and cost


    WeKnow Cars

    1. Heathrow airport pick-up to Bloomsbury campus.
    • Total time = about 55 minutes.
    • Total cost = about £75.

    Visit Heathrow's website for more information on WeKnow Cars.


    London Black Cabs

    1. Heathrow airport pick-up to Bloomsbury campus.
    • Total time = about 55 minutes.
    • Total cost = about £75.

    Visit TfL's website for a general breakdown of taxi fares costs from Heathrow to central London.


    Ride share 

    1. Heathrow airport pick-up to Bloomsbury campus.
    • Total time = about 55 minutes.
    • Total cost = about £60.

    Uber

    Bolt

    UCL East

    Route, journey time and cost


    WeKnow Cars

    1. Heathrow airport pick-up to UCL East campus.
    • Total time = about 1 hour 20 minutes.
    • Total cost = about £105.

    Visit Heathrow's website for more information on WeKnow Cars.


    London Black Cabs

    1. Heathrow airport pick-up to UCL East campus.
    • Total time = about 1 hour 20 minutes.
    • Total cost = about £105.

    Visit TfL's website for a general breakdown of taxi fares costs from Heathrow to central London.


    Ride share 

    1. Heathrow airport pick-up to UCL East campus.
    • Total time = about 1 hour 20 minutes.
    • Total cost = about £100.

    Uber

    Bolt