6 & 12 hr layovers in Heathrow
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jan 13, 2013 5:29 AM Last Post By: anzinpants
Nov 23, 2012 3:56 PM
6 & 12 hr layovers in HeathrowI'm flying Vancouver --> London (Heathrow) --> Jo'burg at the beginning of December and then the reverse at the end of January.
On the way there I have a 6hr layover and back it is 12hrs. I'd like to go into London and/or Windsor to pass time. I've been to London before, though 5+ years back, and have a good idea what I'd like to do there, I'm just undecided on which layover to try and accomplish what.
Does anyone have advise for me on best modes of transport to/from London and Windsor (tube for London?)? Whether or not Windsor is feasible in the time I have available? Any other advise I should be considering?
Nov 23, 2012 8:48 PM
1The Heathrow express is the best bet, It takes 15mins from Heathrow to central London, To paddington station
It does cost around £35 return but it is by far the quickest and most efficient and reliable service.
As for windsor it is a direct train from paddington but takes 40mins to get there, so it would be a no go for your 5hr layover but very probable for your 12hr one, aslong as it is during the day. Windsor is not on the tube line but is connectable by an overground normal train
Hope this helps
Nov 24, 2012 1:37 AM
2Refer to http://www.tfl.gov.uk - it has an excellent search engine. The exact advice depends on which terminals you're arriving into and departing from. Set your search for the specific terminal, then search for windsor castle as a place of interest.
You should really be back at Heathrow no later than 1.5 hrs before your next flight takes off, just in case security has gone bananas again - I've queued for 45 minutes before.
Alternatively, if London grabs your fancy, take the HEX as #1 mentioned, or if on a budget take the tube. If you're looking for London in general, consider taking the picadilly line all the way to Covent Garden and figuring it out from there. (basically head down the hill through the market area to the Strand (theatres), turn right for Trafalgar Sq, then either continue walking or hop on a hop on/off bus to get a mega tour in a hurry around the capital. Links to reputable tour bus operators are in the FAQ or on http://www.visitlondon.com.
Taking the 1.5 hr arrival before your flight advice again, you wanna be departing from central London about 2:40 before your scheduled departure from Heathrow, unless taking the HEX, in which case you wanna be navigating from central London to Paddington about 2:15 before your scheduled departure from Heathrow
Nov 24, 2012 2:43 AM
Nov 24, 2012 9:13 AM
Nov 30, 2012 2:58 PM
Jan 13, 2013 5:29 AM
6Try this website for information about buses to Windsor. If you haven't been there before, I would definitely recommend it. Even if you don't have a chance to see the castle itself, the town is very nice to wander around. And the long walk leading up from Windsor Great Park does give some very nice views of the castle as well.
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