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Visiting London and Staying in Earl's Court

Getting there

From Heathrow airport:
  • The tube is cheapest (adult single around £5) and simplest way to get from Heathrow to Earl's Court since the Piccadilly line goes directly to Earl's Court and Gloucester Road stations. It takes around one hour.
  • Even though the tube is direct, it is still very slow, and if you have heavy bags or have a group of several people, you should consider booking a local licensed taxi in advance. For a complete list of registered mini-cab firms, clickhere, and enter SW5 (the post code for Earl's Court) in the search field. The cost will be around £25-40 depending upon the size of your group and amount of luggage and is fixed, regardless of the traffic. You need to call ahead to book and confirm the price. Outside of rush hour the trip is only about 30minutes; in morning rush hours into London, or evening rush hour back, expect an average of one hour, but with a possibility of much longer.
  • If you do not book a local cab in advance you can take one of the famous London black cabs from the airport taxi rank. The cost to Earl's Court will be around £45 outside of rush hour, but possibly much more if you get stuck in traffic.
  • Heathrow Express is not the best option to get to Earl's Court. It is very expensive and still leaves you to get from Paddington to your hotel.

Stansted

  • The best way is probably the Stansted Express train. Change at Tottenham Hale station for the Victoria line to Green Park station, then take the Piccadilly line to Gloucester Road or Earl's Court. This will take about 90mins and £20 single/£27 return adults, £10/16 children (cheaper tickets are often available in advance on their website).
  • Snowdrop Travel provides an hourly bus service (number A60) into Central London via Kings Cross, Russell Square, Piccadilly, Bayswater and Earls Court. Journey time is 2 hours and it costs £12. At the present time, it is not possible to book online (new website coming soon in 2012) but it is possible to book by calling: +44 (0)20 8593 7771 (payment to be made directly to the driver).
  • Two other bus companies, National Express and Terravision run regular bus services to London Victoria (£9 one way) Victoria, from where you can take the tube (district line) or a taxi. Terravision is slightly cheaper and quicker than the National Express since it only stops once at Liverpool street and it will take about a hour and a half to get to Victoria station.
  • A local licensed cab will cost from £60 to £80 should take one to two hours depending on traffic, whilst a Black cab will cost around £80 (more in rush hour).

Eurostar terminal (St Pancras)

  • The Piccadilly tube line runs direct to Gloucester Road and Earl's Court and takes 40mins, and costs only the price of a tube fare (£1.80 adult with an oyster card).
  • A black cab will take about 30 minutes and cost about £25.
 
Gatwick:
  • The Easybus coach service, running every 15minutes, is the cheapest option. One way tickets cost between £3 and £10 pounds depending upon how far in advance you book (internet bookings only, returns cost double). They take about one hour to ninety minutes and drop you off opposite West Brompton tube station from where it is a 10 minute walk to Earl's Court, or where you can take the tube or local bus 74 (Earl's Court and Cromwell Road) or 230 (along Brompton Road).
  • Local Southern trains run roughly every half an hour from Gatwick. If the Overground line is working, change at Clapham Junction for this line going towards Stratford, and get off at Brompton Road. From there either walk or change onto the tube line for Earl's Court. This useful connection is often closed for scheduled maintenance at weekends, so check ahead on thislink. This route takes about one hour and costs about £15 adults, £7 children. If the Overground line or Wimbledon branch of the District tube line is not working you can take the local train all the way to Victoria and then transfer to the tube (district line) to Earls Court or Gloucester Road when the travel time increases to 75minutes.
  • The faster Gatwick Express runs every 15minutes and arrives at Victoria (return £31 adults, £16 children, but slightly cheaper offers are bookable in advance on their website but still more expensive than the Southwest train). From there you can take the tube (District line) but since this involves a long walk from the train station to the tube you might prefer a black cab taxi (£15). Total travel time about one hour.
  • Local licensed taxi company will cost about £50 and take 60 to 90 minutes. A Black cab picked up at the airport will cost around £80 (more in rush hour) .
 
 

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