Post # 1
I am in need of some information/advice! My DH and I are flying into London City Airport and we need to take a cab to Heathrow Airport (yes….I messed up the booking!!!!!).
What are some reliable/trustable cab companies in the area? Or, what are some cab companies we should not even consider?
Any information and advice would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!
Post # 3
@Miss Smurf: are you looking for an airport transfer taxi serivce or just a local taxi company.
i always find hackney carraiges are reliable.
Post # 4
Oh wow the two airports are pretty far apart. In central London I usually use black cabs (hackney carriage) as mentioned by pp above. But they run on a meter and are usually more expensive than a mini cab. To be honest you might find public transport to be cheaper and quicker to transfer between the 2 airports, I’ll have a think about tube / train options and get back to you… Also I know that some London airports arrange shuttle bus transfers between eachother so that could be another option
Post # 5
What time of day? A website says this:
“The Heathrow Express operates between Heathrow Airport and Paddington Station.
To plan your journey between London City Airport and Paddington Station visit journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk
For information and train times for the Heathrow Express visit heathrowexpress.co.uk”
Post # 6
And what Heathrow terminal?
Post # 7
I’m only asking because I don’t know taxi companies – sorry if it’s not the help you need!
Post # 8
You can take public transport as the above poster suggested; it involved a couple of changes (DLR; then jubilee line, then the Bakerloo line, then the mainline from Paddington, with a bit of walking in between) and takes approx 1.5 hours.
A taxi will take approx an hour an a quarter in good traffic; so you could be looking at longer than public transport. Obviously the plus is you won’t have to transport your luggage from A to B. If you go with a taxi, I’d book a mini-cab or airport transfer in advance, because I wouldn’t even like to guess at what a black cab will charge for that journey (I would guess at around £100). A mini-cab should set you back approx £55-60. If you google ‘taxi’s/cabs from London City Airport to Heathrow Airport’ a list of websites come up where you can pre-book cabs.
Post # 9
Definitely try a pre-booked minicab as a PP said – a black cab will cost you a small fortune!! Just google minicab london city airport 🙂
The biggest minicab service running in London is Addison Lee. They’re probably 5 – 10% more expensive than local mom and pop run minicab services, but they’re ridiculously reliable and always on time (every job I’ve ever worked at in London have used them as their prefered taxi company). I just did a quick quote and it looks to be around 70 – 80 GBP to get you from London City to London Heathrow.
If you google them, you can call them and book a cab which can be with you in 10 min, or you can book a specific date and time. You can pay either by credit card over the phone or cash on arrival.
Post # 10
Call Simply Airport on +44 207 701 4321. They are a reliable minicab firm; good quality cars, but are not black cabs. They will be able to provide you with a quotation for the transfer. They only accept advance bookings though; so you can’t just turn up at the airport and call for a car.
Post # 11
I live in London and fly a lot from both Heathrow and City, I live close to City and work in the center of town so have a good handle on getting between the airports. Your problem is that City is on the east side of town and Heathrow to the west so you’ll need to cross most of London.
I would only advice taking a taxi if your transferring really early in the morning (before 7am) or really late at night (after 8pm) or if you have plenty of time. The traffic is horrendous so if you need to take a taxi at rush hour (8-10am or 5-7.30pm) I would allow at least 2.5hrs and it will probably cost you around £60.
Public transport might be a better option. It’s super easy to get from City into town, just take the DLR (station is literally outside the arrivals hall) to Bank. From there you have two options:
1. Take the Piccadilly line all the way to Heathrow (you’ll have to hop on the central line a few stops to Holborn from Bank)
2. Take the tube to Paddington station and take the Heathrow Express to the airport (cost c£20)
The Piccadilly line takes about 1hr – 1hr 15min from Holborn to Heathrow. The Heathrow Express only takes about 20 minutes.
Public transport or taxi, you’re probably looking at about 2hr total transfer time. Do you have a lot of luggage? If so, you might prefer the taxi. Also, if you’re transferring at rush hour the tube will be packed which is not a pleasant experience, especially not if you’re trying to get lots of bags on the train…
There are plenty of taxi companies that do airport transfers, I’ve used a couple of these in the past (they give you online price quotes)
Post # 12
Wow Ladies – thanks so much!
We were thinking of public transport, but because we have 2 large suitcases, 2 carry-ons and a wedding dress, so we thought that booking a cab was a better option than public transport. We havea little over 5 hours between our flights, so hopefully we will have enough time!
And thanks again for all the companies and links, we will be checking them all out over the course of the next few days.
Thanks again Ladies, you have helped make me a little less stressy!!!!