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Best Affordable Airport Transfers

London Heathrow - Heathrow Express Train

Pawel Libera / Alamy

London (Heathrow)

Best Taxi Alternative: Heathrow Express train.

Fare: $25.

Time to Downtown: 15 minutes to central London.

Drawback: A London cab ride can be a great experience.

Taxi Facts: Averages between 30 and 60 minutes and costs $60–$120.

Bottom Line: Not only is this the fastest way to get from the airport to central London, but the trains even have free Wi-Fi. They depart every 15 minutes, from just past 5 a.m. to nearly midnight. Take the train to Paddington Station, where you can also check in for your return flight and avoid the lines at the airport counter.

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