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We will be staying at Rubens at the Palace (in the Victoria area) in June and will flying out of Heathrow. We have priced both the Heathrow Express and black cab service. They look to be about similarly priced, if you include the cab ride to Paddington Station. Does anyone have experience on which of these would be the cheaper, easier option? Thanks! (We are flying Delta and our flight leaves at 1:50pm on a Sunday.)

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I may be wrimg but I think Delta will be flying out of Terminal 4 when they start up from Heathrow - the Heathrow Express will not go Terminal 4 after Terminal 5 opens.

Instead it will be the much cheaper Heathrow Connect train from Paddington to T4 - and on a Sunday this only runs every 60 minutes.

You will almost certainly find that a prebooked private taxi like Just Airports (http://www.justairports.com) offers the best value.

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We are flying Delta and our flight leaves at 1:50pm on a Sunday.
Assuming that you would aim to reach Heathrow at about 12 noon, a cab will probably be faster than taking the Heathrow Express, particularly because of the need to change trains to get to T4 after 27 March 2008.
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The Rubens is great - well chosen!

 

Walk to Victoria station. Take the Circle Line (yellow) to South Kensingtonand go down the escalator OR if you have lots of luggage, take the District Line to Hammersmith and just cross the platform. Transfer to the Piccadilly Line (blue) to Heathrow. The Underground WILL stop at Terminal 4 - and 1-2-3 and 5... the whole thing will cost you about $16 and take less than 1 hour

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Walk to Victoria station. Take the Circle Line (yellow) to South Kensingtonand go down the escalator OR if you have lots of luggage, take the District Line to Hammersmith and just cross the platform. Transfer to the Piccadilly Line (blue) to Heathrow. The Underground WILL stop at Terminal 4 - and 1-2-3 and 5... the whole thing will cost you about $16 and take less than 1 hour
If the Tube is an option for the OP (although not mentioned in the OP's post), I would recommend taking the District Line to Barons Court unless it's particularly wet or windy, as the change is identical but the walk across the platform to the other train is much shorter. Hammersmith is more sheltered for wet and windy days.

 

There seems to me to be little point planning to change at South Kensington in any circumstances other than a breakdown in the District Line. But if you want to do that, every Circle or District Line train from Victoria goes to South Ken - you don't have to wait for a Circle Line train.

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The Rubens is great - well chosen!

 

Walk to Victoria station. Take the Circle Line (yellow) to South Kensingtonand go down the escalator OR if you have lots of luggage, take the District Line to Hammersmith and just cross the platform. Transfer to the Piccadilly Line (blue) to Heathrow. The Underground WILL stop at Terminal 4 - and 1-2-3 and 5... the whole thing will cost you about $16 and take less than 1 hour

 

As Globaliser rightly says the best places by far to change are Barons Court or Hammersmith, changing at other stations involves a tedious interchange using stairs and escalators.

After March 27, only every other Underground train to Heathrow visits Terminal 4, no trains Underground, Heathrow Express or Heathrow Connect visits all terminals.

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Thank you so much for all the information. Honestly, taking trains to the aiport might be a little stressful with all our luggage. We're trying to limit ourselves, but you know how that goes! We are leaning towards www.justairports.com because they are reasonably priced. Has everyone had positive experiences with this company? Thank you again for all your help.

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Has anyone used the dot2dot shuttle from Central London hotels to Heathrow? We are considering using this service and would like to know if anyone recommends this for our June trip to London.

 

Thanks

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We will be staying at Rubens at the Palace (in the Victoria area) in June and will flying out of Heathrow. We have priced both the Heathrow Express and black cab service. They look to be about similarly priced, if you include the cab ride to Paddington Station. Does anyone have experience on which of these would be the cheaper, easier option? Thanks! (We are flying Delta and our flight leaves at 1:50pm on a Sunday.)

 

I was wondering what you used as we are staying at the Reubens and leaving out of Heathrow.

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During the day, probably something like £50-60.

 

There is now no additional charge for baggage. The boot (trunk) is quite small, because cabs aren't really intended to the carriage of large amounts of baggage. But some can go in the driver's compartment next to the driver, where the front passenger seat would be if there was one, and if there are only two people in the main passenger compartment there will be room for some bags there too. You won't have any problems with what you describe.

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