Early Morning Flight

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  1. SoccerDogWithEars

    SoccerDogWithEars DIS Veteran

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    Hello :wave:

    DH and I are traveling to London this March. We're flying in and out of Heathrow and staying at an AirBnB near the Turnpike Lane tube station. Our flight back to the US departs at 0700, so I had a couple of questions.

    First, what time should we plan on arriving at Heathrow? Is the standard 3 hours for international flights a good rule?

    Secondly, if we did need to be traveling around 3/4 in the morning, what is the best way to get to Heathrow? Does the tube run all night (I feel like I've read conflicting reports). Is it best to just call a cab?

    Thanks in advance for any insight you may have!
     
  2. Jon84

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    Standard 3 hour rule for arrival, security will be busy at this time of day.

    Your transport options that early in the morning are Cab, Pre-booked Mini Cab, Uber.

    You can get the tube on a Friday or Saturday night, else the Tube will be closed: https://www.heathrow.com/transport-and-directions/underground

    The night bus is an option, but not fun!
     
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  4. Selina

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    I would allow 4 hours for a US flight unless you have checked in the night before. Heathrow can get really busy especially at Security. I would also get a taxi.
     
  5. SoccerDogWithEars

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    Thanks! We actually took the Tube (which proved to be an interesting experience at 3 in the morning.) Security took maybe 20 minutes, so we just enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and watched movies until our flight.
     
  6. florida sun

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    Hope you had a great time!
     
  7. seelyt2

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    We (family of 3) had a pre-booked taxi transport to/from Heathrow to our rented flat in Waterloo last month and it was so easy. Our flight departed at 8 a.m. I'm not one to mess with handling various pieces of luggage on the tube - it's just so cumbersome but that's me. It was so easy and it ended up being about $100 with tip (US$) each way when all was said and done. Well worth it for my piece of mind. There was no traffic at 5 a.m. (on a Thursday) and we had plenty of time to spare. No issues with security. Enjoy your trip!
     

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