What is the best & cheapest route to take from Heathrow to Paddington.
Should I & would I be able to get the Oyster card @ the airport?
If taking the tube what is the route I need to follow. Thanks
The Heathrow express is the simplest and quickest option although it may not be the cheapest
You could use the underground (Piccadilly Line - Blue) or bus and you would use an Oyster card for that. Yes you can buy them at the airport and I have actually seen quite a few airlines bound for London selling them on the planes as well. Once you have reached the underground station you will see where you can buy them from
If you do catch the underground or bus though, expect to be in for a long and slow journey.
It really is worth spending a few more pounds if you can for the Heathrow Express especially if you were on a long flight
The tube is definitely the cheapest. You can purchase an Oyster or use your credit card on the tube. The signs at Heathrow Airport are easy to follow so you can find the tube stations and from there, check the tube map.
Cheapest would be via tube but it's a long journey (55mins) compared to the Heathrow Express train (15mins) but the express is £22 and the worst case is £6 for the tube but that would go down to either £5.10 or £3:10 if it's off peak if you use Oyster.
If you are staying near Paddington Station the the Heathrow Express Ticketa/Information is best. If you are staying around Earls Court, or centrally, or anywhere that is not around Paddington, I would opt for the tube (Piccadilly). Otherwise you get to Paddington quickly but for £24 then have to struggle lugging bags onto another connection.
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When I stay at Paddington I take the Heathrow Connect which is currently 10.30£. The tube is cheaper but it is not direct and requires a change of train. The one time I did it all of the trains were delayed and it ended up taking way longer than it should have. The Connect takes about 30 minutes vs. 15 on the Express but is much cheaper as a walkup fare. However if you buy the Express online in advance you can get as cheap as 5.50£ on the weekend or 12.10£ during the week each way. The tube will cost 3.10£ or 5.10£ depending on the time of day
Just get the Heathrow express , one train from Heathrow direct to Paddington.
If you have a credit or debit card with a wave sign on it, you don't need to buy an oyster. If not pick one up in a station or a shop which sells cards.
At present, Heathrow Connection is available, somewhat slower but less expensive that Express, faster than Tube. It's to be replaced by new Elizabeth Tube Line.
Heathrow Express train is not the cheapest but is the fastest. With an Oyster card you can take the Piccadilly line and connect to the Circle line centrally.
Like the other commenters have mentioned, Heathrow Express is more expensive, but much faster and very convenient to Paddington. You may be able to book a ticket at a reduced price online before your arrival. Check out the website before going with the tube for the cost savings.