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Friday, 19 September 2014

FAQ: Getting to Connaught Hall from Heathrow or Gatwick airports

Getting from Heathrow to the Hall

Your options are taxi (convenient but expensive), Heathrow Express train (fast but expensive), Heathrow Connect train, or the Underground (easy and cheap, but slow and can be very crowded).

Taxi / minicab

Black cabs stop at the taxi ranks outside all five terminals at Heathrow. You can also book a taxi or minicab in advance online here: heathrowairport.com/transport-and-directions/taxis-and-minicabs

You should expect to pay anything up to £90 for a taxi to Connaught Hall from Heathrow.

Heathrow Express to Paddington

Tickets

Book tickets for the Heathrow Express train, direct from the airport non-stop to London Paddington station, online at www.heathrowexpress.com. Tickets cost around £20.

Finding the train in the arrivals terminal

If you’re arriving at Terminal 1 or Terminal 3, follow signs for Trains to reach Heathrow Central station.
In Terminal 5, the station is at basement level and reached by lift or escalator.
In Terminal 4, take the inter-terminal shuttle to Heathrow Central.

Onward journey: Paddington to Euston Square

The Heathrow Express will take you to London Paddington. The journey time is about 15 minutes.

When you get off the train at Paddington, follow the signs for the co-located Underground station and take an eastbound train on either the Circle Line or Hammersmith & City Line to Euston Square. 

Connaught Hall is a 7-minute walk from Euston Square.

Heathrow Connect to Paddington

The Heathrow Connect train departs from the same place as the Heathrow Express, and also takes you to Paddington Station. However, this train stops at other stations along the route. The journey time is about 25 minutes and the ticket price around £10. More information and online ticket booking here: www.heathrowconnect.com.

Underground (Picadilly Line) to Russell Square

Follow the signs for the Underground at any of the terminal buildings. You can buy a ticket at the Underground stations, costing around £5.

Heathrow is on the Picadilly Line. Take the train to Russell Square (journey time around 1 hour).

Connaught Hall is about a 7-minute walk from Russell Square.



Getting from Gatwick to the Hall

It’s best to travel by train from Gatwick Airport to central London. There are three different train services: Gatwick Express, Southern Trains, and First Capital Connect. The railway station at Gatwick Airport is located at the South Terminal, but is just a few minutes from the North Terminal by a free shuttle.

Gatwick Express to London Victoria

This non-stop train service to London Victoria runs every 15 minutes with a journey time of 30 minutes. Ticket prices are around £16 to £20. Information & tickets: www.gatwickexpress.com.

When you arrive at London Victoria, follow the signs for the co-located Underground station and take a northbound train on the Victoria Line to Euston Station. 

Connaught Hall is about a 5-minute walk from Euston.

Southern Trains to London Victoria

Southern trains services to London Victoria run four times an hour with a journey time of around 35 minutes. Ticket prices are around £12 to £18. Information & tickets: www.southernrailway.com.

First Capital Connect to St Pancras

Services to St Pancras International run four times an hour with a journey time of between 30 and 45 minutes. Ticket prices are around £15 to £20. Information & tickets: www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk.

Connaught Hall is about 12 minutes’ walk from St Pancras, or you can take a black cab for around £5.