A selection of the best options for getting to Croydon
from London's Heathrow Airport...
Travelling to Croydon from Heathrow Airport:
Private car hire/taxi is a great option and I can recommend an excellent car service which you can easily book online. When you arrive at the airport they will be waiting for you with a placard with your name on.
They will take you directly to the apartment and the drive takes around 50 minutes or more depending on the traffic.
Expect to pay around £55 for up to four people. Larger vehicles are available for those with lots of luggage or larger groups. For four persons with minimal luggage this works out at less than £15 each so is well worth considering particularly when you factor in the hassle of getting on and off trains with baggage and/or children.
Option 2- Underground and overground train......
Underground from Heathrow.
Take the Piccadilly Line from the terminal 1-2-3 and get off at ‘Gloucester Road’ underground station. This takes about 36 minutes. Change platform for the ‘Victoria Line’ board the train and get off at ‘London Victoria’. This takes about 6 minutes.
Victoria is a main line station and here you must leave the underground part of the station and go to the main overland part. You can board a fast (15 minutes) overland train directly to East Croydon. Remember there is no underground train to East Croydon but a fast and regular overland service.
Check the board at the station for you next fastest train to East Croydon and take that train.
Expected Journey time around 1hr 20 mins
Option 3- London's Iconic Red bus- X26
The X26 from Heathrow Airport to West Croydon Station (via East Croydon) is the Trans-Siberian of the urban bus world: it covers almost 24 miles, and the X signifies it is one of only two express services in the capital, speeding past all but a few bus stops on its rocket-powered journey across the suburbs of south-west London.
It runs from Heathrow Airport terminal bus station and goes to East Croydon Rail Station and finally ends at West Croydon Station.
Busses run every 30 minutes and the journey takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes depending on traffic.
At a cost of around £1.50 this is a real bargain, there's lots to see enroute and you can tell your freinds that you've been on Londons longest bus route!