There is no direct shuttle or coach service between these two
airports. They are on opposite sides of the greater London, Heathrow to
the west and London City to the east. The driving distance is 28.5 miles
and the straight line distance is 22 miles. The journey involves
crossing through the heart of London and if under taken by road it can
be quite a nightmare in terms of average speed and traffic on route.
Please note its a fixed fare of
£4.90-£6 per adult for using both the tube and DLR
network providing you don't exit any of the stations and you are making
straight transfers between start and end points.
There are a few options to go from Heathrow to London City by
1: Heathrow Express to
Switch from this overground service to the tube network at Paddington
and take the tube (Bakerloo line) out to Canning Town. You will need to
switch from the Bakerloo Line to the Jubilee line at Baker Street
station. At Canning Town switch to the DLR and ride out to London City
Airport. Heathrow Express takes 15 minutes from terminals 2 and 3, 23 minutes from
terminal 5. No service terminal 4. Tube from Paddington to Canning Town
takes around 35 minutes. Canning Town to London City Airport takes
around 7 minutes.
Total time around 65 minutes.
Cost: Heathrow Express:
£22 (online), £22 (ticket machine), £27 (on train)
£4.90 total from £26.90 per adult.
2: As above but use the TFL Rail service which is cheaper but slower as
it stops on route to Paddington. No service from terminal 5. Time: around 75 minutes. Cost on TFL Rail service
£10.20 per adult
Total Cost from £15.10 per adult.
3: Take the tube (NOT the Heathrow Express) from Heathrow Airport
(Piccadilly Line) to Green Park. Switch over to the Jubilee line and
complete as route above. Zones 6 to 3 via zone 1. Time: Approximately 90 minutes. Total Cost:
Cash: £6 per adult (£3 11-15 yrs), Contactless £5.10 peak, £3.10 off-peak
A London black cab will cost around
However the destination is
more than 20 miles from the airport which means they can refuse the job
or negotiate a different fare (basically you can haggle).
Expect your journey by car/taxi/minicab to take
70-105 minutes minutes.