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My wife and I will be arriving in London via Heathrow Airport (LHR) and are staying at a hotel near King's Cross station. So, we were wondering what the best (which means fastest but also easiest when carrying two large pieces of luggage and two carry-ons) way to get from LHR to King's Cross?

I gather that, with only one changeover, we can take the Tube. However, in the interest of other passengers, we thought it would be best to take a taxi, or maybe a bus?

Thoughts?

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As a Londoner who does that route a lot:

  • The easiest option is to take a taxi, which have plenty of room for luggage. However, it will be quite expensive, probably around £80.
  • The cheapest option (excluding buses, which would be ridiculously tedious) would be the tube, which will cost £5.50 per person each way - assuming you are paying cash (you can save money if you get an Oyster card, which drops the price to £3 or £5 depending on the time of day). Fortunately in your case you can take the Piccadilly line the whole way there. The tube is more cumbersome with luggage, but it's doable if you are on a budget. (check for engineering work changes)

A reasonable compromise for one person might be the Heathrow Express to Paddington, then a taxi to Kings' Cross, which is only a short journey. However, it's £34 return each, so you won't save much money over a taxi with two of you.

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Since the OP is staying in London, they'd most likely want to get an Oyster card and top that up for the journey, which would reduce the Piccadilly line cost –  Gagravarr Apr 29 '13 at 21:14
    
@Gagravarr, they might, it's true, good point. I've updated my answer. –  Andrew Ferrier Apr 29 '13 at 21:55
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Honestly, the Piccadilly Line is what I'd do. I'm not sure how you feel you'll take two trains to get there tho - from Heathrow, depending on the terminal it's direct all the way to Kings Cross - 23-25 stops. (Takes about an hour). I've done this very trip myself.

In terms of luggage, that line is the arrivals line - people expect the luggage, and unless you're arriving at rush hour, you're going to have the train mostly empty until you reach the downtown. Getting on it WILL be empty, so you'll have time to adjust your bags and move them to the side to not bother others at all.

The station itself (Kings Cross) has had a lot of recent refurbishments, so there are more escalators and elevators than there used to be be. From there you can either walk, or grab a cab at that point, depending on where your accommodation is.

The tube is easy, fast (especially in traffic it can be faster) and cheap. Definitely the preferred option.

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