Below are some transport options for getting from the airport to your accommodation/central London and Ravensbourne.
This is a relatively inexpensive way of getting from the airport to your accommodation, however, if you have a lot of luggage you may find it difficult to store all your luggage on the train.
Go to National Rail website for more information: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Long-distance bus services (coaches) are inexpensive and popular with students. National Express Coaches run regular services from all London airports into central London and costs between £20-40, however you may need to get a taxi from the coach station to your accommodation, so getting the coach whilst cheaper than a taxi may not be the most convenient.
London Underground (the ‘Tube’)
Many people use the Tube to get around London. There is a Tube station at Heathrow airport, but not at any other airports near London.
If you have a lot of luggage it can be difficult to use the tube as most stations do not have a lift (elevator). The Tube can be extremely crowded at ‘rush hour’ (weekdays) and on weekends.
Go to the TFL page for more information: https://tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/visiting-london/
‘Private hire’ taxis, or ‘minicabs’ are car services that must be booked in advanced (via online booking or telephone), and in many cases can be found directly outside places such as train stations, or at designated 'Taxi Ranks'.
Here are some taxi options:
Heathrow Taxis and minicabs (website providing a list of minicabs service, you can put in the number of passengers, amount of luggage and destination and receive a quote before booking: http://www.heathrow.com/transport-and-directions/taxis-and-minicabs
London Heathrow cars: http://www.londonheathrowcars.com/
Do not take unlicensed taxis from the airport - book online to get the best price.
Black cabs: These are iconic black taxis popular in London. Whilst travelling in a ‘black cab’ is something you should experience during your stay in the UK, please do not take a ‘black cab’ to travel from Heathrow or any other airport to your accommodation as they are very expensive.
Airport transfer service: Host International airport transfer: http://www.hosts-international.com/transfer-services/
Specific Airport transportation information
More information on transport options from London airports are available on the respective websites: London Heathrow Airport website and London Gatwick Airport website (click on the taxis and mini cabs option, buses/coaches or underground buttons).
If you wish to stay overnight in London during your journey, you should try to arrange accommodation before you leave your home country. You can book accommodation (using a credit card) before you come to the UK by contacting an organisation such as VisitBritain, the London Tourist Board, the Youth Hostel Association, or International Students’ House. If you arrive in London without accommodation there are hotel booking agencies at all the major train stations, which can help you find accommodation. Alternatively, you may go to one of the London Tourist Board offices at Liverpool Street Station, Victoria Station or Heathrow Airport if you arrive there. Do not accept offers from agents who may approach you at train stations (especially Victoria) – use one of the offices mentioned above.
Getting to Ravensbourne
Please visit our ‘Location’ page for information on how to get to Ravensbourne.
Please refer to our guide on applying for a Tier 4 visa from outside of the UK for tips on travelling to the UK and UK entry.
Visit the UKCISA website for more advice on arriving in the UK.