As soon as, your flight lands at London Heathrow airport and you come to the arrival hall you have to decide how you will reach your hotel/office/residence if you have not arranged your transport earlier. There are many transport options available to visitors/tourists for traveling in London and surrounding areas; you can hire London Black Cabs, you can book private airport taxis, you can take train or local bus or you can rent a car. If you are not visiting London for the first time then you might know well which transport option is better for you to reach your hotel/office/residence from London Heathrow Airport. If you are visiting London for the first time then it might be confusing for you to choose the best transport option out of all.
It is to be noted that when you are travelling with kids, senior adults or handicapped persons, it can become difficult for you to reach your hotel or residence through local bus or train. If this is the case with you then you are left with three options- private airport taxis, rental cars and London Black Cabs.
As far as Rental cars are concerned, many travelers avoid rental car for travelling from Heathrow airport (& other airports as well) due to many reasons such as renting a car is expensive, you have to drive it despite being tired, you might get lost if you don’t know the local routes, etc. But if you don’t have tight budget and you love driving then you can choose to rent a car at London Heathrow Airport to reach your destination. But if you find it difficult to drive a car after a hectic flight and you cannot afford to rent a car then you can have to leave this option.
Let us now discuss private airport taxis and London Black Cabs to decide which is better for travelling from London Heathrow airport.
There are numerous airport taxi companies operating in entire UK who pick travelers from key London airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, etc and drop them to their hotel/residence/office in major UK cities. You have to pre-book them. On the other side, London Black Cabs are the official taxis of London city. You don’t need to book them in advance; you can easily get them at different terminals of Heathrow airport. It is to be noted that London Black cabs are much costly as compared to private airport taxis. Private airport taxis have fixed fare and they offer free waiting time while black Cabs are metered and you have to pay for waiting times as well. When the traffic is too hard, London Black Cabs can charge travelers double price. Apart from this, if you book private airport taxis you will know the fare in advance but if you hire London black cabs you will not know how much you have to pay for the ride because driver tells passengers about the fare at the end of the ride. Traveling in a London Black Cab is safe and traveling in a licensed private airport taxi is also safe.