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Old Jul 23, 12, 2:10 pm   #1
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LHR Hotel Hoppa bus stops moved for Olympics

FYI, the Hoppa buses have relocated to the central bus station during the games. At least that seems to be the case for T1 and T3. Not sure about the other terminals. So it's a long walk in store for you if you need the Hoppa. The bad news is that while they didn't have any problems deciding to inconvenience the traveling public, they apparently couldn't be bothered to change the signage that points you out to the normal Hoppa bus stop. Where you will wait forever wondering why no Hoppa buses are coming around.
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Thankfully, I use the LHR Free Zone when staying near LHR...but I'm sure many will not realize this!

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FYI, the Hoppa buses have relocated to the central bus station during the games. At least that seems to be the case for T1 and T3. Not sure about the other terminals. So it's a long walk in store for you if you need the Hoppa. The bad news is that while they didn't have any problems deciding to inconvenience the traveling public, they apparently couldn't be bothered to change the signage that points you out to the normal Hoppa bus stop. Where you will wait forever wondering why no Hoppa buses are coming around.
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Old Jul 23, 12, 10:58 pm   #3
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http://www.heathrowairport.com/trans...es/hotel-buses

From the Hoppa web site:

If you are arriving into Terminal 1 or Terminal 3, please select the Heathrow Airport option in the jouney planner below.

I wonder if it's a permanent change.
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Old Jul 24, 12, 1:58 am   #4
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Thankfully, I use the LHR Free Zone when staying near LHR...but I'm sure many will not realize this!
I have an annual Travelcard so don't even need to worry about the free zone.

Is there any other major airport that has caught onto the wheeze of banning courtesy shuttles like this?
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I have an annual Travelcard so don't even need to worry about the free zone.

Is there any other major airport that has caught onto the wheeze of banning courtesy shuttles like this?
The Hotel Hoppa isn't a "courtesy shuttle". It's a very expensive bus service.
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I know. Hence my question — has any other airport banned courtesy shuttles like LHR has done?
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Old Jul 24, 12, 7:54 am   #7
 
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FYI, the Hoppa buses have relocated to the central bus station during the games. At least that seems to be the case for T1 and T3. Not sure about the other terminals. So it's a long walk in store for you if you need the Hoppa. The bad news is that while they didn't have any problems deciding to inconvenience the traveling public, they apparently couldn't be bothered to change the signage that points you out to the normal Hoppa bus stop. Where you will wait forever wondering why no Hoppa buses are coming around.
There was clear signage at T1 the other night to the new location; so clear in fact that I noticed it before starting to go my usual route.
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Old Jul 24, 12, 7:57 am   #8
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There was clear signage at T1 the other night to the new location; so clear in fact that I noticed it before starting to go my usual route.
They told me that later, however they failed to remove the old signage which is all I happened to see last night as I walked to the exit.
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They told me that later, however they failed to remove the old signage which is all I happened to see last night as I walked to the exit.
Ah, I didn't notice the 'old' signage (wouldn't have been looking for it though) I was actually quite bleary eyed and am a little surprised that I happened to notice the new signage as I would most likely have ended up at the old location and not been happy if I had not been paying attention.

They did I thought have the new stops well signaged with routes etc and it didn't feel very temporary to me.
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Thankfully, I use the LHR Free Zone when staying near LHR...
+1.
And with the stops moved to Heathrow Central, there is no reason whatsoever anymore to use Hoppa, for all but a few hotels. (Secretly I'm hoping that the Hoppa rip-off loses tons of money during that period... )
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The Hotel Hoppa isn't a "courtesy shuttle". It's a very expensive bus service.
There used to be courtesy shuttles. Indeed, I was travelling out of LHR with the car parked at a hotel when the switchover happened, hotel free shuttle on the outbound, Hotel Hoppa on the way back. June-ish 1997, I think.

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I am staying at a hotel near Heathrow for the Olympics. First time visiting London so need some transit help.

Hotel suggested I take public bus to terminal and take tube to downtown. I will staying for at least a week. Would a 7 day travelcard be my best option? I know there is the Heathrow Express, but I am trying to save some money.

Thanks for any help.
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I am staying at a hotel near Heathrow for the Olympics. First time visiting London so need some transit help.

Hotel suggested I take public bus to terminal and take tube to downtown. I will staying for at least a week. Would a 7 day travelcard be my best option? I know there is the Heathrow Express, but I am trying to save some money.
How often will you travel? If every day for a week, yes.

You can get some nice 2 for 1 offers if you're not doing Olympic stuff the whole time by buying it from a railway rather than Tube station. You will in either case need a passport-sized photograph for the associated photocard (I'm pretty sure LU reintroduced them, anyway).

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I know. Hence my question — has any other airport banned courtesy shuttles like LHR has done?
I don't know the origin, but at MUC, there is a nontrivial charge for the airport hotel shuttles, IIRC 8 Euro per person. I think the same is true at certain other airports in Germany.
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Old Jul 26, 12, 2:02 am   #15
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I am staying at a hotel near Heathrow for the Olympics. First time visiting London so need some transit help.
Do you not have any tickets for the Games? You are supposed to get a free all zone travel card with each ticket.
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