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Old Feb 9, 05, 4:35 pm   #1
 
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Question Best way to get to from Birmingham to London Heathrow?

I would like to travel to Asia in the near future and am thinking of going from LHR-HKG-CEB on CX however I live in BHX and would need to get to LHR.

TOA Taxis here in Birmingham says they would charge a fixed price of 160.00 for pickup from my apartment to the airport. A private car from London Heathrow back to my flat (when I return) would be 145.00 for total of a whopping 305.00.

I know I can take one of the new Virgin trains to London Euston but that would require I connect either with the underground or get to Paddington Station to take the Airport Express. I'm traveling with one piece of luggage and I don't really prefer to do much heavy lifting being quite small myself. Assuming the cost of a return train ticket would be 30.00 + ~ 8.00 for 2 underground tickets and that would set me back 38.00.

Or I can take the National Express coach from Birmingham, Digbeth coach station to LHR and the travel tickets seem to vary from 3 - 5 hours depending upon what time I leave BHX and 25.00 for a ticket. Assuming Taxi fees are 10.00 from the city centre to the coach station and I am 45.00 out of pocket roundtrip. How are these trains like? Is there adequate storage space and is there someone at the station to assist with placing luggage on-board?

Is it a hassle taking the train or should I just pay and smile for a taxi? It seems like for that kind of money I can take a cheap flight from BHX to CDG, AMS, or FRA and then take a CX flight direct to HKG... but I would then have to deal with issuing two seperate tickets.

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Old Feb 10, 05, 12:38 am   #2
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I don't know where a lot of the fuss about the UK's transport system comes from; yes, the train system is rubbish but why bother when private-hire car services (such as shown here) are such good value?

I also find that if you're studying, brief mention of this fact to your driver at the start of your journey will result in a better service and the customary academic discount.

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Old Feb 10, 05, 2:12 am   #3
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There is another option with public transport, which is to get the train to Watford Junction, from where there is a railair link.
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Old Feb 10, 05, 9:31 am   #4
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Why not just fly from Birmingham to LHR?

CX is OneWorld so you could get it all on one ticket with your baggage transferred for you.
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Old Feb 10, 05, 9:38 am   #5
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Why not just fly from Birmingham to LHR?
I can think of a good reason...

No such flight, I'm afraid.
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Old Feb 10, 05, 9:46 am   #6
 
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I don't know where a lot of the fuss about the UK's transport system comes from; yes, the train system is rubbish but why bother when private-hire car services (such as shown here) are such good value?
300 return = "good value"?

It may be good value as far as taxis go, but I wouldn't take a taxi to get from Birmingham to Heathrow - I can think of better things to do with my money.

The RailAir service from Watford Junction has already been mentioned, there is also a RailAir service from Reading. Both Watford and Reading are served by direct trains from Birmingham New Street, so it would just be a case of working out which of these two has better connections.
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Old Feb 10, 05, 10:01 am   #7
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Aviatrix, I fear BahrainLad was being somewhat tongue in cheek with his remarks, although you need to bear in mind that the OP once suggested that he could fly xx-LHR-EDI-BHX as an efficient way of getting to his new abode.
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Old Feb 10, 05, 11:45 am   #9
 
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Aviatrix, I fear BahrainLad was being somewhat tongue in cheek with his remarks, although you need to bear in mind that the OP once suggested that he could fly xx-LHR-EDI-BHX as an efficient way of getting to his new abode.
Here we go again... I never said it was 'efficient'. I simply stated that this was the routing provided by the British Airways website (ba.com) when one attempts to book flights to BHX.
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It would need to be a bag full of lead ingots to encourage me to pay GBP300+ for a round trip in the taxi. You can FLY to the US for less than that If you are the worried about lugging bags around, take a cab to the coach station and let National Express take you to LHR.
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