A county situated just west of London, naturally those from Berkshire will chose to fly from London airports which all flights to a variety of destinations, which smaller, local airports do not. REAL transfers are able to offer transfers to all London airports from Berkshire in comfort and luxury.
Something people often think of last minute, after all the stress of booking the flights and hotel, is the transfer to the airport and back from the airport on arrival back in the UK. If that sounds too familiar too you or you are planning ahead this time around, this guide should help relieve the stresses on airport transport to and from the area of Berkshire. Below are examples of transport based on returning to Berkshire from the airport, but can be switched to be applied the other way around.
Getting to and from Heathrow from Berkshire is relatively easy and there are many methods you can utilise! You can get a National Express bus directly from Heathrow airport to Newbury Bus station, and then onto Thatcham as an add on. This takes around 1 hour and 43 minutes, which includes a 23 minute transfer and costs around £13-£20.
Alternatively, you can get a train from the Heathrow terminals which go every 15 minutes, which goes to London Paddington where you change for a train to Thatcham, or other locations in Berkshire. This takes just under 2 hours and costs between £40 - £69.
Stanstead is quite far away from Berkshire, as it is technically in the county of Essex – meaning it is North-east of London. But there are still ways of getting to and from Stanstead from Berkshire. A bus from Stanstead is actually the same Nation express bus as the one that goes from Heathrow. It starts at Stanstead airport coach station, then to Heathrow Airport bus station, to Newbury and then to Thatcham. This national express coach takes a whopping 4 hours and 13 minutes, and costs £23 - £38. So this may be an extremely inconvenient option time wise.
A train will take you around 2 hours and 47 minutes in total; going from Stanstead airport, to Liverpool Street Underground, to Lancaster Gate underground to London Paddington to catch an overgroud train to Thatcham.
Gatwick airport is very accessible from Berkshire, and may be an option for you if you are coming from and returning to that area. A bus is still going to be a lengthy journey, however. The bus from the South terminal bus station to Heathrow airport station to Newbury bus station, to Thatcham takes around 4 hours and will cost between £23-£33.
The train however, is extremely simple. You can get a train directly from Gatwick airport to Reading in about 1 hour and a half. If Reading is not your final destination you can catch a local connection to your specified town or other city in Reading quickly and cheaply!
Overall, it appears that the best options for Heathrow and Gatwick are trains, and Heathrow has an easy bus journey. Stanstead is the hardest airport to get to and from Berkshire, so where possible should be avoided – but the options are there if not.
Aside from public transport, the best and most stress-free option for you may be to get a taxi. The best plan is to look at taxi companies which specify in taxi transfers to and from airports, as they will have the best prices, best advice on times and have the best knowledge on routes. You can get a quote from Real Transfers, selecting your to and from destinations to see what the cheapest and best option for you is. A taxi is always more comfortable!
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