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Charlotte, North...
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Traveling to London on Friday and will not have any local currency until I get to the hotel. I am concerned about the taxi ride from the airport to the hotel. Will the local taxi take US dollars or credit cards or is there somewhere at the airport to exchange currency? thx

Upminster, United...
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1. Re: money

There will be somewhere at the airport to change money.

Some taxis take CC others don't. Just ask before you get in.

Harrow, United...
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Are you seriously considering taking a taxi from the airport all the way into Central London? Unless you are 'made of money' or have a very generous expenses allowance, take the train and you will be able to pay by debit or credit card.

Surrey, England
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You cannot generally use US$ in the UK - perish the thought. Some hotels may accept, but taxi drivers certainly will not.

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Presume you are arriving at either Gatwick or Heathrow? In which case both have Bureau de Change. We barely accept Euros here so forget $'s!! You can also take out cash from an ATM. Do you not have a local bank that offers foreign exchange?

Check before you get into a cab if they take a CC. Best advice would be the train as someone else mentioned though - unless you are on 'Expenses'.

I would seriously adivse getting some cash in GBP before you leave or at the airport. And check the exchange rates at the hotel - they may not be the best available. With the $ exchange rate not being in your favour at the moment this is something to consider.

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Having read what others have posted in other threads here taxi is expensive. If you don't have a lot of luggage the Heathrow Express appears to be a good value. It takes you to Paddington Station non-stop. From there you can taxi or tube it! You can purchase you tickets in advance.

http://www.heathrowexpress.com/

There is a company called Hotelink and they can get you to your hotel for 16 GBP per person also. You can purchase your tickets in advance.

http://www.hotelink.co.uk/

Caernarfon, United...
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if u have that kinda expenses.. id luv ur job ;o), if u land at heathrow the tube runs from each terminal into london itself, and like others say.. it will be hell of a lot cheaper

Gloucester, United...
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If you do decide still to take a taxi from the airport do not go with any of the people who tout for business in the airport. What they are doing is illegal and many of the taxis are unlicenced and therefore uninsured. Always use the official taxi rank. The touts may claim to be cheaper but that can change once you are in the car.

Vancouver, Canada
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If you arrive at LHR T4, you will need to either take a free shuttle to Hatton Cross to get the tube, or the free service on the Heathrow Express to T1,2,3, then walk from there to the tube station, as there is no tube to T4 until Sept 2006 because of construction for T5. Tube service at T1,2,3 is unaffected - the stations are different (HEX and tube), and a short walk apart. The HEX trains doing the loop between terminal buildings are marked, as you don't want to get on one bound for Paddington.

You can change money at the Travelex desks at LHR or in one of several ATMs, but why would you go to a foreign country without some of the local currency on hand before you head out? Even twenty pounds could make a difference.

The tube station and HEX station accept credit cards or cash, and both should have people working in them as well as machines.

brussels
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i basically agree with keith, but from my legal experience and having had many dealings in the insurance and indemnities world I dont see whay being unlicensed as a cab driver makes you uninsured.

Gloucester, United...
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The unlicenced taxis will in all probability not be insured for commercial use. They are private cars being used for trade. They rip you off on the journey cost so why would they bother to pay the extra for commercial insurance?