timetable, given to me on another thread: tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/first-and-last-p…
it does seem doable, but lets see what the experts sayEdited: 01 October 2013, 01:18
Some tubes start about 5.00/5.30 am, but later on a Sunday.
Keep in mind that for an international flight some recommended times for being at the airport is three hours before the flight.
Whether you 'can' depends on your start point in central London and the date / day of the week you will travel. Planned works on the Underground could mean a disruption in the journey, so let us know more, please. As well, to what destination from T4 are you flying and will you have checked in on line the day before travel?
South Kensington is a direct shot on the piccadilly line (underground) to heathrow. It takes about 45 minutes. However it looks like the first northbound train to heathrow goes at just before 6am.
That will work if you all think I can get through security etc in 2hrs.
At least three hours seems to be the default advice on this forum, but which, if any, airlines recommend that? (The people who run airports probably do because they want you to spend as much as people in the shops.) I have flown several times with BA and Virgin to North America in recent years, and their advice was to allow at least two hours if checking in at the airport and 45 minutes if you've checked in online. I would always give myself more time than the 45 minutes, if only to allow for eventualities, but to worry about slightly less than three hours if you've checked in online seems totally unnecessary.Edited: 02 October 2013, 18:29
The first weekday train from South Ken is at 6.00am and arrives at T4 at 6.40am. That'll give you 2hr20 for check in, security, etc. which should be fine.
The recommendation for three hours check in is to *plan* to be at the airport 3 hours before departure. That way, if you're delayed en route by an hour, you're still comfortably okay. Plan to arrive 2 hours before departure and delayed an hour you could be in trouble.
In Lovesnewplaces's case I think the 6am tube should be fine. But, in the unlikely event of the Piccadilly line being belly up that morning, have a plan B in your back pocket. Taxi to Paddington and then Heathrow Express is very expensive, but useful as a last resort back up to help you make check in.Edited: 02 October 2013, 19:55
Thanks for being so informative. I feel better with 2 plans in my back pocket!!
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