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Drive time- Heathrow to Chipping Campden

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Drive time- Heathrow to Chipping Campden

We will be arriving Heathrow 1105 . We will have to go thru immigration and rent the car. I am hoping to be out of the airport by 1300. Any idea if this is a good estimate? We have never driven in the UK before, so I am a little nervous about it.. . Could someone give me a good estimate on the driving time, considering our inexperience? Is it a very direct route or can I expect to get really lost..? We have requested a navigational unit from the rental agency.

I did consider taking the train to Oxford and renting the car there but it seems the rental agency closes at 1600 that day( Sunday) and I was afraid that would be a little tight on the schedule. Did not want to be stuck without transportation if there was a glitch somewhere.

Thanks

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1. Re: Drive time- Heathrow to Chipping Campden

M40 and A40

Is 85 miles and about 1 hour 45 minutes

But time of day and traffic can make a big difference

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2. Re: Drive time- Heathrow to Chipping Campden

I sort of do not want to rain on your upcoming holiday, but it is difficult enough to get off the Transatlantic flight and just drive, where driving on that other side of the road is that much harder. :( If you were thinking of visiting Oxford, why not train there, spend the night to recoup, and then pick up the rental car the next day? It will still be difficult to drive at first, but at least you will not have the added stressor of a jetlag.

Get a portable GPS with UK maps on it, or reserve one with the car rental company. It will save you lots of heartache.

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3. Re: Drive time- Heathrow to Chipping Campden

Agree with Anna-Roz.

I do have experience on both UK and US roads, and the last thing I would want to do is drive after a transatlantic flight where you will likely get no sleep.

Why not instead take the direct bus to Oxford from Heathrow, and stay there Sunday night? You can see a bit of Oxford, and rent the car on Monday.

www.oxfordcityguide.com/ee2/index.php…

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4. Re: Drive time- Heathrow to Chipping Campden

As it's your first time driving in the UK, PLEASE read the relevant sections of the highway code:

https://www.gov.uk/highway-code

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5. Re: Drive time- Heathrow to Chipping Campden

Thanks to all that responded. As I am sure you could tell from my post that I was quite apprehensive about our plan.. I am going to heed your advice and look for lodging in Oxford on Sunday night, canceling my Sunday night in Chipping Campden. Do you have to have reservations for the coach leaving the airport to Oxford?

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7. Re: Drive time- Heathrow to Chipping Campden

<<Do you have to have reservations for the coach leaving the airport to Oxford?>>

No - you can pay the driver. Cheaper than reserving

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8. Re: Drive time- Heathrow to Chipping Campden

Well, another glitch in my plan! Apparently, May 5th is a holiday and none of the car rentals in Oxford are open that day.. True bummer for me! Looks like I may have to forget the Cotswolds this trip. My alternative is to spend the night in Oxford , take the train to York for a few nights.. Thanks for the advice ,anyway.

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9. Re: Drive time- Heathrow to Chipping Campden

Why not just take a train or bus trip to the cotswolds for the day from Oxford?

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10. Re: Drive time- Heathrow to Chipping Campden

Why not just take a train or bus trip to the cotswolds for the day from Oxford?