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Heathrow is by far the closest airport to Maidenhead, at around 17 miles. Others include Gatwick (50 miles), Luton (45 miles) and Stansted (75 miles). These are all considered London airports. Here we give travel advice for getting between these airports and Maidenhead.

Heathrow (LHR)

Car - Journey time about 25 minutes by car (off-peak), this rises to around 45 minutes peak time (07:30 to 09:00 and 16:30 to 18:00). Directions from the airport to Maidenhead - follow the signs from Heathrow for the M4 motorway, take the westbound carriageway towards Reading and Bristol. Maidenhead is at junction 8/9, follow the maps from there. Car hire is available from all 4 terminals.

Bus - First Beeline service 75/76, cost £4.60 (cheap day return price). See the First Beeline site (external) for details including a timetable.

Train - There is no direct train link between Heathrow and Maidenhead. There are two rather long-winded options:

  • Get a Reading RailAir coach from outside any of Heathrow's 4 terminals. These coaches operate seven days a week, 15 hours a day and depart every 30 minutes. Cost £8.50 single. The journey to Reading takes approximately 45 minutes. For further information about the RailAir service view this external web site. Once you reach Reading station, catch a local train to Maidenhead (journey time for this sector - 15 minutes).
  • A second option is travelling from Heathrow to London Paddington on the Heathrow Express train service (£22 return, 15 minutes journey time). See this external Heathrow Express web site for details. Then change to a Maidenhead service (30-40 minutes travel time).

For on-line train timetables and more, see our train travel section.

Taxi - there are official "black cab" taxi ranks at each terminal, however these tend to be expensive. Another option is booking a private taxi from this list of Maidenhead-based taxi operators - they will often pick you up from inside the terminal if you pre-arrange it. Fare around £20 one way.

Heathrow is the busiest UK airport and carries many international airlines.

Heathrow airport web site

Gatwick (LGW)

Gatwick airport is around 1 hour 10 minutes drive time (off-peak) from Maidenhead, to the south-east. Public transport users should travel by train from Maidenhead to Reading and then change to the Gatwick service, total journey time around 1 hour 40 minutes - regular services.

Gatwick airport web site

Luton (LTN)

Luton is north of London, around 45 miles from Maidenhead, to the north. Around 1 hour drive time.

Luton airport web site

Stansted (STN)

Stansted airport is the other side of London (to the east of the city), around 75 miles from Maidenhead. About 2 hours drive time (again, off peak).

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This page last updated 3 January 2005