There and Back Again: Travelling From Heathrow To Chelsea (And Vice Versa)

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So, you’re looking to sample the sumptuous, salubrious and refined delights of Chelsea; everything from the King’s Road’s boutiques, jewellery stores and antique shops to Sloane Square’s Royal Court Theatre and the Harrods-toting Knightsbridge? If so, you’re going to have to figure out – especially if you’re staying right in the heart of the area at the San Domenico House Chelsea London – how to get here from your airport. For instance, London Heathrow Airport (LHR). So, how’s best to do that…?

How far is it from Heathrow to Chelsea?

As the crow flies (that is, in a straight line), it’s about 12.4 miles (20km) from Heathrow to the centre of Chelsea – and vice versa. That said, it’s not possible, as you may have expected, to actually make that exact journey over-ground; even if you had, say, your own helicopter! By road then, the journey’s likely to be around 15.5 miles (25km).

However, owing to traffic, diversions and the pitfalls of the London road network, it’s a journey that’s likely to take you longer than you might expect for that – relatively short – distance. Even if you come to the conclusion that travelling by road may, in some configuration, prove to be the cheapest way to make the journey (for instance, if you own your own vehicle; that said, in that scenario you’d have to fork out for parking too).

What’s the fastest way to get from Heathrow to Chelsea?

Many may automatically suggest the quickest way to get from Heathrow to Chelsea is to take the admittedly rapid Heathrow Express train route, which takes merely 15 minutes. However, look into this transport option a little closer and you’ll quickly notice that it terminates at the mainline Paddington Station, in north-west Central London and so, from there, you have to find your way to Chelsea (probably by Tube, to do so quickest). To that end, the Heathrow Express is by far and away the quickest way to get from the airport into Central London, but not necessarily into a specific point in Central London.

For speediness then, barring any delays – which, yes, do occur, for better or worse – you may find it better to just cut out the middle man and go entirely by London Underground (LU). Catch a Tube train actually at Heathrow (the Terminals 1, 2 or 3 stops) and then pop off again at South Kensington station (a few minutes on foot from Chelsea) just 40 minutes later. These Tube trains depart approximately every five minutes – in either direction.

The one drawback with relying on the Tube so heavily for your travel, it ought to be noted, is that you’ll journey will end up likely crammed and rather unpleasant should you descend Underground in Central London during a weekday rush-hour (roughly 8am-10am and 4.30pm-6.30pm); so best to avoid the Tube during these periods, if you can.

What about bus travel? Is there a direct route between Heathrow and Chelsea?

Not exactly, but almost. You can catch a coach from Heathrow to Victoria Coach/ Bus Station (a few minutes’ walk from Victoria Overground/ Tube station) – and vice versa – very easily and it’s not too costly; although the journey time could be anything up to an hour. Alternatively, it’s likely to be cheaper still to go by Transport for London (TfL)-operated bus. This route goes from the airport to Earl’s Court (which is nearer still to Chelsea and hotels Kensington High Street) – and vice versa – and operates every 30 minutes, every day.