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My experience form central London to Heathrow on the Underground is more than 45 minutes. I remember it as over an hour, very painful.
It depends, my guess is that "central London" is probably bigger than Zurich

But it's usually 45min to just over an hour. You can easily check it using the TFL website. I'm pretty sure it also costs more than £3. Coming from Heathrow by tube is tolerable (unless it breaks down, as it happened to us), at least you have seats. Going to Heathrow, with luggage, on the busy tube, is not a nice experience.

The train is much quicker but poor value for money, and you might not want to go to Paddington to begin with! My wife complains about it every time she takes it, and she isn't even paying for it

We usually cough up for a minicab.
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It depends, my guess is that "central London" is probably bigger than Zurich

But it's usually 45min to just over an hour. You can easily check it using the TFL website. I'm pretty sure it also costs more than £3. Coming from Heathrow by tube is tolerable (unless it breaks down, as it happened to us), at least you have seats. Going to Heathrow, with luggage, on the busy tube, is not a nice experience.

The train is much quicker but poor value for money, and you might not want to go to Paddington to begin with! My wife complains about it every time she takes it, and she isn't even paying for it

We usually cough up for a minicab.
Victoria to Heathrow just over an hour, from the website.

Agree, it doesn't always make sense to go to Paddington, we lived in North Greenwich and rarely went there.

Always depends on where you live, how many of you there are, luggage, and day and time (traffic) but the Heathrow Express is a good service for those living relatively close to Paddington.
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Re: Cost of living vs London

The tube is cheap (with an Oyster card - £4.80 peak, £2.90 off-peak).

From TFL "Peak pay as you go fares apply from 06:30 to 09:30 and from 16:00 to 19:00 Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). At all other times, the off-peak pay as you fare applies"

Luckily I live on a Picadilly line stop so don't need to change. The problems with the Heathrow Express are (a) it goes to Paddington - ok, this could suit some people but not me (b) it's expensive and doesn't includethe tube ticket you need to buy to finish the journey (c) getting to the tube at Paddington from the train is not a flat walk and (d) From Terminal 5 it takes 20 minutes, and you may have to wait up to 15 minutes for one.

The tube, though, is slow (takes an hour to get to central London).
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