It’s taken me a while to pluck up the courage to write this post – I’m by no stretch of the imagination a travel blogger but I love to travel and I love to plan so it’s something that I plan to keep posting about. Travel tips can be incredibly important, particularly if it’s your first time visiting a city or in my case the first time flying from a different Scottish airport.
For the first time ever we flew from Edinburgh airport to get down to London for our anniversary weekend and it was much easier than I first thought it would be. Although driving past Glasgow airport to head to Edinburgh was weird and I had lots of questions from the husband about why we weren’t flying from Glasgow. Basically, the flights I’d found were much cheaper from the other side of the country than from Glasgow so unfortunately, my bank balance won the argument.
However, this meant we needed somewhere to park the car for the weekend. Secure Airparks* by the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston offered just what we needed. The main thing being that my husband could keep his car keys rather than hand them off to someone else. We’d heard too many horror stories to even consider this. Once you’ve booked and given your registration number, the ANPR camera at the gate registers you and allows you entry to the car park. Once parked you go to the nearest bus stop and wait for the shuttle bus. The shuttle took less than 5 minutes and dropped us a 2-minute walk from the airport terminal which I wasn’t expecting but was a lovely surprise. This was our first time using airport parking and won’t be our last.
Airport to City Train
Yes, I know I purposefully left that vague as depending on where you’re going there might be more than one option. For example, we flew into London Heathrow which meant that we could choose from London Underground, Heathrow Connect or Heathrow Express to get us into the city centre.
We went for the Heathrow Express* as it’s the fastest way to get into the centre of London as it takes just under 20 minutes to get from Terminal 5 to Paddington Station. The best bit is that they have sockets at each seat, so you can charge your phone and free wifi means catching up with emails or Instagram before seeing the sights.
We’ve also used the direct bus from the city centre to an airport and they’re pretty good but not something I would consider now if I’m honest. While they’re great for most people finding a seat that the husband fits in can be difficult so we end up going for slightly more expensive modes of travel so that he’s comfortable while we travel.
There you have it, my three main travel tips for getting to and from the city centre to an airport and is the first of many London related blog posts which will be coming your way. Until then, have a read of what I can do with less than 24 hours in London.
Do you have any travel tips for me that I might not have thought of?
Disclaimer: I was gifted airport parking and free train travel but all thoughts and opinions are my own.