Cycling to Heathrow
Changes to cycle routes to and from Heathrow
Before 4 August
The official cycle route into and out of the airport is via the outbound side tunnel as the inbound side tunnel is closed.
View details on a map (227KB PDF)
After 4 August
From 4 August 2014, cyclists will not be permitted to access Terminals 1, 2 and 3 using the main tunnel.
Bicycles can be parked and secured to racks at the Heathrow Cycle Hub based at the Academy on Newall Road (adjacent to Bath Road) and your journey can be completed using free bus services. Local buses operate between the Academy and the Central Terminal Area 24 hours a day.
View local bus details here (155KB)
Cycle parking at Terminal 4 and 5 is unaffected by the tunnel closure.
Heathrow can be reached by bike via a network of cycle paths.
If you want to ride into central London you can plan a cycle-only route using the Transport for London journey planner.
It's possible to use the Grand Union Canal towpath for much of the ride to Paddington (which takes just over 90 minutes).
View map of Heathrow cycle paths (247KB PDF)
Free cycle parking is available:
- Terminal 1, 2 and 3: The Cycle Hub, Heathrow Academy, Newall Road
Hounslow, Middlesex, TW6 2AP
- Terminal 4: There is cycle parking opposite the arrivals forecourt.
- Terminal 5: Cycle parks are provided at either end of the terminal building.
Bikes can also be safely stored in the left baggage office for up to 90 days.
Please note that for security reasons, bicycles will be removed if not parked in the designated areas.
View map of Heathrow cycle parks (247KB PDF)
Taking your bike on public transport
Heathrow Express/Heathrow Connect
Some space is available on trains for cycles being taken on to a flight, but space is limited at peak times. Bicycles can also be taken free of charge between Heathrow terminals, even if you are not taking your cycle on a flight. Cycles are carried provided it is safe to do so – at peak periods you may need to arrive on the platform earlier. For more information contact Heathrow Express on 0845 600 1515 or Heathrow Connect on 0845 678 6975.
Folded bicycles can be taken free of charge on all sections of the network at all times. Non-folding bicycles can be taken free of charge on some sections of the network outside peak times (07:30 - 09:30 and 16:00 - 19:00, Monday to Friday, except for public holidays).
On the Piccadilly Line, non-folding bicycles are allowed outside peak times in either direction between: Barons Court and Hounslow West/Uxbridge Cockfosters and Oakwood.
You cannot take non-folding bicycles on moving escalators at any underground station. For more information contact London Underground on +44 (0)20 7222 1234 or visit the Transport for London website.
South West Trains
Bicycles can be carried from 09:45 - 16:30, and after 18:30. Bicycles can be carried free of charge on most services without pre-booking. Please check with South West Trains for exceptions. Bicycles are not allowed on rail-link buses or substitute buses. Folding bikes can be taken on any service free of charge. South West Trains also offer racking facilities. For more information contact South West Trains on 0845 600 0650 (UK only).
Some coach companies will carry cycles depending on space – please check with operators for further information.
- National Express including Woking Railair: 08717 818179.
- Oxford – The Airline: 01865 785 400.
- Reading RailAir: 0118 957 9425.
Cycles on flights
Most airlines will carry bicycles on flights. Please check with your airline about packing requirements and weight restrictions.