Getting to and from London Heathrow airport can get hairy this week when the Piccadilly Line is on strike for two full days and again for overnight.
The strike will begin afternoon on Wednesday and will last until afternoon on Friday. The strike will then continue on Friday evening and service will resume on Saturday morning.
You can access TfL’s web page for strike information here.
Here’s alternative transportation options suggested:
Other TfL services will run as normal, but may be busy.
Roads in west and central London are expected to be busier than usual.
Check before you travel and plan ahead using our real-time travel tools. Keep up-to-date with the latest service information. See:
- This web page, which will be regularly updated
- TfL Twitter accounts, including @TfLTravelAlerts, @piccadillyline, @TfLBusAlerts and @TfLTrafficNews as well as the TfL Travelbot on Facebook messenger
- Plan a journey can help you plan your route by public transport, cycling or walking
- Check the latest status updates
- Nearby uses your current location or a postcode or address of your choice and places you on a map, showing you Tube, bus, river, Overground, DLR, rail and Santander Cycles locations around you
- Sign up to our email updates
We advise people to complete journeys on the Piccadilly line by 13:00 on Wednesday 26 September, and to use alternative routes on Tube, Rail and bus networks throughout the strike.
We don’t expect to resume services until the afternoon of Friday 28 September. Between 15:30 and 22:00 on Friday, we plan to run a frequent Cockfosters-Heathrow shuttle service, and a Rayners Lane-Acton Town shuttle service approximately every 12 minutes.
Customers for the Uxbridge branch should use the Metropolitan line.
The strike will then resume on the evening of Friday 28 September. Please complete your journey by 22:00. There will be no Night Tube service on Friday.
By 07:30 on Saturday 29 September, a normal service will operate between Heathrow and Cockfosters. By 08:30 on Saturday, we expect to run a normal service between Acton Town and Uxbridge.
During the strike, interchange stations along the Piccadilly line will be much busier than usual, particularly Finsbury Park, King’s Cross St Pancras, Green Park and Hammersmith. Other lines are also likely to be busier than usual.
After 22:00 on Wednesday 26 September there will be no Metropolitan line service between Aldgate and Wembley Park due to planned works.
Our Tube walking map shows average walking times between stations in zones 1-3.
Use TfL Rail and Heathrow Express services to/from Paddington station. The TfL Rail service is approximately every 30 minutes and takes 35 minutes.
These services are likely to be busy – buy your ticket in advance to avoid delays. London Underground tickets and Oyster are not valid on Heathrow Express services.
To plan a journey to or from an airport without the Tube, go to our journey planner and deselect the Tube option.
The A4/ M4 motorway route to Heathrow is likely to be busier than usual.
We will be running extra buses during the strike. Buses are likely to be busy – allow more time for your journey.
National Rail services will run as normal but may be busier than usual.
We advise Great Northern customers to change at King’s Cross St Pancras, Highbury & Islington, Old Street or Moorgate for central London as Finsbury Park is likely to be extremely busy.
During the strike, Santander Cycle Hire hubs will operate as normal.
London Overground, TfL Rail and DLR
London Overground, TfL Rail and DLR services will operate normally. Some stations could be busier than usual as a result of Piccadilly line customers using alternative routes, particularly Paddington and Ealing Broadway for TfL Rail services to/from Heathrow.
Our travel ambassadors will be at key locations to advise people how to get around.
Driving and the Congestion Charge
Roads in West and central London are likely to be busier than usual, in particular the A4 and M4 to Heathrow.
The Congestion Charge will remain in operation throughout the strike.
Buses will accept printed Tube tickets and NR cross-London tickets on reasonable alternative routes
London Overground will accept printed Tube tickets on reasonable alternative routes
TfL Rail will accept printed Tube tickets between Heathrow and Paddington
SWR will accept printed Tube tickets between Waterloo and Feltham via Hounslow
Thameslink will accept printed Tube tickets between King’s Cross – Finsbury Park – New Southgate – Oakleigh Park – New Barnet
Great Northern will accept printed Tube tickets between Highbury & Islington – Drayton Park – Finsbury Park – Harringay – Hornsey – Alexandra Palace – Bowes Park – Palmers Green
Travelcards will be accepted on other services as usual (on rail services, only within the zones)
Pay as you go users will be charged the fare for the services used
Refunds will generally not be made, although Customer Services will consider any requests
Buses do not accept cash. Pay as you go using a contactless payment or Oyster card, or use a One Day Bus & Tram Pass
The Hopper fare is available all day and night – allowing Londoners to take unlimited bus and tram journeys across the Capital within an hour for £1.50
Find your nearest Oyster Ticket Stop
You can pay using the TfL Oyster app
I sometimes use tube getting to/from Heathrow depending where I need to be in London or where I am leaving from and at what time.
It is not usually the most comfortable form of transportation but as long as no transits are required you cannot beat the price and you won’t get stuck in traffic for sure.