There are a number of methods for London airport transfers from the airport to Central London. But sometimes you just want to book a private transfer so that you can relax in comfort without worrying about finding a taxi upon arrival. Here’s a review of my recent experience booking an airport transfer with Kiwitaxi, which ended up going very well.
Booking a private London Airport Transfers
I booked our London airport private arrival transfer at LHR with Kiwitaxi about three weeks out from our trip. It was a very easy booking process and after my booking I received a confirmation email with contact information for the driver, dispatcher, and for Kiwi support. The email also had a link to download my voucher, which contained all of my travel information.
Prices can be as cheap €48 — you can book your transfers here.
The Journey to London
Our trip started at the amazing Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at LAX where we awaited our flight to London Heathrow. At the time, flights out of Heathrow were being cancelled and delayed due to the rare snowy weather blasting through the UK. For a while, we thought our flight might be cancelled but it ended up only being delayed for a while.
After our long flight from LAX to LHR flying Upper Class on the Virgin Atlantic 787 we arrived at snowy London Heathrow.
We were very eager to make it to our hotel because there had already been a few fatal car crashes and it sounded like the journey to the airport was going to be a bit of an unwanted adventure.
I live in Houston where, like London, snow is also relatively rare so I know how crazy drivers can get even with smallest amount of snow and ice on the road. So given the potentially hazardous road conditions, I was honestly a bit nervous about trying out a service for London airport transfers when I’d never tried out the company.
But we decided to give Kiwitaxi a shot anyway.
After arriving at Heathrow and quickly making our way out of immigration and on to baggage claim, we were greeted by our driver who was holding a sign with my name it. (This was actually my first time to get greeted like this at an airport, which I have to admit I enjoyed.)
Our chauffeur helped us get through the brisk parking garage with all of our luggage. This was a month-long around the world trip we were on so we had tons of luggage with us and our driver insisted on helping us out with our two largest bags.
Because of our extra bags, we needed something bigger than a compact and so we booked a mini-van. And even though this was very much a UK “mini-van” we still had plenty of room for our luggage.
Within a couple of minutes we were exiting the airport. It was a very efficient and smooth process.
The journey to our hotel in Central London was nice and quiet and we didn’t encounter any issues. Some chauffeurs can be a little over-aggressive so it was great that our driver didn’t drive that way given the road conditions.
A little bit after sunset, we made it to our hotel safe and sound.
I don’t think we could have asked for a better driver with the road conditions we were given. Central London is a busy place and driving around that isn’t an easy feat. But our driver may as well have been a Black Cab driver with how effortlessly he made our London airport private arrival transfer look.
The total cost for our mini-van came out to $117 USD. You can search and book your transfers here.
Daniel Gillaspia is the Founder of UponArriving.com and creator of the credit card app, WalletFlo. He is a former attorney turned full-time credit card rewards/travel expert and has earned and redeemed millions of miles to travel the globe. Since 2014, his content has been featured in major publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Forbes, CNBC, US News, and Business Insider. Find his full bio here.