Transit from LHR to London City airport

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I'm arriving in London on a Saturday morning in a couple of weeks on CX251 at 0545. The only onward flight up to Glasgow at a decent time leaves at 0915 from London City airport.

Is three and a half hours long enough for the transit? (Am in F so should be first off the plane, have a UK passport, and will probably get a black cab - all of which should help). I will have a checked bag though.

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It should be enough. CX @ T3 is one place where priority tag on your bag actually works.
 

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Given the unholy mess that is baggage at LHR it's probably the weakest link.

The other thing is traffic the closer you get to 7 am. Have you considered Heathrow Express to Paddington, and then a cab?
 

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Tooner said:
Given the unholy mess that is baggage at LHR it's probably the weakest link.

The other thing is traffic the closer you get to 7 am. Have you considered Heathrow Express to Paddington, and then a cab?

Thank you both.

I'll have a fairly light bag (15kg) so might try and get it on the plane as hand baggage. Are Cathay's premium passengers given a bit of latitude in this area?

Regarding traffic it might be quicker to get the train then a taxi. It's a Saturday morning so the drive from Paddington to the City shouldn't be too bad - but I've not lived in London for a long time, so that may out of date...
 

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With 3.5 hours, that allows you 3 hours to get there with 30 min checkin; allowing 1 hr to clear immigration , that gives you 2 hours. If you take a cab/car , I would have little concern about the journey

BA has flights from LHR and LGW to GLA which I would be more inclined to take rather than head all the way to LCy

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Dave Noble said:
With 3.5 hours, that allows you 3 hours to get there with 30 min checkin; allowing 1 hr to clear immigration , that gives you 2 hours. If you take a cab/car , I would have little concern about the journey

BA has flights from LHR and LGW to GLA which I would be more inclined to take rather than head all the way to LCy

Dave

Thanks Dave. I think you're right about the times (and have booked the ticket). Unfortunately none of the usual carriers (BA, BMI) had flights at decent times early on Saturday - LCY was the only option. Also LCY looked like less of a hassle to reach than LGY.
 

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spiggy_topes said:
Also LCY looked like less of a hassle to reach than LGY.

To be honest, I woulda said that the coach LHR-LGW would have been a much easier (and cheaper) run on a sat morn than the cross london transfer. Even so, I would say that if you are getting a cab ( don't forget to take out a mortgage for the fare of course :) ) that you have allowed enough time

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Dave Noble said:
With 3.5 hours, that allows you 3 hours to get there with 30 min checkin; allowing 1 hr to clear immigration , that gives you 2 hours. If you take a cab/car , I would have little concern about the journey
If arriving in CX F, then shouldn't he be entitled to a limo transfer on arrival at LHR?
 

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If arriving in CX F, then shouldn't he be entitled to a limo transfer on arrival at LHR?

Probably; worth a call to CX Reservations in London to check

Dave
 
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