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Hostels near/close to London Airports
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Hey Everyone,

Anyone know of hostels in the vacinity of Heathrow and Stansted airports?

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Heathrow: I’m making a return trip to England a week from today. 3 years ago I stayed in a cheap B&B in Slough, just a 15-min. city bus ride from Heathrow – but what a dump. There’s a YHA hostel called Jordans at about 11 pounds, not far from the airport, but it’s a 2-mile walk to the bus stop for the airport. This time I’m staying at the Globetrotter Inn (London, Hammersmith) which is right near Stamford Brook Tube station, a 35-min tube ride from Heathrow. Reviews at www.bugeurope.com are very good, and it’s about 20 pounds/night. I think there are a few B&B’s that are closer – in Staines, West Drayton, and Feltham, for example. Have a look at www.heathrow-hotels…. for some options. There’s a place called Heathrow Lodge with a free shuttle but you’ll probably pay about 35-40 pounds for a single.

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Like Russ, I’m also staying at the Globetrotter Inn when I am in London again, however, it won’t be until August. The reviews from bugeurope and hostelworld were excellant. I am flying home out of Gatwick this time instead of Heathrow, and the flight is very early in the morning, so I am just going to spend the night at Gatwick airport. I have to be at the airport by 2:30 AM so it’s not worth paying for a place to spend the night. I’m planning on just staying up all night and sleeping through the 7 hour flight.

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Hey everyone,

Thanks for the responses. My brother and I are flying from Munich to London, Stansted, and we are arriving at like 9:30pm or so. By time we get our luggage and everything, I am concerned about getting around and finding a place. I usually stay at St.Christopher’s on Borough St but that is over by the Bridge and i think it is about an hour or so from the airport. Following, the next day my brother is flying home out of Heathrow and I want to see him off, his flight is at like 8:00pm and then I have to find a place from there as well.

Sorry for the long explanation. I just don’t want to be wandering around at night by myself. I tend to get lost and loose my sense of direction when the sun goes down.

Also, the next day I am catching a plane out of Gatwick or Luton, so I also have to worry about getting there.

Basically I will be at every London airport this summer and am looking for accomodations near them.

Thanks for the info and thanks in advance to anyone who posts further.

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Any hostel along the Picadilly underground line is relatively "close" to heathrow since the Picadilly line can get you to any Heathrow terminal. Takes about 15-20 minutes from zone 1, maybe a tad longer.

Gatwick is about 30 minutes from Victoria underground station via the Gatwick express.

I’d recommend staying along the Picadilly line(or a fast connection to it) since it gets you to Heathrow which has connections to almost everywhere you want to go.

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Thanks so much!!!

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For ease of getting to Gatwick, stay at the Astor Victoria hostel (fine when I was there, but check the reviews). It’s about 5-10 minutes from Victoria Station.

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thank you thank you thank you!!!!

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Hi everyone,

I have a new airport/accomodation dilemma and I hope someone out there can help with suggestions, so here we go:

I have a flight from Stansted at 6:10am, and the night before I will be seeing-off my brother at Heathrow at about 8:30pm. I was thinking the best thing to do is to take the trains from Heathrow to Stansted that night, after he leaves and then stay at the airport. Does that sound not like a good idea? I figure, I would have to be at Stansted by like 4:00 just to be safe (Ryanair).

I am not sure what to do because the airport hotels are way out of my budget range.

Or, is there hostels near Stansted?

Ugh, so complicated!

Thanks so much in advance for any help.

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If it were me, I would stay at the airport. Thats what I am planning on as I stated in an earlier post. My flight is also flying out at 6AM. You may not get a comfortable sleep, but it’s free. And also, you can sleep through the flight. Try reading this site

http://www.sleepingi…

It might help you decide what the best option for you is.

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Nivid,

THANK YOU!!

Whew! I feel so much better. Eventhough I have seen people sleeping in airports (esp. Ryanair), I didn’t realize how common it is, and that there is a whole "community" of people who do it.

Mabye I will see you there!

Thanks again and happy travels.

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Don’t take the train from Heathrow to Stansted.
Take the National Express bus from the Central Bus Station at Heathrow.
Check http://www.nationale… .
It’s about 17 pounds, but it’s the easiest (and almost the cheapest) all the way around.
Alternatively, if you want to save every last dollar, take the tube from Heathrow to Victoria Station, walk a couple blocks to Victoria Coach Station, and take the National Express bus to Stansted. But the savings won’t be much.

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Thanks Traveler, I will consider it.

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funkyj,

That website made me feel a whole lot better, about staying in the airport for the night, the first time I came across it. Even if you don’t have the best nights sleep, it’s still a good option for those early morning flights. I know what you mean about Ryanair. Their flights seem to take off early, and arrive late at night. Hope you have a great trip.

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Nivid,

Yeah, that website is great. Good luck to you on your travels. Thanks again!

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Just back from London yesterday – Globetrotters really is top of the line. It’s about 1 block from the tube, and this place really does have it all. It’s clean, well-maintained, friendly, well put together in every way. They offer breakfast from 6:30, but they were set up and open even before 6:00 and I was able to set off even earlier for my Heathrow flight. The neighborhood is quite good – Chiswick High Road is close by and has lots of places to eat and several grocery stores (Tesco, Marks and Spencer). It was 19 pounds but they gave me 4 pounds back when I left – a June discount it seems.

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Russ,

I’m really happy to hear that you had a good time at the Globetrotter Inn. I can’t wait to stay there at the end of my trip. I kind of wish that I was spending more than one night. What kind of room did you stay in? And what kind of foods did they have for breakfast? I agree with the area that its located in. I stayed in the same area at a differnt place when I was in London last.

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I was in a males-only 8-bunk room without bath (I prefer this type so that you don’t have as much mess/noise in the room) but there was a small sink. Lockers (use your own padlock), table, couple of windows. The wooden bunks were sturdy and comfortable. No squeaks. Each had a reading lamp and curtains you can draw for a little privacy. There were half a dozen shower stalls on this floor and more toilets. Each floor seemed to have a small lounge area and a balcony for smokers. The building used to be used for nurses’ quarters for a hospital in the neighborhood. Breakfast wasn’t much in terms of variety. Corn flakes, cheerios, toast your own bread, jam, orange juice, milk, coffee (instant) or tea. But that’s about all you can expect anywhere in London, and the dining hall was roomy and well set up.

I mean, it’s not a resort destination. But for London, it offers really good value.