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Last Updated on January 4, 2021 by CanaryDevelopmentAdmin
Arriving via train
Elizabeth line trains will run to Canary Wharf from 2022
The latest news is that Crossrail is delayed (again!), with the full line now not due to open until 2023. Faster rail transit times across London, alongside the promised 39 minute rail connection between Canary Wharf and London Heathrow Airport will have to wait a bit longer!
This means until 2022, when the central section of Crossrail opens, travel to Canary Wharf will have to rely on the existing rail connections:
Fortunately, London has many major terminals, and with the Canary Wharf group’s relentless lobbying to improve transport links, even without Crossrail, it is well connected.
Here is an easy step-by-step guide showing how to get to Canary Wharf from the major rail interchanges.
There are 3 practical options for getting to Heathrow from Canary Wharf, listed in order of fastest to slowest. The first two go via Baker Street:
From Paddington the Heathrow Express usually runs every 15 minutes (book tickets here). The Express first stops at Heathrow Terminals 2&3 then continues to Heathrow Terminal 5.
Terminal 4 is on a different line, so the best way to access Terminal 4 is to get off at the first stop (Terminals 2&3) and take the free transfer shuttle across.
Single tickets range between £5.50 in advance to £25.00 on the day. You can pay via contactless or your Oyster card at Paddington Station.
Total journey cost (single) : £8 – £28
As above, to get to Paddington:
To keep the cost down or if there is an issue with the Heathrow Express, you can get the TFL Rail service from Paddington to Heathrow.
This TFL Rail service is actually run using the brand new trains that will become part of Crossrail, but hasn’t been fully integrated with the central section of the track yet. Stopping more frequently than the Express, it takes slightly longer but can be significantly cheaper if booking on the day.
TFL Rail trains run every 30 minutes, and the latest departures from Paddington are displayed here.
Total journey cost (single) : £10.10
The final option involves less changes and significantly less cost but does involve a long time sat on the tube:
Total journey cost (single) : £3.10
There are a multitude of ways to get between London Euston station and Canary Wharf, but here are three of the quickest with only 1 change.
This involves the DLR, so is a good bet if there are any issues with the tube or if you are arriving at Canary Wharf for the first time and want to get a glimpse of the area on the way in.
Both very well connected places, there are a myriad of ways to get between the two stations. Here are 3 of the best: the fastest, step free, and using the DLR.
If you are lugging bags around or cannot manage stairs, a good option is via Green Park:
This involves the DLR, so again, it is a good bet if there are any issues with the tube or if you are arriving at Canary Wharf for the first time and want to get a glimpse of the area on the way in:
The UKs second busiest rail station offers Bus, Rail and even Ferry connections to Canary Wharf, but three of the easiest and quickest ways are all via the tube.
I appreciate that the Circle and District lines are not everyone’s favourite, and sometimes keeping it simple is the best option. There is not much stop counting here:
If you want to avoid the hassle of a connection or fancy a bit of fresh air, you can walk to Westminster. If you follow the exits to Cardinal Place, its a simple walk in a straight line east along Victoria Street. This is roughly 0.8 of a mile, so should take 15-20 minutes.
Saving the easiest journeys for last!
Two of the busiest rail stations in London, London Waterloo, and London Bridge, are linked to the Jubilee line so connecting to Canary Wharf is quick and easy.
For both stations, simply take the Jubilee line westbound: