We decided not to take the pram to Iceland. This may or may not have been a good idea, we shall see.
No longer saddled with a rolling impedance device, I suggested we take the tube to the airport. We rarely fly from Heathrow and I was really impressed by the tube ride home previously when I was pregnant (I had only recently learned that the tube went to Heathrow).
We left the house a bit late, but we confidently strolled to the nearby tube station at around 9:45 am. We didn’t see many people clamouring to get to the station and we felt confident we missed the morning rush.
But wouldn’t you know it, there was only one elevator in service, and the train that we wanted wasn’t running from our station. There was a six-minute wait to be picked up by the train we needed, and another five-minute wait to get the next train. This extra change, and slightly longer than expected wait times caused a tiny thought to enter our minds, ‘this might have been a bad idea’.
We switched trains easily despite our luggage (two large and one carry-on suitcase).
It turns out the fears were unfounded. The tube ride out to the airport was lovely – the middle part approaching Heathrow was above ground and we had a wonderful sunny day to enjoy. We arrived right on time, had an okay sandwich at Giraffe restaurant (where the staff was very friendly) and we made it to the gate on time for pre-boarding.
Food for thought: if you’re an anxious traveler, or travelling with one, perhaps public transit options are best saved for the other side of the flight when unexpected delays would have less impact on the trip.
Have you used your public transit system to get to and from the airport? Let us know how it went.