Sunday, June 1, 2014

Midtown Manhattan to St Pauls London minute by minute, 11 to 14 hours travel time

I'm a bit of a timing nut. With that said, here's Bryant Park, New York to Paternoster Square, London. 

The travel options chosen here are: 

  • Using Subway/MTA/AirTrain in NYC to get to JFK ($7.50, approximately 105 minutes to get to Terminal 7 gates) 
  • Using Underground/Tube in London to get from LHR to the city. (3-5 GBP or $5 to $8.3 USD, approximately 70 minutes to get to St Pauls)

More expensive options: 

  • Using Taxi to JFK (Approximately $60, anywhere from 27 minutes no-traffic (late night only) to 60 minutes with traffic, save 30-60 minutes best case) 
  • Using LHR Express to Paddington (Approximately 21-26 GBP, depending on where you bought the ticket, 34-39 GBP if you get a return ticket, cant give an estimate on time savings, would guess about 20-25 minutes)


  1. 16:15 | Move towards Bryant Park subway station 
  2. 16:17 | Take F train to Kew Gardens then E to AirTran 
  3. 18:00 | Arrived past security at Terminal 7 (includes physical checkin and baggage drop off) (105 minutes to get from midtown to gate basically by MTA/Subway+AirTrain) 
  4. 20:15 | Boarding started 
  5. 21:12 | Gate departure 
  6. 21:45-EST | Takeoff (39 mins late from 8:55) JFK is inefficient like that, 
  7. 04:00-EST 09:00-GTC | Landed 6:15 minutes later, prepare to race ahead of business class/priority ticketed passengers 
  8. 04:52-EST 09:52-GTC | Once past border control, walk to the underground/tube/picadilly line. Keep in mind, this does not include baggage claim. 
  9. 04:55-EST 09:55-GTC | Take the Picadilly line to Holborn 
  10. 05:55-EST 10:55-GTC | Transfer at Holborn station to the Central line south 
  11. 05:59-EST 10:59-GTC | Central line to St Pauls 
  12. 06:01-EST 11:02-GTC | St Pauls or Paternoster Square 

Total travel time: 13:45
Slippage: 2 hours at JFK wasted, 39 minutes sitting on runway.
Best case travel time: 11 hours 6 minutes