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Heathrow to London by Train

There are two train services from Heathrow airport to Paddington train station in central London: the Heathrow Connect and the Heathrow Express.

The Heathrow Express is a non-stop service. It costs £22* for a 15-minute journey — probably one of the most expensive train journeys in the world.

The more affordable Heathrow Connect stops at a seven station in west London before reaching Paddington station. At £10.10 it’s less than half the price of the Heathrow Express and takes 27 minutes.

The train is quickest way and most convenient way of getting to central London if you’re staying in the Paddington, Lancaster Gate or Bayswater area. It’s not so useful if you’re staying in another part of central London, as you’ll have to take the underground, bus or taxi to reach your final destination.




Heathrow Connect train

No Heathrow Connect trains 24-31 December 2016

The Heathrow Connect is the cheapest train from the airport. It stops at Hayes, Southall, Hanwell, West Ealing & Ealing Broadway and Paddington station.

Ticket cost from Heathrow to London Paddington

Adult – £10.20 single, £20.40 return
Child (5-15) – £5.10 single, £10.20 return

Return tickets are valid for 1 month.

If you have a Rail card, adult tickets are £6.75 single, £13.45 return.

Journey time & timetable

Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 train station to Paddington – 27 minutes.

Heathrow Terminal 4 train station to Paddington – 32 minutes.

Heathrow Terminal 5 – Approximately 45 minutes including the change at Terminals 2 & 3 train station.

There are two trains per hour Monday–Saturday and one train per hour on Sunday.

Heathrow Connect timetable.

Where to take the Heathrow Connect train

From Terminal 2 or 3

The Heathrow Connect leaves from Heathrow 2 & 3 train station. You can walk to the station from Terminals 2 or 3. Follow the signs for ‘Heathrow Express’.

Trains usually leave from platform 2, but listen to the station announcements or check the departure board between platform 1 & 2.

From Terminal 4

The Heathrow Connect now departs from Terminal 4 to Paddington until 10pm Monday-Thursday and for all services on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is no need to change at Terminals 2 & 3. Just follow the signs for ‘Heathrow Express’.

From Terminal 5

The Heathrow Connect doesn’t run directly from Terminal 5. You need to take a free train transfer to Heathrow 2 & 3 train station to connect with the service.  It takes 6 minutes and trains leave every 15 minutes. Walk to platform 2 and wait for the next Heathrow Connect service.

Where to buy Heathrow Connect tickets

Buying tickets at the airport

You might be forgiven for thinking there’s only one train service from Heathrow. The Heathrow Express is owned by the airport and is heavily promoted. All the ticket offices and machines are branded with the purple Heathrow Express colours.

Heathrow Connect tickets are available from ticket offices and ticket machines marked ‘Heathrow Express’. When buying tickets from a ticket office, make sure you ask for a ‘Heathrow Connect’ ticket. You don’t want to pay for a Heathrow Express ticket by mistake.

Tickets are available from:

  • Terminal 4 – the ticket office or ticket machines
  • Terminal 5 – the Express Rail & Tickets desk in the arrivals hall
  • Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 station – ticket office or ticket machines

There are no ticket desks in Terminal 2 or 3. Tickets are available from Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 – the closest train station.

Rail card holders should buy tickets from the ticket offices. Rail card discount are not available from the ticket machines.

Booking tickets online

Tickets can be booked online, but there’s no real benefit. Heathrow Connect tickets are a set price and are not cheaper if you book in advance. They’re the same price at the airport.

Heathrow Express train

No Heathrow Express service 24-29 December 2016

If you can afford it, or if someone else is paying, the Heathrow Express is the quickest way into central London. It’s a non-stop train from Heathrow airport to Paddington train station. It’s slightly quicker than the Heathrow Connect, but more than twice price.

Ticket cost

Standard tickets cost £22 single, £36 return for adults. Children aged 15 or under travel for free with an 18+ adult.

Cheaper tickets are available for Rail card holders£14.50 single, £23.70 return.

If you buy tickets at a ticket machine or ticket office for travel between 7am-10am Monday–Friday single tickets cost £24. Online tickets are £22.

There are some great savings for advance tickets booked online. Save 65% if you book 90 days in advance, 50% for 30 days in advance and 25% for 7 days in advance.

Return tickets are valid for 1 month.

Journey times & timetable

Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 to Paddington – 15 minutes
Terminal 4 to Paddington – 23 minutes (including train transfer)
Terminal 5 to Paddington – 21 minutes

From Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 station trains run approximately 4 times per hour between 5.12am and 11.48pm

Heathrow Express timetable

Where to take the Heathrow Express

Heathrow Express trains leave from Heathrow 2 & 3 train station (for Terminals 2 & 3) and Terminal 5.

From Terminal 4

The Heathrow Express does not start at Terminal 4. Follow the ‘Heathrow Express’ signs, the station is a 5-minute walk from the terminal. Take the first transfer train and get off at the next stop, Terminals 2 & 3. Take the next Heathrow Express train to central London.

Where to buy Heathrow Express tickets

You can buy tickets at the airport or book online.

At the airport

  • Terminal 2 – the ticket machines in the arrivals hall
  • Terminal 4 – the ticket office or ticket machines in the arrivals hall
  • Terminal 5 – the Express Rail & Tickets desk in the arrivals hall
  • Heathrow 2 & 3 station – ticket office or ticket machines

There are no train ticket desks or machines in Terminal 3. Buy your tickets at Heathrow 2 & 3 train station.

Rail card holders should buy tickets from a ticket office. Discounts are not available from the ticket machines.

Book online

Book via the Heathrow Express website

Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect train tickets do not entitle you to 2 for 1 discounts at London attractions

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Last updated: 10 November 2016