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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 Express and the Heathrow Connect.

  • The Heathrow Express is a non-stop service. It costs £22 for a 15-minute journey, or £25 at peak times. Tickets are much cheaper if you book online 14-90 days in advance. Children under-15 travel for free.
  • The Heathrow Connect takes 27 minutes and costs £10.30 adult, £5.15 child.

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

If you buy tickets at Heathow airport, the Heathrow Connect is cheaper than the Heathrow Express.

It stops at Hayes, Southall, Hanwell, West Ealing & Ealing Broadway and Paddington station.

Ticket cost from Heathrow to London Paddington

Adult – £10.30 single, £20.60 return
Child (5-15) – £5.15 single, £10.30 return

Return tickets are valid up to 1 month

Adult tickets are £6.80 single with a rail card

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

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

Just follow the signs for ‘Heathrow Express’. You might have to change at the next station ‘Heathrow 2 & 3’.

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 ticket machines or the tickets desk in the arrivals hall
  • Terminal 2 – the ticket machines in the arrivals hall or Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 train station ticket office or ticket machines
  • Terminal 3 – Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 train station ticket machines or ticket office.

Rail card holders should buy tickets from the ticket offices. Rail card discounts 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

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 the price if you buy tickets at the airport. However, if you book in advance and/or are travelling with children, it can be cheaper.

Heathrow Express Tickets

There are two classes on Heathrow Express trains: ‘Express Class’ or ‘Business First’. The fares below are for the cheaper ‘Express Class’.

Children aged 15 or under travel for free with an 18+ adult in Express Class.

Heathrow Express tickets
Single Return
Express Saver
(within 14 days)
£22/£25* £37
Advance Express Saver
(within 14-29 days)
Mon-Fri: £16.50
Sat/Sun: £12.10
n/a
Advance Express Saver
(within 30-89 days)
Mon-Fri: £14.30
Sat/Sun: £8.80
n/a
Advance Express Saver
(within 90+ days)
Mon-Fri: £12.10
Sat/Sun: £5.50
n/a

*£25 tickets are for travel between 7am–10am and 4pm–7pm Monday–Friday

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

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

Tickets are available at the airport, online or via the mobile app.

At the airport

  • Terminal 2 – the ticket machines in the arrivals hall
  • Terminal 3 – Heathrow 2 & 3 train station ticket office or ticket machines
  • Terminal 4 – the ticket office or ticket machines in the arrivals hall
  • Terminal 5 – the ticket office or ticket machines in the arrivals hall

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

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 December 2017