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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 TfL Rail (formerly Heathrow Connect).

  • The Heathrow Express is a non-stop service. It costs £22 for a 15-minute single journey, or £25 at peak times (6.30-9.30am and 4-7pm Monday-Friday). Tickets are much cheaper if you book online 14-90 days in advance. Children under-15 travel for free.
  • The TfL Rail (formerly Heathrow Connect) takes 27 minutes and costs £10.30 adult, £5.15 child single ticket.

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.




TfL Rail (Heathrow Connect train)

Please note: From Sunday 20 May 2018 the Heathrow Connect will be managed by TfL Rail. If you travel on or after this date, check the new timetable. Single fares from Heathrow to Paddington will be similar, see below and the good news is that you can pay with an Oyster or contactless card. Also if you continue to use your card to pay for travel in London the maximum charge (daily cap) for the day is £12.50.

If you buy tickets at Heathow airport, TfL Rail 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. If you use an Oyster or contactless card.(£10.10 (off-peak) or £10.20 (peak £10.10 Monday-Friday 04.30am-9.30am and 4pm to 7pm). Plus, if you continue to use your cards to pay for travel until 04.30am the following morning, the maximum deducted from your card is £12.50.
Child (5-15) – Children under 11 travel for free if accompanied by an adult. Children aged 11-15 – £5.15 single

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

TfL Rail timetable

Where to take the TFL Rail (Heathrow Connect) train

From Terminal 2 or 3

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

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 ‘Trains’. You might have to change at the next station ‘Heathrow 2 & 3’.

From Terminal 5

The TfL Rail 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 free train transfer.

Where to buy TfL Rail (Heathrow Connect) tickets

Buying tickets at the airport

You might be forgiven for thinking there’s only one train service from Heathrow. The more expensive Heathrow Express is owned by the airport and is heavily promoted, especially by airport staff standing near the ticket machines. If you don’t tell them you want the cheaper TfL rail ticket, they will ‘help’ you buy the more expensive Heathrow Express tickets. Beware!

There are new dedicated ticket machines for TfL Rail where you can buy and top up an Oyster card or buy single train TfL Rail ticket. Select ‘All trains to London’ then, TfL Rail

  • Terminal 4 – there is a TfL Rail ticket machine just before the barriers to the platform
  • Terminal 5 – the ticket machines in the arrivals hall
  • Terminal 2 – the ticket machines in the arrivals hall or in Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 train station
  • Terminal 3 – Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 train station ticket machines.

Booking tickets online

TfL Rail tickets cannot be booked online.

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 TfL Rail, but more than twice the price if you buy tickets at the airport. However, if you book in advance and/or travel with children aged 11-15, 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 6.30am–9.30am 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 free 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 tickets do not entitle you to 2 for 1 discounts at London attractions

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Last updated: 21 May 2018