Heathrow Express -- Airport to Paddington

Heathrow Express: How much does it cost?  What time are the Heathrow Express trains?

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What is the Heathrow Express?

The Heathrow Express train to Paddington

The Heathrow Express is the quickest way to travel between Heathrow Airport (LHR) and central London, and it’s the only direct train to Heathrow Airport.

The fast train travels non-stop from Terminals 2&3 in just 15 minutes.

If you’re travelling from Terminal 4 then it takes a bit longer (20-30 minutes), because you’ll have to catch a free shuttle service to Terminals 2&3 first, and then board the main train.

If you’re travelling from Terminal 5 then there’s no need to catch the shuttle service, but it will make one extra stop along the way (at Terminals 2&3). The journey time from Terminal 5 is 21 minutes.

Which station does the Heathrow Express stop at?

A travel time of 15 minutes from Heathrow to London does sound very quick, but the Heathrow Express schedule does have one unfortunate catch: it only stops at Paddington station, which is not always the most convenient station to arrive at.

Paddington is north of Hyde Park (west of Marble Arch), and is nowhere near the landmarks and attractions. If your hotel is situated in Paddington, Bayswater, or near Marble Arch, then you’ll be okay, but for everywhere else you’ll have to catch another bus or tube train from Paddington, which will add on some extra time… and expense.

Depending on where you’re staying you might find it simpler just to catch the London Underground straight from Heathrow Airport instead. This will take straight through the centre of London on the Piccadilly line. And whilst it might take a lot longer (the journey time from Heathrow to Piccadilly Circus is 45 mins), at least you won’t have the hassle of having to change trains. It will also be a lot cheaper, because you can just use your Oyster card or a zone 1-6 travelcard.

Heathrow Express timetable

Be aware that the Heathrow Express does not run all night. The first train and last train from Paddington to Heathrow are as follows:

London Paddington to Terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5

The Heathrow Express train usually departs from platform 6 or platform 7 at London Paddington station

Monday to Thursday – The Heathrow Express starts running every 15 minutes from 5.10 AM until 9.55 PM (at 10, 25, 40 and 55 minutes past the hour), and then every 30 minutes from 10.25 PM until 11.25 PM (at 25 and 55 past the hour)

Friday and Saturday – Every 15 minutes from 5.10 AM until 11.25 PM (at 10, 25, 40 and 55 minutes past the hour)

Sunday – Every 15 minutes from 6.10 AM until 11.25 PM (at 10, 25, 40 and 55 past the hour)

Terminals 2 & 3 to Paddington

Monday to Thursday – The first two trains from Heathrow Terminal 2&3 to Paddington leave at 5.12 AM and 5.33 AM, and then it’s every 15 minutes until 10.18 PM (at 3, 18, 33 and 48 minutes past the hour). After 10.18 PM it’s every 30 minutes until 11.48 PM (at 18 and 48 past the hour)

Friday and Saturday – The first two trains from Heathrow to Paddington leave at 5.12 AM and 5.33 AM, and then it’s every 15 minutes until 11.48 PM (at 3, 18, 33 and 48 minutes past the hour)

Sunday – Every 15 minutes from 6.23 AM until 9.06 AM (at 8, 23, 38 and 53 past the hour), then every 15 minutes until 9.53 PM (at 3, 18, 33 and 48 minutes past the hour), and then every 15 minutes until 11.53 PM (at 8, 23, 38 and 53 minutes past the hour)

Terminal 4 to Paddington

Journeys from Heathrow Terminal 4 include a free transfer service to Terminals 2&3, where you will board the actual Heathrow Express train

Monday to Saturday – The first two trains from Heathrow Terminal 4 to London Paddington leave at 5.23 AM and 5.31 AM, and then it’s every 15 minutes until 11.31 PM (at 1, 21, 31 and 51 minutes past the hour)

Sunday – The first four trains to Paddington leave at 6.02 AM, 6.26 AM, 6.39 AM and 6.53 AM, then it’s every 15 minutes from until 9.06 AM (at 13, 25, 41 and 53 past the hour), then every 15 minutes until 9.21 PM (at 1, 21, 31 and 51 minutes past the hour), and then every 15 minutes until 11.41 PM (at 13, 25, 41 and 53 minutes past the hour)

Terminal 5 to Paddington

Monday to Thursday – The first two trains from Terminal 5 to Paddington leave at 5.07 AM and 5.27 AM, and then it’s every 15 minutes until 10.12 PM (at 12, 27, 42 and 57 minutes past the hour). After 10.12 PM it’s every 30 minutes until 11.42 PM (at 12 and 42 past the hour)

Friday and Saturday – The first two trains from Heathrow Airport to Paddington leave at 5.07 AM and 5.27 AM, and then it’s every 15 minutes until 10.12 PM (at 12, 27, 42 and 57 minutes past the hour)

Sunday – Every 15 minutes from 6.18 AM until 9 AM (at 3, 18, 33 and 48 past the hour), then every 15 minutes until 9.48 PM (at 12, 27, 42 and 57 minutes past the hour), and then every 15 minutes until 11.48 PM (at 3, 18, 33 and 48 minutes past the hour)

Heathrow Express journey time

Between Paddington and Heathrow T2&3

The journey time between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 is 15 minutes. You do not have to change trains, and you do not need to catch a transfer service.

Between Paddington and Heathrow T4

The journey time between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 4 is between 20 and 30 minutes. This is because the Heathrow Express only goes as far as Terminals 2 & 3. You will have to catch a free transfer service between Terminals 2 & 3 and Terminal 4. This service departs every 15 minutes, and takes approximately 4 minutes.

Between Paddington and Heathrow T5

The journey time between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 5 is 21 minutes. You do not have to change trains, and there is no need to catch a transfer between the terminals (although it will make one extra stop at Terminals 2-3 along the way).

Whilst we make every effort to keep the timetables up-to-date, the Paddington Express schedule is subject to change at short notice. We therefore recommend you check it directly with Heathrow Express.

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How much does the Heathrow Express to Paddington cost?

Express Standard
You can only buy the Heathrow Express Standard tickets on the train. You cannot buy them online
Adult: (single) £27
Adult: (return) £41
Child (under 15): free if accompanied by an adult
Express Saver
It’s always cheaper to buy Heathrow Express tickets online. The Saver tickets are also available to buy from ticket machines and ticket offices
Adult: (single) £22
Adult: (return) £36
Child (under 15): free if accompanied by an adult
Express Saver (14 days in advance)
14 Day Advance Express Saver tickets must be booked 14 days in advance, and you can only buy them online
Adult: (single) £16.50
Adult: (return) n/a
Child (under 15): free if accompanied by an adult
Express Saver (30 days in advance)
30 Day Advance Express Saver tickets must be booked 30 days in advance, and you can only buy them online
Adult: (single) £14.30
Adult: (return) n/a
Child (under 15): free if accompanied by an adult
Express Saver (90 days in advance)
90 Day Advance Express Saver tickets must booked 90 days in advance, and you can only buy them online
Adult: (single) £12.10
Adult: (return) n/a
Child (under 15): free if accompanied by an adult
Business First
Business First tickets are available online, from ticket machines, ticket offices and onboard the train
Adult: (single) £32
Adult: (return) £54
Child (under 15): free if accompanied by an adult

Whilst we make every effort to keep the prices up-to-date, the Heathrow Express ticket prices are subject to change at short notice. We therefore recommend you check them directly with Heathrow Express.

Can you use Oyster cards on Heathrow Express?

No. It is not possible to use Oyster cards on the Heathrow Express.

However… you can use Oyster cards on the London Underground from Heathrow Airport. You can find the tube fare to Heathrow airport under zones 1-6 adult oyster fares and zones 1-6 child oyster fares.

Can you use travelcards on Heathrow Express?

No. It is not possible to use travelcards on the Heathrow Express.

However… you can use travelcards on the tube from Heathrow Airport. Look at the zones 1-6 adult travelcard prices and zones 1-6 child travelcard prices.

Can you use Rail Cards on Heathrow Express?

Yes. Heathrow Express accepts the Senior Railcard, Family & Friends Railcard, 16-25 Railcard, Disabled Persons Railcard and HM Forces Railcard on their train to LHR.

They all come with plenty of terms and conditions, though, so you should read their rules beforehand: https://www.heathrowexpress.com/tickets-deals/railcards.

Which is best: Heathrow Express or Heathrow Connect?

There are several other options for transportation from Heathrow Airport. The Heathrow Connect service operates on exactly the same route as the Heathrow Express, but it makes an extra five stops before it gets to Paddington (whereas the Heathrow Express is non-stop from the airport).

The five stations are: Hayes, Southall, Hanwell, West Ealing and Ealing Broadway. That means it’s a bit slower than the Heathrow Airport Express, taking 30 minutes instead of 15, but it also has the considerable advantage of being cheaper – maybe up to 50% cheaper, depending on how far in advance you buy your Heathrow Connect ticket.

The Heathrow Connect trains are also less frequent than the Heathrow Express trains, running every 30 minutes instead of every 15. On Sundays they only run once an hour.

The final thing to bear in mind is that it only runs to Heathrow Terminals 2&3. If you need Heathrow Terminal 4 or 5 then you will have to get off at Terminals 2&3 and catch a free shuttle service (which is actually the Heathrow Express).

Visit the Heathrow Connect website for more details.

Which is best: Heathrow Express or London Underground?

The cheapest way to travel from Heathrow Airport to London is by tube. Whereas the Heathrow Express only goes to Paddington, the Piccadilly line goes all the way through the centre of the city from Terminals 2&3, Terminal 4 or Terminal 5 (all three have their own underground station). Some of the most convenient tube stations on the Piccadilly line are: Hammersmith, Earl’s Court, South Kensington, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Holborn and King’s Cross St. Pancras.

How long it takes will depend on exactly where you get off, but a typical journey from Heathrow Airport to Piccadilly Circus, for example, will take around 45 minutes.

If you want to get the London Underground from Heathrow to Paddington then it’s a bit more complicated, because it’s not a direct train all the way – you have to change trains at Earl’s Court or Gloucester Road.

The cost can be found under zones 1-6 adult fares and zones 1-6 child fares.

Which is best: Heathrow Express or taxi cab?

The cost of a taxi from Heathrow airport to London will depend on the time of day you travel, how long it takes, and where you get dropped off, but you should expect to pay anything from £55 to £100. The journey could take anything from 30 to 80 minutes.

But bear in mind that a typical taxi can only hold five people – and you have to squeeze all of your luggage into that same space. So you might end up needing two taxis, and paying double.

Questions about the Heathrow Express?

> Talk about the Heathrow Express

  •  Guest – “My husband and I will arriving at Heathrow terminal 2 in April. We would like to get to hatfield close. How do we get there? Thank you”
  • Admin – “Assuming you mean the one by new cross gate (there are loads of roads called hatfield close all over the place), then here you go: londondrum.com/transport/train-journey. ... cross-gate”
  •  Guest – “Can I use a britrail pass on Heathrow Express?”
  • Admin – “According to their website you can.. But only if you have a particular kind, and you get it validated at their ticket office .Heathrowexpress.com/tickets-deals/railcards”
 
 

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