Heathrow Express train to Paddington

Heathrow Express fares

The Heathrow Express train to PaddingtonThe Heathrow Express travels from Terminals 2&3 to central London in 15 mins. Travelling from Terminal 5 takes 21 mins. Terminal 4 takes 20-30 mins because you have to catch a free shuttle service to Terminals 2&3 first, and then board the main train from there.

Buy Heathrow Express tickets

Express Standard
Standard tickets are only available on the train – not online
Adult: (single) n/a
Adult: (return) £42
Child (under 15): free if accompanied by an adult
Express Saver
Saver tickets can be bought from the Heathrow Express ticket machines and ticket office
Adult: (single) £22
Adult: (return) £37
Child (under 15): free if accompanied by an adult
Express Saver (14 days in advance)
14 Day Advance Express Saver single tickets can only be bought online 14 days in advance
Adult: (single) £16.50
Child (under 15): free if accompanied by an adult
Express Saver (30 days in advance)
30 Day Advance Express Saver single tickets can only be bought online 30 days in advance
Adult: (single) £14.30
Child (under 15): free if accompanied by an adult
Express Saver (90 days in advance)
90 Day Advance Express Saver single tickets can only be bought online 90 days in advance
Adult: (single) £12.10
Child (under 15): free if accompanied by an adult
Ticket prices are subject to change at short notice. You should always double-check them with Heathrow Express

Oyster, travelcards & Rail cards

It is not possible to use Oyster cards, contactless cards or travelcards on the Heathrow Express.

However… you can use them on the Underground from Heathrow Airport. You can look up the zone 1-6 fare on our adult train fare and child train fare pages.

The Heathrow Express does accept the Senior Railcard, Family & Friends Railcard, 16-25 Railcard, Disabled Persons Railcard and HM Forces Railcard.

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

Heathrow Express route

A journey time of 15 minutes into central London does sound nice and quick, but the Heathrow Express does have a 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. 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.

Heathrow Express timetable

London Paddington to Terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5

The Heathrow Express train usually departs from platform 6 or platform 7 at 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 trains from T5 to Paddington leave at 5.07 AM and 5.27 AM, then it’s every 15 mins until 10.12 PM (at 12, 27, 42 and 57 mins past the hour). After 10.12 PM it’s every 30 mins until 11.42 PM (at 12 and 42 past the hour)

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

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

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).

Alternatives to Heathrow Express

Heathrow Connect

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.

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.

Black 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.

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  •  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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