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Heathrow Connect Airport Train

Cheaper Stopping Train Alternative to Heathrow Express


Heathrow Connect Train at Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Connect Train at Heathrow Airport

The Heathrow Connect Train is a cheaper alternative to the Heathrow Express. The reason Heathrow Connect is cheaper is that it is aimed at workers at Heathrow Airport, a stopping train that takes 15 minutes longer than the Heathrow Express, (30 minutes as against 15 minutes to Heathrow Central).


The Heathrow Connect train is also less frequent, every 30 minutes instead of every 15 minutes with Heathrow Express and on a Sunday only every 60 minutes.

The Heathrow Connect train doesn't go to Terminal 4 or Terminal 5, but terminates at Heathrow Central Station, (for Terminals 1 and 3). At Heathrow Central you can connect to Heathrow Express trains that run to Terminal 4 and Terminal 5. This service between terminals is free of charge.


Both Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect trains share the same platforms at Heathrow Central.

The London Underground trains at Heathrow do not stop at the same platforms as the Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect trains.

The London Underground at Heathrow is a separate system with its own stations.

Heathrow Connect Operating Hours & Frequencies

Heathrow Connect trains run every 30 minutes, 60 minutes on Sundays.

From Heathrow Airport first train from Heathrow (Terminals 1 and 3) is at 05:29, (Sundays 07:13). Last train is at 00:13 (Friday, Saturdays & Sundays 00:07).

From Paddington first train is 04:42, (Sundays 06:27) . The last train is at 23:07, (Friday & Saturdays 23:03 and Sundays 23:12).

Average journey time between Heathrow (Terminals 1 and 3) and Paddington is 32 minutes.

1 Heathrow Connect Station, 5 Heathrow Passenger Terminals

Interior of Heathrow Connect Train

Interior of Heathrow Connect Train

Heathrow currently has four terminals numbered 1,2,3,4 and 5.

The Heathrow Connect trains terminates at Heathrow Central for Terminals 1,2 and 3.

Terminal 5 has its own station a 5 minute ride further along the line from Heathrow Central beneath the passenger terminal and you use the Heathrow Express train that terminates there, this short journey is free.

Terminal 4 is served by a branch line. A train shuttles between Heathrow Central and Terminal 4, also with its station beneath the terminal. At Heathrow Central the London train either leaves from the same platform or you walk about 20 yards to the adjacent platform that the Terminal 4 shuttle drops you off at.

There are lifts from within Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 down to the platforms. For Terminals 1 and 3 you walk (along moving walkways) for about 5 minutes before taking lifts down to the platform.

London Stations

The Heathrow Connect stops at five stations between Heathrow and Paddington. We have a dedicated page on Paddington Station.

Best Way From Heathrow To London

For visitors, the stations that are worth mentioning are Ealing Broadway and Hayes. Ealing Broadway is a London Underground interchange connecting to the Central and District Lines. If your hotel is in the west of London, perhaps Bayswater or Shepherds Bush you might want to change here to avoid doubling back on yourself. West Ealing is in zone 3 of London's public transport fare zones.

Hayes is significant as between Paddington and Hayes you can use Oyster and Travelcards, you cannot use them for the track between Heathrow and Hayes.

On Board The Heathrow Connect Train

The Heathrow Connect train is not uncomfortable, far from it - those using the London Underground can only dream of such conditions. But, there is less room than on the Heathrow Express.

The main difference you will immediately notice that carriages on the Heathrow Connect squeeze another seat in each row than the Heathrow Express. There are some small luggage racks by each of the entrance doors.


Heathrow Connect Station Map

Heathrow Connect Ticketing

There are no seat numbers/reserved seats on the Standard Express, a ticket buys you the right to travel on the train between the points stated on your ticket.

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Please ensure you purchase your ticket prior to boarding the train. Unlike the Heathrow Express train you cannot buy tickets on the train, instead you will get a penalty fare. You cannot use Oyster or Travelcards on the Heathrow Connect service.

At the train stations have manned ticket offices and also ticket machines. All major credit cards are taken as well as cash. You can purchase tickets online too, (see link below).

Railcards

You can use Railcard discounts on the Heathrow Express

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Heathrow Connect Fares To/From Heathrow 2014

  Paddington  

Ealing Broadway

One Way

£9.90

£7.70

Return*

£19.80

£15.40

Child Fares (half price of adult fares) apply to 5 - 15 years olds only. Under 5's travel FREE.

* Return travel must be made within 30 days of the outward journey on return tickets


London - Heathrow Comparison of Public Transport

Service

Standard Adult Fare*

One-Way

 Return 

London Underground (Cash)

£5.70

£11.40

London Underground (Oyster Card)

£3-£5~

£6-£10~

National Express Bus To Victoria

£6.00†

£11.00†

Heathrow Connect Train

£9.90

£19.80

Heathrow Express Train

£21.00

£34.00

Hotel Shared Shuttle Central London

£20.26

£40.52

* Standard adult ticket. Other promotional fares may appear from time to time.

† On-line only fare with variable pricing. £1 Booking Fee.

~ Off Peak/Peak fares

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