Heathrow Connect airport train to London

Cheaper stopping train to London Paddington is 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 2 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 2 and 3) is at 05:29, (Sundays 07:13). Last train is at 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 2 and 3) and Paddington is 32 minutes.

1 Heathrow Connect Station, 4 Heathrow Passenger Terminals

Interior of Heathrow Connect Train

Interior of Heathrow Connect train

Heathrow currently has four terminals numbered 2, 3, 4 and 5. The Heathrow Connect trains terminates at Heathrow Central for Terminals 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 2 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.


Heathrow Airports Transfers & Logistics

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 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

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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.


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.


From the 20th May 2018 it will become possible to use Oyster, Travelcards and Contactless on the Heathrow Connect all the way from Paddington to Heathrow, including the part between Heathrow and Hayes and Harlington, which has always been excluded. Fares will be cheaper or in line with the current standard fares charged for Heathrow Connect.


Standard zonal fares will continue to apply for journeys between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington, with special single fares applying for journeys to and from Heathrow Airport.


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).



You can use Railcard discounts on the Heathrow Express

Railcards - more information

Heathrow Connect Fares to/from Heathrow 2018


Ealing Broadway

One Way






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

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

London - Heathrow Comparison of Public Transport 2018


Standard Adult Fare*



London Underground (Cash)



London Underground (Oyster Card)



National Express Bus to Victoria



Heathrow Connect Train



Heathrow Express Train (Off Peak)



Heathrow Express Train (Anytime)



Heathrow Express Train (14 Day Advance)



Heathrow Express Train (30 Day Advance)



Heathrow Express Train (90 Day Advance)



Hotel Shared Shuttle Central London



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

# Children under 16 free

‡ Online only one-way fare. Cheapest fare for weekend travel only

~ Off Peak/Peak fares. Children under 11 free

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