Paddington Heathrow Express airport train

Get to London in 15 minutes every 15 minutes

Heathrow Express Interior of Carriage

Roomy interior of Heathrow Express train

The Paddington Heathrow Express is a dedicated rail express link into Central London. 15 minutes, every 15 minutes is the slogan. The Heathrow Express service is a premium train service, offering the fastest transfer between Heathrow and Central London.

There is a slower train that runs between Paddington and Heathrow called TFL Rail Heathrow. This is aimed at airport workers and is cheaper, but slower and runs less frequently.


The Heathrow Express is so fast that if you are staying at one of the hotels around Paddington Station it may be quicker to get to your check-in at Heathrow from your hotel in Paddington than some of the Heathrow hotels.

The London terminus (Paddington) is north-west of the Central London area. You may well require a further significant transfer to your ultimate destination.


If your destination is Kensington then the Heathrow Express link results in you doubling back on yourself and the price premium you paid for speed is compromised.


For two adults or more it will be cheaper and faster to get a cheap private car from Heathrow to a hotel in Earl's Court, Kensington than the Heathrow Express and then a taxi or Underground back to Earl's Court.


Heathrow Express operating hours & frequencies

Heathrow Express trains run every 15 minutes.

Monday to Saturday

From Heathrow Airport the first train from Heathrow (Terminals 2 and 3) is at 05:12. Last train is at 23:48. From Monday to Thursday every 30 minutes after 22:00.

From Paddington first train is 05:10. The last train is at 23:25. Monday to Thursday every 30 minutes after the 21:55 service.


From Heathrow Airport first train from Heathrow (Terminals 2 and 3) is at 06:23. Last train is at 23:42.

From Paddington first train is 05:10 (Sundays 06:25). The last train is at 23:25.

Average journey time between Heathrow (Terminals 2 and 3) and Paddington is 15 minutes. Terminal 5, 21 minutes and Terminal 4, 27 minutes.

Heathrow Airports Transfers & Logistics

3 Heathrow Stations, 4 Heathrow passenger terminals

All Heathrow Express trains start at Terminal 5 station. The only stop the train makes on the journey to Paddington is at Heathrow Central where Terminals 2 and 3 are located.


A separate shuttle train goes between Terminal 4 and Heathrow Central Station every 15 minutes and is timed to connect to the main Heathrow Express train.


All three Heathrow Stations are deep Underground and serviced by lifts as well as by escalators.


Paddington Station

Paddington Train Station is situated in the north-west section of Central London, just north of Hyde Park and about 1km from Oxford Street.

At Paddington Station the platform is at street level. There is a good organised black taxi rank and escalators down to Paddington Underground Station.

Paddington Station details



Luggage on the Heathrow Express is only limited by your ability to carry it on the train. There are luggage racks like that pictured at the top of the page and also for smaller bags overhead shelves.


At Heathrow Airport all stations are deep Underground. From Terminals 4 and 5 there are lifts and escalators from within the passenger Terminal.


At Terminals 2 and 3 you have to walk to the Central Station. From within both Terminal 2 and 3 there are moving walkways then lifts down to the platform.


Heathrow Express and Standard (Express) v Business Class

As a dedicated airport train all passengers enjoy plenty of luggage space and boarding level with the platform. All carriages are air conditioned and have free wi-fi and news TV. There are also quiet areas.


Heathrow Express Seat

Comfort: Express Class seat Heathrow Express train

In First Class you get more leg room, a table and complimentary copies of the Financial Times and various magazines.


Heathrow Express ticketing

There are no seat numbers/reserved seats on the Heathrow Express, a ticket buys you the right to travel on the train between the points stated on your ticket. Passengers can buy tickets on the train but by doing so your fare is more than if you bought tickets prior to boarding.

Return tickets are valid for 30 days after the first leg.

You cannot use Oyster or Travelcards on the Heathrow Express 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).


Heathrow Express promotional fares


Free child fares were introduced in 2015 for children under 16.

Online Advance Purchase

Buy in advance online and get substantial discounts over buying on the day. 14, 30 and 90 day advance options. No refunds.

Duo Saver

Return ticket for 2 people travelling together in Express class only. No refunds. Online only with discount code.

Group Saver (3 or more people)

The same three or more adults must travel together in Express Class on a single or return journey with this offer for which you receive a 33% discount over standard fares. No refunds. Available online and at weekends only at stations.


You can use Railcard discounts on the Heathrow Express, but you cannot use on some promotional fares.

Railcards - more information

Tickets purchased online or at station



Standard Fares

Express Class - Off Peak † (not valid 07:00-09:00 + 16:00 Mon-Fri)



Express Class - Anytime †



Business Class - Anytime †*



Promotional Fares (online only)

Express Class - Duo Saver ~*



Express Class - 14 Day Advance Purchase (Mon-Fri)



Express Class - 14 Day Advance Purchase (Weekends)



Express Class - 30 Day Advance Purchase (Mon-Fri)



Express Class - 30 Day Advance Purchase (Weekends)



Express Class - 90 Day Advance Purchase (Mon-Fri)



Express Class - 90 Day Advance Purchase (Weekends)



Business Class - 14 Day Advance Purchase (Weekend)



Business Class - 30 Day Advance Purchase (Weekend)



Business Class - 90 Day Advance Purchase (Weekend)



Child Fares - Accompanied children Under 16 travel FREE.

† £5 supplement if you buy onboard train.

~ enter the code DUOSAVER in the promotion code box to book the Duo Saver.

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

‡ 2 people travelling together, return only (price quoted per person)


Standard Adult Fare*



London Underground (Cash)



London Underground (Oyster Card)



National Express Bus to Victoria



TFL Rail Train (Peak)



TFL Rail Train (Off-Peak)



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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