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From 1 November 2021, a £5 charge will apply for vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions will apply. Free drop-off will be available at the Long Stay car parks.

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    Heathrow Express train service

    The fastest transfer between Heathrow Central and London Paddington. Book Heathrow Express train tickets online and save money.


    Heathrow Express timetable

    Trains operate every 15 minutes between Heathrow and London Paddington. Please click here to download a copy of the Heathrow Express timetable.

    The journey between London Paddington and Heathrow Central (for terminals 2 & 3) takes 15 minutes. The journey on to Terminal 5 takes only 3 minutes extra.


    Travel in comfort on modern, air-conditioned trains with plenty of luggage space and on-board TV. There's free Wi-Fi throughout the train, and at-seat power sockets too. You can even use your mobile phone when the train is in a tunnel.

    Need to relax or work quietly? Upgrade to Business First with larger seats, extra legroom, tables to work from and complimentary newspapers and magazines.

    Tickets are available online or via the Heathrow Express app as well as in Arrivals or at the stations.

    Express Singles cost £22 off-peak and £25 peak, peak times are 6:30am - 9:30am or 4pm - 7pm, Monday – Friday excluding UK Bank Holidays. Express Class Returns are £37 at all times. Alternatively book in advance from just £5.50 one way at weekends and £12.10 one way on weekdays.

    Alternatively tickets can be bought from just £5.50 one way when you book 90 days in advance.*

    *limited availability, terms and conditions apply

    Contactless and Oyster can be used to travel with Heathrow Express. Simply touch in at the start of your journey and out at your destination and you will be automatically charged for the journey you make.

    Depending on the time you travel with Heathrow Express, you will be charged for a Peak or Off-Peak Express single, meaning you’ll still find the best value fares including Express Saver Returns. For advance tickets from £5.50* and other great offers book your tickets ahead of your journey at heathrowexpress.com or via our app. *when you book 90 days in advance and limited availability, terms and conditions apply.

    Children aged 15 years and under travel free in Express Class when accompanied by a paying adult, or can travel unaccompanied if they have proof of air travel such as a valid flight booking or boarding pass. Photo ID will be required.

    Peak travel hours are Monday - Friday 6:30am - 9:30am and 4pm - 7pm. When purchasing a single ticket to travel during these times you will need to make sure you purchase a Peak Single. Return tickets or advance fares can be used at any time of day.

    Heathrow Express trains stop at Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 and Heathrow Terminal 5. Passengers travelling to Terminal 4 should change on to the free transfer train at Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 (connecting trains every 15 minutes, journey time four minutes).

    London Paddington station is close to Hyde Park and Oxford Street and is served by London Underground's District, Circle, Bakerloo and Hammersmith & City lines. From London Paddington you can catch mainline trains to the West, South-West and south Wales.

    Save more than just time when you take Heathrow Express. If you’re travelling with children, or with two or more people, you may be eligible for exclusive online offers (terms and conditions apply).

    Families save by travelling with Heathrow Express as children aged 15 years and under travel for free in Express Class when accompanied by a paying adult.

    We also offer a variety of multi-ticket offers:

    • Duo Saver: If you’re travelling with a friend or partner you can take advantage of this offer, giving you 25% off when two adults travel together. An Express Class Return for two adults is only £55.50, saving £18.50. Claim this offer exclusively online when booking in advance. See full details.
    • Group Saver: This offer is perfect for adult families and groups of friends, you can save 1/3 when 3 or more adults travel together. Claim this offer exclusively online when booking in advance. Offer applies to Off Peak Express Saver Ticket only. See full details.
    • Frequent traveller: If you are a frequent traveller on Heathrow Express you can take advantage of our Carnet tickets, 6 for the price of 5 or 12 for the price of 9. These are all single journey tickets and are valid in either direction. These tickets can only be bought from our ticket sales personnel. See full details.


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