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London Underground to Heathrow Airport

London Underground's Piccadilly Line provides the most cost-effective rail route between Heathrow and the capital.

How to get the London Underground to London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

Travel information

Serving Terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5, the Piccadilly line runs a frequent service between the airport and a number of locations in central London, along with convenient connections to other Tube and rail services.

Journeys to central London typically take 50 minutes, and you shouldn't have to wait longer than ten minutes for a train, even off-peak.

Standard operating hours are between 05:00 - 23:30, though the line operates a 'Night Tube', which runs throughout the night on Friday and Saturday nights. Please note, Night Tube does not serve Terminal 4.

Tickets and fares

Travel on the Piccadilly line starts from £5.50 at all times of the day, for a journey to or from Heathrow, where that journey starts, ends or goes through Zone 1.

You can pay for your travel on the Piccadilly line using the following contactless payment options:

Transport for London Oyster card 
Contactless payment mechanism

Single journey tickets and Zones 1-6 Travelcards can be purchased from airport station ticket machines.

Heathrow has three London Underground stations – one for Terminals 2 and 3 and one each at Terminal 4 and Terminal 5

Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3 station is located between the two terminals, which are a few minutes' walk away via pedestrian subway. Heathrow Terminal 4 station is located below Terminal 4 Arrivals. Heathrow Terminal 5 Underground station is in the basement of the terminal building.

All stations are in Travelcard Zone 6.

Times for the first and last trains to and from Heathrow are shown below.

Train times and fares are subject to change – please confirm using the TfL website or call +44 (0)343 22 1234 before travelling.

First and last trains to central London

Station First train Last train
Terminals 2 and 3 05:12   23:45 (23:28 on Sundays)
Terminal 4 05:02 (05:06 on Saturdays, 05:47 on Sundays) 23:35 (23:37 on Fridays, 23:38 on Saturdays, 22:37 on Sundays)
Terminal 5 05:22 23:42 (23:25 on Sundays)

First and last trains from central London (departure times are from Green Park) 

Station First train Last train
Terminals 2 and 3 05:48 00:33 (23:40 on Sundays)
Terminal 4 05:54 (05:45 on Saturdays, 07:00 on Sundays) 23:18 (23:12 on Fridays and Saturdays, 22:42 on Sundays)
Terminal 5 05:48 00:23 (23:27 on Sundays)

Times are valid from 18th July 2022 until further notice

Please note, different times may apply at Christmas and New Year

The Piccadilly line Night Tube run six trains per hour between Heathrow Airport and central London on Friday and Saturday nights.

For more information on travelling at night, please visit TfL.

For journeys outside of Piccadilly Line hours, the N9 night bus runs every 30 minutes to central London from Terminal 5 and Heathrow Central bus Station.