Heathrow Express Train Tickets

Heathrow Express train tickets official website

How to book cheap train tickets on the Heathrow Express website

To find and book cheap railway tickets on the official website Heathrow Express, just fill out the search form and indicate:

  • Departure city
  • City of arrival
  • Departure date
  • Number of passengers
  • Click on the «Search» button.
  • In a couple of seconds, the search system will show you the availability of available seats and you can book train tickets online on the official website Heathrow Express.
  • You can also find out train timetables in the same way.
  • You can pay for railway tickets in any way convenient for you, for example, using a bank card.
  • Immediately after payment, Heathrow Express train tickets will be sent to your e-mail.
  • When boarding a Heathrow Express train, you must present a ticket on your mobile phone screen and an original ID.

Heathrow Express train company contacts

Year of foundation 1998
Main services Rail transport on the London Paddington — Heathrow Airport route
Parent company Heathrow Airport Holdings
Address Heathrow Express Customer Relations Department
PO Box 887
3 Manor Court
Exeter EX1 9YT
United Kingdom
Phones +44 345 600 1515
E-mail: [email protected]
Heathrow Express official website in English: heathrowexpress.com

London Heathrow to London Paddington Timetables

Monday — Saturday

Route Departure Time Duration Fare
Terminal 5 to London Paddington 5:12 AM 21 minutes €22
Terminal 5 to London Paddington 11:42 PM 21 minutes €22
Terminal 4** to London Paddington 5:41 AM 20 minutes €22
Terminal 4** to London Paddington 11:41 PM 20 minutes €22
Terminals 2 & 3 to London Paddington 5:17 AM 15 minutes €22
Terminals 2 & 3 to London Paddington 11:48 PM 15 minutes €22


Route Departure Time Duration Fare
Terminal 5 to London Paddington 5:12 AM 21 minutes €22
Terminal 5 to London Paddington 11:42 PM 21 minutes €22
Terminal 4** to London Paddington 6:05 AM 20 minutes €22
Terminal 4** to London Paddington 11:41 PM 20 minutes €22
Terminals 2 & 3 to London Paddington 5:17 AM 15 minutes €22
Terminals 2 & 3 to London Paddington 11:47 PM 15 minutes €22

London Paddington to Heathrow Timetables

Monday — Sunday

Route Departure Time Duration Fare
London Paddington to Heathrow Airport 05:10 AM 21 minutes €22
London Paddington to Heathrow Airport 11:25 PM 22 minutes €22

**For journeys to or from Terminal 4, a convenient transfer at Terminals 2 & 3 is necessary.

Heathrow Express Fares

  1. Single Fares:
    • Off-Peak Times: £22
    • Peak Times: £25
  2. Return Fares:
    • Off-Peak: £37
    • Peak Times: £42
  3. Business Class:
    • Single: £32
    • Return: £55

Savings Tip:

  • Purchasing Heathrow Express tickets online offers significant cost savings compared to buying them on the day.
  • Tickets can be as affordable as £5.50 for weekends when purchased three months in advance.

Service Frequency:

  • Trains operate consistently throughout the day.
  • Departures from Paddington occur at four intervals past the hour (e.g., 10, 25, 40, and 55 minutes past the hour).
  • Departure times from Heathrow vary based on the terminal but also operate at four intervals per hour.

History of the Heathrow Express train company

Heathrow Express is a renowned high-frequency airport rail link that operates between London Heathrow Airport and London Paddington Station. Launched in 1998, this non-franchised, non-subsidised private rail company offers a swift and convenient transportation option for travelers.

Service Overview

  • Route: Heathrow Express connects London Paddington to Heathrow Airport, providing a direct and efficient link.
  • Journey Time: The non-stop service boasts an impressive journey time of just 15 minutes between London Paddington and Terminals 2 & 3. Passengers heading to Terminal 5 can reach their destination in a mere 21 minutes.
  • Passenger Volume: With a commitment to serving passengers, Heathrow Express caters to an average of 17,000 travelers daily.

On-Board Amenities

  • Modern Fleet: Passengers are welcomed aboard a spacious fleet of fully electric trains equipped with state-of-the-art amenities.
  • Complimentary WiFi: Stay connected throughout your journey with complimentary onboard WiFi.
  • HEx TV: Enjoy the latest news, weather updates, and travel information via Heathrow Express’s dedicated onboard TV service.
  • At Seat Power: Keep your devices charged with accessible power outlets.
  • Dedicated Luggage Space: Hassle-free travel is ensured with designated luggage storage areas.
  • Business First: For those seeking a premium experience, Business First offers a more private and spacious environment, complimentary magazines, and convenient work tables.

Ownership and History

  • Ownership: Heathrow Express is operated jointly by Great Western Railway (GWR) and Heathrow Express Operating Company, a subsidiary of Heathrow Airport Holdings.
  • Origins: Initially planned as a collaboration between British Airports Authority (BAA) and British Rail, Heathrow Express became fully owned by BAA after the privatization of British Rail.
  • Construction: Construction commenced in 1993, featuring the development of two 6.8 km single-bore tunnels, underground stations at Heathrow Central and Terminal 4, and electrification of the Great Western Main Line.
  • Notable Incident: During construction, a tunnel collapse occurred, leading to a six-month delay and additional costs.

Service Evolution

  • Heathrow FastTrain: An interim service, Heathrow FastTrain, operated to a temporary station called Heathrow Junction until the full service to Heathrow Central and Terminal 4 was inaugurated in June 1998.
  • Check-in Service: From 1999 to 2003, passengers could check in and drop off their luggage at Paddington, but this service was discontinued due to low usage and high operational costs.
  • Heathrow Connect: In June 2005, Heathrow Express introduced the Heathrow Connect service, which operated on the same route between Paddington and Heathrow. This service was later incorporated into TfL Rail in May 2018.
  • Rebranding: In May 2022, TfL Rail services were rebranded as the Elizabeth Line, with Heathrow Express services continuing to terminate at London Paddington.
  • New Management: In August 2018, Great Western Railway (GWR) took over the operation of Heathrow Express, while Heathrow Airport retained responsibility for commercial aspects.

Passenger Convenience

  • Terminal Access: Passengers can access Heathrow Express from all Heathrow terminals, with connections to Heathrow Central from Terminals 2 and 3, and an inter-terminal shuttle from Terminal 4. Terminal 5 has a dedicated station.
  • Express TV: Onboard trains feature Express TV, providing weather updates, news, and travel information.
  • First Class: First-class passengers enjoy added comfort with more legroom, personal tables, and complimentary newspapers and magazines.
  • Accessibility: Dedicated wheelchair areas are available throughout the train, ensuring inclusivity.

Heathrow Express Route and Infrastructure

  • Route: Heathrow Express operates along Network Rail’s Great Western Main Line from Paddington to Airport Junction.
  • Ownership: The line from Airport Junction to the airport terminals is owned by Heathrow Airport Holdings but maintained by Network Rail.
  • Electrification: The line is electrified at 25 kV AC overhead and utilizes Automatic Train Protection (ATP) and European Train Control System (ETCS).
  • Signal Control: The Thames Valley Signalling Centre (TVSC) in Didcot serves as the controlling signal center for the entire route.

Fare and Child Policy

  • Ticketing: Heathrow Express offers two classes of travel: Express Class (equivalent to standard class) and Business First Class (equivalent to first class).
  • Luggage: Large luggage storage spaces are available in both classes.
  • Children: Children under 16 travel free of charge when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. Unaccompanied children can travel for free in Express Class with proof of a same-day flight to or from Heathrow.

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