Heathrow Express: London Heathrow to Paddington Station – Review

By Paul Riegler on 30 January 2018
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Over the years, I’ve typically found the Heathrow Express to be the fastest and most comfortable way of getting to Central London.

After arriving on an American Airlines flight from New York at what I assumed was the quiet hour of 10 a.m., I stopped at AA’s arrival lounge for breakfast as I had decided to sleep on the plane, and then headed over to Heathrow Central, the train terminal located between Terminals 2 and 3 at Heathrow.

There was no queue at the Heathrow Express ticket kiosks and, since I already had an advance ticket via the Heathrow Express app in hand, so to speak, I rode the capacious lift down to the platform, which seemed rather busy given the hour. The trains were packed as well although I did find a seat.

Seats in the author's carriage.

Seats in the author’s carriage.

Tickets may be purchased on the Web, via an app, or at the airport or station for £25 ($34.96) one way and the non-stop trip takes 15 minutes (21 minutes if leaving from Terminal 5). Advance ticket purchase lowers the cost from £25 to £5.50, saving roughly 67%.

The service was back to using the original Heathrow Express carriages, which had been taken out of service in early 2016 due to cracks found in the underframe. Carriages from Heathrow Connect, a less expensive and slower service aimed more at airport workers, were substituted.

Trains typically leave Heathrow Central at 3, 18, 33, and 48 minutes past the hour throughout the day.

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