Heathrow Express: London Heathrow to Paddington Station – Review

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Heathrow Express offers two cabin options, Business First in the front car, and Express Standard, which is reasonably comfortable, provided the cabin isn’t overflowing with travelers. On this day, however, it was and people were standing near the door unable to find a seat. I did find a front-row seat in my car but it was somewhat cramped overall.

The Express cabin has ample space for luggage, padded seats, and plenty of legroom. Seats are arranged in a 2-2 configuration and are quite comfortable. All seats have AC and USB power outlets suitable for laptops, phones, and tablets.

The train pulled out of the station on schedule after the conductor announced, “Boarding has ended.” Despite how busy my seatmate appeared with his laptop, I decided to enjoy the short ride and just check in with friends. The trip, it turned out, took longer than the promised 15 minutes even though we didn’t make any unscheduled stops. We arrived in the historic Paddington Station six minutes later than scheduled.

Arriving at Paddington Station

Arriving at Paddington Station

Paddington Underground station offers excellent connections with multiple Tube lines including the Bakerloo, Circle, District, and Hammersmith & City, however, I opted to take a 10-minute walk to my hotel in Mayfair.


My last few experiences into town with the Heathrow Express have resulted in late arrivals but the service is still the fastest game in town if you need to be anywhere near Paddington.

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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