Heathrow Express- Fast and Convenient Journey
Heathrow Express is the fastest rail link operating from London Heathrow Airport to Paddington, the latter being heart of Central London. Paddington station is a major railway and underground station in London. Paddington Station is near many tourist attractions including Hyde Park, Regents Canal, The Serpentine and Oxford Street which is a dream destination for shopaholics. Having started in 1998, Heathrow Express is a non-subsidised, non-franchised private company which owns its trains. It carries on an average 16000 passengers daily. Being the fastest rail link, it takes 15 minutes from London to reach to the Heathrow Airport Terminal 2&3 and a few more minutes to reach Terminal 4 or 5.
With the services of Heathrow Express there is a hassle free journey to the airport. Heathrow Express offers a comfortable and relaxing journey in the sense that either you don’t need to compete with the traffic jams on the road or you are not dependent on the London Underground to get to the airport. In terms of services, it offers free Wi-Fi along with the power points for charging mobile devices. Apart from this, Heathrow Express has been designed in such a manner that it offers comfort to its passengers in the form of plenty of space for keeping luggage and ample legroom for the travellers. The testimony of its services can be proven by the fact that it had 95% overall customer satisfaction in the independent National passenger Survey Autumn 2015. Along with this, it has 97% repeat travel rating.
Heathrow Express Timetable
~ Paddington to Heathrow
The first train from Paddington to Heathrow departs at 05.10 (Monday- Saturday) and 06.10 (Sunday). The last train from Paddington to Heathrow departs at 23.25.
~Heathrow to Paddington
The first train from Heathrow Terminal 5 to Paddington departs at 05:07 (Monday to Saturday) and 06:00 (Sunday). The last train from Heathrow Terminal 5 to Paddington departs at 23:42 (Monday to Saturday) and 23:48 (Sunday).
The first train from Heathrow Terminal 2&3 to Paddington departs at 05:12 (Monday to Saturday) and 06:05 (Sunday). The last train from Heathrow Terminal 2&3 to Paddington departs at 23:48 (Monday to Saturday) and 23:53 (Sunday).
The first train from Heathrow Terminal 4 to Paddington departs at 05:23 (Monday to Saturday) and 05:53 (Sunday). The last train from Heathrow Terminal 4 to Paddington departs at 23:31 (Monday to Saturday) and 22:41 (Sunday).
Heathrow Express - Cheaper Way to Travel
One could save as much as 75% of the fare cost if the ticket is booked in advance. A standard Heathrow Express Ticket when purchased online, or at a ticket machine or ticket offices one way from Paddington to Airport costs approx.£ 22.00 and return costs approx.£36.00.
Those who purchase their tickets at least 90 days before departure, for weekend travel, will be charged the relatively meagre sum of £5.50 each-way. The week day fare for tickets purchased at least 90 days in advance is £12.10.
Oyster cards and Travelcards which are used for travelling purposes cannot be used in Heathrow Express as it is not a part of Transport for London network. However some of the Railcards such as Family, Disabled Persons, Senior, 16-25, HM Forces, Network, Two Together, and Annual Gold Card are being accepted on the Heathrow Express which entitles travellers to save as much as 33% of the Heathrow Express Ticket value. One railcard being International Student Identity Card instead of 33% discount gives 25% discount on Heathrow Express Ticket Value. However, to obtain discounts with Railcards, the tickets must have been purchased at the ticket offices or online.
Heathrow Express-Special Concession to Airport Workers
Heathrow Airport workers who hold a LHR ID card are entitled to a 75% discount on a weekly, monthly and annual season ticket; the discount applies to the FULL fare tickets only.