Heathrow Airport is 15 miles west of central London and easily reached by road or public transport. In this section you’ll find everything you need to help plan your airport journey.

Trains offer the quickest link between Heathrow and central London. There are two services to choose from.

Heathrow Express

The non-stop express train takes 15 minutes between Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 and London Paddington and just 6 minutes more from Terminal 5. Purchase tickets before travel at heathrowexpress.com, from the sales team in Arrivals or from a ticket machine in stations. Contactless and Oyster cards can be used for single journeys.

TfL Rail

Stopping service to London Paddington and Heathrow Airport departing every 30 minutes and calling at local stations in west London. Journey time varies between 31 and 49 minutes.

Heathrow Connect has been replaced by TfL Rail services between Terminals 2, 3, & 4 to London Paddington. Purchase a point to point ticket at a ticket machine or pay as you go with Oyster, contactless and Zone 6 Travelcards.

Rail-air bus links

Bus services link Heathrow with the national rail network at Feltham, Reading, Woking and Watford Junction.

 

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

Journey time by Tube is under an hour and you shouldn’t have to wait longer than ten minutes for a train, even off-peak.

Where to catch trains

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 between the terminals, which are a few minutes’ walk away via pedestrian subway. Heathrow Terminal 4 and Heathrow Terminal 5 underground stations are in the basements of the terminal buildings.

All stations are in Travelcard Zone 6.

Fares and tickets

Underground tickets are available at all stations. The single cash fare to central London (Zone 1) is £6.00. A one-day Travelcard, giving unlimited travel in Zones 1-6, costs £18.10 (Anytime) or £12.70 (off-peak). For more information visit tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments or visit the Travel Information Centre at Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3 underground station.

Oyster pay-as-you-go fares are £5.10 (Mon – Fri, 06:30 – 09:30) and £3.10 (all other times). You’ll need an Oyster card – for details see oyster.tfl.gov.uk – or a contactless payment card.

Train times

The first and last trains to and from Heathrow are shown below. Train times and fares are subject to change – please confirm using the Transport for London website or call +44 (0)343 22 1234 before travelling.

Night Tube

On Fridays and Saturdays the Piccadilly Line now operates a 24-hour service, with night trains to and from Terminals 2, 3 and 5 on average every 10 minutes. There is no service on the Terminal 4 loop.

First and last trains to central London
StationFirst trainLast train
Terminals 2 and 305:12 (Sat/Sun 03:17)23:45 (Fri/Sat 03:07; Sun 23:28)
Terminal 405:02 (Sun 05:47)23:35 (Sun 23:15*)
Terminal 505:23 (Sat/Sun 03:14)23:42 (Fri/Sat 03:04; Sun 23:25)

* Change at Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3

First and last trains from central London(Departure times from Piccadilly Circus)
StationFirst trainLast train
Terminals 2 and 305:47 (Sat/Sun 03:43)00:32 (Fri/Sat 03:33; Sun 23:38)
Terminal 405:53* (Sun 07:23)23:09 (Sun 22:40)
Terminal 505:47 (Sat/Sun 03:43)00:22 (Fri/Sat 03:33; Sun 23:24)

* Change at Hatton Cross

During the night the N9 bus connects Heathrow with central London. The service runs every 20 minutes from the central bus station.

A new RailAir link between Guildford and Heathrow will launch from the first week of July. Operating hourly from Guildford train station to Heathrow Terminals, 2,3 & 5.

Frequent buses and coaches link Heathrow with destinations across Britain.

Coaches

A number of operators including National Express and Megabus.com run services from Heathrow to more than 500 destinations.

Local buses

An extensive bus network operates around Heathrow and to destinations in west London and the Thames Valley.

Buses to rail stations

Luxury coaches and buses connect Heathrow with the national rail network at Feltham, Guildford, Watford, Woking and Reading.

Hotel buses

Direct bus services operate between Heathrow terminals and a large number of hotels near the airport.

Group travel by coach

If you’re dropping off or collecting a group from Heathrow, this step-by-step guide will help you and your customers enjoy stress-free travel.

Special assistance

If you require mobility assistance or have any other special requirements, please contact your operator before you travel.

 

Book a private-hire car to take you between Heathrow and almost anywhere in mainland Britain. Alternatively, hail a classic London black taxi from the rank outside the terminal.

Private-hire minicabs from Heathrow

Book a fixed-price journey to or from any UK destination. Book online or by telephone and your driver will meet you in arrivals or drop you outside departures.

Heathrow’s onsite and licensed fully electric car transfer service. With fixed rates and service desks in all Arrivals terminals, WeKnow’s London Experts will help you get where you need to be. Returning to Heathrow after your stay? Add a return for a 25% discount.

Compare quotes with the UK’s largest cab comparison website, with routes between Heathrow and 300 UK towns and cities. Prices include ‘Meet & Greet’ in Arrivals. Pay by Visa, Mastercard, Amex, PayPal or China Union Pay.

London taxis

London’s famous black taxis stop at the ranks outside each Heathrow terminal. Drivers are fully licensed and have passed the Knowledge of London examination. All taxis operating at Heathrow have wheelchair access.

 

We Know offer fully electric luxury chauffeur service to and from Heathrow Airport. Be transported by professional chauffeurs for the first and last miles of your journey in the new, revolutionary Jaguar I-PACE. Returning to Heathrow after your stay? Add a return for a 25% discount.

Heathrow’s chauffeur service offers a fixed-price transfer in comfort and style to or from any UK destination. Book online with our partner, chauffeurit.

Choose your vehicle and compare prices to ensure the best deal. Vehicles available include premium executive saloons such as the Mercedes-Benz S Class and 8-seat executive minibuses such as the Mercedes-Benz Viano.

Cycle routes

Heathrow can be reached by bike via a network of cycle paths. If you want to ride into central London you can plan a cycle-only route using the Transport for London journey planner.

It’s possible to use the Grand Union Canal towpath for much of the ride to Paddington (which takes just over 90 minutes).

Heathrow cycle paths map (247KB PDF)

Cycle parking

There is currently no direct cycle route to Terminals 2 and 3 due to construction work to the main road tunnel. Bicycles can be parked in racks at the Heathrow Cycle Hub, where free local buses operate to the terminals.

View bus route map  (155KB)

Free cycle parking is available at:

  • Terminals 2 and 3: The Cycle Hub, Heathrow Academy, Newall Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW6 2AP
  • Terminal 4: Cycle parking is opposite the arrivals forecourt
  • Terminal 5: Cycle parks are provided at either end of the terminal building.

Bikes can also be safely stored in the left baggage office for up to 90 days.

Please note that for security reasons, bicycles will be removed if not parked in the designated areas.

View map of Heathrow cycle parks  (1.6MB PDF)

Taking your bike on public transport

Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect

Trains have some space available for cycles being taken on to a flight, but it’s limited at peak times. Bicycles can also be taken free of charge between Heathrow terminals, even if you are not taking your cycle on a flight. Cycles are carried provided it is safe to do so – at peak periods you may need to arrive on the platform earlier. For more information contact Heathrow Express or Heathrow Connect.

Underground

Folded bicycles can be taken free of charge on all sections of the network at all times. Non-folding bicycles can be taken free of charge on some sections outside peak times (07:30-09:30 and 16:00-19:00, Monday to Friday, except public holidays).

On the Piccadilly Line, non-folding bicycles are allowed outside peak times in either direction between: Barons Court and Hounslow West/Uxbridge Cockfosters and Oakwood.

You cannot take non-folding bicycles on moving escalators at any underground station. For more information contact London Underground on +44 (0)20 7222 1234 or visit the Transport for London website.

South West Trains

Bicycles can be carried from 09:45-16:30, and after 18:30. Bicycles can be carried free on most services without booking – please check with South West Trains for exceptions. Bicycles are not allowed on rail-link buses or substitute buses. Folding bikes can be taken on any service free of charge. South West Trains also offer racking facilities. For more information contact South West Trains.

Coaches

Some coach companies will carry cycles depending on space – please check with operators for further information.

Cycles on flights

Most airlines will carry bicycles on flights. Please check with your airline about packing requirements and weight restrictions.

Abandoned bicycles

If a bicycle has been identified as potentially abandoned, a notice will be secured to the handlebar. This explains if the bicycle is not removed within 21 days, it will be considered abandoned and removed by Heathrow Airport Limited. Every effort will be made to contact the owner to advice of this.

If the bicycle has not been removed within 21 days, the bicycle will be removed and held securely in a compound for six weeks. If no claim is made after six weeks, the bicycle will be donated to The London Bike Hub or recycled. We do not sell abandoned bikes to members of the public.

All enquiries should be directed to: Feedback_landside_operations@heathrow.com