Trains to Heathrow Airport

With easy train access, getting to Heathrow for your flight is a breeze.

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Getting to Heathrow Airport by train

London Heathrow Airport is conveniently located 20 miles (32 km) west of central London, offering easy access via train.

LNR trains arrive at London Euston station. From here, for the fastest route to Heathrow, you can take the tube to London Paddington, around 25 to 30 minutes, and pick up the speedy Heathrow Express , which provides a swift 15-21 minute journey to Heathrow. This is also the most expensive option.

For budget-friendly travel from Euston Station to Heathrow Airport via the tube, you have two options. The quickest route entails taking the Victoria Line to Tottenham Court Road and transferring to the Elizabeth Line for a direct connection to Heathrow. Alternatively, you can opt for the Northern Line to King's Cross St. Pancras and transfer to the Piccadilly Line for a direct journey to Heathrow.

Once at Heathrow, complimentary inter-terminal trains provide easy transfers between all four terminals.

Handy Tip: Don't worry if you forgot to buy a tube ticket beforehand! Most stations allow you to tap in using your contactless payment method directly to Heathrow. Applicable for London Underground and trains, apart from the Heathrow Express.

How to get cheap Heathrow Airport train tickets

Want to grab the cheapest fares? Check out our top tips for finding cheap train tickets to Heathrow Airport:

  • Book ahead and save with Advance tickets: Train companies (including us) usually release tickets 12 weeks before travel, offering the cheapest fares compared to last-minute purchases.
  • Travel Off-Peak: Fares are typically cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends. Avoid peak hours for better deals.
  • Get a Railcard: Save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys with a National Railcard, ideal for anyone who catches the train a few times a year.
  • Use GroupSave: Groups of 3 to 9 people can save up to 34% on off-peak journeys with GroupSave discounts.

About Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow (LHR) is the UK's largest airport by size and passenger traffic, sprawling over a vast 353,000 square metres with four terminals and welcoming nearly 80 million visitors annually.

Heathrow acts as a hub for numerous international airlines and provides extensive connections to worldwide destinations.

The airport operates with four passenger terminals: Terminal 2 (T2), Terminal 3 (T3), Terminal 4 (T4), and Terminal 5 (T5). Each terminal serves specific airlines and destinations.

Heathrow Airport tempts your pre-flight taste buds with a vast selection of restaurants and cafes . From celebrity chef creations to artisan coffee shops, you'll find something to satisfy every craving before your flight.

You’ll find plenty of traditional British pubs throughout the terminals, including The Flying Chariot (T2), The Darwin (T3) and The George (T5).

Some notable British restaurants include Gordon Ramsay Plane Food (T5) offering European and Asian cuisine, including curry, burgers and a raw fish bar. Fortnum & Mason Bar (T5) serves classic British breakfast items from early morning and a seafood-influenced all-day menu. In T2, The Perfectionists Cafe by Heston Blumenthal specialises in exceptional British classics like fish and chips.

Inside the airport you’ll find plenty of shopping opportunities to keep you occupied while you’re waiting to jet off.

T5 is the largest terminal with over 50 stores to choose from, housing big fashion brands like Cartier, Hermes, Dior and Chanel through to quirky boutiques and technology stores and British stalwarts Hamleys toy store, Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and the Harry Potter Shop. You’ll want to get here early just so you have time to browse. You can also book an appointment with a Personal Shopper to maximise your experience.

Other terminals have a range of similar stores and brands, while T2 also has a small version of John Lewis.

For your convenience, Heathrow Airport offers ATMs, currency exchange and free Wi-Fi. Passenger service assistants are on hand to help you navigate the airport.

For a smoother journey, consider using the priority security lane with fast-track passes available for purchase. Unwind in a private space before your flight at one of Heathrow's airport lounges , starting from around £38. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, food, drinks and a relaxing atmosphere away from the crowds.

Families can enjoy the Family Lounge in Terminal 3, which includes play areas. Terminal 5 also has a play area called Stay and Play, suitable for children up to nine years old, located in the Terminal 5A departure lounge near Gate A7.

For a touch of pre-flight luxury and calm visit Be Relax Spa in Terminal 5.

Free water fountains are available throughout Heathrow Airport. Many bars and cafes will also refill your water bottle upon request.

Heathrow is a large airport, so it's important to keep an eye on the departure boards to make sure you reach your gate on time.

Heathrow Airport's multi-faith prayer rooms are available in every terminal.

For a secure place to store your luggage and personal items, consider using the Excess Baggage Company in each terminal, offering safe short- and long-term storage solutions for travellers.

Depending on the time of your flight, you may want to stop off at a nearby hotel to break up your journey. Several hotels are just a 7-minute bus ride away, including Ibis Styles Hotel (comfortable rooms with a restaurant and bar), Radisson Blu (state-of-the-art facilities and stunning architecture), and Holiday Inn (free stay for children 17 and under, Italian restaurant).

If you’re extending your stay, you’ll find plenty of nearby attractions to keep you entertained before or after the flight.

For family-fun, enjoy a friendly competition at Airport Bowl , a 10-minute bus ride away. This 36-lane bowling alley features a bar, amusement area, pool tables and video games.

To stretch your legs or unwind, Cranford Park, a scenic green space reachable by bus in 25 to 30 minutes from the airport, is perfect for picnics, walks or outdoor games.