Trains to Heathrow Airport

Getting a train to Heathrow Airport is simple, with excellent links from London and across the UK.

How to get to Heathrow Airport by train

Heathrow Airport has its own station, Heathrow Airport train station. To get there from central London, you have two train lines that serve this station: the Heathrow Express and the Elizabeth Line.

The Heathrow Express is a direct train from London Paddington, which takes approximately 15 minutes.

Two underground stations go to all three terminals at Heathrow Airport. These are the Piccadilly and Elizabeth line. The Piccadilly Line is the fastest way to get to Heathrow from central London, but it only stops at Terminals 1, 2, and 3.

The Elizabeth line is a slower train, but it stops at terminals 2, 3, 4, and 5 (not 1). The Elizabeth Line also stops at Liverpool Street, which is useful if travelling from North or East London

If travelling to Heathrow from around the country, London Euston, has connections to all corners of the UK. Once at Euston, take the short walk to Euston Square station and board the Circle or Hammersmith and City Line train to London Paddington.

From here you can get to London Paddington and catch the Heathrow Express.

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Top routes to Heathrow Airport

Birmingham New Street to London Euston 1h 26mins £16
Liverpool Lime Street to London Euston 2h 20mins £25
Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston 2h 11mins £32
Crewe to London Euston 1h 40mins £17
Milton Keynes to London Euston 1h 42mins £16.30

What to do at Heathrow Airport 

Being one of the largest airports in the country in the UK, you'll find an abundance of activities to keep you occupied

There’s a variety of shops, including duty-free stores, high-end boutiques, and souvenir shops. Passengers can find everything from last-minute travel essentials to unique gifts for friends and family.

Some popular stores at Heathrow Airport include Harrods, Selfridges, and duty-free.

If you get hungry, Heathrow Airport has over 100 restaurants and cafes, serving everything from traditional British fare to international cuisine. Passengers can find everything from a convenient snack to a leisurely sit-down meal, depending on how much time they have. Some popular restaurants include The Cinnamon Club, Dishoom, and Wagamama.

For those who enjoy a pint before boarding, the airport has several inviting pubs where you can savour a refreshing beverage, such as The Queen's Arms or The Crown Rivers. Whether you want a quick bite or a sit-down meal, Heathrow Airport has you covered.

Heathrow has a variety of entertainment options, including a cinema, a games arcade, and even a spa. Passengers can also relax in one of Heathrow’s lounges or take a nap in one of the airport's sleep pods.

The Plaza Premium, Club Aspire, and the No.1 Lounge are the most popular lounges at Heathrow Airport, ideal for those who like to stay away from the airport bustle.

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Ways to save on your train ticket to Heathrow Airport

If you’re looking to save some extra money on your train ticket to Heathrow Airport, there are a few ways you can do this.

First up is Avanti's Best Fare Finder, where you can get the best deal on train tickets. You can also set up Advance Train Ticket Alerts to secure the lowest price ahead of time.

If you can be flexible with your journey time (and your flight time aligns), try to travel off-peak. This involves travelling between 10:30 and 14:30 or after 20:00 in the midweek, or any time on Friday or the weekend.

For those of you looking to book tickets as a family, see our Family Tickets page. This tells you all you need to know about child tickets and Family railcards, where you can save a lot of money.

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Get the Avanti app

If you want the freedom to pick your own seat, keep in tune with train times and generally make your life easier when travelling with us, download the Avanti West Coast App.

Get other special benefits such as making changes to your route, tracking your train, and buying tickets with your payment method of choice. The app also allows you to store all your tickets in one place, all with zero booking fees.

We understand that air travel can be stressful, so we want to make the bit before that as smooth as possible for you.

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London Euston Station