Review: Heathrow Express
November 4, 2016
Running every 15 minutes, the Heathrow Express is the fastest and certainly a most comfortable way to get from London’s Heathrow Airport into the city.
Starting at T5 with a brief stop at the station serving terminals T1, T2, and T3, the trip to London’s Paddington Station takes approximately 15 minutes.
From there it’s a quick tube ride to almost anywhere in downtown London.
Tickets can be purchased onboard, or from the ticket machines upon arrival at the station with fares from £27 (AU$43) for Standard class and £30 (AU$48) for Business First. Discounts are available for both return tickets, and tickets purchased in advance.
As I wasn’t organised enough to book tickets in advance, I paid the extra for Business First and was pleasantly surprised to see a large spacious carriage where each seat has its own table power socket.
There’s ample baggage storage within the carriage, and an assortment of complimentary magazines and newspapers available.
While there’s free wifi available onboard, I suspect it’s cellular backed as I found it subject to the same mobile blackspots that I encountered on our mobile phone on the short journey into Paddington so unless you really need to use it I’d recommend relaxing with a book or gazing out the window and before you know it you will have arrived.
Even though Heathrow Express makes Sydney’s airport train look cheap I still enjoyed the quick and efficient service and will definitely use it on future trips to London.