Disruption to Heathrow Express & Connect at Christmas 2016

There will be very significant disruption to both Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services between London Paddington and Heathrow airport over the Christmas and New Year period.
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Reduced Heathrow Express & Connect services Easter 2016

Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect will operate reduced timetables between London Heathrow and Paddington over the Easter 2016 holiday. This is due to engineering works taking place for in the introduction of Crossrail.
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Disruption to Heathrow Connect & Express Christmas 2015

There will be significant disruption to Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express train services from London Paddington to Heathrow Airport over the Christmas and New Year Holiday.

Christmas Eve – Thursday 24 December 2015

Both Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express services will finish early on Christmas Eve.

The last Heathrow Express train from London Paddington to Heathrow Terminal 5 departs at 20:25. The last Heathrow Express train from Heathrow Terminal 5 to London Paddington departs at 21:12. The inter-terminal transfer service will run until 23:00.

The last Heathrow Connect train from London Paddington departs at 21:33. The last Heathrow Connect service from Heathrow Terminal 5 to London Paddington departs at 20:51.

Other public transport services including the Tube and mainline suburban and long distance rail services are also likely to end early.

Christmas Day – Friday 25 December 2015 – Monday 28 December 2015

There will be no Heathrow Connect or Heathrow Express service at all from Christmas Day to Monday 28 December. This is due to Crossrail engineering works.

In terms of alternative public transport options, the Tube and mainline suburban and long distance rail services do not run on Christmas Day. Suburban and long distance rail services operate very limited services (many operators not at all) on Boxing Day.

Tuesday 29 December 2015 – Saturday 2 January 2016

The Heathrow Connect will run a revised service and trains will not stop at Hanwell or West Ealing.

Heathrow Express will run a revised service with trains departing every 30 minutes instead of every 15 minutes.

The first service from London Paddington to Heathrow Terminal 5 departs at 05:25 and then at 55 and 25 minutes past the hour with the last service at 23:25 (19:25 on Saturday 2 January 2016).

The first service from Heathrow Terminal 5 to London Paddington departs at 05:27 and then at 57 and 27 minutes past the hour with the last service at 23:27 (18:27 on Saturday 2 January 2016).

Full details are on the Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express websites.

Please note that is often the case that engineering works can over-run so please check directly with Heathrow Connect and Express before you travel. Please also be aware that there is also significant disruption to Gatwick Express services over the Christmas period.

Singapore Airlines launches joint rail & fly tickets

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Late last year, we wrote of a new initiative between First Great Western and British Airways, whereby BA passengers could book a flight with a connection on First Great Western to London Paddington, and the Heathrow Express from Paddington to Heathrow on a single ticket.

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BA launches joint rail & fly tickets with First Great Western to Wales & the West

Having previously travelled onward from Heathrow to UK cities by train, we are well aware what a fraught experience it can be.

Aside from the hassle and expense of travelling from Heathrow to one of the mainline railway stations in Central London, there’s the added dilemma of either buying a flexible train ticket (some times at a cost of hundreds of pounds) or an advance train ticket for a specified train which, if missed, has to be thrown away.

Whilst Lufthansa and Air France have offered Rail & Fly tickets for many years, BA has only now announced joint rail & fly tickets with First Great Western and Heathrow Express (who both serve London Paddington).

From Friday 5 December, passengers will be able to buy joint tickets for BA flights from London Heathrow to/from the following railway stations served by First Great Western (with a connection between Paddington to Heathrow on the Heathrow Express)

Bath, Bristol Parkway, Bristol Temple Meads, Cardiff, Exeter, Oxford, St Austell, Par, Plymouth, Penzance, Swansea.

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Heathrow Express – Discounts, offer codes and promotions

One of the many frequent complaints about Heathrow airport is the cost of travelling to the airport by train from London Paddington.

Whilst there is the option of taking The Tube, the journey on the Piccadilly Line (best described as one long baggage carousel) is long, prone to delays and over-crowding. The carriages are ill-suited to carrying large amounts of luggage and the overland parts of the journey are anything but scenic.

That only leaves (until Crossrail opens in 2018 at least) the Heathrow Express from London Paddington to Heathrow Central (for Terminals 1 and 3 and interchange to Terminal 4) and Heathrow Terminal 5. However, at a cost of £20 for a single ticket or £34 for a return ticket for a 15-20 minute journey (and more if you buy on board!), it must rank as one of the most expensive train journeys per minute in the world!

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