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Heathrow connect is now TFL Rail. Save on your journey between Paddington to Heathrow

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Posted 20th May 2018
Use your Oyster card, London Zone1to6 Travel Card, Contactless payment cards and Save on your journey between Paddington and Heathrow in London!!

The heathrow connect service between Paddington and Heathrow has been taken over by TFL Rail. HEATHROW for fare purpose is in London tube and rail Zone 6.

* Zone 1 to 6 Travel cards are Valids on the TFL Rail between Paddington and Heathrow.

* Pay as you go Oyster is Valid on this service. (Note: Journey to and from Heathrow will be charged at higher rate than normal zone 6 peak and off peak fares)

* Standard Daily Capping will apply. So customers making a return journey off peak, will make a significant saving on the current Heathrow connect fare. (Current Heathrow connect fare is around £10.30 for a single and £20.70 for a open return)

Note: TFL has taken over Heathrow connect and not the Heathrow express!!



More details on tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2018/may/tfl-to-operate-heathrow-connect-services-ahead-of-elizabeth-line-opening

cityam.com/286012/key-milestone-crossrail-timeline-reached-tfl-takes-over


Update : From Monday 21 May 2018 TFL will also take over the half hourly Great Western Railway (GWR) services from Paddington which terminate at Hayes & Harlington.


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Great plus for those with Zone 1-6 Travelcards as it's now in the boundary and part of the network, though I'd recommend to review the costs accordingly if using Pay as You Go. The standard fare is still pricier for a single or return off peak use versus the Piccadilly Line.

Diamond Geezer's blog has a good post about it: (excerpt below)
diamondgeezer.blogspot.co.uk/201…tml

Here's a graphic to show the cost of getting to Heathrow from Paddington via three different railway routes. I've kept things simple by rounding to the nearest pound.
n.b. The precise fares are no more than 20p different.
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Just so others like me don't get confused, this is not replacing heathrow express. They will continue ripping off tourists charing £25 for a single 15 minute journey.

The Piccadilly line is still the most cost effective.
manbearpig20th May 2018

Just so others like me don't get confused, this is not replacing heathrow …Just so others like me don't get confused, this is not replacing heathrow express. They will continue ripping off tourists charing £25 for a single 15 minute journey.The Piccadilly line is still the most cost effective.



If you can afford to live in and around the Paddington area, £25 is a drop in the ocean dear boy

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Remember you don't need oyster, you can use contactless payment cards to get the same fairs (in some circumstances contactless can be cheaper)
It's just a shame the new crossrail trains aren't running to Heathrow yet as planned, due to delays in the signalling in the Heathrow tunnel 😦
It will be great in December 2019 when you can go direct to the centre of London.
Bear in mind though, unless you reach your cap, the Piccadilly line is still cheaper.
Edited by: "Derek_Duval" 20th May 2018
Just so others like me don't get confused, this is not replacing heathrow express. They will continue ripping off tourists charing £25 for a single 15 minute journey.

The Piccadilly line is still the most cost effective.
manbearpig20th May 2018

Just so others like me don't get confused, this is not replacing heathrow …Just so others like me don't get confused, this is not replacing heathrow express. They will continue ripping off tourists charing £25 for a single 15 minute journey.The Piccadilly line is still the most cost effective.



If you can afford to live in and around the Paddington area, £25 is a drop in the ocean dear boy

Great plus for those with Zone 1-6 Travelcards as it's now in the boundary and part of the network, though I'd recommend to review the costs accordingly if using Pay as You Go. The standard fare is still pricier for a single or return off peak use versus the Piccadilly Line.

Diamond Geezer's blog has a good post about it: (excerpt below)
diamondgeezer.blogspot.co.uk/201…tml

Here's a graphic to show the cost of getting to Heathrow from Paddington via three different railway routes. I've kept things simple by rounding to the nearest pound.
n.b. The precise fares are no more than 20p different.
33828731-lF2lQ.jpg

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manbearpig42 m ago

Just so others like me don't get confused, this is not replacing heathrow …Just so others like me don't get confused, this is not replacing heathrow express. They will continue ripping off tourists charing £25 for a single 15 minute journey.The Piccadilly line is still the most cost effective.


Thanks for your comment.. As you have mentioned i have updated my post.. cheers!!
Will Tfl Nominee Oyster Cardwork on it?
I wish they would sort out existing services before taking on new ones.

Piccadilly line takes just under an hour off peak from Heathrow to Hammersmith (which must have the worse designed bus station(s) on the planet).

It crawls along missing out stations and frequently gets over taken by the stopping district line trains.

I have to check now to see it it be quicker to go to Paddington and come down. Might wait until the government gives someone like virgin a wad of public cash to open a competitive fast and green donkey service or perhaps they can extent the grand union canal.

heat added as I only thought the express went thru
great, thanks
esensitive1 h, 25 m ago

Will Tfl Nominee Oyster Cardwork on it?


TFL Nominee oyster should work on all TFL Rail services. So it should also work on TFL Rail services between Heathrow and Paddington.
Thanks. Good to know
Anyone know how much the Oyster single fare from Ealing Broadway to Heathrow on TFL Rail would be?

I believe a single Heathrow Connect fare was £8, whereas tube fare is £2.80 peak / £1.50 off-peak.
Ed_in_London17 h, 25 m ago

I wish they would sort out existing services before taking on new …I wish they would sort out existing services before taking on new ones.Piccadilly line takes just under an hour off peak from Heathrow to Hammersmith (which must have the worse designed bus station(s) on the planet).It crawls along missing out stations and frequently gets over taken by the stopping district line trains.I have to check now to see it it be quicker to go to Paddington and come down. Might wait until the government gives someone like virgin a wad of public cash to open a competitive fast and green donkey service or perhaps they can extent the grand union canal.heat added as I only thought the express went thru



I wouldn't give the wad of public cash to Virgin,since their VirginEastCoast line went kaput,and got handed back to the govt.
Will Heathrow Connect trains still be free for transfer between T2/3 and T4/5?
this is really confusing.

so if you have a z6 travelcard there will be no premimum?

what if you have z1-4 and travel from z1 to there?

with crossrail wont you just be able to change to the Pici line before the final stop and half the cost?
Get the tube only £3
kfs21/05/2018 10:57

Will Heathrow Connect trains still be free for transfer between T2/3 and …Will Heathrow Connect trains still be free for transfer between T2/3 and T4/5?


Yes - Please check the link below:

heathrow.com/air…als

Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 You can walk between Terminals 2 and 3 via the pedestrian underpass. The route is well signposted and can be followed on our interactive Heathrow map. If you have walking difficulties, find out how to request special assistance.

Average journey time: 10 minutes

Terminal 2 to Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 : Free shuttle trains run between Heathrow Central station (Terminals 2 & 3) and Terminal 4 or Terminal 5. There are four trains an hour.

"Please note from 20 May 2018, to travel on the shuttle trains, you can get a free Inter-Terminal Transferticket from the machines in the station. You can also use an Transport for London Oyster card or a contactless payment card which will not be charged when travelling between terminals."

Average journey time: 20 minutes

Frequent London Underground trains also run between the terminals. The transfer is only free if you use a Transport for London Oyster card or a contactless payment card.

Average journey time: 16 minutes
Edited by: "shavansha" 21st May 2018
intalex21st May 2018

Anyone know how much the Oyster single fare from Ealing Broadway to …Anyone know how much the Oyster single fare from Ealing Broadway to Heathrow on TFL Rail would be?I believe a single Heathrow Connect fare was £8, whereas tube fare is £2.80 peak / £1.50 off-peak.


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happenstance40 m ago

this is really confusing.so if you have a z6 travelcard there will be no …this is really confusing.so if you have a z6 travelcard there will be no premimum?what if you have z1-4 and travel from z1 to there?with crossrail wont you just be able to change to the Pici line before the final stop and half the cost?

To the best of my knowledge:
1. If you have a Zone 1 to 6 Travel Card you are allowed to use the current TFL Rail between Paddington and Heathrow at no additional cost.
2. If you have a Zone 1 to 4 Travel Card and wishing to travel between Heathrow and Paddington you may have to pay an extension fare for that particular journey on your oyster card.
3. Hopefully if Crossrail goes as planned by Dec 2019; TFL Should bring some kind of London Zone fare to accommodate whole of the Crossrail network.

For now its advantageous if you have an existing Zone 1 to 6 Travel Card or Daily Cap and want to use the TFL Rail between Heathrow and Paddingon (As with Earlier Heathrow Connect service you have buy tickets separately). So technically if you had a Zone 1 to 6 travel card you dont need to shell out nearly £20 for a return journey between Heathrow and Paddington.

4. Even with the TFL Rail take over of Heathrow connect, the Piccadilly line is by far the cost effective way of travel to Heathrow as its only £5.10 (Peak) and £3.10 (Off peak) for a single journey from London Zone 1 to Heathrow.

Hope this helps!!
shavansha32 m ago

Yes


Thanks. Flying from LHR T4 this weekend using National Express to get there, so most grateful for updated info.
Cheers.. Safe trip!!
Hi guys.
I work for Heathrow. Within Heathrow terminals Heathrow express Heathrow connect and underground free of charge .also buses between terminals free as well up to harlington corner.
Good news that Heathrow connect under TFL but most of the time the trains cancelled .it's not a reliable service .if TFL willing they should allow Heathrow express to be oyster zone too.
£25 now? Blimey, it was £15 when I last tried taking trains from Paddington 10 years ago and thought that was expensive.
Avoid taking any trains from Paddington to Heathrow. Unlike Piccadilly, the connection between the platform and the terminal is quite a distance and involves a number of escalators.
Ed_in_London20 h, 22 m ago

Might wait until the government gives someone like virgin a wad of public …Might wait until the government gives someone like virgin a wad of public cash


Because that's worked so well recently.
It's expensive because they have to pay final salary pensions of train drivers which cost in the region of 50% of their (already generous) salary to fund. Privatisation and weakening trade unions political power through legislation is the only way this is going to be rectified.
It takes 32 minutes from T4 to Paddington via TFL Rail. Not bad but if you want to go to Picadilly per se and leaving from T5 your best off just getting on tube and 51 mins to Picadilly straight.
great news ... bobmorley , I'm not sure if the trade unions could get any weaker, and Good luck to any workers who manage to get a good pension. .
Being a train driver is somewhat akin to being a pilot , and there are many restrictions placed on them, the stress is very high and they don't all live to collect their generous pensions. Level up , not down .
Does the 30% off peak discount with a railcard loaded on your oyster apply
ehosin15 m ago

Does the 30% off peak discount with a railcard loaded on your oyster apply


I presume so, as its applicable to all TFL Rail Services.

tfl.gov.uk/far…rds
bobmorley21st May

It's expensive because they have to pay final salary pensions of train …It's expensive because they have to pay final salary pensions of train drivers which cost in the region of 50% of their (already generous) salary to fund. Privatisation and weakening trade unions political power through legislation is the only way this is going to be rectified.


Hmm I take it you read the daily fail. Actually the additional cost for tfl rail to Heathrow is due to Heathrow charging for use of their tunnels and privately owned infrastructure. But feel free to spout nonsense about overpaid drivers
I have a Heathrow Express ticket (Advance Purchase), and was wondering if I can use it on a TFL Rail train instead?

Reason why I want to do this is because I want to travel from Ealing Broadway to Heathrow now, whereas I had originally planned to travel from Paddington to Heathrow.
Will this make it any cheaper to get to Amersham?
jumpinoffthbed1 h, 56 m ago

Will this make it any cheaper to get to Amersham?


Yes.. You would anyway need to have a zone 1 to 9 TC to get to Amersham from Heathrow. Now your z1to9 TC will cover your journey on TFL rail (earlier Heathtow connect) between Heathrow T4 and paddington. As earlier you would need to purchase a separate ticket on Heathrow connect.
intalex17 h, 19 m ago

I have a Heathrow Express ticket (Advance Purchase), and was wondering if …I have a Heathrow Express ticket (Advance Purchase), and was wondering if I can use it on a TFL Rail train instead?Reason why I want to do this is because I want to travel from Ealing Broadway to Heathrow now, whereas I had originally planned to travel from Paddington to Heathrow.


I doubt you are allowed to your Heathrow Express ticket on TFL Rail. Please check with TFL customer contact centre on 0343 222 1234
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