How do I get from Stratford to Heathrow Airport?

Once at Stratford, simply board the Elizabeth line to London Paddington which is just six stops away. Once at London Paddington, the Heathrow Express is the fastest way to travel non-stop to Heathrow Central, taking just 15 minutes.  

The Heathrow Express is the easiest way to arrive at Heathrow Airport with plenty of time before your flight. Heathrow Express trains leave London Paddington every 15 minutes.  

When you arrive at London Paddington on the Elizabeth Line, head up to the station’s main concourse. The dedicated Heathrow Express platforms are 6 and 7. We do occasionally use different platforms at Paddington, so look out for the boards at the station and use your journey planner.  

Heathrow Express Time ComparisonHow long does it take to get from Stratford to Heathrow?

The tube journey from Stratford to London Heathrow on the Elizabeth Line can take around one hour. There are no direct trains.  

The quickest option for rail travel is to journey from Stratford to London Paddington and board the Heathrow Express at Paddington. Your journey will be as short as possible, as journey times are just 15 minutes between Paddington and London Heathrow. 

With Heathrow Express, you'll be at Heathrow Central in 15 minutes, with an extra journey time of six minutes to Terminal 5 station. Our trains leave Paddington every 15 minutes. If you’re travelling from Stratford to either Terminal 2 or 3, leave the Heathrow Express service at Heathrow Central. To get to Terminal 4, simply jump on a quick shuttle bus from Heathrow Central.


Is there a direct train between Stratford and London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

No, there is no direct train from Stratford to London Heathrow. You can travel direct on the tube, using the new Elizabeth Line. However, with journey times of just 15 minutes from Paddington to London Heathrow, the fastest option to travel from Stratford to London Heathrow is to change at Paddington and travel non-stop to Heathrow Central on the Heathrow Express.


How much does it cost to get from Stratford to Heathrow?

Book your Heathrow Express ticket as early as you can, to make sure your journey is as cost effective as possible. By booking at least 90 days in advance and securing an Advanced Purchase Single you can save up to 40% of the cost of your train ticket. Children aged 15 and under also travel free. 

When purchasing your ticket closer to the day you're travelling, you can expect to pay under £30 for an Anytime Single on Express Class and just over £30 for an Anytime Single on Business First Class. If you're picking someone up at Heathrow and making a return journey, an Anytime Day Return on Express Class will cost just under £40. 


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Why choose Heathrow Express?

With trains leaving London Paddington every 15 minutes, and with a direct journey time of just 15 minutes to Heathrow Central, the Heathrow Express is the quickest way to arrive at London Heathrow in plenty of time for your flight. As well as journeys from Stratford, it is the ideal option if you’re travelling within London from VictoriaEustonKings Cross and St Pancras. It is also the fastest option for journeys from Oxford and Milton Keynes.


You'll also travel in comfort on our trains. On all our Heathrow Express trains, you can choose from two classes for your journey. Express Class promises spacious seats with at-seat power sockets, complimentary Wi-Fi and plenty of luggage space. If you choose to travel on Business First Class, you'll enjoy extra legroom and a table in case you need to finish up any work before you fly. Or you can simply choose to relax with our complimentary newspapers and magazines.  

As well as our free Wi-Fi, passengers on either class will also benefit from our onboard TV service. It features BBC World News, weather and entertainment clips, as well as useful journey information.


*Journey times based on route between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 3. Data sources: Google Maps for journey time by Taxi, TfL Journey Planner for journey time by Tube Tfl Rail and Heathrow Express. For Tube and Tfl Rail, the journey time represents an average, based on estimated best journey times shown on TfL Journey Planner on the hour every hour from 5am to 10pm for each day of August 2019. For Taxi, the journey time represents an average, based on an estimated range of journey times shown on Google Maps on the hour every hour from 5am to 10pm for each day of August 2019.