Heathrow Central railway station

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Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 National Rail Crossrail
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Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 is located in Greater London
Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3
Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3
Location of Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 in Greater London
Location Heathrow Airport
Local authority London Borough of Hillingdon
Managed by Heathrow Express
Owner Heathrow Airport Holdings
Station code HXX
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 6 (TfL Rail only)
Railway companies
Original company Heathrow Airport Holdings
Key dates
1998 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
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WGS84 51°28′16″N 0°27′14″W / 51.471°N 0.454°W / 51.471; -0.454Coordinates: 51°28′16″N 0°27′14″W / 51.471°N 0.454°W / 51.471; -0.454
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Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 railway station, also known as Heathrow Central, serves Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 (and formerly Terminal 1 before its closure) at London Heathrow Airport.

It is served by Heathrow Express trains direct to central London and TfL Rail trains calling at local stations. It is 14 miles 50 chains (23.5 km) down-line from London Paddington.

Transport for London Travelcards are not valid on Express services from the station. Passengers transferring between any of the terminals at Heathrow may use the trains free of charge.


The station has services running direct to Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 5 provided by Heathrow Express, normally running every 15 minutes, and by Heathrow Connect, normally running half-hourly and stopping at most intermediate stations. It is also serviced by the Heathrow Terminal 4 shuttle, which runs between here and Heathrow Terminal 4 approximately every 15 mins.

The station was opened on 23rd June 1998 upon the completion of the Heathrow Express Rail Link linking Heathrow Airport with direct non-stop services to Central London. In contrast to the stations Terminals 4 and 5, the platforms at Heathrow Central do not lie adjacent to the London Underground Piccadilly line platforms at Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 station. Instead they lie perpendicular, and at a far deeper level. The reasoning behind this is because the Heathrow Express line was tunelled into Heathrow from the north, whereas the Piccadilly line approaches from the east. Access to the station is reached via an underground pedestrian walkway which links Terminal 3 to the Central Bus Station and the Piccadilly line’s Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 station.

Since May 2018, the station has been served by TfL Rail, part of the new Crossrail project. Services initially run as far as London Paddington calling at all intermediate stations, replacing the Heathrow Connect service. In December 2018, the service will be rebranded the Elizabeth Line, and in December 2019 the full route opens, running through Central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.


London Buses routes 105, 111, 140, 285, A10, U3, express routes 724 and X26 and night route N9 serve the station from the Central Bus Station, which is a short walk via underground walkways.

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
London Paddington   Great Western Railway
Heathrow Express
  Heathrow Terminal 5
Elizabeth line roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail
Hayes & Harlington
towards London Paddington
  TfL Rail
Paddington to Heathrow
  Heathrow Terminal 4
towards Heathrow Terminal 4
  Future development  
Preceding station   Elizabeth line roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
Elizabeth line
towards Abbey Wood