Heathrow Express + TfL Rail: Heathrow Terminal 5 to Heathrow Terminal 4 by Free Train Transfer

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I had originally planned to leave for Oxford directly from Heathrow Terminal 5 on my booked connection from Slough with a seat reservation, but as I checked the departure time at the platform, I realised that my train would have come in just after the connection from the TfL Rail service, since it was timetabled for it to act as a free train transfer for passengers heading onto the Heathrow Express. As such, instead of waiting aimlessly on the platform at Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3 (Heathrow Central) for 27 minutes, I decided to bounce back at Heathrow Terminal 4 instead.

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Heading down to Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Railway Station.

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Heading down the elevator to the platform.

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No buttons to press here aside from the doors – the lift makes automatic scheduled stops.

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Entering the ticket gates with my ticket to Oxford.

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My Off-Peak Return ticket from Heathrow Rail (all stations) to Oxford, which was collected earlier from Heathrow Terminal 4. With my 26-30 Railcard, this makes it £1.80 (S$3.15) cheaper than the direct the airline OxfordHeathrow bus.

Plus, it’s a train journey, so, my decision was obvious.

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As the train arrived, passengers were informed not to board the train first.

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Another 9-car set on service on the Heathrow Express.

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The platform departure information screen at Heathrow Terminal 5.

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The interior of Express Class.

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Fold-out seats are available by the door, but I don’t think they ever get used with the high capacity of the train every 15 minutes, plus the high fares on the Heathrow Express would probably make each passenger want a proper seat.

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The main section of Express Class in between the two doors of the coach.

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The colours used in Express Class seem to be more welcoming than Business First.

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The journey from Heathrow Terminal 5 to Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3 (Heathrow Central) takes just 4 minutes.

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At Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3 (Heathrow Central), it’s a simple cross-platform transfer for trains to Heathrow Terminal 4.

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Approaching Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3 (Heathrow Central).

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Doors open automatically on the Heathrow Express.

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Yup, I wasn’t going to wait in this underground platform for 26 minutes. As such, I decided to continue on to Heathrow Terminal 4 to bounce, which that train would form this TfL Rail service to London Paddington anyway.

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The coupling between the Class 332 4-car and 5-car sets.

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Opposite, the platform departure screens show that the train to Heathrow Terminal 4 was ready to depart. Luckily, no train was in sight yet.

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I guess this TfL Rail train was running slightly late.

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The interior of the TfL Rail Class 360/2 Siemens Desiro.

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As I was right at the end of the train, I took a seat in the area before the driver’s cab, which was placed in a 2+2 configuration, similar to the former Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link Express Line.

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The new Central London Tube map, which is a bit of a misnomer since the TfL Rail isn’t a tube line.

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Arrived at Heathrow Terminal 4 after another 4 minutes.

Here, I waited outside of the train till announcements are made for boarding, before I started my journey from Heathrow Terminal 4 to Oxford.

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