Staying in hotels near Heathrow Airport is very convenient for most visitors who are in the city for a short trip due to the close proximity to Heathrow Airport. Even tourists and other business travellers who are staying for a longer time find it a pleasure to stay in these hotels because they can experience an open environment far from the hustle and bustle of central London and yet they can reach the heart of the city for visiting the various tourist attractions or for business purposes easily, in less than half an hour. All that they need to do is to take the Heathrow Express, which is a convenient train connection from Heathrow Airport to Central London.
The Heathrow Express is the fastest and most convenient link between the top area of London and Heathrow Central Terminals as it takes only 15 minutes for the journey from Paddington Station to Terminals 1 & 3 and 20 minutes to reach Terminal 5. This service is available every 15 minutes. It takes just 4 minutes to reach the free transfer service to Terminal 4 from Heathrow Central which departs every 15 minutes.
Every day, 150 Heathrow Express services are run and they carry 15,000 passengers daily. Since its launch in June 1998, it has carried over 60 million people. Of the total number of passengers, nearly 69 percent have been business travellers and 31 percent are tourists. Single tickets in Express class cost £21.00 online, Return tickets cost £34.00 saving passengers £8. E-ticketing is available for this service. Customers receive a barcode on booking a ticket online either via email or direct to a mobile phone that can then be scanned on the train.
This service offers 98 percent reliability and surveys show 93 percent overall-satisfaction from customers. On board the train, passengers can watch live Sky international and domestic news and weather via Express TV. A fully functional train ticket app has been launched, allowing customers to purchase and receive tickets direct to their iPhone, Android, Blackberry or Java-enabled phones. Staying in hotels near Heathrow Airport is no longer inconvenient because of this service.