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Author Topic: Advice: HRW Express from Paddington or Rail Air from Reading? (From Cardiff)  (Read 3944 times)
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« on: March 12, 2012, 06:18:56 pm »

What would be better for me to get?

Travelling from Cardiff next Tuesday around 3pm (ish) and have to check in for my flight from Heathrow T4 at 18:30 (3 hour check-in cos its a long haul flight)

As I undertand it RailAir doesn't go to T4 but tickets are valid for the Heathrow Connect trains. Price (without adjustments for splitting tix etc) works out roughly the same.

I'm a bit worried about the traffic from Reading to Heathrow during rush hour.

If anyone knows of any other routes I'm all ears (but not National Express)
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2012, 06:50:29 pm »

From my experience...

RailAir is likely to be significantly cheaper than travelling via Paddington and using Heathrow Connect or Express. Incidentally, if you buy a ticket to Reading and then the RailAir ticket separately on their website you'll save yourself a coule of quid. I have used it a good few times in the morning rush hour from Terminal 5 and never been delayed getting to Reading.

As for check-in times, technically they tell you to be there three hours beforehand but that's mostly to scare you: I would always aim to get there some time around then but don't get too worried if you're delayed en route and end up arriving more like 2 hour or even 90 minutes ahead of time. Those should still be fine.

T4 is a bugger to get to these days: you could either take the RailAir to the central bus station then either the Underground or HEx to T4 (both of which are free within the airport) or jump off the RailAir at T5 then any of the local buses that go to T4 are free within the airport perimeter. Since T5 is the first stop before the central bus station the latter option may be quicker. RailAir have a page on their website specifically telling you how to transfer to T4 here:

Just to clarify slightly about transfers to T4 being "included" as part of your ticket, it's actually the case that all travel within the confines of the airport by London buses, Underground or HEx is free of charge: you won't need to show any kind of ticket to use it.

Edited to correct mis-reading of original post and add info about T4 transfer
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2012, 07:43:56 pm »

Thanks for that, bus it is then
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