February 4, 2023

People are waiting with their suitcases at the airport

Fly away this Christmas? (Photo: Getty)

Whether you avoid all the snow and cold and plans to spend Christmas abroad or you just need to fly somewhere, people will still have to take trains to the airports during the holidays.

For Londoners and those in the area, they will probably have to go to Gatwick or Heathrow.

But do trains run here all day? To avoid late disasters or expensive last-minute taxis, here’s what you need to know…

Do trains run to Gatwick Airport all day?

The good news is that there isn’t really a last train to Gatwick Airport.

Trains run all day from various stations in London.

However, after 01:14, trains run less frequently for a few hours.

You can take the 01:14 from London Bridge and arrive at Gatwick Airport at 01:56.

Refueling plane at the airport

Check the timetables and nothing should prevent you from leaving in peace… (Photo: Getty)

Then the next train is at 01:52. The next trains after this time come only once an hour – at 02:53 AM and 03:53 AM.

Trains from other parts of London then get back into gear around 4am.

You can catch a train from Blackfriars from 4:10am. Trains from Victoria resume at 4:30am.

It is always advisable to check before planning a trip as timetables can change.

Do trains run to Heathrow all day?

There are a few ways to get to Heathrow when you are in London.

A Heathrow Express train to Heathrow Airport from London Paddington stops at all three Heathrow Airport rail stations and takes 15 to 21 minutes, depending on the destination terminal.

There are a few ways to get to Heathrow (Picture: Getty)

Trains run every 15 minutes, seven days a week from 5am (6am on Sundays) to 11:30pm.

A slower and cheaper TfL Rail train – the Elizabeth Line – also runs from London Paddington to all three terminal stations, stopping at West London stations along the way.

Another way to get to Heathrow is via the Piccadilly Line.

The first Piccadilly line to Heathrow terminals 2,3, 4 or 5 Monday to Friday at 05:02.

The last one departs Monday to Thursday at 00:56.

On Friday, the last train departs at 3:41 AM. On Saturday, the last one is at 3:51 AM. The last train on a Sunday is 00:02.

Will there be strikes during Christmas?

One thing that will affect all plans is the next round of train strikes, which will take place in December 2022 and January 2023.

There will be massive strikes across the various unions in the coming weeks, so expect disruption.

The Heathrow Express has posted a list of service interruptions online. Tfl will not be noticeable, so Piccadilly services to Heathrow should still run, but may be busier than usual and affected by strikes on parts of the line connecting to Network Rail.

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