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Does anyone know if the free shuttle train runs 24 hours, if not what time does it start?

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The free train between terminal 4 and 2/3 is part of TfL Rail's Heathrow-Paddington line. Some services go only to terminal 2/3; others continue to Paddington (and are not free except for the bit between terminals 4 and 2/3).

They run from roughly 5 AM to midnight on most days; 6 AM to midnight on Sundays.


If you're transiting, you probably won't want the train (which is landside of immigration), but the interterminal airside transfer buses, though.

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    I believe the underground is also free between the three Heathrow stations, so the OP could use that from terminal 4 to terminal 2. That has similar operating hours, except that there's some night service, the nights after friday and saturday. – Henrik Apr 20 at 22:27
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    @Henrik: Ah, I wasn't aware of that. It looks like one needs an Oyster or contactless card to get through the ticket gates there, even if they won't get charged. – Henning Makholm Apr 20 at 22:58

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