I am hoping our UK train and transport experts can answer my query.
We 2 adults are excited to travel straight to Stratford upon Avon after arriving at Heathrow T 5, August 13th at 12:30 pm . We purchased online 2 advance tickets leaving from Marylebone Station/ Chiltern Rail at 3:18 pm the same Thursday afternoon.
Assuming the flight arrives on time, immigration is normal, there are no transport strikes or construction delays, I would guess we could be ready to leave Heathrow by 1:30 pm. We travel only with carryon.
if we took the Tube to Marylebone Station, (estimating 50 mins travel time and arriving at MYB at 2:20 pm give or take ) would we make our train or is this cutting it too close for a Thursday afternoon. Or would you advise us to bite the bullet and get 2 Heathrow Express tickets to Paddington, then Tube to MYB? We always travel with the least amount possible so we Boomers are prepared to walk and climb Tube stairs with our luggage.
if taking the Tube is a good option, will it save us time and "jet-laged" stress to get a visitor oyster card online and sent to us in the States? Any downsides to doing this?
Frequency of transport away from Heathrow......am I correct that the Tube trains leave T 123 every 10 minutes weekdays after 12:00 p.m. vs. every 15 mins for Heathrow Express and something less often for Heathrow Connects from the same general area?
Am I missing anything else in pre-planning our get away?
FINALLY......When purchasing take-away food to eat on the train, would you recommend we wait until we get to Marylebone Station to buy something at the station? I see there is a M & S simply food at the station.
Thanks so much for helping us navigate and plan our transport time.