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Travel time from London Heathrow to London Euston

Our flight from US arrives LHR @ 8:05 am. I understand that flights get delayed, but assuming that the flight arrives on time, can we catch a 12:46 pm train from Euston to Manchester? Our flight is already booked but I haven't booked the train tickets yet. Any info is greatly appreciated.


Posted by
11247 posts

Yes. I was surprised to see the trains leaving from Euston station. I've traveled that route a few times and normally the trains were from Kings Cross.

If your flight is on time, you should have plenty of time to have breakfast, or an early lunch, at Euston station.

Posted by
68 posts

You should be able to do it, if your plane is reasonably on time. Even if it takes you 2 hours to get through the airport, if you take the Piccadilly Line tube to Kings Cross and change to the Northern or Victoria Line to go 1 stop to Euston, that takes about 1hr 15 mins, which gets you to Euston station by, say, 11.30. Plenty of time to buy lunch, find your platform etc.

Posted by
2126 posts

Trains to Manchester have always left from Euston.

It's an easy 10-15 min walk from KIngs Cross/St Pancras to Euston (cut through the quieter backstreets avoiding the busy Euston Rd.) if you don't have too much luggage.

Posted by
27723 posts

it would be a long way around to get to Manchester from Kings Cross.

Change at York and TransPennine Express to Manchester, perhaps changing onto a Northern train.

Or change at Peterborough to the slow train to Tamworth and pick up a Crewe train changing at Stoke on Trent to Manchester.

Much easier just to go from Euston, where they have always gone from, direct.

Posted by
27723 posts

From Heathrow to Euston I'd change from the Piccadilly Line to the Victoria Line at Green Park for the last 3 stops. Easy. Big hint though - don't follow the signs at Green Park to transfer to the Victoria Line. Take the escalator all the way up to the booking hall (follow "Way Out") and go back down the escalator to the Victoria Line. Much less maze running, many fewer stairs. I was was reminded of that dodge several years ago by our formerly active London Transport maven emma who is no longer on the Forum. Every time I pass on the knowledge I have good memories of her.

Posted by
4685 posts

I think Emma & I took turns in advising how to change at Green Park.

If well in time you do have the option of booking an advance on the Heathrow Express but although that will probably save a bit of time the walking from Euston Square (after changing at Paddington) is confusing to the unfamiliar and requires negotiating stairs.

Posted by
16 posts

Thank you so very much for all of your replies. We only have carry on bags and shouldn't be a problem walking and/or switching platforms and negotiating stairs.

Thanks Sri