RailAir expands services from Reading to Heathrow

  • RailAir 1 services from Reading to Heathrow increase to run every 20 mins
  • Increased frequency to meet passenger demand
  • Investment in nine brand new coaches to support expansion

RailAir is increasing the frequency of its RailAir 1 (RA1) services, further enhancing connectivity between Reading and Heathrow Airport. From 30 June, RA1 will operate every 20 minutes from Monday to Saturday* (up from every 30 minutes).

The expansion is in response to growing demand from passengers seeking a hassle-free way to get to the UK's busiest airport. Using RA1, passengers can get from Reading Station, direct to Heathrow T5 in under 45 minutes, with no more than a 20-minute wait between services. With Heathrow now in the London ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone), RailAir also provides a cost-effective alternative to driving.

Operating since 1967, RailAir supports Heathrow’s goal to increase connectivity to local communities and the wider UK, through sustainable, reliable routes. 

First Bus South, which operates RailAir, has invested over £2m in nine brand new bespoke coaches which will support the expansion of services. All coaches are fitted with USB charge points, WIFI and large luggage space.

Alongside RA1, the RA2 service links Guildford and Woking with Heathrow up to every 30 minutes, while the RA3 from Watford to Heathrow, runs every hour. From 30 June, RA2 and RA3 services will have minor amends to their timetables, to improve punctuality. Customers are advised to check timetables at https://www.railair.com/ before they travel.

Simon Goff, Managing Director at First Bus South which operates RailAir, said: 

“We are excited to offer even more frequent journeys to our ever popular RA1 service, ensuring that passengers from Reading have even more choice and easy access to Heathrow Airport. The beauty of the service is total flexibility, either pre book, or just jump on the next service and pay the driver.

“The increase in RA1 services reflects our commitment to meet growing demand while also enhancing the travel experience for our customers. It’s a hassle free way to get to Heathrow, providing a sustainable alternative for passengers and those working at the airport, potentially saving thousands of car journeys every year. “



Notes to editors 

*Services operate seven days a week, with a reduction in frequency on Sundays.