T5 Bag Drop

Old May 12, 15, 3:44 pm
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T5 Bag Drop

I'm flying on BA776 (to Stockholm) in the next few days and I was wondering if I would be able to take the first Piccadilly line tube to T5 without missing the flight.
The flight departure time is 7:50 AM and the first Piccadilly train arrives at 5:39 at my station (King's Cross). I've heard that it takes 60 minutes to get from King's Cross to T5 on the Piccadilly line, which means that I'd arrive at around 6:40.
My main concern is that I will have to drop off my luggage. When does the bag drop close for the flight? Also, is there a significant queue for the bag drop at that time of day?
I've heard that T5 is quite strict with clearing security 35 mins before departure so would just like to make sure that taking the tube won't be too risky.
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Old May 13, 15, 2:37 am
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That tube is indeed timetabled to get to T5 at 06:39, and so you should be at a check-in counter by 06:43 with any luck - take the lifts not the escalator.

The check-in time deadline is hard-wired at 45 minutes before the flight, there may be a bit of a queue at check-in, but it's not normally a problem at T5 away from school holiday weekends. So you have a bit of contingency - 20 minutes or so -but not much. If you print or App your boarding pass that will allow you to go straight to check-in. You would have a further 10 minutes if you went hand baggage only - the cut off for presenting yourself at security is 35 minutes.

The Heathrow Express does run earlier, and there are other low cost options to get to T5 before that involving buses, night buses and going via rail stations such as Feltham.
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Old May 13, 15, 4:52 am
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Personally I'd regard it as slightly too much of a risk. From memory I think it's possible to get to Heathrow a bit earlier from Kings Cross by taking the first Hammersmith and City line train to Hammersmith and connecting there onto one of the Piccadilly line trains that starts there.
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Old May 13, 15, 6:36 am
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I'd get the Hammersmith& City to Paddington and then the Heathrow Express - leave King's Cross at 05:54 and arrive at T5 at 06:31.
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