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Heathrow Express slashes prices – kids go free (permanently), adults pay just £10 over Easter

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Heathrow Express has announced a major strategic shift which will see it actively chasing leisure customers in an attempt to reverse the stagnation in passenger numbers.

From tomorrow, Friday 26 March, children under 16 will travel free in Standard Class on Heathrow Express when accompanied by an adult.  This is a permanent change and will make the service more attractive to the family market.  (It may also persuade some business passengers to upgrade to First Class!)

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As a special offer over the Easter weekend, one-way adult prices are being reduced from £21.50 to £10 each way in Standard Class.   These prices will be valid from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

There are changes to early morning trains over the Easter weekend as you can read here but the normal ‘four trains per hour’ service will run for almost all of the day.

At the time of writing, the HEx website is NOT selling the £10 discounted tickets.  It is not clear if they will only be available on the day or if the site has not been updated – although it is unfair to announce a £10 promotion whilst continuing to sell people tickets at full price.  (EDIT:  you need to use the code Easter2015 on the website for the discount to show.)

Because HEx tickets are usually valid for 3 months from the date of issue, they may only be available for £10 at the stations to stop people hoarding them.  You may also be able to combine the £10 tickets with a Railcard discount, which can only be claimed when buying at a ticket office.

More details of ‘kids go free’ and the £10 deal can be found here.

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  1. sandgrounder says:

    Another scam is the National Express LHR-LGW service. I need to make this journey over Easter, but no way am I being extorted for £25 each when I can get a bus to Croydon for £1.50 and a fiver on top for the train!

    (Although lets see what mood I am in when I get there…. 🙂 )

  2. HEx is a rip off so this is good news thanks.

    I think that they may be starting to panic about Crossrail. They have already cut their costs by attempting to cut their wage bill (that was what the recent strikes were about)

  3. Just to add 🙂

    HEx is a rip off, which probably explains why the trains are usually so quiet. It’s a great service, shame it’s so expensive. The first time I used it we got delayed, and the journey took about 40 minutes!
    Stansted Express is another rip off, I could never even get a seat when travelling to the airport on it. I prefer to get the National Express coach, booked in advance.
    Gatwick Express, yes it’s a rip off too.
    DLR for London City – its great, included in Oyster system.

    Train services at Manchester and Birmingham are much cheaper (BHX = Virgin west coast mainline and a couple of pounds one way off peak).

    EDI has its nice new tram service, costs £2.50 one way. Shame the bus is still quicker (and all the seats face the direction of travel).

    They don’t compare well to other world cities, whether it’s AMS, HKG, BKK etc. which are all so much cheaper and equally as good. I thought the train service in Germany was great, however a lot of the Germans I spoke to thought their train service was suffering through lack of investment!

  4. I can get to my inlaws’ in Barcelona, from the airport, for €1. That’s a 30 minute train, 25 minute metro, and 10 minute bus.

  5. Martin says:

    Don’t forget the extra 12% discount that Raffles highlighted here:-

  6. Has anyone heard anything more on these discounted Easter fares? I can’t see them on the website and have emailed HEX with no reply!

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