Heathrow Express has announced that it will be accepting contactless payment cards and Oyster cards from Tuesday 19th February.
This follows the introduction of ticket barriers at Heathrow and on Platforms 6 & 7 at London Paddington.
This is not necessarily something you want to do, however. The only fares available are Express Single tickets, charged at the peak or off-peak rate depending on when you touch in.
If you want to get the cheapest tickets, including return tickets and advance fares – which are now as low as £5.50 each way at weekends – you need to buy online or via the Heathrow Express app.
You also need to buy online if you want to collect Heathrow Rewards points with your purchase, or Avios (available only via heathrowexpress.com/avios).
Heathrow Express spend is not included in Oyster fare caps. This is different to the TFL Rail service to Heathrow, the old Heathrow Connect, where the £10.20 charge does count towards the daily cap. Children under 15 continue to travel for free and can use their Zip Oystercard to get through the barriers. If you want to travel in First Class, you can use contactless payment as normal and then pay a supplement to the conductor onboard.