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With the Elizabeth Line now open in competition, albeit that direct trains to Heathrow from Canary Wharf, the City and Central London won’t start until later in the year, Heathrow Express is pushing forward with some new marketing initiatives of its own.

The most interesting of these is free Fast Track security at Heathrow when you show a Heathrow Express Business First ticket.

Heathrow started to sell Fast Track security passes before the pandemic. Sales were suspended in 2020 and have not restarted since.

Get free Fast Track security when you buy a Heathrow Express Business First ticket

Effective immediately, however, you can waltz through Fast Track with the purchase of a Business First ticket on Heathrow Express.

This isn’t cheap, of course.

As you can see here on the Heathrow Express website, an Anytime Day Single costs £32 and an Anytime Day Return costs £55.

That said, a Standard Class day single ticket will cost you £25. If you are paying £25, you might as well push the boat out and pay £32 and get Fast Track thrown in.

What are the other benefits of Business First?

You can see the Business First package on the website here.

Heathrow Express Business First free fast track security

The key benefits are a guaranteed table seat and greater legroom. Both classes have luggage racks and access to 4G-powered wi-fi.

The carriages have screens to show live flight and rail connections as well as daily news highlights and there are USB sockets in addition to normal power outlets which should be more useful for international travellers.

New trains now in service

If you haven’t travelled on Heathrow Express for a while, you may not have been on the ‘new’ train fleet yet. I say ‘new’ because they are actually refurbished Electrostar trains, built in 2015 to 2017.

The old fleet, whilst in excellent condition, was actually over 20 years old. More importantly, it wasn’t compatible with the new signalling system being installed as part of the Crossrail upgrade.

The new Business First configuration is denser at 2-1 rather than 1-1, albeit I can’t think of any other train operator still offering 1-1 in Business Class.

How to buy Heathrow Express tickets

This article looks at how you can get a discount on Heathrow Express tickets and earn Avios on your purchases. You can’t earn Avios on the purchase of discounted Standard Class tickets but you will earn Heathrow Rewards points.

Remember that, if you have Star Alliance Gold status – perhaps via the TAP Portugal status match – you get a free upgrade to First Class on Heathrow Express. This won’t come with Fast Track security, however, because you buy a Standard Class ticket and simply take a seat in First Class, flashing your Star Alliance Gold card if challenged.

You can book on the Heathrow Express website here.

PS. As of today, the Fast Track offer is not mentioned on the Heathrow Express website. You’ll have to trust us that it is up and running.

Comments (42)

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  • Stephan says:

    Link for heathrow express doesn’t seem to work

    • Rob says:

      It’s weird – it does work but certain cookies on your PC block it. Cut and paste the HfP shortlink into a fresh browser and it works.

  • Paul says:

    Heading out of terminal 5 a month ago, I would just comment that “Fast Track” is anything but fast. On my day they were taking at least every other bag off the conveyor for secondary screening (probably the screener’s first day on the job, never seen that before in my life) but no one was available for the secondary bag search and so we were all bunched up for well over 40 minutes. Dreading it again in a few days.

    • Mikeact says:


    • yonasl says:

      I don’t think it is the screeners fault. Each time I use the fast track you have plenty of entitled people flying business but with the attitude of a person that has never set foot on a plane. One lady had two bags full of liquids and when told they had to go into a plastic ziplock simply said “all of them?”

    • Andrew says:

      Went through T5 North fast track last Friday afternoon – complete breeze. Likely not during the peak of the day but just shows the variable nature of it all…

  • Ned says:

    Shouldn’t the price comparison be against the price of the Elizabeth line?! You are paying a lot for fast track when that’s the comparison!

  • Fraser says:

    Remember you can earn Virgin Points in their new ticketing app when purchasing train tickets (75 for a first class single Heathrow Express).

  • NFH says:

    I would have phrased the headline slightly differently:

    “Heathrow Express Business First includes Fast Track security”

    The fast track security is not free, because you have to pay for the train ticket. Both services, in this case a package of services, are operated by Heathrow Airport Holdings.

  • Alan says:

    Lol at ‘waltz through fast track’ phrasing – certainly never my experience of LHR fast track, most of the time is as slow and surly as non-fast track!

  • Safety Card says:

    My wife doesn’t need to travel on the HEX but is there anything stopping me booking a ticket for her which she doesn’t use for travel but does use to get through Fast Track at T3 with my two kids?

    • Rob says:

      Doubt it!

      • Safety Card says:

        I shall give it a go and let you know the result. I’m assuming they’ll let the kids through Fast Track because they’re with her right and that you can’t buy them a HEX ticket?

  • Krisz says:

    Sorry but the guaranteed table was on the old train. The new train has just the traditional 1-2 seating, some has tables many doesn’t. The only benefit that the cabin is quieter most of the time. Personally I wouldn’t pay for the business first service. T3 fast track sometimes slower than standard queue most of the time the same time. T5 not much difference and total lottery depending how connected passengers are sent.

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