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Use Railcards on Heathrow Express trains and pay from £3.65 one way

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Whilst the Heathow Express train service between London Paddington and the airport is regarded as expensive, this does not necessarily have to be the case.

In late 2019, a new yield management system was brought in which sharply reduced the cost of Standard Class tickets if purchased in advance.

A fixed number of one-way tickets, which vary depending on how busy the service is expected to be, will be sold at the lowest price point.  When they are sold out, the price moves up a step.

The current price bands start at £5.50 one way and, assuming that nothing has changed recently, step up to £7.50, £10.00, £12.50, £15.00 and finally £16.50.

Tickets are made available 24 weeks in advance of travel.  You do not need to book a specific train, just a particular day.

Children under 15 continue to travel for free, which means a family of four could travel for just £11 one-way.

Advance Purchase fares also qualify for Railcard discounts

What you may not be aware of is that these advanced purchase fares also qualify for selected Railcard discounts.

This can bring down the cost of a one-way ticket to as little as £3.65, which is exceptional value however you look at it.

Here’s an example:

You will earn 3 Heathrow Rewards points on your purchase too!

You can book your tickets here.

PS.  If you want to learn how to earn Avios on Heathrow Express, read this HfP article. Avios are only available on full fare tickets.

Comments (44)

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  • Dan says:

    Why not use the tube or crossrail?

    • Andy says:

      Crossrail is in excess of 10£ to get to Paddington and slower than the HEX – if you know for sure which dates you’ll be travelling and manage to get a HEX ticket for 5.50 or 7.50, it’s quicker and cheaper.

      Once trains run directly through Paddington without having to head up to the rail station to switch trains I will probably favour making the whole journey via crossrail, but for the time being if planned in advance HEX is faster, cheaper and requires the same number of changes.

      • flyforfun says:

        Even after the Elizabeth line goes all the way from Paddington you can still save you’re self time and cash by booking the HEX in advance – as long as you don’t mind the change. I think it’s roughly £12.80 peak fare zones 6 to 1. With the advance purchase HEX of £5.50 and then £3.20 peak or £2.60 off peak, you could save yourself a few quid and have a speedier journey (all depends on your start/end destination – for me it’s a 20 min difference)

        For me, I’d consider that depending on what terminal I’m flying out of. Currently the Elizabeth line only goes to T5 and T4 once every 30 mins, with T2/3 obviously every 15. I don’t know if this frequency will change once everything opens up – but somehow I thought I’d read because of the charge HAC is making TFL pay per train to use the tracks, there will be limited service, ie not like the tube (although that is limited to T5 as well).

        • Londonsteve says:

          It’s worth mentioning that TFL services are subject to daily price capping which obviously doesn’t apply to HEX. For someone planning on making a few public transport trips same day prior to departing from, or after landing at Heathrow, the Elizabeth Line could end up being no more expensive than using the Piccadilly Line. In these circumstances HEX tickets at any price are a waste of money, unless you really need to save 15 minutes and you’re going no further than Paddington.

  • Barb says:

    I have business platinum card with my husband as supplementary card holder. Can I refer him for platinum amex and receive bonus points?

  • Bill says:

    Second time posting this for your US based followers. The US AMEX Platinum DOES NOT get you access to the lounges at Eurostar in the UK – only the UK version will get you access.

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