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.