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Tube change: ALL Heathrow trips via Zone 1 priced at peak rates from today

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Transport for London has snuck out a low key price rise for travel on London Underground, as part of its pandemic bailout deal with the Government.

From today, all trips to or from Heathrow on the London Underground or Elizabeth Line from Zone 1 will be charged at peak rates.

It doesn’t matter what day you travel or what time of day. You will pay the peak rate fare if your journey starts in Zone 1 or passes through Zone 1.

Tube change: ALL Heathrow trips via Zone 1 priced at peak rates from today

If you trip starts or ends before Heathrow, such as at Hatton Cross, standard fares will apply. Standard fares will also apply if you avoid Zone 1, although you would need to touch intermediate Oyster readers whenever you changed trains so the system knows your route.

The daily price caps are not changing, so you may not be impacted by this increase if you take multiple other TfL trips on the same day.

The new prices are:

  • Piccadilly Line from/to Heathrow – now £5.50 for all trips touching Zone 1 (was £3.50 off peak)
  • Elizabeth Line from/to Heathrow – now £12.80 for all trips touching Zone 1 (was £10.80 off peak)

There are no changes to Heathrow Express fares. Interestingly, the Piccadilly Line fare is now the same price as the 90 Day Advanced Purchase Heathrow Express fare.

The change, along with a £2 increase in the cost of a new Oyster card from £5 to £7 (and which is now non-refundable) is expected to raise £27m per year for TfL. By restricting the rise to those passing through Zone 1, it is hoped to minimise the impact on people working at the airport.

You can read more on Bloomberg here.

Comments (97)

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  • Andrew J says:

    Does this affect journeys FROM Heathrow? The article only mentions going TO Heathrow from Zone 1/through Zone 1.

  • Lumma says:

    https://youtu.be/twtw5Xi4Neg

    How to avoid zone 1 and get to East London….

    You need plenty of time on your hands….

    • John says:

      You have two other options:

      – take the bus to Hatton Cross and start your tube journey there
      – break your journey at Earls Court, i.e. go to the barriers, touch out and touch in again**

      It will still cost more than what it did yesterday, but not as much as the full fare.

      **If there is more than one traveller and you have luggage, one person could take all the cards and do it. The same is also true for journeys to Gatwick which, if they go through East Croydon, are cheaper to split there

    • LS says:

      I have just wasted 10 minutes of my life…

  • Ian says:

    Tube journeys from Hatton Cross are now free.

    So exit at Hatton Cross and enter again.

  • TimM says:

    Are the prices of rail tickets with inclusive Underground connection to Heathrow affected?

  • John says:

    The Oyster deposit/fee is not a £2 increase, it’s a £7 increase because the fee is no longer refundable.

    Oyster cards sold before 23 Feb 2020 had a £5 (or many years ago, £3 or £0) deposit, which is refundable if you deactivate the card ~24-48 hours after purchase.

    Oyster cards sold between 23 Feb 2020 and 3 Sep 2022 had a £5 fee which acts as a temporary deposit. Provided that you touch the card on a reader as part of a trip twice, between 12 and 18 months after the date of purchase (a free journey between Heathrow terminals would count), this fee is refunded as credit onto the card and the card remains active.

    • Jamie says:

      I’ve yet to receive any £5 credit for the oysters I took out between 23 Feb 2020 and 3 Sep 2022 and its been over 18 months.

  • Ls says:

    Remember this removes railcards discounts from the journey, which only will apply to off peak journeys on oyster.
    I wonder if this is a platitude to Heathrow express, who will now be cheaper if booked in advance (and will give railcard discount)

    • LS says:

      Correction: on the tube the old fare structure applies when using a railcard it seems. Railcards still work.

  • Mikeact says:

    What is the daily price cap at present, Peak. Non Peak ? Mon/Friday.
    And does the Senior Rail Card take off a third when linked to Oyster ?

    • Rob says:

      No railcard discounts on the tube.

      • Ls says:

        Yes there are, on oyster. When you put your railcard on an Oyster card, you get 1/3 off all pay as you go fares and caps, but off peak only.

      • Alan says:

        Are you sure Rob? I was pretty sure Senior Railcard got my folks 1/3 off their off peak fares (they got it added to their Oyster).

        • Spurs drive me mad says:

          You can also add disabled railcard to Oyster card has to be done at a station.

    • aseftel says:

      The TFL single fare finder does show the Railcard still discounting the fare. Looks like it’s actually that ‘the off peak fare is the same as the peak fare’, rather than ‘peak at all times’ – an important distinction for Railcard holders.

      • LS says:

        Yes: on the tube the old fare structure applies when using a railcard it seems. Railcards still work.

        Actually it seems the off peak price has been changed to the peak price, but still counts as off peak. Railcard gives ‘old’ prices off peak
        To/from Zone 1:
        Elizabeth line:
        Peak (now all times): £12.80, cap £14.10 [full fare]
        With railcard off peak: £8.45, cap £9.30 [1/3 off new full fare]

        Tube:
        Peak (now all times): £5.50, cap £14.10 [full fare]
        With railcard off peak: £2.30, cap £9.30 [1/3 off old-off peak fare]

        To/from Zone 2:
        Tube:
        Peak (now all times): £3.30, cap £14.10 [full fare]
        With railcard off peak: £1.25, cap £9.30

        • Mikeact says:

          Thanks for the breakdown…are Sat/Sun both considered Off Peak days, or are there any anomalies?

  • dougzz99 says:

    I had no idea you could buy HEX tickets so cheaply in advance. Whilst I’ll spend hours on flights and hotels, I usually just arrive at Paddington, mentally moan about the price, and just buy a ticket. With my railcard the one-way price for December was £3.65, which is a throw away if unused for some reason.

    • Andrew J says:

      And the good thing is that whilst you’re fixed to the date, you’re not fixed to the time of the train. I used to do this a lot pre-pandemic when I would always be buying non-refundable flights months in advance in some sale or other and then just buy the HEX tickets at the same time.

      • the_real_a says:

        Its very useful to mention this – if you are not familiar with this service, you would presume that it works in the same way as regular trains – fixed to a specific time. I made this mistake myself until a couple of years ago when Rob corrected me.

    • ADS says:

      Just be aware that the cheap HEX tickets sell out months in advance (if they ever exist), especially at weekends

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