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Hatton Cross underground station is now in the Heathrow ‘free travel zone’

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On Saturday we covered the decision by Transport for London to treat all Piccadilly Line trips to Heathrow Airport from Zone 1 as peak rate. This applies irrespective of the day or time of your trip, and means that the fare jumps from £3.50 to £5.50 if you would previously have travelled off peak.

In the comments to this article, it was flagged up that Hatton Cross station is now in the Heathrow ‘free travel zone’.

This is confusing, because the bus ‘free travel zone’, which was underwritten by the airport, was scrapped as a cost-saving measure by Heathrow during the pandemic. You can no longer travel for free by bus to or from the airport from the nearby hotels or conurbations.

Hilton Garden Inn Hatton Cross Heathrow

The airport confirmed this:

“Free transfer on the Piccadilly Line now includes Hatton Cross as well as all Heathrow Underground stations. This is available for everybody by tapping in or out at the ticket barriers using Oyster or Contactless. There will be no charge on your card as long as your journey starts and finishes anywhere between Heathrow and Hatton Cross.”

This means two things:

  • if you don’t want to pay the new £5.50 fee for taking the Piccadilly Line to or from Heathrow at off-peak times, you don’t have to. You can get off at Hatton Cross, touch out, touch in again, return to the platform and continue your trip. This will mean you are only charged £3.40, which is the fee from Zone 1 to/from Hatton Cross.

Whilst the first option is probably too much trouble for most people, it may be worth doing if you are heading to Terminal 5 and the first tube train coming is to Terminal 4. As you will be hanging around somewhere for a few minutes anyway, hopping on the T4 train and then touching in and out at Hatton Cross before getting the next T5 train at least gives you something to fill the time.

Comments (87)

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  • IslandDweller says:

    Not sure if this is the best place to comment.
    IHG hotel website seems to have major problem. Unable to see availability or book anything. Been like this over 12 hours

  • HH says:

    Not sure why the article hasn’t been corrected for my comment earlier that off-peak Hatton Cross to Zone 1 is £3.40, not £3.50. This is because it’s a Zone 5/6 boundary station. For the same reason, the peak fare is £5 from Hatton Cross.

  • Chrisdf says:

    Made booking with Emirates yesterday morning (MAN-DXB), booked return flight wrong day Friday 24th March, should have booked Friday 24th Feb! all my mistake, kicking myself. Phoned them when I realised today (Just under 24 hours later) and they cannot waive the change fee. Any idea if I will have much luck using the complaints route to try to recover some/all of the change fees?

  • Tom says:

    You might have already covered this but the best western email address ( on the pdf form that your article links to re status match came back as undelivered. I called the bw rewards team on the number on the pdf form and was told that the correct email is
    Hope useful

  • elguiri says:

    DP: IHG Platinum Elite matched to BW Diamond Select

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