Wednesday 18 October 2017

Heathrow Express launches tickets from £5.50 - but there's a catch

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Heathrow Express. Photo: Deposit
Heathrow Express. Photo: Deposit
An airplane approaches London Heathrow. Photo: Deposit
Pól Ó Conghaile

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New advance fares of £5.50 each way have made one of Britain's most expensive rail journeys considerably cheaper.

One-way fares on the notoriously expensive, 15-mile trip from Heathrow to Paddington can cost up to £27/€35 if purchased on board.

Now, however, passengers can buy weekend tickets from £5.50/€7.20, provided they are booked at least 90 days in advance online.

Weekday advance fares start from £12.10/€16.

The fares have been introduced along with a raft of new tickets, including 14 and 30-day advance rates, for the electric trains.

Kids travel free on the 15-minute transfer, which means a family of four can theoretically travel between London and the airport from £11/€14.40.

That is, of course, if they travel on a weekend and book 90 days out.

The savings won't be as beneficial to business travellers, or passengers booking flights at short notice, but they are likely to be welcomed.

The new fares are as follows:

  • 90 Day Advance Express Saver Weekend Single: £5.50
  • 90 Day Advance Business First Weekend Single: £7.50   
  • 90 Day Advance Express Saver (Week Day) Single: £12.10
  • 30 Day Advance Express Saver Weekend Single: £8.80
  • 30 Day Advance Business First Weekend Single: £12.00
  • 30 Day Advance Express Saver (Week Day) Single: £14.30
  • 14 Day Advance Express Saver Weekend Single: £12.10
  • 14 Day Advance Business First Weekend Single: £16.50
  • 14 Day Advance Express Saver (Week Day) Single: £16.50 

Standard fares for the Heathrow Express start from £22/€28.80 one-way and £36/€47 return, with free Wi-Fi included.                                                         

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