Heathrow Express now offers £5.50 advance fares 7 days per week
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Great news for Heathrow Airport travellers. The usually expensive but convenient Heathrow Express train service between Paddington in Central London and Heathrow Airport has relaxed its peak versus off-peak date rules to allow passengers to book cheaper tickets on more dates.
While last-minute tickets are still expensive at up to £25 for a one-way standard journey, per person, Heathrow Express is now offering 90-day advance tickets for as little as £5.50 each way on weekdays, rather than just weekends. This is less than half the price of previous weekday tickets booked at least 90 days in advance.
Tickets purchased at least 30 days in advance for travel on weekdays have also dropped in price from £14.30 to just £7.50, with 14-day advance tickets on weekdays reducing only slightly from £16.50 down to £15 one way, per person. When we searched, however, some tickets on offer were showing as low as £10 more than 14 days in advance during periods of low demand.
These advance tickets come with the obligation to travel on the specified day, but passengers can travel at any time during that day. Children younger than 15 can travel free with a paying adult or unaccompanied when they can show a flight booking or boarding pass.
Heathrow Express (HEX) has long enjoyed limited competition for fast, efficient train travel to Central London in just 15 minutes. Its train competition for long has been the Piccadilly Tube line, which makes a similar journey for a much lower price but can take over an hour depending on where in London you are travelling to. Because of the shorter train travel time, HEX has long been able to charge more for tickets.
This is all set to change from late next year when the delayed but highly anticipated new Crossrail service enters operation, offering much quicker rail times than the Piccadilly line due to fewer stops.
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