Sudden increase in train and tube fares to London’s Heathrow airport hits air passengers

Off-peak fares on trains and the Tube connecting central London to Heathrow Airport were suddenly scrapped.

All journeys between Britain’s busiest airport and the capital’s central area, Zone 1, are now charged at top prices.

The standard fare for journeys starting, ending in or passing through Zone 1 will increase from £3.50/€4.05 to £5.50/€6.35.

The move means an increase of 57 per cent for most passengers using the London Underground’s Piccadilly line.

Until the weekend, the higher fare applied only to journeys between 6:30am and 9:30am Monday to Friday (plus journeys to, but not from, the airport between 4pm and 7pm).

On the Elizabeth Line between Heathrow and London Paddington the £2/€2.30 fare increase is the same but the proportionate increase is smaller at 19 per cent due to the higher base fare. The daily rate increases to £12.80/€14.80.

Elizabeth Line trains will soon be extended east to other stations in the capital.

Transport for London (TfL), which made the decision, blames “the conditions the Government has placed on TfL for the extraordinary funding during the financial challenges of the pandemic”.

Off-peak fares from other zones will not be affected, benefiting many Heathrow workers and some west London passengers.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Raising more money from fares was a condition of our funding deal with the Government.

“This tariff increase was chosen to have less of an impact on Londoners who are currently concerned about the cost of living and to ensure travel avoiding Zone 1 is not affected, helping to protect those who are in live and work near the airport. ”

Rob Burgess, editor of the frequent flyer website head for pointssaid: “It has always been ironic that the London airport most associated with high airfares has always been by far the cheapest by rail.

“Even at £5.50 given the cost of Stansted Express, Luton or Gatwick trains it’s difficult to complain, although it doesn’t help anyone to make the tube fare structure even more complex for a modest increase in total fares close.”

All pay-as-you-go trips will continue to benefit from daily and weekly caps. Discounts remain in place, including free rides for under-11s.

The changes are expected to generate up to £27m/€31.2m per year.

Heathrow Express fares, Britain’s most expensive railway, will not be affected.

The standard single fare bought online is £25/€28.90 – although tickets are available in advance for just £5.50/€6.35, which is the same as the new all-day Tube fare.

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