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Heathrow Express’ Business First passengers will get fast-track security

June 30 2022
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As of July 1, all passengers with Business First tickets on the Heathrow Express will also have access to fast-track security lanes once they reach the London area's iconic Heathrow Airport (LHR).

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“We’re really excited to be enhancing our Business First product, enabling customers to fly through security, and spend more time relaxing before their flight,” said Mark Eastwood, head of commercial strategy at Heathrow Express, who announced the news at the Business Travel Show Europe.

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Business First is a great way to travel to Heathrow Airport outside London. (Photo courtesy of Heathrow Express)

“We know our customers value speed and convenience, with this new offering further enhancing their departure experience from Heathrow. For those in a rush, we are confident that we will now offer not only an express train, but [also] a quick route to the plane from central London," Eastwood said.

A real game-changer, this business ticket is set to appeal to travelers to the U.K.'s biggest airport now more than ever.

Heathrow Airport's Terminal 4 recently reopened. (Photo courtesy of Heathrow Airport)

When you compare a one-way fare booked online on Business First ($38.92 or 32 pounds) with the price of a single ticket ($30.41 or 25 pounds), the $8.51 (7 pounds) upgrade is a good value if you’ve already decided to travel to the airport using Heathrow Express anyway.

A one-month open return will set you back $66.89 (55 pounds) and will also include fast-track security once you arrive at Heathrow.

(Screenshot from heathrowexpress.com)
(Screenshot from heathrowexpress.com)

Related: Watch us race to London Heathrow – Elizabeth Line vs Heathrow Express vs taxi

If you’re in no rush to reach the airport, it’s worth keeping in mind that London’s newly-launched Elizabeth line is much cheaper, costing $13 (10.70 pounds) off-peak and $15.45 (12.70 pounds) during peak times — but without security fast track.

The Elizabeth Line at Paddington, the new rival for Heathrow Express. (Photo courtesy of TFL)

The Heathrow Express is one of the costliest railway services in the capital – up to $6 (or 5 pounds), and costing more in economy than on similar Express services to Gatwick and Stanstead. It regularly tops the airport transfer cost table in Europe, too.

Related: Elizabeth Line set to open in London, giving travelers more transit options to and from the airport

Bottom line

Heading to Heathrow from central or West London this summer? While pricier than some other options, Business First on the Heathrow Express will give you a speedy journey from the train station to the airport.

It will also make life easier when you reach your terminal with the new security fast-track service. If you want to save a little extra money, you should always book online for a better deal.

To see which mode of transport from central to London Heathrow Airport won for speed, read Watch us race to London Heathrow by cab, the Heathrow Express and new Elizabeth Line.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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