National Express, the largest coach operator in the UK, has a frequent coach service between Heathrow and central London.
The coach takes 40–65 minutes and is an easy and cheap way of travelling to central London if you want to avoid the underground, especially if you arrive at Terminal 2 or 3 and want to go to Hammersmith, Earl’s Court or Victoria station.
It’s also easier than the underground if you have lots of luggage; they allow two large suitcases per person plus hand baggage. The cost is the same as the standard underground fare.
Single tickets cost £6.
Cheaper return tickets might be available if you book online in advance.
Departure points at Heathrow airport
Terminal 2 or Terminal 3
The Central Bus Station is the main coach station at Heathrow.
It’s a 4 minute walk from Terminal 2 and an 8-minute walk from Terminal 3.
Stops 13 and 14 in front of the terminal building.
There are coaches from Terminal 4, but none of them are direct to central London. You have to take a coach to the Central Bus Station and change there for a direct coach to London. Coaches from Terminal 4 only run approximately hourly, so if you don’t want to wait, you can make your own way to the Central Bus Station for the more frequent service.
To get to the Central Bus Station from Terminal 4, take the free train transfer to Heathrow 2 & 3 train station. Trains leave every 15 minutes and take 4 minutes. Then it’s a few minutes’ walk to the Central Bus Station.
Stops 13, 14 and 15 in front of the terminal building.
There are 3 direct coaches a day from Terminal 5. All other coaches will involve a change at the Central Bus Station, so it’s best to make your own way there.
To get to the Central Bus Station from Terminal 5, take a free Heathrow Express train to Heathrow 2 & 3 train station. Trains leave every 15 minutes and take 6 minutes. Then it’s a few minutes’ walk to the Central Bus Station.
Timetable & journey time
Terminal 2 or 3 – Central Bus Station
2–3 departures per hour between 04.20 and 22.05.
Journey time: 40–65 minutes
Journey time is 1 hour 25 minutes – 1 hour 40 minutes. Transfer to the Central Bus Station for the more frequent service.
Three direct coaches per day from Terminal 5 to central London.
Journey time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Coaches that go via the Central Bus Station take around 1 hour 40 minutes.
Where to buy National Express tickets
You can buy tickets from:
Central Bus Station
The National Express ticket desk or ticket machines inside the Central Bus Station.
The National Express ticket office is outside Terminal 4 arrivals near Stop 13.
The National Express ticket desk. Ticket machines are next to the office.
Arrival in central London
Coaches stop in Hammersmith and Earl’s Court before arriving at Victoria Coach Station, Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1, an 8-minute walk to Victoria train and tube station.
See the coach stop locations on the National Express stop finder
Last updated: 23 July 2016