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.
Single tickets cost £6–£10. The cheaper tickets are 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 no direct coaches to central London from Terminal 4. You have to take a transfer coach to the Central Bus Station and change there for a direct coach to London.
It might be quicker to make your own way to the Central Bus Station by taking the free train transfer from Terminal 4 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 only 4 direct coaches a day from Terminal 5 to central London, so it’s best to make your own way to the Central Bus Station. Take a free train transfer from Terminal 5 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.
Or, take the free local bus 441 from bus stop 6 which goes to the Central Bus Station.
Timetable & journey time
Central Bus Station
2–3 departures per hour between 04.20 and 22.10.
Journey time: 40–65 minutes
Four direct coaches per day from Terminal 5 to central London.
Journey time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Where to buy National Express tickets
Ticket are available from the National Express ticket offices and ticket machines in the airport. The ticket machines do not accept £50 notes. Or book tickets online
Central Bus Station
The National Express ticket office inside the Central Bus Station (open 6am-10pm). There are ticket machines open 24-hours.
The National Express ticket office outside Terminal 4 arrivals near Stop 13 (open 6am-10pm) and ticket machines open 24-hours.
The National Express ticket office in the Terminal 5 arrivals hall. 24-hour ticket machines are next to the office.
Arrival in central London
All coaches terminate at Victoria Coach Station, Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1, an 8-minute walk to Victoria train and tube station. Some coaches stop in Hammersmith and Earl’s Court. See the map below
Map – National Express stops from Heathrow to Central London
Last updated: 17 January 2017