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 a lot of luggage; they allow two large suitcases per person plus hand baggage.
Coach ticket prices
Single tickets cost £6–£10. The cheaper tickets are available if you book online in advance.
Oyster/contactless cards are not valid on National Express buses.
National Express coach stops 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 can take a transfer coach to the Central Bus Station and change there for a direct coach to London.
Instead of taking a transfer coach, it is 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.
National Express timetable & journey time
View the online journey planner for coach times from all Heathrow terminals
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.
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.
Buy tickets from the National Express website. Tickets are emailed and you can either print them out or show it to the driver on your phone or smart device.
Arrival in central London
Coaches arrive 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 map below). It might be easier to continue your journey to other parts of London by taking the underground from these stations rather than from Victoria. Use the TfL Journey planner to plan your trip
Map – National Express stops from Heathrow to Central London
Last updated: 30 March 2019