If your flight is delayed and you miss the last tube or train from Heathrow airport into central London, instead of taking an expensive taxi, you can take the N9 night bus to central London.
The N9 leaves from the Central Bus Station (for Terminals 2 & 3) and Terminal 5 and runs all through the night.
It’s the only direct local London bus between Heathrow airport and central London.
The Piccadilly line now operates a 24-hours on Friday and Saturdays from Terminal 1,2,3 and Terminal 5.
The journey to central London is £1.50.
There’s an Oyster ticket machine at the side of the entrance to Terminals 2 & 3 tube station, directly below the Central Bus Station. The machine is outside the tube station and is open 24 hours. It only takes credit or debit cards.
A Travelcard valid for any zone can be used on this bus.
N9 bus route
It takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to Trafalgar Square in central London.
The bus route takes you though the suburbs of west London via Brentford, Kew Bridge, Chiswick, Hammersmith, High St Kensington, Knightsbridge, Hyde Park Corner, Trafalgar Square and finishes at the Aldwych near Covent Garden/the Strand.
See the full N9 route map
N9 bus timetable
From Heathrow Central Bus Station (for Terminal 2 or 3).
From Terminal 5 (for Terminal 4 or 5).
Make sure you select the right day from the drop-down list.
N9 bus stops at Heathrow
Terminals 2 & 3
The bus leaves from stop 19 in the Central Bus Station. The station is directly above Terminal 1,2,3 underground station. It’s a short walk from Terminal 2 and an 8 minute walk from Terminal 3.
Stop 6 in front of Terminal 5
The N9 bus does not stop at Terminal 4. Take bus 490 or 482 to Terminal 5 and take the N9 from there.
The 490/482 leave from stop 7 in front of Terminal 4. Outside the Arrivals hall, turn left – don’t cross the road. Stop 7 is the last bus stop. It says ‘Towards T5 or Ashford’ on the bus stop flag.
It’s free to travel on the 490 or 482 to Terminal 5 but the buses don’t run all night. The last 490 leaves around 1.40am.
Last updated: 29 November 2019