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Heathrow to London by N9 Night Bus

N9 Bus Stop, Heathrow Central Bus StationIf 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 runs 24-hours on Friday night/Saturday morning and Saturday night/Sunday morning from Terminal 1,2,3 and Terminal 5.


The journey to central London is £1.50.

You can’t pay with cash on the bus (or on any bus in London), you need to pay with an Oyster card or contactless credit or debit card or buy a one day bus pass (£5).

There is 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. You can buy and/or top-up an Oyster card or buy a one day bus pass. The machine only accepts 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.

Terminal 5

Stop 6 in front of Terminal 5

Terminal 4

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 leaves from bus stop 11 in front of Terminal 4. Outside the Arrivals hall, turn right. 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.

See the 490 timetable
See the 482 timetable

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Last updated: 19 December 2019