Author: Bob Handford
At Heathrow Airport complementary hotel buses to the airports hotels were banned years ago as they were causing severe congestion around the passenger terminals.
In their place the airport authority introduced Hoppa Buses which run scheduled routes from the passenger terminals, each servicing 4 or 5 airport hotels.
The only airport hotels you can walk to at Heathrow Airport are the expensive Hilton Terminal 4 and Sofitel at Terminal 5.
The Hoppa Buses work out quite expensive, considering the distance. About £4 per person each way. Typically they run about every 30 minutes between about 5 a.m and midnight.
For many hotels at Heathrow you can use public buses free of charge along the airport perimeters where many of Heathrow’s hotels are.
This includes the main hotel strip, the Bath Road.
The local buses run more frequently than the Hoppa Buses and some of the main routes run 24×7.
They won’t take you to the hotel reception door like Hoppa, but often a very short walk away at the nearest bus stop.
Heathrow’s terminals are miles apart, best choice and frequencies are if you are using Terminals 1 and 3 as the main bus station is between them.
From Terminals 4 and 5 you can take the Heathrow Express train free to Heathrow Central which is beneath the bus station, though a 5 minute walk.
These free buses from the Central Bus Station run far more frequently than the Hoppa Buses. Many routes also run 24×7, unlike the Hoppa Buses.
From Terminal 5, choice is much more limited. The 423 bus starts from Terminal 5 and runs along the length of the Bath Road about every 20 minutes past all the hotels there and at night the N9 night bus runs along a very similar route.
Terminal 4 is on the far side of the airport from most of the hotels. There are less frequent buses from T4 to T5 and others that loop around the east side of the airport before travelling the eastern end of the Bath Road before going into the bus station at Heathrow Central.
Full details of routes and hotels serviced by these free buses are on the main web site at the Local Buses At Heathrow page
Below is a short video clip I shot showing a trip from the bus station on one of the buses, route 105 along the Bath Road passing many of the most popular hotels that you can identify.