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Local buses at Heathrow Airport

Including FREE public buses to Heathrow Airport hotels

Heathrow Airport Free Local Bus

Local buses to Heathrow hotels often free

A curious policy is being operated by the owner of Heathrow Airport.


Heathrow Airport subsidises all public buses, most of which are the famous red London buses so that any journey from the Heathrow Airport terminals to anywhere on the perimeter roads is completely free.

In many cases these public buses stop right outside the entrance of many Heathrow hotels.

Buses are free as long as you get off/on the buses on the perimeter roads of the airport and travel to and from the passenger terminals. Go beyond the perimeter roads and you pay the normal bus fare.

Many of the buses run a 24/7 schedule and all run from early morning until late evening. The official Heathrow Hoppa buses do not run 24x7 and are less frequent than most of the public bus routes.

Most of the buses are the famous London red buses like the one pictured above right. A few going south and west from the airport are run by different operators but still offer the free journeys around the airport perimeter. A mixture of double deck and single deck buses are run. Nearly all routes have several buses an hour, the major routes run about every 10 minutes during the day.


So what is the curious policy? Whilst the free buses are provided, the official Heathrow Hoppa Bus charges a full price to transport you to each Heathrow hotel.


Heathrow Airports Transfers & Logistics

Where to board the bus at Heathrow

For Terminals 2 and 3 all the buses depart from the Central Bus Station. With luggage it will take about 10 minutes to complete the journey on foot. Much of the journey uses moving walkways and the entire journey is inside.


Heathrow Central Bus Station is above the Underground station and the way is well signposted with ramps in each terminal and lifts up to the bus station. There are no steps involved.

At terminals 4 and 5 the buses are right outside the front doors of the arrivals hall and again are well signed.

Hotels with free local buses to Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3

Bus Routes

Leonardo Hotel

7, 105, U3

Park Inn, Renaissance, Radisson, Marriott (Heathrow), Sheraton Skyline,

Holiday Inn (Ariel),Ibis, Ibis Styles,

105, 111, 140

Sheraton, Thistle (100m walk), Premier Inn T5


Hyatt Place, Holiday Inn Bath Road


Hilton Garden Inn (get off at Hatton X Underground)


Hotels with free local buses to Heathrow Terminal 4

Bus Routes

Hilton Garden Inn (from Hatton Cross Underground Station)

482,490, 555

Park Inn, Renaissance, Radisson, Marriott Heathrow, Sheraton Skyline, Ibis Styles


Hotels with free local buses to Heathrow Terminal 5

Bus Routes

Park Inn, Renaissance, Radisson, Marriott Heathrow, Sheraton Skyline, Leonardo , Ibis Styles, Hyatt Place, Holiday Inn Bath Road, Thistle, Sheraton


Hilton Garden Inn (accessed from Hatton Cross Underground Station), Hilton T4, Premier Inn T4, Crowne Plaza T4, Holiday Inn Express T4 (accessed from Terminal 4)

482, 490

Location Of Bus Stops Along The Bath Road (the main hotel strip)

Map of Bath Road (Eastern Section) Heathrow

More details of staying along Bath Road (eastern section)

Map of Bath Road (Western Section) Heathrow

More details of staying along Bath Road (western section)

Hotel & Link to Detail Page



Hotels walkable to terminals

Premier Inn Terminal 4 ~+#



Holiday Inn Express Terminal 4 +#



Crown Plaza Terminal 4 +#



Hilton Terminal 4 +#



Sofitel Terminal 5 +#



Hilton Garden Inn Terminal 2



Aerotel T3 London Heathrow ~



Heathrow Airport Budget / 3 Star Hotels

Travelodge Terminal 5 +#



Heathrow Lodge ~+#



Premier Inn (Bath Road) +#



Premier Inn (M4/J4) +#



Travelodge Central +#



Ibis Heathrow +#



Premier Inn (Terminal 5) +#



easyHotel Heathrow +#



Moxy London Heathrow Airport ~



Mercure Hotel ~+#



Holiday Inn Express Terminal 5 +#



Ibis Styles Heathrow +#



Heathrow Airport 4 & 5 Star Full Service Hotels

Thistle Terminal 5 +#



Park Inn Heathrow +#



Holiday Inn Heathrow Ariel ~



4 Star Mystery Hotel +#



Holiday Inn (M4) Heathrow +#



Holiday Inn Terminal 5



Leonardo Hotel +



Sheraton Heathrow



Novotel Heathrow M4 +#



Marriott Windsor +#



Hyatt Place Heathrow



Renaissance Heathrow



Crowne Plaza M4 +#



Sheraton Skyline +#



Hilton Terminal 5 +#



Radisson Blu Edwardian +#



Hilton Garden Inn Heathrow +



DoubleTree By Hilton +#



Novotel Heathrow T1, T2, T3 +#



Marriott Heathrow +#



Heathrow Serviced Apartments & Studio Apartments

Stay City Apartments +#



Bed & Breakfast With Airport Public Transport Links

Apple Guest House ~+



Skylark Guest House ~+#



London Plus Heathrow ~+#



Lampton Guest House ~+#



Langley Guest House



Firs Lodge ~+#



Cottage Guest House ~+#



Airport Guest House ~



Oakwood Bed & Breakfast ~+#



~ Single Rooms     + Triple Rooms      # Quad Rooms

Heathrow Airport Hotel Map
Best Hotels At Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3
Best Hotels At Heathrow Terminal 4
Best Hotels At Heathrow Terminal 5
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