Hotel Hoppa Heathrow, the airport hotel transfer bus

Linking Heathrow Airport's main hotels and Heathrow passenger terminals


Heathrow Hoppa Heathrow Airport Hotel Transfer Bus

Heathrow hotel transfers

Unlike many international airports, Heathrow's hotels are not allowed to operate their own hotel shuttle vehicles. Instead fixed route "Hotel Hoppa" buses are operated, each route services two or three Heathrow hotels.

 

There are two sets of routes from each hotel. One services Terminals 2 and 3, the other Terminals 4 and 5. Some hotel Heathrow Hoppa buses do not serve all passenger terminals (see below).


Heathrow Hoppa buses operate every day during the hours that flights operate. Heathrow is closed to passenger flights between about midnight and 5am.


It is also possible to use alternative free local buses to many hotels - of course this somehow isn't brought to the attention of most travellers.

Heathrow Hotel Hoppa Bus

Hoppa Buses pick up from outside the arrivals hall of each of the passenger terminals.

The Hoppa Hotel Buses are well signed, just look up and the Hoppa Buses are signed together with the car parking and car hire shuttle buses, London Underground and Heathrow Express trains.


When you get to the bus bays check you are at the right stop, Hotel Hoppa buses normally depart from several bus bays for the different Hotel Hoppa bus routes.

 

Also remember that several chains have more than one hotel at Heathrow served by different Hotel Hoppa routes. These include Holiday Inn (4), Sheraton (2), Marriott (2), Travelodge (2), Hilton (4) and Premier Inn (3).


On the way back to the airport from the hotels remember there will be 2 different Hoppa Bus routes from most but not all hotels. One serves Terminal 4 and 5, the other serves 2 and 3. Some hotels do not serve all passenger terminals, so check.


Heathrow Hoppa
Timetables
Heathrow Hoppa Bus

Hoppa Timetables

Heathrow Hotel Hoppa Bus Timetables & Hotels Serviced

Hoppa Buses service most of the mainstream hotels around the perimeter of the airport. They do not visit small independent guest house type accommodation.


If you have a very early or late flight it's worth checking the last and first buses, frequency and operating hours vary from hotel to hotel. It will normally take you 45 to 75 minutes to get to the Hoppa Bus bus stop after your flight has landed.


Do study the timetables, some hotels do not service all hotels.

Heathrow Hotel Hoppa Luggage

Luggage racks are within the Hoppa Bus. You have to independently carry your luggage on board the bus and position them on the luggage racks which are by the door and driver.

Heathrow Hoppa Bus Interior

Interior of Heathrow Hoppa
from luggage bay at front of bus

Heathrow Hotel Hoppa Bus Ticketing

You can buy tickets from the drivers of the buses (at a price premium) or from outlets of National Express (the operators of Hoppa Bus) at the airport or online.


At the airport the Central Bus Station ticket office between Terminals 2 and 3, the British Hotel reservation centre kiosks in Terminals 2 and 3 or the National Express travel shops/kiosks in the passenger terminals.


A two-tier pricing system operates. If you buy tickets from the driver you pay a small surcharge to that if you buy online or from the ticket machines.


If you pay the driver they only take cash in British pounds.

The ticket machines take major credit cards as well as British cash.

Online, using the Hoppa Bus website (link above) major credit cards and debit cards are taken and you get an e-ticket e-mailed to you in an instantly.


The Hoppa Bus service is operated by National Express, UK's largest inter city coach operator. You can buy tickets from their website that covers both the Hoppa Bus and their services to and from Heathrow in one simple ticketing solution.


Heathrow Hoppa Bus Tickets

Free local public buses to hotels

U3 Local Heathrow Airport Bus

U3 Local Heathrow Airport bus

A curious policy is being operated by the owner of Heathrow Airport. The Official Hoppa Bus charges to each hotel. At the same time the airport subsidises all public buses so that any journey from the terminals to anywhere on the perimeter roads is completely free.


In many cases these buses stop right outside the hotel entrance. Buses are free as long as you get off/on the buses on the perimeter roads of the airport where many hotels are.


All of these buses go onto local towns like Hounslow, Slough and Feltham. Although not free they are a cheap way of finding entertainment and places to eat at local prices. Many of the buses run a 24/7 schedule and all run from early morning until late evening.

Heathrow Local Buses details


Heathrow Best Price Hotels
Indicative Heathrow Hotel Room Rates

Sampled prices at Heathrow for early March 2018

Hotel & Link To Detail Page

Mid-Week

Week-End

Hotels Walkable To Terminals (Note: No Hotels Within Walking Distance Of Terminals 2 & 3)

Premier Inn Terminal 4 ~+#

£45

£45

Hilton Terminal 4 +#

£116

£101

Sofitel Terminal 5 +#

£191

£143

Heathrow Airport Budget / 3 Star Hotels

Heathrow Lodge ~+#

£29

£27

easyHotel Heathrow +#

£40

£32

Travelodge Terminal 5 +#

£39

£34

Ibis Heathrow +#

£41

£37

Travelodge Central +#

£44

£44

Mercure Hotel ~+#

£45

£45

St Giles Heathrow ~

£62

£51

Ibis Styles Heathrow +#

£52

£52

Premier Inn (M4/J4) +#

£65

£53

Holiday Inn Express Terminal 5 +#

£65

£55

Premier Inn (Terminal 5) +#

£60

£57

Premier Inn (Bath Road) +#

£65

£62

Heathrow Airport 4 & 5 Star Full Service Hotels

4 Star Mystery Hotel +#

£79

£45

Novotel Heathrow +#

£49

£49

Hilton Garden Inn Heathrow +

£68

£52

Park Inn Heathrow +#

£65

£54

Thistle Terminal 5 +#

£58

£58

Holiday Inn Terminal 5

£82

£59

Holiday Inn Heathrow Ariel ~

£68

£62

Holiday Inn (M4) Heathrow +#

£73

£62

Leonardo Hotel +

£80

£62

DoubleTree By Hilton +#

£68

£65

Hyatt Place Heathrow +

£84

£67

Crowne Plaza Heathrow +#

£70

£68

Sheraton Heathrow

£69

£69

Marriott Windsor +#

£85

£76

Renaissance Heathrow

£110

£79

Marriott Heathrow +#

£129

£79

Hilton Terminal 5 +#

£116

£86

Radisson Blu Edwardian +#

£118

£86

Sheraton Skyline +#

£146

£90

Heathrow Serviced Apartments & Studio Apartments

Stay City Apartments +#

£54

£54

Bed & Breakfast With Airport Public Transport Links

Langley Gueest House

£53

£53

Airport Gueest House ~

£55

£55

Firs Lodge ~

£55

£55

Apple Gueest House ~+

£57

£57

Lampton Guest House ~+#

£65

£65

London Plus Heathrow ~+#

£65

£65

Skylark Guest House ~+#

£76

£71

Oakwood Bed & Breakfast ~

£73

£73

Cottage Guest House ~+#

£75

£75

~ Single Rooms     + Triple Rooms      # Quad Rooms


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