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Heathrow Airport Bus To Central London

One Of The Cheapest Airport Transfer Options Between Heathrow Airport & Central London

Heathrow National Express Bus To Central London

London Bus Waiting At Heathrow Coach Station

National Express Bus Between Heathrow & Central London

The Heathrow - Central London Airport Bus is performed by National Express with full size comfortable coaches complete with on board washrooms.

The big attraction is low cost, the only alternative that can compete on cost is the London Underground. The Underground is much more frequent though, much more crowded and may be faster or slower than the National Express coach services from Heathrow Airport.

The National Express service has its terminus at Victoria Coach Station and the buses go nonstop, there are no hotel pickups or drops.

In terms of comfort there is no comparison between the National Express Bus and the London Underground. The National Express buses are modern air-conditioned vehicles with washrooms and reserved seats for everyone and a luggage hold with controlled secure storage.

But despite being one of the cheapest options the Heathrow-London bus services are hardly used when compared to other alternatives, including the Heathrow Express Train that is two or three times the price.

So why is this?

Heathrow Airport Buses - Key facts

  • The National Express buses do not pick-up or set down at the Heathrow passenger terminals (except for a handful each day that visit Terminal 5) on the London services.

  • Buses run from the Central Bus Station at Heathrow which is between Terminals 2 and 3. Terminals 4 and 5 are at the other side of the airport. (You can use the free Heathrow Express trains that run every 15 minutes to Heathrow Central Station underneath the bus station from Terminals 4 and 5).

  • Frequency is not as good as the London Underground or the Heathrow Express. The National Express buses are not dedicated Heathrow - London buses but originate from all over England. Heathrow is the last drop/pick-up before London. As a result schedules are not evenly spaced apart. Very early in the morning and late at night frequencies can be one an hour, during the day 4 or 5 an hour on average.

  • Road based transfers between Heathrow and London is unlike the alternative train services at the mercy of severe London road congestion. During the peak commute hours the journey time will be hard to predict and you will probably spend a significant part of your journey held up in traffic. At any time by road add at least 30 minutes onto the scheduled time of the transfer as a contingency.

  • The National Express coaches come with a free luggage allowance of 2 cases for the hold of the bus. Neither case should weigh more than 20kg (44lbs). An item of hand luggage is allowed in the passenger cabin but only laptop/handbag size. There are steep excess luggage charges if you exceed these limits. easyBus allow one bag max dimensions H+W+L equalling 57 or less inches and weighing 23kg or less plus one hand luggage no more than 5kg.

  • When you book you select a specific schedule and are guaranteed a seat on that bus.

Heathrow - Central London Airport Buses Ticketing

Heathrow Airports Transfers & Logistics

You can buy National Express tickets at the airport at Heathrow Central Coach Station between terminslas 2 and 3, but not from the driver or in advance on-line. With easyBus you can purchase from the driver at the full non-discounted fare, but note these are small mini-buses so seats may not be available.

When you purchase a ticket for a National Express service it is for a single stated departure time. You do not get an individual seat number, but you are guaranteed a seat.

It is recommended booking a service at least 90 minutes after the scheduled arrival time of your flight, for Terminals 4 or 5. 100 minutes (see below). So what happens if your flight is late and you miss that schedule on your ticket?

National Express have various ticket categories.

Funfare Tickets

The cheapest National Express fares are on-line only called “funfares” and do not allow any changes of any kind.

Amendable Not Refundable Tickets

If you buy a return ticket, even the cheapest ticket may well be called “Amendable Not Refundable”. You can also buy a “Amendable Not Refundable” one way ticket by upgrading your ticket type, this will normally cost more.

This ticket is not refundable but the journey date and time can be changed prior to the departure date and time. Amendments must be made prior to the journey (whether outbound or return) and an amendment fee will apply.

Amendable and Refundable

The last option is to purchase a fully flexible fare which again you pay a supplement for.

In order to claim a refund, you must cancel your ticket at least 72 hours in advance of your journey and an administration fee applies.

Journey amendments can be made to tickets prior to travel on-line and again are subject to an amendment fee.

With easyBus you may use the same ticket at no extra cost to travel on the next available bus, up to 60 minutes either side of your booked time only. If you are delayed beyond this then you need to buy another ticket.

National Express Group Discount (For 4 people or more)

If you're travelling on the National Express services in a group of four or more, you can obtain 25% off passenger one-way fares.

To take advantage of this offer, simply book your seats at least three days in advance.

Terminals 4 and 5 At Heathrow

Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 are both on the other side of the airport from Terminals 2,3 and the Central Bus/Coach Station. You can use the Heathrow Express train free of charge from either terminal to Heathrow Central Station. The trains go every 15 minutes and take 5 minutes, its a 10 minute walk from the train platform deep underground to the coach station on the surface using lifts and moving walkways.

Luggage Allowances

You can carry two medium-sized suitcases - weighing up to 20kg (44 lbs) each - plus one small piece of hand luggage per person. Drivers loading the baggage do not weigh bags.

Customers will be permitted to pool their individual allowances if they are travelling in a group or as a family, but they must be travelling on the same ticket.

Over this allowance and steep excess luggage charges kick in.

If you need to take extra luggage on your journey, this can be arranged either in advance or on your day of travel when you arrive at the coach station. However buying your extra luggage on-line in advance is much cheaper.

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Standard Adult Fare*



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* Standard adult ticket. Other promotional fares may appear from time to time.

† On-line only fare.

# Children under 16 free

‡ On-line only one-way fare. Cheapest fare for weekend travel only

~ Off Peak/Peak fares. Children under 11 free

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