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Heathrow Luton Airport Bus Shuttle Transfer

National Express Airport Coach Service - The Only Direct Public Transport Link Between LHR & LTN

Heathrow Luton Airport Bus National Express Bus At Heathrow  Coach Station

Bus At Heathrow Coach Station

National Express Bus Between Heathrow & Luton Airport

The only direct public transport between London's Heathrow and Luton airports are the National Express coaches which shuttle between the two airports.

Note - there is no direct Heathrow - Luton train service.

Note - there is no Heathrow - Luton shared van shuttle style service.

The Luton - Heathrow Airport Bus is operated by National Express with comfortable coaches complete with on board washrooms. Currently this is the only scheduled direct public transport service operating between Heathrow and Luton Airport. The only alternatives are taxi / charter bus or to travel by public transport into Central London, then get transport out again.

Minimum Times Between Flights ?

The absolute minimum time with no contingency between flights that you should contemplate making a transfer between Heathrow and Luton is 4.5 hours.

Terminal layout at Heathrow is such that if you are flying into or out of Terminals 4 or 5 the bus will take 25-30 minutes longer than if you are using Terminals 2 and 3.

Road Congestion Warning!

The route of about 35 miles (56 kms) between Heathrow and Luton is along heavily congested motorway/freeway.

Mondays to Fridays between 06:30 and 10:00 and 15:30 and 19:00 traffic congestion is routine, expect delays of 15 minutes or more.

There can also be severe congestion late Sunday afternoon/ early evening. But at anytime the slightest incident can bring the road to gridlock.

The approach road to the passenger terminal at Luton is also prone to traffic congestion delays.

Heathrow - Luton Bus Route Map

Finding The Bus At Luton & Heathrow

Luton Airport

In front of the main front doors of Luton Airport's passenger terminal is a very large bus station, you cannot miss it. Everyone has to walk through it to get to the other forms of transport like the taxi rank and car park shuttles. All the different buses are lined up with their own bus bays.

Heathrow Airport

At Heathrow its a lot more complicated, the key points are :

- No buses visit Terminals 2 and 3 - you walk to the Central Bus Station

- All buses visit the Central Bus station. (Terminals 2 and 3)

- Buses will normally visit Terminal 5 and some buses visit Terminal 4. Both terminals are a couple of miles apart on the other side of the airport from Terminals 2 and 3.

- You can travel free from Terminal 4 and 5 to the Central Bus station by Heathrow Express train which runs every 15 minutes.

- The walk from Terminals 2 and 3 to the bus station takes about 10 minutes. Its luggage trolley friendly and is mostly along moving walkways and lifts. Its also underground so you are not exposed to the elements.

National Express Luggage Allowance

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. Passengers within the luggage allowance get boarded first, those with excess luggage only get boarded if there is sufficient space left in the luggage hold, even if they have purchased a ticket.

National Express Bus Routing

The Heathrow - London buses are not dedicated Heathrow to Luton buses. There are currently two separate routes, south of Heathrow buses are going to or are from London Gatwick Airport. One route stops at Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 before the Central Bus Station, the other just stops at Terminal 5. If you are using Terminal 4 you can get the Heathrow Express train free from below the passenger terminal to the central area where the Coach Station is located.

Indicative Journey Times of National Express Heathrow - Luton Bus

Heathrow Terminal 5



Heathrow Terminal 4



Heathrow Bus Station (Terminals 2,3)



Hemel Hempstead



Luton Airport



Note: There are no stops at any airport hotels

Purchasing Tickets

You can buy tickets at the National Express ticket desks in the coach station at Heathrow Airport and at kiosks in the arrival halls at Luton and Heathrow. You can also purchase e-tickets in advance on-line using a credit/debit card.

The cheapest tickets are on-line in advance, cheaper than paying for the fully flexible tickets available on the day.

If you book on-line you are also guaranteed a seat on the schedule you select, turning up on the day to buy a ticket you are not.

There is also a £1 booking fee per booking, (not person).

It is recommended booking a service at least 90 minutes after the arrival time of your flight.

Ticket Formats

The easiest and cheapest option is to use e-tickets, where you simply print your ticket after purchase.

There are alternatives, m-tickets sent to your mobile incur a small surcharge, the same surcharge for collecting tickets from a ticket office. Tickets can also be mailed to you for a larger surcharge.

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What If My Flight Is Late And I Miss my Bus?

When you reserve a ticket, you reserve a seat on a specific schedule. So what if your flight is late and you need to change your coach schedule. You have two options:

One option is to simply pay a £5 fee to switch to another schedule at the ticket office. You will also be charged any difference between the fare you paid on-line and the walk-up fare available on the day.

The second option (if you are purchasing a return fare) is to purchase a “Flexible airport journey” - pay a £10 additional supplement per person, (half price children). The facility allows you to board any available coach 12 hours before or 12 hours after your original departure time, amend your ticket to a new departure date or get a refund on your ticket up to 24 hours before departure, all without charge.

This facility is only available for on-line purchases and only for return trip purchases. The flexible airport journey supplement is made available as an extra on the extras screen displayed immediately after you have selected your coach tickets during the purchase process.

If There Are 4 Or More Of You Then A Private Vehicle With Driver May Be Cheaper Than The Bus

A vehicle with driver just for your party has a lot going for it, especially if you are a small group or larger.

The driver will meet n greet you as you exit the customs/luggage hall of the passenger terminal (or at an airport hotel) and lead you to the waiting vehicle for an immediate departure.

The driver also monitors your incoming flight and will adjust his/her arrival time to the actual time your flight arrives.

Heathrow - Luton Private Transfers - Full Details

Heathrow - Luton Private Vehicle & Driver Transfers Indicative Prices*

Prices Are Inclusive Of Taxes And Meet n Greet At The Airport



Large Cases







Private Car Reservation

Estate Car




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Private Car Reservation

Large MPV




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8 seat bus




By Quotation

12 seat bus




By Quotation

16 seat bus




By Quotation

Large Coaches

up to 50

up to 70


By Quotation

* Prices indicated are one-way, non-stop with all passengers boarding at a single point and include all taxes with meet n greet in the passenger terminal as you exit customs at the airport.

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