Airport Bus London Heathrow

London Heathrow Airport is a major international airport serving London, England’s capital city. Heathrow is located 23km west of London. It’s the world’s third busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic (after the airports in Dubai and Hong Kong), as well as the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic. London Heathrow is the primary hub for British Airways and the primary operating base for Virgin Atlantic. The airport is breaking its own records each year, in 2018 with more than 80 million passengers.

How to get from Heathrow Airport to London

Public transport

Since Heathrow Airport is, as already said, one of the biggest and busiest airports in the world, it has a well-developed public transport system not only in London, but across the region.


National Express and the Airline company connect Heathrow to more than 500 destinations.

  • National Express is the UK’s largest scheduled coach operator which provides frequent direct services to and from hundreds of destinations including Oxford, Bristol, Wales, London, and Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports. It is the only direct connection between Heathrow and other airports and runs 100 services a day.
  • Megabus is the low cost, intercity coach operator of UK connecting the airport to Bristol, Cardiff, Exter, North Devon, London Gatwick and more with departures from all the terminals.
  • The Airline is Oxford Bus’s Airline service that links Heathrow with Oxford. Frequent regular services 24 hours a day seven days a week from the central bus station and Terminal 5. The journey lasts 80 – 90min. One ticket costs around 27€. Check out the timetable.
  • Tickets for all coaches can be purchased from the ticket office at Heathrow central bus station (06:00 – 22:10) or online. Ticket machines are also available 24 hours a day.
  • You can catch coaches at Terminals 2, 3, 4 (stops 13 and 14) and 5 (stops 9 to 15).

NOTE: Please keep in mind that in periods between 7th April to 4th May and again between 16th June to 28th September 2019 high frequency time is applied for coaches and the timetable changes.

You can also check the details of bus departures on the relation Heathrow – London and purchase the tickets bellow:

Heathrow – London

London – Heathrow

Airport bus near the small airplane


This is a type of coach service which operates non-stop from:

  • Heathrow to Reading Station: The bus departs every 20 min, the journey time is 45 min, a single adult fare is around 23€ (return ticket around 32€).
  • Heathrow to Warford Junction: Green Line route 724 runs to Warford Junction, the stop for trains headed to the Midlands, Manchester, Liverpool, north-west England and Scotland, the service departs once per hour, the journey lasts around 40 minutes, one ticket costs from 17€.
  • Heathrow to Woking: The coach runs to Woking station which is to exit stop for trains to Aldershot, Winchester, Salisbury, Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth, it goes every hour and runs for 50 min for a ticket of around 14€.
  • Heathrow to Feltham: The line nr. 285 runs to Feltham (for trains to Richmond, Camberley, Bracknell, London Waterloo, Clapham Junction and the South) every 10 min (twice an hour at night on the same route), the journey takes 30 minutes and a single fee is under 6€. The bus route 490 bus runs from Terminal 5 to Richmond via Terminal 4, Hatton Cross and Feltham station every 12min, the journey is half an hour long and one ticket is also under 6€.

Public Bus

There is a wide range of public bus connections between Heathrow Airport and places in west London. Cash payment is NOT ACCEPTED, therefore make sure to buy one of the following prior to your journey: an Oyster card, a Visitor Oyster card, a contactless payment card or a Day Travelcard.

  • An adult single fare is around 2€.
  • You can catch all the public buses at the bus station between terminals 2 and 3.


Train is the fastest option to reach central London from Heathrow Airport. You can choose between two options:

  • Heathrow Express: This train connects the airport to London Paddington. The journey lasts around 15 minutes, it departs 4 times per hour (every 15min) from the terminals 2 and 3, and 6 more minutes from the terminal 5.
  • Tfl Rail: The service departs every 30 minutes and operates on the route Heathrow Airport – London Paddington with the journey time varying from 30-50 minutes. The service operates from the terminals 2, 3 and 4.

Tower bridge London


London’s underground Piccadilly Line offers the most cost-convenient rail route between the airport and the capital.

  • The journey takes around 60 minutes and the Tube departs every 10 minutes or less.
  • There are 3 underground stations at the airport: one between Terminals 2 and 3, and one each at Terminal 4 and 5, all stations are in Travelcard Zone 6.
  • A single fare to central London is around 7€.
  • First train departs at 05:12, the last one at 23:45 (few minutes more or less, depending on the terminal). On Fridays and Saturdays, trains operate 24 hours, every 10 minutes in average.
  • During the weekday nights the N9 bus connects Heathrow with central London. The service runs every 20 minutes from the central bus station.

Taxi service

If you want to avoid the hassle of public transport, consider taxing a taxi. London’s famous black taxis stop at the ranks outside each Heathrow terminal. There are over 600 taxi companies serving Heathrow airport and the surrounding areas. Drivers are fully licensed and have passed the Knowledge of London examination. Check out the taxi fares.

NOTE: The Heathrow Airport Guide have a partnership with Uber to give you a free £15 ride. You can use this offer to make your transfer to or from the airport much cheaper. This offer can only be used by first time riders. The code is AIRPORTGUIDES.


If you don’t like using the public transport and hesitate to take a taxi, consider booking a  private, door-to-door transferwhich will wait for you on the airport and take you to your destination. The transfer company will send a professional driver to pick you up. The price will always be fixed and your driver will wait for you outside the terminal building upon your flight arrival.

Aerial view on thames and london city

Renting a car at London Heathrow airport

For those of you who would like to reach the city and explore the area on their own, the best option is to rent a car directly at the airport. There are several car rental companies there: Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, National, Aamo, Hertz, Budget and Sixt. All the information desks are located in the Arrivals hall at the airport. Compare their prices and offers and save time by booking online.

Renting a bus at London Heathrow airport

If you’re coming in a larger group of people, consider renting a bus for your journey. Keep in mind to book it in advance, so the transfer company has enough time to inform you on the meeting point and all other relevant information.

From LHR to London Stansted (STD)

The distance between the two airports is 96km. You can travel by coach or by train.

  • National Express coaches run every 30 – 60min. The journey takes 90min and one ticket costs 26€.
  • For the direct bus connection between the airports check here.
  • Stansted Express trains run to Heathrow every 15 to 30 minutes. The journey is 46min long and costs 22€.

From LHR to London Gatwick (LGW)

You can cross the distance of 68km also by coach or by train.

  • For the direct bus connection between the airports check here.
  • National Express trains operate on the route Heathrow – Gatwick up to 6 times per hour. The journey takes 75min and costs around 30€.
  • Gatwick Express trains run non-stop between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport. A ticket for a 30min journey costs 20€. To reach Heathrow, do the following: Heathrow Express Heathrow – London Paddington, Underground Paddington – Victoria (45min, 31.5€) – Heathrow (50min, 5.5€).

From LHR to London City (LCY)

This is the closest airport to Heathrow (42km). The journey takes a bit more than 60min. To get to the desired airport follow this route: Docklands Light Railway between London City Airport and Canning Town (10min), Underground between Canning Town and Paddington (30min, change at Baker Street), Heathrow Express between Paddington and Heathrow (15min). It will cost you around 32€ (all tickets included).

From LHR to London Luton (LTN)

The distance between the two airports is 55km. You can cross it by coach and train.

  • National Express coaches operate this route 28 times a day. The journey time is 70min and costs around 27€.
  • For the direct bus connection between the airports check here.
  • Journey time between Luton and Heathrow is 75min, to reach it by train, follow these steps: Thameslink trains between Luton Airport Parkway and Farringdon (40min), Underground between Farringdon and London Paddington (15min), Heathrow Express between Paddington and Heathrow (15min). One ticket costs 50€ (all means of transport)

Other popular routes from Heathrow Airport

From the airport you can go, if necessary, to all the other airports serving the city of London, as well as many other destinations in the country. You can check out the suggested routes bellow:

Heathrow – Oxford Heathrow – Southampton Heathrow – Cambridge Heathrow – Brighton
Heathrow – Leicester Heathrow – Bristol Heathrow – Coventry Heathrow – Bournemouth


Heathrow Airport – FAQs

I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?

No, there are many means of public transport which can take you to all parts of London and cities nearby. Coaches, buses and trains run even during nighttime, but if you are too tired to drag around the public transport after your flight, you can take a taxi located at the taxi rank in front of the terminal.

I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?

Yes, there are hotels at the terminals and hotels close to the airport. You can check in at Sofitel London Heathrow (luxury hotel with 605 rooms, Terminal 5), the four star Hilton London Heathrow Airport (Terminal 4) or YOTEL (Japanese-inspired capsule hotel with 32 cabins, Terminal 4). Also, there are Holiday Inn Express within a 15min drive from the airport, which is a great value for money, too – with a hot buffet breakfast included for all guests, Doubletree Hotel 20min away from LHR, Leonardo, Mercure Hotel ideal for business and leisure travellers, Mystery Hotel and many others offer a cozy accommodation while you’re resting in-between your flights.

I would like to visit London in between flights. Is that possible?

Of course, the airport is only 23km away from the city centre and has an extremely efficient public transport system, working 24/7. You can reach the central London in 15 minutes and you don’t have to worry about making it to your next flight, since there is always some bus, coach, train or metro line headed to the airport. Also, you can leave your luggage at the airport. The Excess Baggage Company operates left luggage rooms at all five LHR terminal buildings. The price is £6.50 per piece for every 24 hours.

Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?

Yes, you can exchange your money, but you can also pick up money at the ATM machines. which are available before and after security control in every terminal at Heathrow.
Most cash machines accept UK bank and building society cards without extra charge. They also accept major credit cards.

I am continuing my journey outside London. Are there any direct lines to other destinations?

Yes, the airport is connected by bus to many destinations in the UK, check the most popular routes in the text above. For any other desired destination which is not listed above check out


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