Bus and Coach

The main Heathrow bus station is located in the airport’s hub, between terminals 1 and 3. However, many buses stop at Terminal 4 as well as the bus station. If you need to get to the bus station to catch your bus or coach, then you can get a free transfer bus from stop 7 outside the terminal.


Buses head to and from local destinations in London and the Thames Valley area from Terminal 4. There are bus stands located immediately outside the terminal. London buses are operated by Transport for London, while those to and from destinations outside the capital are operated by local companies. Ticketing arrangements will vary for the non-London buses. London buses can be paid for in cash or by the Oystercard – a pre-paid card that can be used on all TfL operated transport, and provides cheaper fares than paying in cash. You can get a bus directly to Terminal 4 from destinations including Richmond, Twickenham, Feltham, Southall, Uxbridge, Sunbury and Walton-on-Thames. At night, the N9 bus travels to central London, but it doesn’t stop at Terminal 4 – you’ll need to get to the central bus station.


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As with buses, some services will stop at Terminal 4, but for many destinations you’ll need to transfer to the central bus station. Coaches to and from Terminal 4 will pick up and drop off at stops 13 and 14, at arrivals level. Among the destinations served directly by coaches to and from Terminal 4 are Gatwick Airport, Bristol, Swansea, Portsmouth, Wolverhampton, Mansfield, Bradford, Brighton and Cambridge. Many other destinations are accessible from the central bus station, with the coach network from Heathrow covering much of England. Most coaches serving Heathrow are operated by National Express, but Railair serves Feltham, Reading and Woking, the Airline serves Oxford, and Thandi Coaches serve Midlands destinations. From the central bus station, coaches run to many other major airports and to Victoria Coach Station in central London.

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