National Express coaches cover 98% of the UK including local stops in England, Wales and Scotland. They will take you to and from Heathrow Airport at all times to make sure you are on time for your flight or destination.
They often run special offers and are one of the cheapest ways to get around. With cheap tickets on clean, comfortable and prompt coaches driven by friendly drivers, you may even want to consider taking one of their Eurolines coaches to your next European destination!
Using a dedicated coach service from National Express means that you will also save money on airport parking which can sometimes be located quite a way from the terminals. This way you will be dropped of at the terminal door!
Your friendly driver will help you with your luggage while you board and make your way to your clean, comfortable and spacious seat. National Express coaches also have on board washrooms and have been designed to make your journey as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
Whether you are looking to get between Heathrow Airport and Gatwick or further out locations like Glasgow, you will find a coach to suit your particular journey requirements at a great price!
National Express offers the only direct airport connection and links all the four major London airports, Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports. They operate 100 services a day between Heathrow and Gatwick which takes around 1 hour.
Pick Up and Drop Off
Terminals 1, 2 and 3
Pick up and drop off points for Terminal 1, 2 and 3 are located at the Central Bus Station, which is just a short walk from the check in area and is clearly signposted from around the airport.
National Express coaches will pick up and drop you off at stops 13 and 14 just outside the Terminal 4 building, and transfers to Terminal 5 and the Central Bus Station can be made via stop 7.
National Express Coaches to Terminal 5 will use stops 13-16 just outside the terminal building for pick up and drop off. Other National Express coaches can be caught from stops here, including destinations such as Oxford, Brighton and Reading.
Between Heathrow Airport Terminals
National Express operates a free coach service between London Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are quite close to each other and you can walk between them, but Terminal 4 is a separate building as is the new terminal 5.
You can also use the free transfer between all the Heathrow terminal buildings operated by the Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express train services which are clearly signposted at Heathrow, and more information can be found by visiting airport information desks within the airport terminals.
There are many local stops which you can book to and from, but some of the main destinations and departure points and the duration of the journeys are shown below.
Popular Heathrow Routes and Journey Times
Direct Service, 100 per day
Departing on the hour
2 hours 35 minutes
Not Direct Service
Via Bristol & Newport - Hourly Service
2 Hours 40 Minutes
Via Stansted, Half Hourly/Hourly Service
2 Hours 35 Minutes
3 Hours 25 Minutes
1 Hour 20 Minutes
3 services per hour
Discounted & Concessionary Coach Fares
Students and Young People
For full time students and young people aged 16-26 National Express offer some brilliant discounts and special offers though their Young Persons Coachcard. The Young Persons Coachcard is just £10 a year (plus £2 P&P) and will save 1/3 off all standard fares throughout the UK for 12 months. No restrictions on peak and off peak travel times, including public holidays, bank holidays and weekends. Also, if you are planning a trip to an event or festival, the Young Persons Coachcard can now save you 10% off. So if you fall into this category and travel by coach regularly or are planning a few trips, you could save a lot of money!
If you are over 60 years old, you will qualify for an automatic discount on coach travel with National Express. The Senior Coachcard saves you 1/3 on standard fares to hundreds of UK towns, cities and airports for just £10 (plus £2 p&p) a year. No restrictions on peak and off peak travel times, including public holidays, bank holidays and weekends. Buy a Senior Coachcard online and save money every time you visit your family and friends.
Families can make great savings when travelling by coach to and from Heathrow Airport, and across the UK. National Express have special concession cards for families called Coachcards and they cost just £8 or £16 (plus £2 P&P) for a whole year of discounted travel for children (aged 3-15) depending on the number of adults and children travelling. You can choose from their 1Plus1 (£8 per year) or 2Plus2 (£16 per year) Coachcards. 1Plus1 allows one child to travel free when accompanied by a full paying adult, and 2Plus2 allows 2 children to travel free when accompanied by 2 full paying adults. Under 3s always travel free on National Express coaches.
As an alternative to flying, why not take a coach trip with National Express Eurolines for your next European adventure? It will take a bit longer to get to your destination but the savings you can make are well worth the extra travelling time. You can even choose to get an overnight coach, sleep on the way and wake up in your chosen European location!
With prices starting at just £18 one way from £9 for Paris and Amsterdam, what are you waiting for!
Eurolines are Europe's largest regular coach network and are connected with many European coach and companies so they can offer the best prices across 500 destinations throughout Europe and Ireland!
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint by Coach
Travelling by coach has been proven to be one of the most environmentally friendly forms of public transport. National Express are very proud that they are helping people to cut down on their carbon footprint and want you to join in with cutting down the UK's carbon emissions, so have created an emissions calculator to enable you to see how big your carbon footprint is and how much you can cut that down by travelling by coach!