>>>Local bus/coach services
>>>Bus serving hotels and area
immediately surrounding the airport (freeflow)
The central coach station is the busiest bus station in the UK and was
extensively refurbished in 2005. Managed under contract to National
Express till at least December 2010.
The station was first constructed in the early 1970's. Notable
improvements in the 2005 construction include an inflatable 1100 m²
translucent roof structure, which was the basis of the new three floors
high and column free station. The self supporting canopy is also
transparent, allowing the space to be naturally lit during daylight
Most coach services at terminals 1,2 and 3 actually terminate and depart
from the central bus station. The central bus station is open 24 hours a
day and includes a covered travel centre in the middle with a ticket
office for purchasing tickets on the day along with a
newsagent/confectionary shop, cafe Nero, information desk, ticket
machines and dedicated national Express desk. Please note while the bus
station is open 24 hours the Travel centre is not
24 hours, and is open 06.00 till 22.30.
The central bus station is linked to all 5 terminals via the Heathrow help Bus.
This is a free service for passengers with disabilities which operates
between 06.00 till 23.00. This service can also be requested using the
phone at help points or by calling direct on 020 8745 6261.
Bus routes at the bus station:
75/76 - 77 - 78 - 105 -111 -140 - 285 - 441 - 555 - 724 - A10 - A40 - N9
- U3 - X26
for detailed information see the local
: There is no parking actually within the bus station but
you can use the short term car parks at terminals 1, 2 or 3 which
surround it. The station is clearly signposted from all terminals.
From Bus Station to other terminals
: To terminal 1,2 or 3 there
is a walkway below the station. If you are able bodied and without
luggage you can actually just cross at street level to the terminals but
you will need to cross the busy airport roads. For terminals 4 and 5 see
the Travel Between Terminals Section
Below the station is the Heathrow Express station where a free service
links the station with terminal 5. Alongside this service is the
Heathrow Connect which links for free to terminal 4.
The station is well sign posted from all terminals.
Terminals 1,2 and 3 are all well sign posted for the coach station. You
can reach here by both leaving your terminal at ground level and
crossing the busy ring road around the inner of Heathrow or using the
below ground walk way. If you follow the signs as above this will take
you to the underground lift up to the station. The lift is opposite the
Underground entrance. If arriving at the bus station you can again use
the lift to get to all terminals.
services normally uses stands 1-3
which are on the side of the bus station away from the main stands. Most
of the National Express Coaches pick up from the main stands in the
centre of the station in a covered area and with a dedicated covered
All services are clearly marked on the information board along with
their stand numbers
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