Of all the options for transfers between Luton Airport and Heathrow Airport by
far the most practical and also the most economical is the National Express
coach service that runs along the M25 between the two airports. In fact for a
direct service you have no other options other than a taxi. The train connection
requires at least one change of train. The route taken by the coach is the
orbital motorway that encircles greater London. So this also means certain times
of the day you are going to hit more traffic than other times and this is
basically the morning and evening rush hours. In general the clockwise run is
heaviest in the evening (Heathrow to Luton) and the anti-clockwise run is
heaviest in the morning (Luton to Heathrow). However the airports junctions are
always busy in rush hour.
The coach serving this route is the 707
Things to note for this route:
Does not operate 24th or 26th December.
reduced service bank holidays.
National Express from Luton Airport
Coaches run from Luton Bus Station in Luton
town itself before arriving at the airport. At Luton Airport the coaches stop
right outside the terminal building (there is only one terminal though its split
into two sections). You cant miss the National express coach as the bus
forecourt isn't overly large and all the stops are clearly signposted. The
service operates from about 01.45 till around
23.45 and this
is a mostly hourly service. All coaches have an onboard WC. These are
not dedicated buses for this route but they take in this journey as part
of much longer routes. the full route is actually Northampton to Gatwick
The service is the number
707 coach. Pickup is from outside Luton Airport terminal, then on to Hemel Hempstead bus station
and then taking the M25 to Heathrow Central bus station (for terminals 2 and 3),
After stopping at the central bus station the coach then stops at terminal 5 and
finally terminal 4. Thus serving all terminals at Heathrow airport.
Note that the same National Express Luton Airport to Heathrow Airport bus
then goes onto Gatwick Airport.
National Express from Heathrow Airport
All of the terminals at Heathrow Airport have an option for the National Express
service out to Luton Airport. However some terminals are better served than
others. Terminals 2 and 3served by the central bus station have the most
frequent service followed by terminal 5 and then 4. You might find it a good
option if you arrive at terminal 4 to check if there's a coach leaving at an
earlier time from the central bus station. Its only a few minutes transfer using
the Heathrow Express
between terminals and its a free ride and with a frequency of every 15 minutes.
To get from terminals 2 and 3to the central bus station its an easy walk of
7-12 minutes using the underpass which also allows for you to take your trolley
From terminal 4: from 5.30 then approximately every 2 hours till 0.15
From terminal 5: from 5.45 then approximately every 30-60 minutes till 0.25
From central bus station (for terminals 1 and 2): from 06.10 then approximately
every 30-60 minutes till 0.30
Expect your journey to take around 65 to 115
minutes. Cost is around
from £20 (single), £40 (return) for a standard single fare.
National Express timetables, services
National Express are the number one
operator for UK wide coaches.
online means you receive an emailed e-ticket. Emailed almost immediately so
very little time delay no matter where you are in the world.
Options to reserve a seat, but only when you specify the exact time of the
Big savings for return tickets.
One child under 3 years of age may travel free for each fare paying
Children 3-15 have reduced fares.
Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Luggage allowance is 2 medium sized suitcases up to 20 kg each and one item
of hand luggage.
Additional luggage is allowed (normally) but with a surcharge.