As with all the transfers between the major London airports your only real
option in practical terms is the National Express coach service. The train
option will require a trip into central London and a change of trains. Also the
M25 warning applies as with the other airport connections. The M25 is the
London orbital motorway, great most of the time but notorious for delays.
Journey times will always be longer during the morning and evening rush hours,
but barring accidents or adverse conditions such as bad weather, its a
predictable journey and factored into the national Express timetable timings.
For the total time required from plane set down to terminal arrival at Heathrow
we would suggest allowing around 4 and a half hour to 5 hours. Of course this is an
average and does not include unexpected eventualities.
National Express from Stansted Airport
There is only one
terminal at Stansted (an award winning one at that) and the coach pickup is from
the coach station right outside the main terminal building. Transfer to
terminals 4 and 5 can be up to 30 minutes longer since they are on the opposite
side to the central Bus station which serves terminals 1, and 3. For the central
bus station add 10 minutes for the walk to the terminal from the station.
coaches covering this route:
717/787/797: Normal service is 04.00 till 01.35 with on average an hourly service.
727: Normal service is 03.50 till 01.30 with on average a 2 hourly service till
17.50 when it becomes 3 hours+ between coaches.
National Express from Heathrow Airport
The important thing to note is that transfers from terminals 2 and 3are
actually from the central bus station. This is a 7-12 minutes walk using the
dedicated underpass that is located directly under the terminals. You can use
your trolley and the final part of the walk is by lift into the bus station
itself. Terminal 4 has a 2 hour wait between coaches and you may be better off
using the free Heathrow Express service to terminals 2 and 3to link with the
coaches leaving from the bus station.
717/787/797: Terminal 5: Normal service is 02.50 till 00.45 with on average an
Terminal 4: Normal service is 05.30 till 00.30 with on average a 2 hourly
Central bus station (terminals 2 and 3) : Normal service is 03.10 till 01.00
with on average an hourly service.
727: Terminal 5: Normal service is 04.35 till 00.25 with on average a 2 hourly
Terminal 4: Late/early pickup only (04.45, 03.35).
Central bus station (terminals 2 and 3) : Normal service is 05.10 till 01.00
with on average a 2 hourly service.
Taking into consideration both services then the service is:
Terminal 5: hourly
Terminal 4: 2 hourly
Central bus station (terminals 2 and 3): every 30-60 minutes.
Journey Time and Fares
Expect your coach journey between Stansted and Heathrow (either
way round) to take around 65 to 115
Cost is around
from £20 (single), £40 (return) from £20 (single), £40 (return) for a standard single fare.
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.