Commute by bus
There's an extensive bus network around Heathrow, which connects the airport with destinations in West London and the Thames Valley.
Services to and from West London are part of the Transport for London network and further information can be found at tfl.gov.uk or by calling +44 (0)20 7222 1234. For route maps see tfl.gov.uk/maps/bus.
All bus services call at the Heathrow central bus station, which you'll find in the central terminal area between Terminals 2 and 3. The bus station is open 24 hours a day and the travel centre is open from 06:00 to 22:30.
Some local services also call at Hatton Cross, Terminal 4 and Terminal 5. See tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/ for more details.
Heathrow free travel zone
Within the Heathrow Free Travel Zone, local bus services around the airport site are provided free of charge. You don't even need your Heathrow ID card. For more details download the Heathrow free travel zone map published by the Heathrow Commuter team. (please replace with the new FTZ map)
24-hour local bus services
Some bus services run 24-hours, so colleagues can get to the airport early in the morning or late at night. You can download a guide to our 24-hour bus services published by the Heathrow Commuter team.
Feltham and Richmond railway stations
The 285 bus runs from Heathrow to Feltham railway station (for trains to/from Richmond, Camberley, Bracknell, London Waterloo and Clapham Junction) approximately every 10 minutes. The journey time is approximately 30 minutes.
At night the N285 operates every 30 minutes on the same route.
The 490 bus runs from Terminal 5 to Richmond railway station via Terminal 4, Hatton Cross and Feltham railway station, approximately every 12 minutes. The journey time is approximately 30 minutes.
Heathrow operates a number of free bus services from staff car parks which can be used by anyone with an airport ID badge. These buses run approximately every ten minutes and connect these staff car parks with the Central Terminal Area (CTA), Terminal 4 or Terminal 5.
A number 8 connects the Compass Centre to the Central Terminal Area (CTA), Terminal 4 and Terminal 5.
Central Terminal Area (CTA)
A staff bus goes to/from the N4 car park (on the East side of Compass Centre) to the CTA approximately every ten minutes.
490 / 482 buses to Terminal 5, then 423 buses to CTA then Heathrow Express.
Number 7 bus to CTA . A staff bus goes to/from the N6 car park (on the West side of Compass Centre) to Terminal 5 approximately every ten minutes.
105, 285 or 140 buses direct to the Central Terminal Area
Tickets and fares
Cash payment is no longer accepted on Transport for London buses so you will need:
- An Oyster card
- A contactless payment card (such as bank debit card)
- A one-day Travelcard
For pay-as-you-go bus fares, visit tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/fares/bus-and-tram
Within the Heathrow Free Travel Zone, local bus services around the airport site are provided free of charge.
Heathrow Travel cards and carnets
Heavily discounted travel cards and carnets (booklets of single use tickets) are available on a variety of Heathrow bus routes. See Team Heathrow travel discounts for more details.Back to top