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Where to Board at Heathrow

Changes to pick-up points at Heathrow Airport coaches from Heathrow to Reading only pick-up passengers at Heathrow Central Bus Station (stands 6-15a) and Terminal 5 (stop 9). Passengers from Heathrow Terminal 4 can use the free connections to reach Central Bus Station or Terminal 5. Coaches from Reading to Heathrow set-down passengers outside the doors of Terminal 5, 1 and 3.


Terminal 1

From International arrivals follow the sign for Underground and Central Bus Station. From UK and Ireland follow signs for Underground and Terminals 2 and 3, which direct you towards the lifts (then follow signs for Underground and Central Bus Station.) Use the lifts to reach the basement level.

Terminal 3

Follow signs for Underground and Central Bus Station, taking the ramp or stairs to access the below-surface subway link.

Terminal 4

Use the FREE Heathrow Express shuttle service. Travel in the carriages at the rear of the train and alight at Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Follow signs for Terminals 2 and 3 but as soon as you see signs for buses and underground follow these instead. Alternatively, you can use bus routes 482 and 490 from Terminal 4 to Terminal 5, which run up to 8 times an hour and are free to use (make sure the bus is heading towards Terminal 5 before you board).

Terminal 5

Follow signs for Local Buses upon exiting arrivals. If you do not already have a ticket, these can be purchased from the National Express Sales Desk which is located inside the Terminal building (turn left out of arrivals) opposite Costa Coffee. You will find stand 9 by exiting the terminal building opposite the National Express Sales desk.


Click here to download a PDF of how to get to the stops at Heathrow Airport. Coaches serve stands 6-15a in the Central Bus Station and stand 9 at Terminal 5. Ticket facilities are available and passengers should ensure they have a valid ticket before boarding the coach.

Where to board at Heathrow