I'll be arriving at London, Heathrow Sept 30th and taking a coach (bus) to Victoria Coach Station. Does anyone know if it is best to purchase a coach ticket in advance or just buy a ticket when I land? If my plane arrives late and I miss the bus I'd have to buy another ticket. Thank you.
Thanks very much for your replies. I may take the Tube, although the coach station is much closer to my hotel. Marco, why not take a coach to London?
I think you answered your own question.
Possibly. Information on the National Express Web site indicates it's a draw. Some travelers have advised buying a ticket in advance to ensure getting a seat.
I can't speak about the coach - I don't do buses - but is the coach faster than the simple one-change Underground journey which goes to Victoria Underground and railway station, very close to the Victoria Coach Station? I've used that Underground route and it really is easy. The Tube goes every couple or few minutes and is pretty reliable, especially as you will be on a Monday.
I wouldn't take the coach in to London unless perhaps you are connecting to another coach.
Sparse and irregular service, as well as the ticket issue you raised. These stops are more for people travelling a fair distance to Heathrow rather than a local service to London. The coach station itself is cramped and confusing, although more of a problem for departures than arrivals.
The Tube route I referred to earlier is to use the Piccadilly Line from the Heathrow terminal (the tube train starts there so no worry about getting a seat) towards central London. Change at Hammersmith and just cross the platform to get right on to the District Line (eastbound towards Upminster) and go 7 more stops to Victoria. Every Tube carriage has maps above every door and window with the stops clearly marked. The print is plenty big enough to read across the carriage. In addition there is an electronic sign with the next stop indicated, and automatic announcements before and at each stop. In addition each station has lots of signs along the platform and these are easily visible through the windows.
Thanks so much. You've been a big help.
I just want to emphasize Nigel's point. When you change lines on the Tube, you often have to traverse stairs, elevators, and/or escalators (no fun with luggage and crowds). But the change at Hammersmith is between two trains using the same platform; you just get out of one train, walk across the platform, and get on the other train. Very easy, even with luggage.