Transport from Heathrow to Victoria Coach Stn.

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.

Posted by Connie
Portland, OR
11 posts

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?

Posted by Norma
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3409 posts

I think you answered your own question.

Posted by Connie
Portland, OR
11 posts

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.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8755 posts

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.

Posted by Marco
Oxford, United Kingdom
779 posts

I wouldn't take the coach in to London unless perhaps you are connecting to another coach.

Posted by Marco
Oxford, United Kingdom
779 posts

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.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8755 posts

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.

Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
2852 posts

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.