A regular coach service runs directly from Heathrow Airport (Terminals 2,3, 4 and 5) to St Margaret’s Bus Station in Leicester. The current service runs approximately every hour, with the first bus at 7.30am and the last bus at 11.45pm. The journey takes around three hours, but may take longer during peak times. The current single fare is approximately £40.
Check timetables, prices and other details at National Express.
We recommend you buy your ticket once you arrive in the airport. If you have a credit card you can buy tickets online in advance, although if you do this you might then have a problem if your flight is delayed and you miss the coach that you were hoping to catch.
If you are arriving at Terminals 2 or 3, follow the signs for the Central Bus Station, which is a few minutes' walk from these terminals via underground walkways. You can buy coach tickets at the travel centre in the bus station. The bus station is open 24 hours a day and the travel centre opens from 6am until 10.30pm. It should also be possible to buy a ticket from the coach driver, although it is usually easier to get your ticket from the travel centre, before you try to board the coach.
If you are arriving at Terminal 4 or Terminal 5 you will find a National Express desk in the arrivals area in th terminal building.
On arrival at St Margaret’s Bus Station in Leicester, we suggest taking a taxi for the short journey to the DMU campus. This should cost between £5 and £10.
You can also travel from Heathrow to Leicester by train, although the journey is more complicated as it is not direct, and you will need to travel by underground across central London. This will probably be less convenient, particularly if you have heavy luggage to carry.
If you need to travel by train, use the Underground to get to King’s Cross/St Pancras. You can get a map of the Underground free of charge at the information point at Heathrow.
Tickets are available from machines or from the counter and currently cost about £4.80 for the journey to King’s Cross/St Pancras. There is a train every five to ten minutes. Make sure you travel on the Piccadilly Line (shown as a dark blue line on the underground map).
At King’s Cross/St Pancras underground station follow signs for St Pancras mainline station. A single ticket for Leicester will cost you approximately £55 if you travel Off-Peak (not during the rush hour) - at busy times it will cost more than this. Trains from St Pancras to Leicester run every 30 minutes and the journey time is approximately one hour and 20 minutes (though some services are faster than this). For the latest train timetables and prices check National Rail.
Try the Transport for London website for details of the service on the Underground.
On arrival at Leicester station, we suggest taking a taxi for the short journey to the DMU campus. This should cost between £5 and £10.
A pre-arranged taxi from Heathrow Airport to DMU would usually cost around £100. If more than one of you are travelling together this might be a good option because you could share the cost.
There are a number of Leicester taxi companies with whom you can book advance pick-ups. You will need to make your own arrangements directly with the taxi company and pay the driver yourself in cash. Please note that these companies are not connected to or endorsed by DMU in any way. Should you choose to use one of these companies it is entirely at your own risk and any such liability is expressly disclaimed by DMU.
Be careful if you decide to use one of the taxis waiting at the airport; they will probably be much more expensive than a taxi that you have booked in advance.