A regular coach (bus) 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 £50.
Check timetables, prices and other details at National Express.
We recommend buying your coach ticket in the airport. Whilst it's possible to buy your ticket online in advance, this will usually only be cheaper if you can specify in advance which coach departure time you want - which will probably not be possible for you, because you will not know if your flight will arrive on schedule, or how long it will take you to get through luggage collection, border control and customs.
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. 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.
If you are arriving at Terminal 4 or Terminal 5 you will find a National Express desk in the arrivals area in the terminal building.
On arrival at St Margaret’s Bus Station in Leicester, we suggest taking a taxi for the journey to your accommodation. You will see a rank of black taxis near the coach stop. The taxi fare to the DMU campus would 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. The train will also usually be more expensive than using the National Express coach service.
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 £5 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 £65 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 liability is expressly disclaimed by DMU.
Please be aware that using a taxi waiting at the airport will probably be far more expensive than a taxi that you have booked in advance.