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Old Feb 13, 09, 11:50 pm   #1
 
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Bargain travel to LHR: the N9 night bus

I arrived at T5 this morning on the N9 night bus from central London. It cost me 1 on my Oyster Card. The journey time from Aldwych is about 1 hr 15 mins, and from Kensington High Street 1 hour. The buses run roughly every 20 minutes through the night. Worth considering by anyone who is feeling the effects of the credit crunch and has an early flight from LHR. (I realise that it won't necessarily appeal to everyone!)
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Old Feb 14, 09, 12:13 am   #2
 
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The bus routes from Heathrow Central are very convenient also during layovers. There is lots to see and do for example towards Richmond.
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Old Feb 15, 09, 4:09 am   #3
 
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There is a night bus map on the tfl site. But I can't find timetables for each route.
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Old Feb 15, 09, 4:24 am   #4
 
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There is a night bus map on the tfl site. But I can't find timetables for each route.
This should help from the TfL site. In the second box just put the number of the bus you require and follow the steps.

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Old Feb 15, 09, 5:01 am   #5
 
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I definitely find the nightbus the best option for early morning departures when not on expenses. I have a nightbus from my place to Trafalgar Square, and so if timings are right it's not much slower than a cab, and about 100 cheaper.

Luckily, however, I very rarely have to do the crazy early mornings.
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Old Feb 15, 09, 7:17 am   #6
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(I realise that it won't necessarily appeal to everyone!)
Ha ha ha ha...

That has to be the understatement of the century...!

The N9 sends shivers down my spine!
(Ooohhh... that rymes!)
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Old Feb 20, 09, 2:44 am   #7
 
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Ha ha ha ha...

That has to be the understatement of the century...!

The N9 sends shivers down my spine!
(Ooohhh... that rymes!)
So you're not one of the BA crew that are often seen using this?

I like it, the traffic is usually very quiet that time in the morning (for London standards), I have to get a bus to Trafalgar Square first and then change for the N9, total cost for me 2 (two oyster singles), when I have a travelcard then it's free because the buses don't work on the zonal system.

During the daytime, getting to LHR by bus from Central London is nowhere near as easy as the good old N9. The regular route 9 doesn't go as far as LHR, even if it did then I can imagine daytime traffic to be very painful.

As I live fairly central dot2dot is another option when travelling alone at 19 to Heathrow, but for early flights I enjoy the N9 and have the comforting thought that I've grabbed a real bargain (apart from the odd times when I have a lot of luggage).
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Old Feb 20, 09, 3:08 am   #8
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The London night bus network is excellent - when I used to live down that way, I had 10 buses an hour to get me home, all through the night, all for 1.

(Although it was more fun to cycle back through deserted streets... London is so much nicer when it's free of traffic...)
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Old Feb 20, 09, 4:23 am   #9
 
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The London night bus network is excellent - when I used to live down that way, I had 10 buses an hour to get me home, all through the night, all for 1.

(Although it was more fun to cycle back through deserted streets... London is so much nicer when it's free of traffic...)
It was even better until the beginning of this year, all Oyster bus fares were 90p day or night making my commute to work just 1.80 return. 2 still ain't too bad either.

I consider it a myth that public transport within London (maybe except the HEX) is overpriced as long as you use oyster. Of course the press (particularly the Evening Standard during election time) liked to use the cash fares, particularly on pointless tube journeys such as Covent Garden to Leicester Square, to show how expensive it is.

The cash fares were artificially inflated to encourage usage of oyster which really shouldn't be a problem for anyone as they're easy to obtain and there's plenty of information located in main tube stations.
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It was even better until the beginning of this year, all Oyster bus fares were 90p day or night making my commute to work just 1.80 return. 2 still ain't too bad either.

I consider it a myth that public transport within London (maybe except the HEX) is overpriced as long as you use oyster. Of course the press (particularly the Evening Standard during election time) liked to use the cash fares, particularly on pointless tube journeys such as Covent Garden to Leicester Square, to show how expensive it is.

The cash fares were artificially inflated to encourage usage of oyster which really shouldn't be a problem for anyone as they're easy to obtain and there's plenty of information located in main tube stations.
Avoid the N9 at weekends i.e. Fri & Sat as they are full of drunks on their way home. Thursday used to get bad too.
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Old Feb 23, 09, 11:04 am   #11
 
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Avoid the N9 at weekends i.e. Fri & Sat as they are full of drunks on their way home. Thursday used to get bad too.
Good points. Most of my N9 experiences have been between Mon-Wed with no problems.
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Does this night bus have beds? Does it shrink to fit between other busses? Just wondering.
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Old Feb 23, 09, 3:59 pm   #13
 
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Does this night bus have beds? Does it shrink to fit between other busses? Just wondering.
Drink plenty of beer and pass out on the floor
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