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*The journey from central London will take approximately one hour, and costs £46-£50.  However, you run the risk of getting stuck in a traffic jam. Booking a mini cab that will take you for a flat fee will almost always work out significantly cheaper than a metered london black taxi.
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Revision as of 11:21, 22 March 2008

Heathrow Airport [1] (IATA: LHR) is located in the west of London and is one of the world's busiest airports.

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Understand

Terminal 5 opens on 27 March 2008 and will trigger a cascade of changes in which terminal serves which airline. Changes will be gradual: some BA flights will not move to T5 until early 2009. Confirm your terminal with the airport or the official Heathrow site before your flight.


Heathrow is a giant, sprawling airport divided into five terminals (T1 through T5). It is imperative to double-check your terminal — for example, British Airways operates from T1, T3, T4 and T5 — as transferring between them can be confusing and time-consuming, particularly with luggage. Broadly speaking:

  • T1: British Airways (all domestic, most intra-EU) until 27 Mar 2008, bmi, most Star Alliance carriers
  • T2: Many smaller international airlines, to be replaced by T5
  • T3: Virgin Atlantic, most oneworld and other long-haul international flights, BA (Miami only)
  • T4: British Airways (most outside EU, some intra-EU), most Skyteam flights
  • T5: British Airways (all domestic, most intra-EU) after 27 Mar 2008

Get in

There are a plethora of options for transport to and from Heathrow. As a short summary, the Tube is definitely the cheapest, while the Heathrow Express is the fastest option for most parts of London.

By train

  • Heathrow Express [2] - a high-speed rail link between the airport and London Paddington Station. The service runs every 15 minutes and takes 15 minutes to terminals 1/2/3 or 23 minutes to terminal 5. Does not serve Terminal 4. £14.50 (one way, booked on-line); £28 (return); Travelcards are not valid.
  • Heathrow Connect [3] - a cheaper but slower regional rail link between the airport and London Paddington station. The service runs every 30 min and takes 25 min to terminals 1/2/3 and 4. Does not serve Terminal 5. £6.90 (one way). Travelcard valid only up to Hayes & Harlington, after which a supplement must be paid to reach the airport.
  • Piccadilly Line [4] - an Underground rail line to the airport from stations throughout central London. There are three tube stations at the airport: Terminals 1/2/3 (all trains), Terminal 4 (some trains) and Terminal 5 (some trains). The journey takes around 50 minutes from central London. £4 (one way); Travelcards (zone 6) are valid. This option is much cheaper than the Heathrow Express, and can be faster if you're coming from the suburbs west of London; use the Journey Planner to pick the best route. The last train from the airport departs around 23:50; if you come just few minutes before the last train, catch the train even if you don't have a ticket--personnel at stations is quite tolerate to such cases (no information about ticket inspectors' attitude yet).
  • Woking RailAir [5] - a regular bus service from Woking, a town slightly southwest of London. Woking has good rail connections - if travelling to Heathrow from southwest London, going via Woking is often faster and easier than going through central London.
  • Reading RailAir [6] - a regular bus service from Reading Station, providing connections to Southern and Western England, and South Wales.

By bus

  • National Express runs a regular service from Victoria Bus Station (next to the railway station) for £15 return - journeys take about 40 mins to an hour.
  • National Express [7] operate a direct bus from most major cities.
  • First Traveller [8] operate a regular shuttle bus service to Reading Station. This allows travelers using the London to South Wales (including Swansea and Cardiff) and the West Country (Including Bristol and Plymouth) express train service to avoid the inconvenience of traveling into London. Buses depart from Reading Station and return from the Central Bus Station at Heathrow. The shuttle bus and train ticket can be bought together at train stations or the Central Bus Station.
  • By the night bus route N9. One of the few options if you need to get there in the wee hours. Takes about an hour from Aldwych, and only runs every half hour from about midnight to 5am (when the tube and other connections have stopped). Standard £2 bus fare applies.

By taxi

  • The journey from central London will take approximately one hour, and costs £46-£50. However, you run the risk of getting stuck in a traffic jam. Booking a mini cab that will take you for a flat fee will almost always work out significantly cheaper than a metered london black taxi.
  • For a minicab you can book on line on WestEndCarServices.com or call +44 (0)20 7734 8970 Prices start from £35

By car

  • The airport is some 17 miles (27 km) west of central London - a large part of the journey can be made by means of the M4 motorway which can, however, be quite congested at peak periods. The airport is also near the M25.

Get around

Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are within walking distance of each other. From 1/2/3, you can connect for free to/from T5 on the Heathrow Express and to/from T4 on the Heathrow Connect train. Free buses connect T4 and T5 every 6 minutes.

Terminal 2 Connections Please note that all connection times below are approximate and are for passengers with through checked bags only. If you need to collect your luggage in the terminal of your arrival allow extra time.

Terminal 2 to Terminal 2 Connecting from one Terminal 2 flight to another Your connection will take approximately 50 minutes, from landing to departure gate. Go through security, and follow signs to the Terminal 2 departures lounge and your departure gate.

Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 Connecting from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 International Your connection will take approximately 45 minutes, from landing to departure gate. Walk to the Flight Connections Centre and go through customs and security before making your way by foot to Terminal 1.

Connecting from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 UK & Ireland Your connection will take approximately 50 minutes, from landing to departure gate. Walk to the Flight Connections Centre and go through customs and security. Have your passport ready for passport control. Finally, make your way by foot to the Terminal 1 UK & Ireland departure gate.

Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 Your connection will take approximately 60 minutes, from landing to departure gate. On arrival, head for the Flight Connections Centre, go through customs and security. Take a coach to Terminal 3 and your departure gate.

Terminal 2 to Terminal 4 Your connection will take approximately 70 minutes, from landing to departure gate. On arrival, head for the Flight Connections Centre and go through customs and security. Take a coach to Terminal 4 and your departure gate.

See

Buy

Eat

There are fast food restaurants in the departure areas of all four terminals, though, like most airports, the food is rather mediocre and overpriced.

Terminal one

The domestic air-side area has a very limited selection of eateries, with most cafes closing between 9pm and 10pm.

Terminal two

Terminal three

  • Sandwiches: Mark's and Spencer's offer an excellent selection at standard prices. Boots offer a more limited choice, but at a very cheap price.

Terminal Four

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