Summary

London Heathrow is not just the busiest airport in the UK but also the busiest in Europe with 75 million passenger journeys handled in 2015. Terminals 1+2+3 are next to each other in the centre of Heathrow. Terminals 4 and 5 are separate and are at the other end of the runway (note: terminal 1 is currently closed and undergoing refurbishment).

It is located to the west of London and is closer to London than Gatwick, Luton or Stansted airports.

Logistics

Underground (‘The Tube’): Transport for London (TFL) is your best resource for public transport in the London area. Take the Piccadilly Line (blue line) into the centre of London. About 35 minutes and £6 to Earls Court station. If you are planning on several days in London and using the public transport buy a Visitor Oyster Card and top up.

Coach: There are a few choices:

  • National Express is a major national coach operator in the UK to take you to other cities.
  • Railair coach to Reading. Drops you right outside the main train station from where you can easily get a train to the west of England, south Wales,Birmingham. Journey time is about 55 minutes from Heathrow Central Bus Station (terminals 2+3), or about 50 minutes from Terminal 5.
  • Airline Oxford Bus to Oxford. About 80 minutes., £25 one way

Train: The The Heathrow Express will take you to London Paddington which is a mainline station in west London. £22 one way, £36 for a return, about 25 minutes. The Tube is longer journey time (but it depends on where you want to get to in London) and far less expensive.

Taxi: You can get a ‘black cab’ from outside the terminals at the taxi rank. Journey time to central London is 30 to 60 minutes, and about £45 to £85 depending on distance and time in the cab.

Car Hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt

Stay

Here is a start:

Eat

Eat in the hotel, or if you fancy venturing out

See