Heathrow (LHR) is in west London, 25km from central London and has excellent transport links both to the capital and the rest of the country.
The busiest airport in Europe, Heathrow often also tops the tables of the world’s best airports for its terminals, shops, family facilities and overall service.
Driving to Heathrow Airport:
Heathrow Airport’s postcodes for Sat Navs:
Terminal 1: TW6 1AP
Terminal 2: TW6 1EW
Terminal 3: TW6 1QG
Terminal 4: TW6 3XA
Terminal 5: TW6 2GA
Heathrow airport is linked with the M4 and M25. There are five terminals and each has a different postcode for Sat Navs, so check which terminal you’re flying from before you leave.
To access terminals 1, 2 and 3, leave at junction 4 from the M4 or junction 25 on the M25 and follow signs to the airport.
Terminal 4 is south of the airport and Terminal 5 to the west. For both, leave at junction 4b on the M4 and join the M25. Exit the M25 at junction 14 and follow the airport signposting.
Parking at Heathrow Airport:
There are short stay carparks at each terminal which are all a short walk from the terminal.
There’s also Valet Parking for drop-offs directly outside each of the terminals.
The Long Stay and Business Parking areas are slightly further away and will require a bus ride (buses usually leave every ten minutes) to access your terminal.
Public Transport to/from Heathrow Airport:
Heathrow Airport Buses:
The bus station can be found near terminals 1, 2 and 3. Local services run to Uxbridge and other destinations in west London and the Thames Valley. You will need an Oyster card or contactless payment card to use Transport for London buses.
For travel within the Heathrow area, a number of buses are free.
The Hotel Hoppa Bus links all terminals and Heathrow’s 20+ hotels.
Trains to/from Heathrow Airport:
The Heathrow Express is the fastest connection between central London and Heathrow. Between 5am and midnight, trains run every quarter of an hour to/from London Paddington and the terminals. The journey takes about 15 minutes.
The Heathrow Connect train calls at Terminals 1, 2 and 3 as well as Hayes and Harlington, Southall, Hanwell, West Ealing and Ealing Broadway before stopping at Paddington. The whole journey from the airport to Paddington takes under half an hour and trains depart every 30 minutes. For connections to terminals 4 and 5, use the Heathrow Express.
Underground: Heathrow Airport is one of the final stops of the Piccadilly line (Zone 6). The Piccadilly line serves central London, with main stops including Hammersmith, Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden.
If you’re travelling from London on a train for Uxbridge or Rayners Lane, you will need to change at Acton Town for the Heathrow line. There are 3 stops at Heathrow Airport. The tube first stops at terminals 1, 2 and 3, then it continues to either terminal 4 or terminal 5 (change at Hatton Cross if your initial train doesn’t stop at your terminal).
Taxis to/from Heathrow Airport:
You will be able to find black cabs outside each of the terminals, or private hire taxis can meet you at arrivals and take you to your end destination.
Coaches to/from Heathrow Airport:
The coach station is near terminals 1, 2 and 3.
National Express has over 200 services a day, with 154 pickup points including Southampton, Bristol, Oxford and Reading on the way to all five terminals.
Rail-Air run luxury coaches to Feltham, Reading, Woking and Watford.
The Airline links Heathrow and Oxford.
Heathrow Airport facilities:
Plaza Premium Lounges (terminals 2 & 4). Designed by Kimney Chan, the Plaza lounges have showers, spas, a tapas bar and a champagne bar.
Servisair Lounge (terminal 3). The Servisair Executive Lounge has comfortable chairs and internet access, as well as complimentary drinks and snacks.
Traveller Lounge (terminal 3) is a fabulous lounge for families, with a games room and cinema, family room, showers, and bedrooms.
SkyTeam Lounge (terminal 4). Looking onto the runway, the SkyTeam lounge has Wi-Fi, magazines, day beds, a wellness centre and complimentary food and drink.
Aspire (terminal 5). The Aspire Lounge and Spa has panoramic windows, quiet rest pods, showers, an office area, premium drinks and cocktails and a spa with beauty treatments.
Food and Drink:
You’ll various coffee stops within each terminal including Caffe Nero and Costa. For a hot meal there are various different options in each terminal like Jamie’s Italian and Wetherspoons.
Each terminal has a World Duty Free, WH Smith and Boots as well as numerous other shops - like Harrods, Burberry, Cartier and Mulberry in most terminals. If you order travel money in advance, it can be collected it on arrival. There’s a MoneyCorp and Travelex in all terminals.
Heathrow normally has free Wi-Fi for up to 4 hours. All terminals also have computers that work on a pay-as-you go basis.
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