The busiest airport in the UK and fourth-busiest worldwide, London Heathrow Airport handles an amazing 65 million passengers each year. Located 15 miles (24km) from central London, the airport is served by 90 airlines (including British Airways, who uses Heathrow as its home base) offering flights to London Heathrow from 180 destinations worldwide.
London Heathrow Airport is the main gateway for flights to London. Despite its distance from the city centre, Heathrow utilises extensive public transport options that create easy, hassle-free transfers into London.
The airport itself is immense, with four large terminals (and another on under construction). It can be easy to get lost, but the facility is well-signed and staff members are always on-hand to help. Nevertheless, passengers should allow plenty of time when making connections.
In terms of attractions and entertainment, London Heathrow Airport has near-endless options for shopping and dining in each terminal. Even just people-watching in the diverse crowds is a good way to pass the time while waiting for a flight at London Heathrow Airport.
The airport is situated 15 miles (24km) west of London.
Getting to the city
The quickest way into London is on the Heathrow Express train, which leaves every 15 minutes for Paddington station, takes 15 minutes, and costs £21.50 if booked online or £26.50 on-board. Paddington has good connections to the other London railway stations and all parts of London via the London Underground. Heathrow is also on the Piccadilly underground line, which takes passengers into central London in around 50 minutes and costs £5.70. The National Express coach service runs to central London and other towns and cities throughout the UK.
GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
Tel: +44 (0)8700 000 123.
Car rental options include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.
London's black taxis service Heathrow Airport; the journey time to central London is around 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic. Taxis are metered and fares to central London start from £50. Taxis are available from outside each terminal.
Transfer between terminals
Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are within walking distance of each other, with an average walking time of 11 minutes from one end to the other. Terminals 4 and 5 are connected via the free Heathrow Express train. Allow around 15 minutes for the journey time between terminals. Alternatively, Terminal 4 and 5 can be reached via the 490 and 482 busses, which take about 20 minutes.
There are numerous shops, bars and restaurants, ATMs, currency exchange facilities, left luggage facilities, pharmacies and postal services in all terminals. A spa offering massages is located in Terminal 5. There are VIP Lounges in Terminals 2 and 3. There are multi-faith prayer rooms in each terminal, and St George's Chapel is located between Terminals 1 and 3, near the central bus station. There are shower facilities located in Terminal 3.
Short-term parking is available adjacent to the airport. A free shuttle service links the terminals and the long-term and business car parks. Valet parking is also available at all terminals.
Flights to London Heathrow Airport are available via Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Iberia, Lufthansa, KLM, Qantas, Qatar Airways, South African Airways, United, US Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
Free wifi is available for four hours; sign up with Heathrow Rewards to get another four hours.
There are three main business lounges at London Heathrow offering refreshments, internet access, and phone and fax facilities. Two Servisair Executive Lounges and a No. 1 Traveller Lounge offer similar facilities, but for conference or meeting rooms it's best to go to one of the airport hotels.
London Heathrow Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.