The busiest airport in the UK and one of the busiest worldwide, London Heathrow Airport handles an amazing 75 million passengers each year. Located 15 miles (24km) from central London, the airport is served by about 90 airlines (including British Airways, which uses Heathrow as its home base) offering flights to London Heathrow from something like 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. 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.
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 £22 if booked online or at a ticket machine, or £27 on-board, if travelling during off-peak times. 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. 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: +44 844 335 1801.
Car rental options include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.
London's black taxis stop at the ranks outside each of Heathrow Airport's terminals; the journey time to central London is around 30 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic. Taxis are metered and the fare from Heathrow Airport to Central London will cost around Â£48 to Â£90.
Transfer between terminals
Terminal 1 is no longer in use. Terminals 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. Travellers should allow around 15 minutes for the journey time between terminals.
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 close to the central bus station between Terminals 2 and 3. 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 and Virgin Atlantic, among others.
Free WiFi is available.
There are a number of business lounges at London Heathrow offering refreshments, internet access, and phone and fax facilities. There are also lounges that offer overnight private rooms with ensuite bathrooms and spa facilities, as well as more affordable lounges with quiet rest areas, newspapers and magazines, and complimentary food and drink.
London Heathrow Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.