Heathrow airport

Article reviewed: 2013/01/03 | Next review due: 2014/07/22

Heathrow Airport is located in the western suburbs of London. This is the busiest airport in the UK, with over 67 million passengers passing through in 2008. It is the busiest airport in Europe in terms of passengers and is the world's largest airport for international traffic, with over 61 million international passengers in 2008 alone.

It is one of five international airports in London, with the others being Luton, Gatwick, Stansted and City Airport.

London Heathrow Airport is the main platform for connecting the main British airlines, British Airways, bmi and Virgin Atlantic. It also had a number of routes to Paris with Air France.

Given the sheer size of Heathrow Airport, it is divided into five terminals. Before you leave for the airport or book a taxi for central London, make sure you know which terminal your flight lands/departs as it can take up to 20 minutes to transfer from one terminal to another.

Heathrow airport by train

The Heathrow Express train service starts at Paddington Station with trains leaving every 15 minutes. The journey time is very quick, with the Express service taking just 15 minutes. Tickets cost  £16.50 one-way, or  £26.00 for a return.

Alternatively, Heathrow is also connected via the London underground  (zone 6) on the Piccadilly line (with three different stops: Terminals 1,2&3; Terminal 4; and Terminal 5). A single journey on the underground from zone 1 to zone 6 will cost  £2.70 on Oyster pay as you go, or £5.00 cash.

Taking the underground is a cheaper option, but is also much slower – a journey on the Piccadilly line from Holborn to Heathrow Terminals 1,2&3 will take 50-55 minutes.

Heathrow airport by taxi

A taxi from central London costs between £45 to £70 and takes about an hour. There are always a number of taxis waiting outside whichever terminal you may arrive from.

Heathrow airport driving

Heathrow Airport is well signposted along the major roads in the area, and is accessible via via the M4 motorway, the A4 highway, the M25 or the A30.

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