Heathrow Airport (LHR)
Heathrow airport is usually the first destination for visitors flying into London and is used by most of the major airlines. Heathrow is a massive airport with 5 terminals and just short of 80 million passengers making it the third busiest airport in the world. The airport is on the site of a small village called Heath Row which is how the airport was given its name. Nearly every major airline in the world flies into Heathrow including British Airways and Qantas.
Other airlines that land in Heathrow include Air China, Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Emirates, Etihad, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei, Singapore Airlines, Thai, United and Virgin Atlantic.
If you are flying into or out of Heathrow it is a good idea to establish which terminal they are landing and departing from. The airport is a lot bigger than most international airports and has 4 terminals servicing different airlines. The terminals can be quite a distance from each other you you may need to get a shuttle bus or a long walk between different terminals.
- Heathrow Terminal 1 (Closed) – Heathrow Terminal 1 was closed in 2015 and will be used as part of an expansion to Terminal 2.
- Heathrow Terminal 2 – This terminal was re-opened in 2014 and named the Queens Terminal
- Heathrow Terminal 3 – This terminal is home to QANTAS and Oneworld airlines
- Heathrow Terminal 4 – This terminal is home of a lot of European airlines including Air France, Etihad Airlines, and KLM
- Heathrow Terminal 5 – Terminal 5 is used exclusively by British Airways and some of their associates.
It is recommended that you allow extra time when flying into or out of Heathrow due to extended security screenings.
- 3 hours prior to a long haul flight
- 2 hours prior to a European flight
Heathrow Transfers to London
Located about 14 miles (23 km) west of Central London visitors are given several options on how to transfer to their London accommodation. The easiest way in our opinion is to catch the Heathrow Express which is a dedicated express rail link into Central London. These trains leave every 15 minutes and take about 15-20 minutes to reach Paddington Station which then makes it an easy connection to most of central London.
Heathrow has 3 underground stations, one for Terminals 2 and 3, one for terminal 4 and one for terminal 5. Getting the tube from Heathrow is the cheapest way at about $10 into central london however this trip stops at a lot of stations and takes anywhere from 45 to 65 minutes.
|Route||Frequency||Time to Central London||Cost|
|Heathrow Express||15 mins||21 mins||$30.00 (£21.50)|
|Heathrow Connect||30 mins||25 mins|
|Underground train (Piccadilly line)||5-10 mins||1 hour||$5 - $10|
|National Express Coach||5-30 mins||50 mins-1 hour||$15 - $20|
|Taxi / Uber||On Demand||30 mins-1 hour||$60 - $100|
Heathrow Airport Arrivals