London Heathrow Airport Guide (LHR)

Airport info
Code: LHR
Address:
Heathrow Airport, Hounslow, Greater London, TW6 1AP, United Kingdom
Location:

London Heathrow Airport is located 24km (15 miles) west of central London.

No. of terminals: 5 (Terminal 1 is currently closed) Dialling code: +44
Telephone:
+44 844 335 1801
Timezone: GMT ++00:00
Map:
London Heathrow Airport map

London’s largest airport and one of the world’s busiest air transport hubs, London Heathrow Airport is situated to the west of central London and is linked to the city via public transport and road networks. Our London Heathrow Airport guide provides all of the necessary information about the facility, including details of terminal services, public transport access and nearby accommodation options.

Information

Information desks are located in the arrivals areas of Terminals 2, 4 and 5, as well as in the departures area of Terminals 3 and 5. Help points equipped with airport maps and courtesy telephones are located throughout the terminals. Roving Passenger Ambassadors can also assist with queries.

Website
www.heathrow.com
Transfer between terminals

Terminals 2 and 3 are within walking distance of each other and are connected via underground walkways. Transfers between Terminals 2 and 3, Terminals 4 (journey time: 8 minutes) and 5 (journey time: 12 minutes) are free on the Heathrow Express train or shuttle bus.

Driving directions

From central London, take the westbound A4 and then continue on the westbound M4. Terminals 2 and 3 can be reached via the M4 (junction 4), Terminal 4 is reached via the A312, and Terminal 5 can be accessed via the M25 (junction 14). All terminals are easily accessible from the M25, either from junction 14 (Terminals 4 and 5) or junction 15 (Terminals 2 and 3).

The total drive time from central London to the airport is approximately an hour, depending on the route and traffic levels.

Public Transport

Public transport rail

Rail:The Heathrow Express (tel: +44 345 600 1515; www.heathrowexpress.com) non-stop train service links London Heathrow Airport to London Paddington Station every 15 minutes (journey time: 15-20 minutes; fare: £25). For national rail travel information, contact the 24-hour National Rail Enquiries line (tel: +44 845 748 4950; www.nationalrail.co.uk).

Underground:London Heathrow Airport is on the London Underground (tel: +44 343 222 1234; www.tfl.gov.uk) network. Separate stations for Terminals 2 and 3, Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 are located on the Piccadilly Line, which can take passengers into central London (journey time: 50 minutes; fare: £6.00 – discounted when using an Oyster Card or contactless debit card).

Public transport road

Bus:Numerous local buses (tel: +44 343 222 1234; www.tfl.gov.uk) stop at the central bus station (between Terminals 2 and 3) as well as at Terminals 4 and 5. At night, the N9 bus service operates to central London. Cash is not accepted on London buses, payment must be made with either contactless bank card or TFL Oyster Card. The standard single bus fare (any distance on the same bus) is £1.50.

Coach:Coaches connect London Heathrow Airport to more than 500 destinations throughout the United Kingdom. National Express (tel: +44 871 781 8181; www.nationalexpress.com) is the major service provider.

Taxi:London's licensed black cabs serve London Heathrow Airport and are available outside each terminal. Taxis can be booked in advance via Heathrow Taxis (tel: +44 203 637 9324; www.heathrowtaxis.org). The journey time to central London is around 60 minutes and the fare is approximately £45-£90, depending on traffic conditions.

Terminal facilities

Money

There are numerous ATMs and bureaux de change facilities in all terminals (both pre- and post-security).

Communication

Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout London Heathrow Airport; fixed internet terminals are also available. There is a post office in Terminal 3; postboxes and stamps are available in every terminal. Card- and coin-operated public telephones can be found in the main areas of each terminal and mobile telephone charging kiosks are located in the check-in hall and departure lounges.

Food

There are numerous restaurants, bars, fast-food outlets, coffee shops, pubs and sandwich bars throughout London Heathrow Airport. These include caviar and seafood bars in all terminals and a restaurant run by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey in Terminal 5.

Shopping

There is a wide variety of shops in each terminal, including duty-free outlets (for those travelling outside the EU), electrical shops and newsagents. Those looking for the latest in fashion can peruse the various boutiques by British and international designers.

Luggage

Left-luggage offices (tel: +44 20 8759 3344) can be found in each terminal, while lost property can be reclaimed from the Airport Lost Property Office (tel: +44 844 824 3115 (within UK) or +44 20 3761 1800 (international)) in Terminal 3. Baggage trolleys are available free of charge in baggage reclaim and other key areas.

Other

Other facilities at London Heathrow Airport include multifaith prayer rooms in all terminals, a Christian chapel (close to Heathrow’s Central Bus Station), showers (in all Terminals), spas (in Terminal 5) and an art gallery (Terminal 5). There are pharmacies in all terminals: the chemists before security in Terminal 5 dispense prescriptions.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

There are several airline, business and executive lounges in each terminal; but a larger number of lounges concentrate in Terminal 3 including No1 Lounges (tel: +44 8442 646440; no1lounges.com) which are open to all travellers for a fee.

Extensive meeting and conference facilities are offered by the larger hotels in and around the airport, including the Sofitel London Heathrow (tel: +44 20 8757 7777; www.sofitel.com) at Terminal 5.

Disabled facilities

Special assistance (tel: :+44 344 335 1000) is available for disabled passengers at various help points throughout the terminal buildings and car parks. Passengers requiring wheelchairs should contact the individual airlines prior to travel; porters are available to help with wheelchair and baggage assistance.

Among the facilities are wheelchair-accessible telephones, reserved seating and disabled toilets in all terminals, while disabled car parking is also available at designated spaces. Text telephones, induction loops and a Minicom information line are available for the hearing impaired.

A wheelchair-accessible bus service operates between all terminals and the central bus station. The Heathrow Express, black cabs and many bus and coach operators provide facilities for wheelchairs.

Car parking

There is a range of car parking options at London Heathrow Airport. Each terminal has its own short-stay car park: this option is recommended for stays of up to five hours. Long-stay car parks are offered by the airport as well as private operators, such as NCP (tel: +44 345 050 7080; www.ncp.co.uk) and from the Airport Parking site (www.airport-parking.org.uk) – these car parks are linked to the terminals by a courtesy shuttle bus. Bookings for short- and long-stay parking can be made via the airport website (tel: +44 344 335 1000; www.heathrowairport.com).

Business and valet parking (which is available at each terminal) is also bookable through the airport's website. Motorbikes and electric cars can park free of charge in designated areas at each terminal.

Car rental

Car hire companies represented at London Heathrow Airport include: Alamo, Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Sixt. Desks for these operators can be found on the arrivals level of each terminal.

Hotels

There are three hotels linked directly to Terminals 4 and 5, while there are many other accommodation options in the immediate vicinity of London Heathrow Airport – a paid-for shuttle bus operates a route linking many of the local hotels. Hotels can be booked via the British Hotel Reservation Centre, which has desks in the arrivals areas.


Sofitel London Heathrow

+44 20 8757 7777

Boasting a good range of services, the Sofitel is ideal for those travelling on business. There is plenty of space in which to relax, however, with a cocktail bar, restaurant and tea room on offer. Spa and fitness facilities are also available to guests.

Terminal 5, TW6 2GD, London Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom

Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow

+44 20 8759 6311

On the fringes of London Heathrow Airport near Terminals 1 and 3, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow features extensive conference space, on-site dining options and spa facilities. On-site airport parking is available to guests.

140 Bath Road, Hayes, UB3 5AW, Middlesex, United Kingdom

Park Inn by Radisson Heathrow

+44 20 8759 6611

Just 1.6km (1 mile) from London Heathrow Airport, Park Inn by Radisson Heathrow houses an on-site restaurant, fitness centre and conference facilities for up to 700 delegates.

Bath Road, Heathrow, UB7 0DU, Hounslow, United Kingdom

Hilton London Heathrow Airport

+44 20 8759 7755

The Hilton London Heathrow Airport is a short walk via a covered walkway from Terminal 4, and is linked to Terminal 5 by the Heathrow Express train service. The hotel has three restaurants, a fitness centre, business services and an indoor swimming pool.

Terminal 4 Heathrow Airport, TW6 3AF, Hounslow, United Kingdom

Renaissance London Heathrow

+44 20 8897 6363

Renaissance London Heathrow is only a 5-minute car ride away from London Heathrow Airport’s Terminals 2 and 3. The hotel provides parking areas and a range of business facilities, such as meetings space and a business centre. Fitness and dining facilities are also available on site.

Bath Road, TW6 2AQ, Hounslow, United Kingdom

Yotel

+44 20 7100 1100

A 'capsule' hotel located in the arrivals hall of Terminal 4, Yotel offers rooms arranged in a cabin-style layout that are booked by the hour. Each room includes a shower, free Wi-Fi internet access, inclusive hot drinks and a desk.

Terminal 4 Arrivals, London Heathrow Airport, TW6 3XA, Hounslow, United Kingdom
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