Heathrow is the world’s busiest airport: Over 90 airlines fly to 179 destinations worldwide – most popular destinations including New York (JFK) airport, Dubai, Dublin, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.
There are 5 terminals at the airport, the most recent one having been opened in 2008 and at present there are two runways but plans are underway to build a third.
Junction 4 on the M4 or junction 16 off the M25 are the two ways to access terminals one and three by car. Terminal 4 is accessed by leaving the M25 at junction 14 and following the signs. Terminal 5 has its own access road which is also accessed by leaving the M25 at junction 14 (or junction 4b on the M4).
There are set down areas at the front of terminals but waiting is not allowed. Short term parking spaces are situated a few minutes’ walk from terminals. Valet parking is also available from certain points around the terminal buildings. Long stay car parking is a short bus ride (free) from the terminal buildings.
The Heathrow Express is the quickest way to get into central London
from Heathrow central airport; trains run every 15 minutes between Heathrow and Paddington rail station. Trains depart from 5.07am to 23.42 pm every day and tickets can be bought on the trains.
Black cabs, licensed cabs and chauffeur driven limos are all available to passengers at the airport. A black cab at present costs around £50 into central London with a journey time of 30 minutes to an hour.
Left baggage facilities are available in all terminals where luggage can be left for up to 90 days – all desks are situated in the arrivals area of each terminal. Cost is around £8.00 per item per day.
Seven major car hire
firms operate from the airport and can be booked online or on arrival.
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