Planning a holiday in your dream city? You’d be happy to know that London’s Heathrow Airport, is one of the most well-organised and easy-to-navigate airports in the world. But we know airports can be overwhelming, especially if you are visiting one for the first time. Read our simplified guide below, and acquaint yourself with the functioning of the airport, its terminal amenities and more so that you enjoy a seamless travel experience! If it’s a layover or a stay in London, we totally recommend booking your stay at a prime accommodation near Heathrow Airport for easy access to and from the airport. As London’s busiest and largest airport, Heathrow acts as an international travel hub for passengers across the globe.
Know This Before You Go
The airport first opened its doors in the capital city back in 1946 and as of today, features a total of five terminals, and worldwide flights, serving both international and domestic destinations. Located at 15 miles, west of London in Hounslow, both security and check-in lines can be long. It’s best advised to arrive two to three hours before your flight departure to ensure some extra time regardless of the destination. Moreover, as you plan your journey, reserve a stay at the Best Western Plus Park Grand London Heathrow Hotel to unwind and relax in unparalleled comfort and excellent transport links to the airport!
P.S. Heathrow Airport’s official website features detailed transit and terminal maps that you can always access online.
Not only is London’s Heathrow Airport a hub for British Airways but other major flights also take up most of Terminal 5 and 3. With tight security at Heathrow Airport, make sure you are prepared to fit all the carry-on liquids in a single bag to avoid inconvenience. A plastic bag will be provided prior to security check-in to do the same, and remember, there are no exceptions to this rule.
Amenities at the Airport
- If you are on the lookout for a café or restaurant to satiate your afternoon coffee cravings or in search of a special meal for the kids, Heathrow has a plethora of dining options to choose from. Be it the sit-down restaurants or the quick-fix eateries, browse through the extensive options available and take your pick.
- If you have shopping on your mind, London’s Heathrow Airport offers an unmissable duty-free shopping experience throughout the terminals, including numerous designer shops as well.
- Heathrow Airport features several frequent flyer airport lounges throughout Terminal 5, 4,3 and 2 and free-to-use Rest and Relaxation rooms for all travellers at Terminal 3.
If you’re planning on taking a taxi to and from the airport to London, each of Heathrow’s terminals features parking for visitors or travellers. Also, there are some special parking services that you must know about, including Meet and Greet parking, valet, Park and Ride and dedicated Business parking at Terminals 5, 3 and 2. In fact, prepare yourself beforehand as you book one of the parking options in advance, on the Heathrow website.
As part of the airport’s services, you can also book secure short-term or long-term storage of your luggage. You can avail the benefit of storing your luggage for 72 hours or more with varying prices per item. This will help you enjoy the peace of mind of getting things sorted or a hassle-free experience, exploring the local attractions to make the most of your time during a layover.
How to Get Here?
The best way to access Heathrow Airport in London, moments away from Grand Park Hotel London Hounslow is via public transport. Know your options well and choose what aligns best with your flight timings and budget.
- The Heathrow Express
The Heathrow Express seamlessly connects the airport to central London’s Paddington Station, bringing you to Terminal 5, 3 and 2 in approximately 15-20 minutes.
- London Underground
One of the quickest and most inexpensive ways to travel to and from Heathrow Airport is the London Underground. The Tube runs through Central London (Piccadilly) all the way to Heathrow. Keep at least an hour aside if you plan to take the Tube and pay for your journey with the easily available Oyster Card or a contactless payment card.
Visit the TfL website and find a local bus that includes Heathrow on the route. There are several buses that will take you to the airport, but make sure to find the option that best suits your location.
You can always simply hail a taxi from anywhere in the city to get to the airport. All the black cabs have wheelchair access and accept both cash and credit cards. Several cab services and minicabs are bookable in advance at a fixed rate, so you can opt for that too.
Here you go! This is your guide to Heathrow Airport, helping you plan a seamless journey for the most comfortable and enjoyable experience.