Heathrow is one of the leading airports in Europe as well as the largest and busiest, serving passengers flying to various destinations around the world.
The airport is situated 15 miles (about 30 kilometers) from the heart of London and can be easily accessed by road, rail and heathrow airport minibuses. Various travell options are available at the airport such as trains, executive cars, buses and coaches as well as with 7 Plus Travel. The airport is currently composed of 5 terminals and 3 runways. Terminal 1 and 3 share a common entrance and are situated at the centre of the airport site. Terminal 4 is on the southern part of the airport and has a separate entrance while terminal 5 is located on the western side.
Arrival at the Airport (Official Arrivals Info)
Because the airport is always busy, you are required to check-in early and times vary depending on your destination, as follows:
– European flights: Two hours before departure time
– Flights to the UK and Ireland: 90 minutes prior to scheduled departure time
– Long Haul and El Ai flights: Three hours before departure.
You can check in at the airport from the first floor of the first and fourth terminals, on the ground floor of the third terminal as well as the top floor of the fifth terminal.
Ensure you get your check in zone right by following the information displayed on the screens at the entrance of the airport. Just like any other airport, you will need to show your passport and ticket in order to get your boarding pass. You can then proceed to the security control section for clearance before heading to the departure lounge where you can have time to relax, shop or have a bite to eat prior to the flight. There are different options available for checking in to the airport. You can do this online, through your mobile phone or via a self-service system where you will use a computer terminal to select your seat and print out your boarding card.
Shopping and Eating
Examples of the Food
Available At Heathrow Airport
Shopping is one of the major attractions for passengers waiting for flights at the Heathrow airport’s lounge because of the duty free items. Each of the five terminals within the airport contains several shops, hotels and cafes as well as bars. Most shops sell designer items such as clothes and watches, and depending on the season, you may be able to get a few items on special offer. The restaurants also offer a wide range of both local as well as international cuisine from coffee to more sophisticated meals.
Travel & Transport (click for official site)
Both public and private transport options are available at the airport. Private transport is normally provided by car hire companies such as Hertz and Alamo or mini bus and taxi companies. These options include:
Heathrow Trains – These exist in three forms; the Heathrow express that travels from the airport to the city center. Each trip takes about 15 minutes and this is the fastest way to travel. You can also use the London Underground train which also follows a similar route but is a bit cheaper. The Heathrow connect travels slower than the Express and takes about 45 minutes to get to the city from the airport.
Express Coaches – These provide you with several pick up points for all the five airport terminals and provide free travel connections between the terminals.
Buses and Minibuses – There is an extensive network of buses and minibuses that normally link the airport with other destinations across Britain. They also connect to the national rail network at Felltham. There are also buses that exclusively transport passengers to and from big hotels located near the airport. Heathrow Airport
Minibus offers you a wide selection of these buses and minibuses, as well as small cars that you can hire at affordable prices.
Flight Information (click for official site)
The Airport offers its passengers real time and accurate information on all flights to and from any of the 180 destinations in the world. Such information can be obtained either from the airport’s website or sent to the passengers mobile phone on request and includes:
Complete Route Map – Through specifying your location and the destination you are traveling to, as well as your preferred airline, you will be able to get a route map that indicates all the flight options available as well as the flight connections.
Flight Timetable – You can also go through the flight timetable to check out information on the various flight arrivals and departure times.
Terminal – The information also indicates ideal terminals for each of the 180 destinations as well as airline moves. The moves are always subject to change and therefore you are encouraged to recheck on the day of your flight so as not to end up at the wrong terminal and risk missing your flight.