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London Heathrow Airport

General information

London Heathrow Airport is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and Europe, mainly used by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. The airport has four terminals (T2, T3, T4, T5) and two runways. Central London is accessible by train, metro, bus and taxi. The Elizabeth Line opened in May 2022, connecting all terminals of London Heathrow Airport with Paddington, West End, City (Farringdon and Liverpool Street) and Canary Wharf. Heathrow Express is the fastest option from Terminals 2 & 3 and Terminal 5 to the city centre (Paddington Station). There are many good hotels at the airport and nearby.

Location

Where is London Heathrow Airport situated?

Heathrow Airport is situated in the west of London. All terminals are easily accessible by public transport and car, from the M4 and M25 motorways.

How many terminals does London Heathrow Airport have?

The busiest airport in Europe has four terminals. Terminals T2 and T3 are located in the middle of the airport complex, Terminal 4 is on the south side and Terminal 5 on the west side. Terminal 2 (The Queen’s Terminal) opened in June 2014 and is one of the most environmentally friendly terminals worldwide. Between terminals T2 and T3 you can find a bus station (Central Bus Station), metro station (London Underground) and railway station (Heathrow Express, Elizabeth Line). Flights of national flag carrier British Airways depart from T5 and T3. If you want to know from which terminal your flight departs, it is advisable to check the Terminal Finder.

T2 is a modern terminal in the middle of the airport within walking distance of T3 (10 minutes). Terminal 2 consists of a main terminal T2A and a satellite pier/concourse (T2B). If your flight departs from T2B, keep in mind that you will have to walk about 15 minutes from T2A to T2B. Unlike Terminal 5, there is no APM automated people mover. Departures / Check-in A B C D is located on floor 5, Arrivals on floor 2, transport options taxi, bus, metro and train can be reached via floor 0.

T3 is a terminal in the middle of the airport within walking distance of T2 (10 minutes). Terminal 3 is divided into a part for Departures and a part for Arrivals. T3 Departures has two floors, the check-in desks can be found on the ground floor, the security checks on the top floor. Terminal 3 has an Upper Class Wing on the south side of the terminal, accessible by car and taxi (drop off only). This facility can be used by Virgin Upper Class and Delta One passengers.

T4 is a terminal in the south of the airport complex. Terminal 4 is mainly used for flights to Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, as well as flights to Europe. From Terminal 4 you cannot travel directly to the city centre on the Heathrow Express train service, but Elizabeth Line and the metro are available.

T5 is a modern terminal in the west of the airport complex. Terminal 5 consists of a main terminal T5A and two satellite piers/concourses (T5B and T5C), an APM automated people mover connects the main building with Concourse B and Concourse C. Terminal 5 is large, the Arrivals hall can be found on floor 0, the Departures hall on floor 3. In the Departures hall you will find Check-in zones A to J, Security North and Security South. For the T5 train station and metro station, you have to go down two floors from the Arrivals hall.

Travel Between Terminals

Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 are a 10-minute walk from each other. From Terminals 2 & 3 it is 20 minutes (walking + train/metro) to Terminal 4 or Terminal 5. You will need more time to travel between Terminal 4 and Terminal 5, namely 30 minutes (walking + train). For traveling between the terminals, the train is your best choice, you can choose between Heathrow Express and Elizabeth Line. At the ticket machines you can obtain a ‘free train’ ticket and travel for free between the terminals at London Heathrow Airport. Please consult Travel Between Terminals for more information.

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Nearby airports

A good alternative for flying to or from London Heathrow Airport are the following airports, sorted by distance from the airport. You can also take a look at the complete list of airports in United Kingdom.

Airport Distance
London City Airport 35km
London Gatwick Airport 40km
London Luton Airport 46km
London Stansted Airport 67km
London Southend Airport 80km
Southampton Airport 85km
Birmingham Airport 140km
Bristol Airport 157km
East Midlands Airport 163km

Transportation

Car

The distance from London Heathrow Airport to the centre of London is 27 kilometres. By car, it takes 45 minutes to get to the centre of London.

From LHR Airport to London City centre by Car
27 km
45 min

Travel by car

Public transport

It is possible to travel to and from London Heathrow Airport by public transport. If you opt for public transport to and from London Heathrow Airport you can travel by train and metro. Visit the London Heathrow Airport transportation page for the possibilities.

Public transport

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from London Heathrow Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of London is about £ 70.-. Book your taxi at London Heathrow Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From LHR Airport to London City centre by Taxi
27 km
45 min
£ 70.-

Book a taxi

Car rental

At London Heathrow Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Hertz, Avis, Europcar, National (Enterprise Holdings), Alamo (Enterprise Holdings), Enterprise, Budget, Sixt and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

London Heathrow Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

Book your parking space

At the airport

Do you want more information about facilities, currency exchange, services, free Wi-Fi, lounges, etc. at London Heathrow Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at London Heathrow Airport.

Services

Flights

Departures and arrivals

Looking for departure times and/or arrival times? Find the latest flight status information for flights departing from and arriving at London Heathrow Airport.

Flight tickets

Looking for a cheap flight? Use our flight search engine to find and book cheap flights from and to the airport.

Which airlines fly from and to London Heathrow Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at London Heathrow Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • British Airways
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • United Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • American Airlines

Accommodations

Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near London Heathrow Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.

business

Radisson Hotel and Conference Centre London Heathrow, Hillingdon

Less than 500 metres from Heathrow Airport terminals 1 - 3, Radisson Hotel and Conference Centre London Heathrow has free high-speed WiFi, modern, spacious rooms, and a fitness centre including cardio and weight equipment, as well as an indoor pool.

Hotels in London

Looking for the best hotels in London? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.

business

Hilton London Canary Wharf, London

This stylish 4-star hotel is 5 minutes' walk from Canary Wharf London Underground Station and one Tube stop from the O2 Arena. It has modern, air-conditioned rooms, a gym, free Wi-Fi in public areas, and a restaurant and bar.

family

citizenM Tower of London, London

citizenM Tower of London is located directly above Tower Hill Underground Station. Offering spectacular views on the river Thames, Tower of London and Tower Bridge, citizenM offers 370 luxury fitted rooms and a food and beverages available 24/7.

luxury

The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel, Mayfair London, London

The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel opened in 1927 and this luxurious 5-star hotel is situated in the heart of Mayfair, surrounded by the parks, theatres and attractions of London’s West End.

Things to do

It is possible to book tickets, activities and tours in the city and near London Heathrow Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!

Ticket

London Zoo: Entry Ticket

Book your ZSL London Zoo entrance ticket in advance and discover just under 15,000 animals in an oasis in the heart of the capital surrounded by Regent's Park, listed buildings, and beautiful gardens.

Activity

Madame Tussauds London

Step into the spotlight at Madame Tussauds London, the home of famous fun in the capital. Star in immersive experiences and get up close with more than 250 lifelike figures of your favorite celebrities. Enjoy plenty of fun new additions.

Tour & transport

Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

Embark on an interactive Harry Potter tour around central London with a guide. Choose from either a boat or London Underground trip.

Reviews

  2 reviews

Have you visited London Heathrow Airport lately? So far, 2 airport passengers have written an airport review about London Heathrow Airport. This airport has an average score of 5 out of 5. Provide other airport travellers with essential airport information and tell us about your airport experience.

Latest airport reviews

Josie Lau
1 year ago
★★★★★

Carelessly I left a box behind on Belt 3 after collecting 2 bags and left the restricted area. I’d noticed the missing only after I’d loaded all my bags in the Uber taxi on level 5 drop off point. A special compliment to Security Officer Ms Sharifah Weir who noticed I was in distress in the lift. She very quickly radio called her colleague for assistance. Unfortunately her colleague was busy and unable to help immediately. She then called Singapore Airlines staff for assistance and helped me retrieve my box very quickly. Ms Sharifah Weir was very professional, very reassuring and comforting. She was able to resolve my problem in a most efficient way. She’s model employer and definitely an asset to the Heathrow Airport. Thank you Ms Sharifah!

Kai
4 years ago
★★★★☆

Because the airport has seperate terminals, it doesn't feel like the airport is that large but if you need to transfer from one terminal to another, it could take a while. Airport buildings that I visited are modern and easy to navigate in.

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