Heathrow is one of London’s busiest and most flourishing airports, home to 1,227 hectares of land, over 72.3million passengers each year and over 1,290 flights every day. Due to its size and the 80 airlines operating here, flying to over 185 destinations, it’s one of the UK’s largest and most active airports and a popular choice for passengers flying not only outbound but inbound from across the globe. If you’re travelling to Heathrow airport, here is our guide to help you.
Travelling To And From Heathrow
There are a number of ways to travel to and from Heathrow airport dependant on the method that will suit you and your travel companions best. These include:
Airport Taxi Hire
At MiCabi, we offer affordable, yet comfortable airport taxi hire to and from Heathrow Airport, from destinations across Surrey, including Woking, Guildford, Camberley, Ascot and more. By hiring a taxi, you’ll get door-to-door travel in a comfortable vehicle dependant on the number of passengers travelling and the luggage that you’ll be taking. This offers the convenience and comfort of travelling to the airport without the stress of securing parking at the airport or battling with public transport.
Drive And Park
If you’d prefer to drive yourself, Heathrow does offer their own official parking provider. Prices can be subject to change the later you leave it to book and while parking is secure, your car will be left at your own risk while you’re abroad.
There are a number of public transport links available, including the Heathrow Express train from London Paddington, Rail-Air bus links throughout Reading, Woking and Watford Junction, and the Piccadilly Underground Line from London.
Heathrow airport, due to its size and popularity, offers a range of amenities to make the flight experience much more comfortable. These include:
If you’re catching an early flight, you can choose to book into a hotel the night before to catch forty winks before you fly. The Sofitel London Heathrow, Hilton London Heathrow Airport and YOTEL are all within a few minutes’ walk of the airport. Terminal 3 also has a No.1 Traveller Lounge also offers daytime bedroom use, which can be booked for two hours or more.
Heathrow offers passengers unlimited free WiFi, boasting fast connections even when on the move throughout the airport. There are also free computer desks with broadband access for a more secure connection for those vital emails or client communication during business trips, as well as plug sockets located throughout the airport to plug in laptops.
Heathrow offers kids play areas in all terminals, with Terminal 3 being home to the Family Lounge. This lounge has areas for kids of all ages, including play areas and a Game Zone for older children. Every play area is located after security to ensure safety, but security advises that you keep an eye on your children while they play regardless.
Heathrow is home to four different terminals, numbered 2-5. They are as follows:
Terminal 2 (aka. The Queen’s Terminal)
Terminal 2 is one of Heathrow’s newest terminals and is now home to a number of flights that previously departed from Terminal 1. The terminal is home to a number of cafes, shops and restaurants, including Boots, Burberry, Caffe Nero, Cath Kidston, Costa Coffee, Gucci, Harrods, Hamleys and World Duty-Free.
Terminal 3 is Heathrow’s oldest terminal and is typically home to longer-haul flights and airlines. It is also home to the airport’s only post office, as well as a number of restaurants and shops including SeaFood, Caviar House & Prunier, Chanel, Cartier, Dixons Travel, Giraffe Stop and Jack Wills.
Terminal 4 is home to long-haul and European flights but is also one of the smallest in terms of passenger numbers. It has the Be Relax Spa, allowing you to get your trip off to a peaceful start, as well as a number of designer stores and the View Heathrow Observation Deck for a 270-degree view of the runways.
Despite a rocky start, Terminal 5 is now one of Heathrow’s greatest performing terminals to date. It’s now home to a number of stores and restaurants including Bottega Veneta, Carluccios, Collection, Dunhill, Wagamama and Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food restaurant.
If you have any further questions about Heathrow Airport or our affordable, tailored airport taxi service to get you there, contact our team, today.