Heathrow London Airport

Heathrow London Airport

Heathrow Airport (code LHR) is the third busiest airport in the world for total number of passengers and the first in the world for international flights. It is located 22 km West of central London.


The airport has 5 terminals. Terminal 1, 2 and 3 are located in the main complex and have a passageway. Passengers who need to make transfers between flights should follow the signs”Flight Connections”. Terminals 4 and 5 are separated in the South part and are connected with the other free bus or shuttle to Heathrow Express.


Terminal 1 serves domestic flights and flights to close destinations of British Airways, Aer Lingus, BMI and others. It is expected to be closed and its functions to be transferred to the new building of Terminal 2 in 2014.


Terminal 2 is used by most European transporters for their flights to Europe and for some longer destinations.


From Terminal 3 there are some transatlantic flights to the U.S., South America, Asia and mostly to Africa.


At Terminal 4 airline KLM, Delta Air Lines, Air Malta, Continental Airlines, Kenya Airways, Qantas and Sri Lankan Airlines are operating.


Terminal 5 is the latest opened terminal, which takes the flights of British Airways and will be finally completed by 2015. Together with Heathrow Airport it will have the capacity to serve about 90 million passengers per year.






Each terminal has desks where you can leave your luggage, but for security reasons there are no lockers. The price is £ 5 for the first 4 hours, £ 9 of 4 to 24 hours, £ 18 to 48 hours, and £ 27 to 72 hours. The working hours of the counters are from 5:30 to 23:00.


Other Services

Heathrow Airport, London, offers everything you can expect from one of the largest airports in the world - bars, restaurants and shops. At all terminals you can find ATMs and exchange bureaus. Terminal 2 and 4 has even post offices.

Wireless Internet is provided for the territory of the airport. For the first 45 minutes it is free. Besides Wi-Fi, and internet terminals are also available where you pay per minute. At various places in the terminals there are fax devices and printers that are paid by credit card. At the business center between terminal 1 and 2 there are about 20 rooms with adequate facilities for business meetings, which can be booked online.

It is thought about the youngest. There are special rooms for babies, as well as spaces for playing games.

Heathrow airport is very accessible for people with disabilities.



Transportation to the City


By Car

The airport is located about 25 km. from the center of London, which can be reached by the highway. It should be borne in mind, however, that the roads around London, especially around the airport, are usually very busy and a trip to / from Central London can take over 1 hour. There are three gas stations at the region of Heathrow.

Usit Colours can assist you with booking and rent-a-car services, if you want to rent a car for your stay in England. You only need to contact one of the consultants in our offices. You can rent a car also at the airport, where companies such as National / Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt are represented.


By Taxi

London's famous black taxis can be found in front of each terminal. Due to the busy traffic, a trip to Central London takes at least an hour and costs about £ 45 - £ 70. To the hotels near the airport the price can be an average of 15 pounds.


By Train

The fastest way to get to the center of London is by Heathrow Express train. It travels for 15 minutes and stops at Terminals 1, 3 and 5. The passengers from Terminal 4 can use for free the transfer to Terminal 1. Heathrow Express will transport you to the central Paddington Station near Hyde Park and Oxford Street in just 15 minutes for £ 20. Tickets can be bought in advance from the website of the Heathrow Express, at the station or on the board of the train. A cheaper but slower alternative to Paddington Station is the Heathrow Connect train. It travels for about 40 minutes and can only be taken from the railway station of terminals 1 and 3. The cost of the ticket to Paddington is £ 9.50


By Subway

Use the subway to move to Central London (station Victoria Station) for about £ 4.50 and 45-55 minutes in one direction. The advantage of the subway is that it stops at all terminals of Heathrow.


By Bus

Several bus companies offer bus transportation to the center of London, and to various parts of England. The bus stops are in front of each terminal and tickets should be better bought in advance to take - from a counter or online.

There is a daily bus of National Express in every 20 minutes (average) between Heathrow Airport and central bus station Victoria Bus Station. The price of the ticket is £ 5-6 for one-direction and the time duration is about 50 minutes.






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By Dilyana Georgieva

updated 09.2014

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