The largest and most prominent airport in London is none other than the London Heathrow International Airport. The airport is situated towards the west of London, approximately 27 kilometers from London city center.
London Heathrow airport caters to a variety of intercontinental flights and usually if you have an intercontinental transfer from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, it will often take place at Heathrow. If London happens to be your final destination after flying from Amsterdam Schiphol, then it is most likely that flying to another London airport will be cheaper. This is because the low-cost airlines such as Ryan Air and Easy Jet do not fly to London Heathrow.
Flights and Destinations
There are a range of airlines which fly from Schiphol Airport to the London Heathrow Airport, such as KLM, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Eurowings and Aer Lingus. The complete list with all operating airlines from London Heathrow can be found on the airport webpage. Visit the airline ticket page to have a full overview of low-cost flights to London.
From the London Heathrow airport are flights which reach to around 200 destinations, in 90 countries and 6 continents, including cities like Dubai, Singapore and New York. There are nearly over 65 airlines that operate from London Heathrow Airport. The most flights are executed by British Airways. Other well-known airlines that fly from London Heathrow Airport include Emirates, KLM, American Airlines, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa and Delta Air Lines.
Most of the flights from the airport are headed to the United States, New York being the most popular destination. After the United States, there are also many flights directed to the United Arab Emirates, Australia and India.
Terminals London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow is the busiest airport in London which is immediately noticeable upon arrival. It is always extremely busy, also due to the fact that the airport is undergoing repairs to solve this issue. For this reason, it is important to be rather early at the airport in order to be on time for your flight. Therefore, it is also a better choice to pick one of the other London airports for city trips. Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 are located towards the north side of the airport. Terminal 4 can be found to the south and is where KLM arrives and departs to and from Schiphol. Terminal 5 where British airways operates from is towards the west side of the airport. Terminal 2 is the newest terminal in the airport and has been functioning since June 2014. In 2015, Terminal 1 was closed due to restorations and reparations. It has not yet been announced when the Terminal will open again.
Public Transport London Heathrow Airport If you are planning on
using public transport from London Heathrow, you can make use of the metro, the Heathrow Express or the normal train. Of course, you can always book a taxi, a private transfer or a taxi bus if you are traveling with a larger group.
Metro London Heathrow Airport
The navy-blue Piccadilly metro line will bring you from the airport to the center of the city. Do check to make sure that the metro line is not closed for maintenance, which can sometimes be the case. Do ensure that you know which departure hall you are exiting as there are three metro stations in the airport which may result in confusion. Terminal 2 and 3 have a shared metro station whereas Terminal 4 and 5 also have a shared metro station. The metro station of Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3 can be found in a shared distance between the two terminals, each within a few minutes’ walk. The metro stops in Heathrow Terminal 4 and 5 can be found underground and are directly accessible via the terminal.
A one-way ticket for the metro will cost you around 5 euros. The distance between London Heathrow Airport and the metro station of Piccadilly Circus in the city center will take around 60 minutes. Every 5 minutes a metro departs from the station. For real-time prices, departure times, and locations have a glance at the London Heathrow Airport website.
Another alternative for the metro is the Heathrow Express, but this one is a bit more expensive. A one-way ticket is around 26 pounds but then you are in the city center within 15 minutes. You are able to enter and exit the train on the stations of Terminal 2-3 and Terminal 5. Terminal 4 does not have its own station for the Heathrow Express. Every 15 minutes a train leaves to Paddington Station in the city center. The travel time will take 15 minutes from Terminal 2-3 and 20 minutes from Terminal 5. Tickets are easy to order via the website GetYourRide, via the vending machines at the station or at the help desk. It is also possible to buy your ticket on the train, however, these tickets tend to be 5 pounds more expensive. More information about prices and times is available on the website of Heathrow Express.
Besides the Heathrow Express there is also a “regular” train from the airport to the center of London. The Heathrow Connect has the same route as the Express, but makes more stops in between which results in a longer journey. A ride with the Heathrow Connect from Terminal 2-3 to Paddington station takes 27 minutes, and the journey to the airport is 32 minutes. A disadvantage of the Heathrow Connect is that this one departs only twice an hour, whereas the Express departs every 15 minutes. The Heathrow connect does stop at Terminal 4 but not at Terminal 5. More information on the Heathrow Connect and departure times and prices is available on their website.
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Rent a car Heathrow Airport
There is also the option of renting a car at the airport to self-explore London. Do keep in mind that driving in London can be costly because of the parking rates and the “Congestion Charges”.