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London Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow Airport or Heathrow is a major international airport located in the London Borough of Hillingdon, in West London. Heathrow is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the third busiest airport in the world in total passenger traffic, handling more international passengers than any other airport around the globe. Heathrow is London's main airport and makes Heathrow a modern aerotropolis. Heathrow is 12 miles west of Central London, and has two parallel east–west runways along with 4 operational terminals. Heathrow Airport is used by over 90 airlines flying to 170 destinations worldwide. The airport is the primary hub of British Airways, and is a base for Virgin Atlantic. The airport has four passenger terminals (Terminals 1, 3, 4 and 5) and a cargo terminal. The new passenger Terminal 2 is due to open in 2014, replacing the previous Terminal 2.

London Underground Tube Links

London Underground Piccadilly line: four tube stations serve the airport – Terminals 1, 2, 3; Terminal 4; Terminal 5 serves the passenger terminals, and Hatton Cross the maintenance areas. The standard journey time from Heathrow Terminals 1 and 3 tube station to Central London is around 40–50 minutes.

South West Trains has a direct bus transfer to Feltham railway station, allowing passengers to change services towards Reading and Windsor or Clapham Junction and Waterloo Station.

By Car

Entrance at the southern end of the M4 Motorway, showing a scale model of Concorde, there in 2006 but since replaced with the Emirates A380 scale model. Heathrow is accessible via the nearby M4 motorway and A4 road (Terminals 1–3), the M25 motorway (Terminals 4 and 5), and the A30 road (Terminal 4). There are drop off and pick up areas at all terminals and short[86] and long stay[87] multi-storey car parks. Additionally, there are car parks not run by Heathrow Airport Holdings just outside the airport, the most recognisable is the National Car Parks facility although there are many other options; these car parks are connected to the terminals by shuttle buses.

Four parallel tunnels under one of the runways connect the M4 motorway and the A4 road to Terminals 1–3. The two larger tunnels are each two lanes wide and are used for motorised traffic. The two smaller tunnels were originally reserved for pedestrians and bicycles; to increase traffic capacity the cycle lanes have been modified to each take a single lane of cars, although bicycles still have priority over cars. Pedestrian access to the smaller tunnels has been discontinued, with the free bus services being the alternative.

By Train

Heathrow Express: a non-stop service directly to London's Paddington station; trains leave every 15 minutes for the 15-minute journey (21 minutes to/from Terminal 5). Trains depart from Heathrow Terminal 5 station or Heathrow Central station (Terminals 1 and 3). A Heathrow Express transfer service operates between Terminal 4 and Heathrow Central to connect with services from London and Terminal 5.

Heathrow Connect: a stopping service to Paddington calling at up to five National Rail stations en route – trains leave every 30 minutes for the 27-minute journey. Heathrow Connect services terminate at Heathrow Central station (Terminals 1 and 3).

By Bus and Coach

Many buses and coaches operate from the large Heathrow airport central bus station serving Terminals 1 and 3, and also from bus stations at Terminals 4 and 5. Services include the following:

Long-distance coach services operated by National Express and Oxford Bus Company to various parts of the UK, including Victoria Coach Station in London

HotelHoppa buses connect each terminal with hotels in the Heathrow area

There are two RailAir coach services connecting nearby railway stations with the airport using dedicated non-stop coaches and running to: Reading railway station, connecting with railway services to the West Country, South Wales, Midlands, the North of England and the south coast of England Woking railway station, for destinations in Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire.

A connection to Feltham railway station, for Richmond, Camberley, Bracknell, London Waterloo and Clapham Junction, using London Buses route 285 (route 490 from Terminals 4 and 5)

Express bus services to Watford, St Albans and Harlow (Green Line route 724), Croydon (London Buses route X26) and High Wycombe (Carousel Buses) Local bus services by London Buses, First Berkshire and The Thames Valley and other companies to nearby towns and London suburbs. Night bus N9 operates to central London at night when the trains do not operate

Location and Contact Details

Terminals 1, 3, 4 and 5 Postcodes for satellite navigation:

Terminal 1: TW6 1AP

Terminal 3: TW6 1QG

Terminal 4: TW6 3XA

Terminal 5: TW6 2GA

Tel: +44 (0)844 335 1801

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