Almost a century old
Since opening in 1929, this southern airport has seen upwards of 250,000 passengers in one single day.
After starting off as a military aircraft base, Heathrow Airport has come a long way. In 1950 the airport had six runways, arranged in the shape of a hexagram, with a permanent passenger terminal right in the centre.
This successful airport has since had to accommodate for its whopping 75.1 million passengers a year, now boasting more fantastic features than ever before.
You can choose from a huge range of options
Soaring down the runway, 1293 flights a day take holidaymakers to over 190 destinations and 82 countries.
Over 50 million of Heathrow’s passengers are holidaymakers waiting to head on their next summer holiday or catch some winter sun. The top destination is none other than the United Arab Emirates’ crown jewel, Dubai. But, with so many hotspots to choose from, you can visit almost anywhere you’d like.
Fancy the eternal sun of Tenerife? Or how about the soft sands of Cyprus with the family, you can cover all corners of the globe with holidays from Heathrow Airport.
A myriad of terminals, shops and eateries
Terminal one closed in June 2015, leaving you with terminals two, three, four and five.
Expect the hours to feel like minutes with this accommodating airport. After all, you don’t win the World’s Best Airport for Shopping without fantastic splurging options.
With all the retail exclusives, designer treats and gourmet cuisine, you’ll be buying one of those FastTrack passes to rush through security.
There are 80 shops scattered round each terminal, from your classic World Duty Free to the Italian fashion house of Valentino. It’ll be hard not to spend some serious cash in here, but lucky for you, there’s always the ‘I’m on holiday’ excuse.
In fact, you can even get yourself a personal shopper, have your purchases delivered home and visit the other terminals to explore what they have to offer, just use the terminal transfer option.
If that hasn’t tempted you, there are 40 tasty restaurants covering a range of flavours. Whether you fancy a family meal in the lovable Giraffe or want to give something a little more upper-class a try in the Fortnum & Mason Champagne Bar, there’s something to entice everyone’s taste buds.
You’ll need an excuse to visit again, so use the free Wi-Fi to book up your next cheap holiday from Heathrow Airport whilst the kids enjoy some craft sessions with Mr. Mens, Mr. Adventure.
As 34% of passengers flying from Heathrow Airport are heading on business trips, it only makes senses to have seven lounges, where workers can get that much needed quiet space.
Of course you don’t have to be travelling for business to take advantage of the complimentary drinks, snacks, newspapers and magazines. If you’re travelling for leisure and looking for a bit of relaxation, this is the place to be.
Getting to and from London Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport is only 24 kilometres away from central London, making it easily accessible by almost all ways of transport.
For the quickest link between central London and Heathrow, there are two services to choose from.
The Heathrow Express is a 15-minute journey and departs every 15 minutes. There’s also the Heathrow Connect which departs every 30 minutes and calls at local stations in west London, making even last minute holidays from Heathrow Airport quick and convenient.
London’s Underground Piccadilly Line provides the most cost-effective rail route for those on a budget. The journey time is usually under an hour and stops off at each terminal.
Heading to terminal two or three by car? These are very close together at the centre of the airport site. Just exit the M4 or M25, then follow the signs. However, if you’ve got a sat-nav on hand, follow postcode TW6 1EW for terminal two and TW6 1QG for terminal three.
Situated at the southern part of the airport site with a separate entrance is terminal four. Pop in postcode TW6 3XA into your sat-nav to be took directly outside the terminal doors.
If you’re sat-nav decides to let you down mid-journey, exit the M25 at junction 14 and follow the sign posts to your chosen car park. If you’re coming from the M4, leave junction 4b and head toward the M25 south.
Last but not least, you’ll find terminal five on the western perimeter road, this is its own access road, reached from junction 14 off the M25. It can also be found using postcode TW6 2GA.
You’ll find numerous parking options at each terminal, from the convenience of the short stay car park to the meet and greet service who’ll park your car for you. There’s even a car park for people heading on business trips. But whatever you pick, you’re only a short walk away or shuttle bus drive.
Make things easier with an overnight stay
Whether you need a couple of hours rest, a place to relax before a layover or just want to start your holiday early, a stay in a nearby hotel might just do the trick.
It’s easier than ever to get a good night’s rest with numerous hotels only a matter of feet away. At terminal five you’ll find the Sofitel London Heathrow a luxury accommodation with all the amenities you need for a serious pre-holiday pamper.
At terminal four, 4* sensation the Hilton has three restaurants, fitness centre and business area, who needs an All Inclusive holiday from Heathrow Airport when you have all this right at your fingertips! There is even a YOTEL for those of you who fancy something Japanese-inspired.
Located right in the departure lounge of terminal three you’ll find the No1 lounges, with single rooms that can be rented out for a couple of hours for those who fancy a siesta.
For those of you who want a night in London’s bustling city centre, there’s a hotel hoppa bus, operated by the National Express which will pick you up from your hotels in surrounding airport areas.