London Heathrow Airport guide

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London Heathrow Airport is one of the ten busiest airports in the world. This massive complex is the third largest in terms of surface area and it’s a hub for one of the world’s biggest airlines, British Airways, plus the upstart Virgin Atlantic

Navigating this massive sprawling complex of concrete and glass can be intimidating. A wrong turn or unfamiliar escalator and you might end up having to go through security all over again. Given that tens of thousands of passengers pass through London Heathrow each day, those are crowds you don’t want to fight if you can help it.

Heathrow Airport is home to more than 80 airlines flying to 80+ countries. It has four passenger terminals (numbered 2 to 5) and a cargo terminal.

London Heathrow airport is like a city within a city. While it’s a transportation super hub, it’s also loaded with shops and services for travelers.

London Heathrow Airport lounges

If your mileage program offers lounge access, lucky you!

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There are several lounges across the four terminals :

  • Plaza Premium Lounges (Terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  • Club Aspire Lounge (Terminal 3)
  • No1 Lounges – Bedrooms (Terminal 3)
  • No1 Lounges – Lounge (Terminal 3)
  • Rest and Relaxation Room (Terminal 3
  • SkyTeam Lounge (Terminal 4
  • Aspire – the Lounge and Spa (Terminal 5)

Wi-Fi and internet at London Heathrow Airport

There is free Wi-Fi at London Heathrow Airport.

Look for ” _Heathrow Wi-Fi” in your phones settings menu and follow the on-screen instructions.
Once registered, you’ll receive free Wi-Fi for the duration of your stopover or time at Heathrow.

Members of the airport’s Heathrow Rewards loyalty program can access faster internet by logging in to their account. There’s also pay-as-you-go Wi-Fi as well as free computer desks with broadband access in each terminal.

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Heathrow Airport – Getting between terminals

Transfers are available between Heathrow’s terminals. Terminals 2 and 3 are a short walk from each other. Terminals 4 and 5 are accessed by free trains and buses.

It’s a good idea to check with your airline to see which terminal you’ll arrive in and which one a connecting flight may depart from before you get the London Heathrow Airport. Check the terminal maps and plan your route if you have a tight connection.

Need help getting from one terminal to the other? Here’s what you need to know:

Getting from Terminal 2 to …

Getting from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3

A pedestrian underpass links Terminals 2 and 3. The route is well marked with signage, or check out the interactive maps available online. If you have mobility issues, you can request special assistance.
Average journey time: 10 minutes

Getting from Terminal 2 to Terminal 4

Free shuttles run between Heathrow Central station at Terminals 2 & 3 and Terminal 4. There are four trains an hour.
Average travel time: 20 minutes

Getting from Terminal 2 to Terminal 5

Use the Heathrow Express trains. There’s a train every 15 minutes.
Average journey time: 20 minutes

Frequent subway, or London Underground trains also run between the terminals. The transfer is only free if you use a Transport for London Oyster card or a contactless payment card.
Average journey time: 16 minutes

Getting from Terminal 3 to …

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Getting from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2

You can walk between Terminals 2 and 3 using the pedestrian underpass
.Average journey time: 10 minutes

Getting from Terminal 3 to Terminal 4

Use the free shuttle trains between Heathrow Central station (Terminals 2 & 3) and Terminal 4, There are four trains an hour.
Average journey time: 20 minutes

Getting from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5

Heathrow Express trains are free for travel between Heathrow Central station (Terminals 2 & 3) and Terminal 5. There’s a train every 15 minutes.Average journey time: 20 minutes Frequent London Underground trains also run between the terminals. The transfer is only free if you use a Transport for London Oyster card or a contactless payment card.Average journey time: 16 minutes

Getting from Terminal 4 to…

Terminal 4 to Terminal 2 or Terminal 3

Free shuttle trains run between Terminal 4 station (Platform 1) and Heathrow Central station (Terminals 2 & 3). There are four trains an hour.Average journey time: 20 minutes Frequent London Underground trains also run between the terminals. The transfer is only free if you use a Transport for London Oyster card or a contactless payment card.Average journey time: 16 minutes

Getting from Terminal 4 to Terminal 5

Take bus number 482 or 490 (destination: Heathrow Terminal 5) from Bus Stop 7 for a free transfer between terminals.Average journey time: 20 minutes

Getting from Terminal 5 to…

Getting from Terminal 5 to Terminal 2 or Terminal 3

Heathrow Express trains are free for travel between Terminal 5 station and Heathrow Central station (Terminals 2 & 3). There’s a train every 15 minutes.Average journey time: 20 minutes Frequent London Underground trains also run between the terminals. The transfer is only free if you use a Transport for London Oyster card or a contactless payment card.Average journey time: 16 minutes

Getting from Terminal 5 to Terminal 4

Take bus number 482 (destination: Southall Town Hall) or 490 (destination: Pools on the Park) from Bus Stop 7 for a free transfer between terminals.Average journey time: 20 minutes

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What to do between flights at London Heathrow Airport

There’s almost no way to be bored at London Heathrow Airport.

If you can’t relax in one of the luxurious first class lounges, you can shop, grab a bite or just watch the planes maneuver. There’s also currency exchange, prayer rooms, smoking areas and even places to catch some shut eye.
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Heathrow Hotels & Where to sleep

There are several hotels connected to the terminal that are just a short walk from check-in or arrivals.

Sofitel London Heathrow is located in Terminal 5

Hilton London Heathrow Airport can be found in Terminal 4

YOTEL in Terminal 4 is perhaps the most unique stay option at Heathrow. This Japanese-inspired capsule hotel has 32 ‘cabins’, bookable for a few hours or longer. Be warned, these are small, but will serve you well if you need 50 winks.London Heathrow airport map guide how to get terminal travel advice tips capsule hotel

No1 Lounges in Terminal 3 is in the departure lounge (after security). Not a hotel, exactly this facility is ideal for passengers connecting through Terminal 3 with at least three hours between flights. Twin (bunk) and single rooms are available.

Getting a Shower at London Heathrow Airport

Showers are available in the following lounges (fees apply)
Terminal 2: Plaza Premium Lounge (arrivals – public area)
Terminal 2: Plaza Premium Lounge (departure lounge – passenger area)
Terminal 3: Plaza Premium Lounge (arrivals – public area)
Terminal 3: No. 1 Traveller Lounge (departure lounge – passenger area)
Terminal 4: Plaza Premium Lounge (departure lounge – passenger area)
Terminal 4: Plaza Premium Lounge (arrivals – public area)
Terminal 5: Aspire Lounge and Spa (departure lounge – passenger area)

Facilities may also be available to eligible passengers in the airlines’ own lounges.

With a little information, London Heathrow Airport doesn’t have to be confusing or intimidating. Check your arrival terminal, and do some reconnaissance on where your connecting flight takes off from and you should hopefully have some time to chill out and enjoy your journey, not just the destination.