Heathrow is the largest and busiest airport in the United Kingdom. It is the world's third busiest airport for passenger traffic and it handles the most international passenger traffic in the world. Heathrow is owned and operated by BAA, which also owns and operates six other UK airports. BAA is itself owned by an international consortium led by the Spanish Ferro vial Group. Heathrow is the primary hub of British Airways, BMI and Virgin Atlantic.
Directions by Car
Heathrow Airport is 15 miles west of central London and easily accessible from the M4 and M25 motorways. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are close together at the centre of the airport site. Exit the M4 at junction 4 or the M25 at junction 15 and follow signs for Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Terminal 4 is in the southern part of the airport site and has a separate entrance. Exit the M25 at junction 14 and follow signs for Heathrow Terminal 4. If you're coming from the M4, leave at junction 4b and follow the M25 south to junction 14. If you are using a satelite navigation system , the postcode is TW6 3XA. Terminal 5 is on the Western Perimeter Road and has its own separate access road, reached from junction 14 of the M25. If you're coming from the M4, exit at junction 4b and follow the M25 south to junction 14.
Heathrow Long Stay Parking is suitable for all travellers going away for a couple of days or more. Parking Express Heathrow is the official Heathrow Long Stay Car Park, serving Terminal 1, 2, 3 and 4. There is also a new Long Stay Car Park specifically for Terminal 5 passengers. The Long Stay Car Parks are open all year round with a courtesy coach service connecting them to the terminals. The transfer service runs every 10 minutes to Terminals 1, 2 and 3 with a journey time of eight to 15 minutes. For Terminal 4, the service runs every 12 minutes and takes approximately eight minutes. For Terminal 5, the service runs every 10 minutes and takes approximately 10 minutes. Security measures in place at this Heathrow Long Stay Car Park include frequent patrols, security fencing and comprehensive CCTV coverage. The Long Stay Car Park for Terminal 4 is located on the Southern Perimeter Road, and is easily accessible from all main routes into the airport. For Terminal 5, the Long Stay Car Park is located on the Northern Perimeter Road adjacent to Business Parking (Terminals 1 to 3).
Directions by Train
Get to the heart of London in minutes using Heathrow's high-speed rail link. Alternatively, take the underground for a low-cost route to anywhere in London. Heathrow Express offers the fastest journey between the airport and central London. Non-stop trains run every 15 minutes and the journey between Heathrow Central and London Paddington takes 15 minutes (a few minutes more for Terminals 4 or 5). Travel in comfort on modern trains with air-conditioning, plenty of baggage space, wireless internet and free TV. You can even use your mobile phone when the train is in a tunnel. Need to relax or work in peace? Every train has a Quiet Zone carriage. Heathrow Connect's stopping service to London Paddington links the airport with local stations in west London. Modern, air-conditioned trains run every 30 minutes. The journey between Heathrow Central rail station and Paddington takes about 25 minutes (travel to Terminal 4 or 5 takes a few minutes more). Heathrow has three London Underground stations – one for Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and one each at Terminal 4 and Terminal 5. Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3 station is in the central area between the terminals and a few minutes' walk from them via underground walkways. Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 stations are in the basements of the terminal buildings.