Key Heathrow Airport information
- Heathrow Airport is located west of central London.
- You can travel between Heathrow Airport and central London by train on the Heathrow Express, the Piccadilly line on the Tube, taxi, the N9 night bus and National Express and easyBus coaches.
- The Heathrow Express from London Paddington is the fastest way to travel between the airport and central London, taking 15 to 20 minutes.
- There are plenty of short and long-term NCP car parks for people driving to the airport.
Located 32km (20 miles) to the west of central London, London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is one of the busiest airports in the world.
With more than 219,000 passengers arriving and departing every day, Heathrow handles more international passengers than any other airport in the world.
Heathrow Airport terminals
The airport is spread across four terminals (terminals 2 to 5), each with shops, restaurants, currency exchange facilities, information counters, accommodation desks and left luggage facilities. Terminal 1 is currently closed.
Arriving and departing from Heathrow Airport
The Heathrow Airport Arrivals can be found on the ground floor of Terminals 3, 4 and 5, and on the first floor of Terminal 2. After you leave the aircraft, you'll pass through passport control, baggage reclaim and customs. In the arrivals hall, you'll find shops, restaurants, currency exchange, car rental and hotel reservation desks.
The Heathrow Airport Departures can be found on the fourth and fifth floors of Terminal 2, the ground floor of Terminal 3, the second floor of Terminal 4 and the top floor of Terminal 5. All passengers must clear security control before entering the departure lounge, where you'll find shops, bars and cafes.
Heathrow Airport transfers
Travelling by train to and from Heathrow Airport
There are various trains to London from Heathrow Airport.
The Heathrow Express train is the fastest way to travel into central London. The journey to London Paddington takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Trains to London leave Heathrow Airport from approximately 5am until 12am.
TfL Rail services (formerly Heathrow Connect) run from London Paddington, calling at Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Hanwell, Southall, Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow Central (Terminals 2, 3, and 4). For Terminal 5, there's a free train transfer service from Heathrow Central.
The TfL Rail journey time is about 25 minutes from Paddington to Heathrow Central. You can use pay as you go Oyster, contactless, train ticket or zone 6 travelcard for the fare. TfL zones do not apply on this service, but daily and weekly fare caps are applied.
Travelling by Tube to and from Heathrow Airport
The Piccadilly line connects Heathrow Airport to central London and the rest of the Tube system. The Tube is cheaper than the Heathrow Express or TfL Rail but it takes longer. Tube services leave Heathrow every few minutes from approximately 5.10am (5.50am Sundays) to 11.45pm (11.30pm Sundays).
The journey time to Piccadilly Circus is about 50 minutes. There are three Tube stations at Heathrow Airport, serving Terminals 2-3, Terminal 4 and Terminal 5.
Travelling by coach to and from Heathrow Airport
National Express runs frequent coach services between Heathrow's central bus station and Victoria Coach Station. The journey takes between 40 and 90 minutes, depending on the route. Some services stop en route in Hammersmith or Earl's Court. Services from Heathrow commence at approximately 4.20am and run until 10.20pm.
easyBus also run a service from Heathrow Airport Central bus station to Shepherd's Bush, which then continues on to Waterloo Station.
Travelling by bus to and from Heathrow Airport
Between approximately 11.30pm and 5am (depending on the day of the week), the N9 night bus runs about every 20 minutes to central London (Trafalgar Square). The journey time is approximately 76 minutes. For more information visit the Transport for London website. Standard bus fares apply (£1.55 Oyster/contactless) and are accepted.
Taking a taxi to and from Heathrow Airport
There are usually taxis queuing for customers at London's airports. Only use a black cab or reputable minicab and never use unauthorised drivers. Ask the driver or minicab company how much your journey will cost beforehand.
A metered trip in a black cab to/from central London takes approximately one hour. All Heathrow Terminals have an approved taxi desk and authorised taxi rank. Visit the Heathrow Taxis website for more information.
Heathrow Airport parking
Dedicated Heathrow Airport staff can provide assistance to passengers with special needs. Visit Heathrow Airport's special assistance page for more details.
Heathrow Express trains have areas for passengers using wheelchairs and exiting at Paddington Station is straightforward.
On the Tube, disabled travellers should be aware that a significant number of stations are not equipped with lifts. Nearly all London bus services are equipped for wheelchair users. Visit the Transport for London accessibility page for more information.
Diamond Air offers a bespoke “Meet and Assist” service straight from the airport on the day of your arrival to your home, hotel or office.
There are numerous hotels near Heathrow Airport.
Hotel Hoppa is a convenient way to travel between your Heathrow Airport hotel and Heathrow's terminals. Tickets purchased in advance cost £5.50 each way for adults. The fare is £6 if you pay the driver directly.
Visit the Heathrow Airport website for more information on hotel transfer buses.