Heathrow Airport Guide
This is a guide to Heathrow Airport. At www.heathrow-airport-uk.info you will find everything you need to know about London Heathrow, quickly and all in one place.
This is not the 'official' heathrow airport website (which is at www.baa.co.uk), it's an in depth guide to heathrow, where everything you need to know is no more than 2 clicks away. Click on any of the links on the left to find the information you need, including Heathrow Parking and Heathrow Hotels.
Heathrow Airport is popular with business and holiday travellers, it is the busiest international airport in the world and it was voted 'Best Airport in Europe' in 2007. There are more than 90 airlines flying to over 170 international destinations from the airport and in 2011 over 69.4 million passengers passed through its terminals (up 5.5% on 2010). It is also the world's second busiest airport for cargo and almost 70,000 people work there.
'London Heathrow' is 14 miles (21 kms) west of central London next to junction 4a of the M4 motorway or junction 14 of the M25. Or, if you are travelling on public transport it is at the western end of the Piccadilly underground line and served by a dedicated rail link (Heathrow Express) and a semi-fast link (Heathrow Connect) from London's Paddington train station.
The airport is made up of 5 terminals, with the 6th planned. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are close together at the centre of the airport, they are all within walking distance of each other via underground walkways. Terminals 4 and 5 are on their own, but can be reached from terminals 1, 2 and 3 via the free inter-terminal transfer service.
There is ample car parking at the heathrow airport, including short term and long term car parks, plus off airport parking, which is usually cheaper and almost as close to the terminals. There is one hotel connected to the airport (the Heathrow Hilton at Terminal 4), plus around 50 airport hotels on or just off the airport complex, most offering an overnight stay plus free airport parking package.
Once inside any of the terminals you will find all of the facilities you would expect from an international airport. There are around 70 airport lounges spread though the 5 terminals, currency exchange bureaus in every terminal and plenty of ATMs. There is a good range of eating and shopping facilities, excellent disabled facilities and left luggage facilities.
For those meeting someone at Heathrow it can get a bit complicated, as terminals 1, 2 and 3 are close together and there is a maze of roads around them that are always busy. Follow the directions to the airport on our 'directions' page and watch out of the signs for the short term airport parking at the terminal you want once you reach the airport (as soon as you come out of the tunnel, short term parking is clearly sign posted). Once safely in the short term airport parking, head for arrivals and check the flight status on the arrivals boards for when you need to wait by the gate.
If want to know about airport security, the history of heathrow airport, technical data, or you want to do a spot of plane spotting, we can help you with that too. Just click on the relevant link in the index boxes on the left.
And if you have a stop over at the airport, have a look at our heathrow airport lounge or heathrow airport hotel pages, or you might have a look at the local attractions page, or you can pop into London on the Heathrow Express and shop, sightsee or explore (we'll point you to a great London guide).
Heathrow Airport contact details
Address: Heathrow Point West, 234 Bath Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 5AP
Information: +44 (0)870 000 0123
Arrivals: +44 (0)870 000 0123
Lost property: +44 (0)208 745 7727
Fax: +44 (0)20 8745 6266
e-mail: via the website
Selected technical data
Airport Code : LHR
Airport name : London Heathrow Airport
City : London
Country : United Kingdom
World Area Code: 493
GMT Offset : +0.0