London Heathrow Airport Arrivals
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Once you’ve landed at London Heathrow Airport, it’s easy to get to the heart of England’s capital and make the most of your time in London. Heathrow is just 15 miles from the centre of London, which you can reach via train, underground train, bus, car or taxi. Read on to find all the information you need on getting around London from Heathrow Airport following your flight, as well as to find everything you need to know about the airport’s facilities.
If you’re looking for ideas on how to spend your time in London, have a browse through our Visiting London page. If you’re making a business trip and need to book a venue or meeting room, try our Business in Londonpage, and for information on getting back to Heathrow, see our Getting to London Heathrow guide and do it the easy way.
Facilities at London Heathrow Airport Arrivals
If you happen to arrive with time to spare, you’ll be well catered for at London Heathrow Airport. From cafes and eateries to shops and drinkeries, Heathrow has something to keep all tastes and ages happy. Browse a huge range of shops at each terminal, take a leisurely lunch or grab a quick drink at one of the many cafés, bars and restaurants, or pick up your currency at several bureaux de change. There are also special facilities and services for those travelling with children. For more information about facilities at the airport, take a look at our London Heathrow Airport page.
Getting to London by public transport
Heathrow has excellent public transport links via bus, coach, train, Tube and taxi, making it easy to reach the centre of the city, its outskirts, and the rest of the UK too. A Tube service runs on the Piccadilly Line through central London, available to board at Terminals 2 and 3 or alternatively 4 or 5. Underground services run approximately every 10 minutes.
Heathrow has an extensive bus network, running to and from various locations across London. Heathrow’s Central Bus Station can be found between Terminals 2 and 3. Bus services run to local hotels, and hundreds of destinations across the UK. Please bear in mind that although the journey to the centre of London is only around 15 miles, traffic can slow your journey time considerably if travelling at peak times. Please check the transport and directions section of Heathrow Airport’s website for specific details.
London Heathrow has its own train station, running to and from London Paddington on the Heathrow Express. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes, and run just as frequently. An additional Heathrow Connect train does the same journey but stops at local stations en route to Paddington. Please remember to check the timetable before you travel.
For more information on trains to London Heathrow Airport, including booking tickets for travel, check the National Rail website.
National Express coaches run from all Heathrow terminals to locations across the UK. You can buy coach tickets on arrival at Heathrow but given demand and price offers it is highly recommended that you book your coach in advance if travelling by this method. For more information on trains to London Heathrow Airport, including booking tickets for travel, check the National Rail website.
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Getting to London by car
Driving to central London takes around 45 minutes, but give yourself ample time as the roads can be extremely busy. Take the M4 and A4 for the quickest route.
Car hire at London Heathrow Airport
Several car hire companies run from Heathrow Airport, including Flybe’s car hire partners Avis and Budget. We would recommend booking your hire car in advance to guarantee the service exactly when you need it, as well as to speed up the purchase process and ensure the best prices.
Booking a hire car with Avis and Budget is easy – simply add a car hire option when booking your flights online. Car hire is available at all five of Heathrow’s terminals.
London’s world-famous hackney carriages can be taken from any of Heathrow’s terminals. For a breakdown of costs and estimated journey times, please see the Transport for London’s taxi fares page.