Heathrow Airport – The Easy Way To Get Around

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London’s Heathrow Airport is one of the biggest and busiest airports in the world with 5 separate terminals handling over 80 different airlines. So what’s the best and quickest way to get yourself between terminals with minimal fuss?

article-flightconnectionsWell for starters let us say that if you have a connecting flight and you and your bags are checked through on it then all you have to do is follow the purple signs for Flight Connections and let the airport do the rest. If your flight departs from another terminal a dedicated bus will transport you directly there.

If however, you aren’t checked in on your connecting flight and want to connect “externally” between terminals this is what to do.

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From Terminal 2...

To Terminal 1

This terminal is currently closed for renovation.

To Terminal 3

Walking is the quickest way. It takes 10-15 minutes and moving walkways are in place to assist. Take the lifts or escalators down to the lowest level and follow the signs.

Total Journey Time: 10-15 minutes

To Terminal 4

The quickest way to Terminal 4 is via the Heathrow Express. Follow signs for Heathrow Express and board the train to Terminal 4. They run every 15 minutes and journey time is about 4 minutes. Make sure you get the correct train as some go to Terminal 5 and others to London.

Total Journey Time: 13-28 minutes

To Terminal 5

If you have an Oyster card or a contactless debit card then the Tube is the fastest way (it’s free between terminals using card). Follow the signs for London Underground and then get on the next Tube (one stop) to T5. They run every 7-10 minutes and journey time is 4 minutes.

Total journey time: 12-22 minutes.

Alternatively, you can take the Heathrow Express train but the station for this is a slightly longer walk from Terminal 2 past the Underground Station towards Terminal 3. It is however, free for all users between terminals and runs every 15 minutes with a journey time of 4 minutes.

Total journey time: 15-30 minutes.

From Terminal 3...

To Terminal 1

This terminal is currently closed for renovation.

To Terminal 2

Walking is the quickest way. It takes 10-15 minutes and moving walkways are in place to assist. Just follow the signs.

Total Journey Time: 10-15 minutes

To Terminal 4

The quickest way to Terminal 4 is via the Heathrow Express. Follow signs for Heathrow Express and board the train to Terminal 4. They run every 15 minutes and journey time is about 4 minutes. Make sure you get the correct train as some go to Terminal 5 and others to London.

Total Journey Time: 11-26 minutes

To Terminal 5

The quickest and most convenient way is by using the Heathrow Express. This train which arrives in from London and then connects onto Terminal 5 runs every 15 minutes with a journey time of 4 minutes and is free for all users between terminals. Follow the signs from Terminal 3 to Heathrow Express and board the next train to Terminal 5.

Total journey time: 10-25 minutes

From Terminal 4...

To Terminal 1

This terminal is currently closed for renovation.

To Terminal 2

The quickest way to Terminal 2 is via the Heathrow Express. Follow signs for Heathrow Express and board the next train for London where you will go one stop (Terminals 2 & 3). They run every 15 minutes and journey time is about 4 minutes.

Total journey time: 12-27 minutes

To Terminal 3

The quickest way to Terminal 3 is via the Heathrow Express. Follow signs for Heathrow Express and board the next train for London where you will go one stop (Terminals 2 & 3). They run every 15 minutes and journey time is about 4 minutes.

Total journey time: 10-25 minutes

To Terminal 5

Take bus number 482 or 490 (Destination: Heathrow Terminal 5) from Bus Stop 7 outside the terminal. This service is free for all users from T4.

From Terminal 5...

To Terminal 1

This terminal is currently closed for renovation.

To Terminal 2

If you have an Oyster card or a contactless debit card then the Tube is the fastest way (it’s free between terminals using card). Follow the signs for London Underground and then get on the next Tube (one stop) to Terminals 2 & 3. Exit the Underground Station and follow signs for Terminal 2. The tube runs every 7-10 minutes and journey time is 4 minutes.

Total journey time: 12-22 minutes.

Alternatively, you can take the Heathrow Express train but the station at the other end for this is a slightly longer walk to Terminal 2 past the Underground Station. It is however, free for all users between terminals and runs every 15 minutes with a journey time of 4 minutes. Take the train bound for London Paddington and get off at the next stop – Terminals 2 & 3.

Total journey time: 15-30 minutes.

To Terminal 3

The quickest and most convenient way is by using the Heathrow Express. This train which departs for London and stops first at “Terminals 2 & 3” runs every 15 minutes with a journey time of 4 minutes and is free for all users between terminals. Follow the signs from Terminal 5 to Heathrow Express and board the next train to London Paddington.

Total journey time: 10-25 minutes

To Terminal 4

Take bus number490 (Destination: Pools on the Park) or 482 (Destination: Southall Town Hall) from Bus Stop 7 for a free transfer to Terminal 4.

 

If you are checked through and going to use Flight Connections and you know your inbound and outbound flight details you can input them into Heathrow’s official website and it will plan your connection for you. Click here to find out more. 

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