Holidays from Heathrow Airport
Heathrow airport destinations
Where can you fly to from Heathrow? A vast number of fantastic destinations at home and abroad including Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Abuja and Accra, Addis Ababa, Agadir and Ahmedabad. Choose a break in Aleppo or Algiers, Almaty or Amman, Amritsar or Amsterdam. Whatever continent your dream destination is located there’s a good chance you’ll be able to fly there from Heathrow, with its superb public transport connections, great facilities and excellent reputation for safety and efficiency. Happy travels!
Heathrow airport basics
In 1930 a British aero engineer bought the land Heathrow stands on for £15,000 from the Vicar of Harmondsworth. Mr Fairey’s Great West Aerodrome was soon superseded by the planet’s busiest international airport, Heathrow. It’s home to almost ninety airlines and serves 180 or so destinations spread across ninety nations. People flood there for flights to New York JFK, Dubai, Dublin, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, all top Heathrow favourites. In 2011 the airport handled breath-taking 69.4 million people, split 6.8% domestic flights, 41% European, just under 23% to north Atlantic destinations and 29.4% other long haul delights. It’s huge, smart and smooth!
Expect everything you need, then double it. Heathrow is vast and offers excellent facilities with countless ATMs, sympathetic family services, secure baggage storage, masses of bars and restaurants, bureaux de change, concierge services, information desks, internet access and WiFi, gifts and souvenirs, jewellery and watches, postal services and post boxes, Duty Free, high street shopping outlets of every imaginable kind and even mobile phone charging. You’ll also find showers, smoking areas, medical help, VIP services and areas for worship.
Heathrow Airport is just 15 miles west of central London. National Express and various other bus companies run from Heathrow to more than five hundred UK destinations and there’s also a great local bus network out into the surrounding countryside, west London and the Thames Valley. Here’s a link to full details.
You can pick up a luxury coach and connect with the national rail network at Feltham, Watford, Woking or Reading. Trains are the fastest way to hit London, either the Heathrow Express with a 15 minute journey time to Paddington station, leaving every 15 minutes, or the Heathrow Connect stopping service to London, taking just 26 minutes to get to Paddington. You’ll find full details here.
Leave the M4 at junction 4 or the M25 at junction 15. SatNav? Terminal 1’s postcode is TW6 1AP, terminal 2’s is TW6 1EW and terminal 3’s is TW6 1QG. You’ll find terminal 4 at TW6 3XA and terminal 5 at TW6 2GA.
It’s safe to say that almost every major airline you’ve heard of, and a few more besides, flies out of Heathrow airport including BA, bmi, Etihad Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Ethiopian Airlines, Air India, Air Algerie, Air Astana and Jet Airways. Delta and Air New Zealand, Gulf Air and Turkmenistan Airlines, Royal Jordanian… it’s a very long list, so whoever you choose to fly with there’s a good chance Heathrow will be your first port of call.
Airport car parking
Long stay parking at Heathrow offers regular transfers to the terminals. There’s dedicated business parking near the terminals and a short stay facility at every terminal. They recommend short stay for parking up to five hours. There’s a valet service too.
Heathrow is city-sized and there’s a good choice of on-site hotels at every star rating, to suit every budget. There’s the Comfort Hotel just 2 miles from the airport, the Hilton Heathrow actually on-site, the Arora Hotel and Sheratoin Skyline a mile away, and the the Crowne Plaza is two miles away.
Address and phone number.
London Heathrow Airport, 234 Bath Road, Harlington, Middlesex UB3 5AP, UK. The telephone number is 0870 000 0123