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Everything you need to know about Heathrow airport

Heathrow is the world's busiest international airport and is considered the hub of the air travel world. It serves more than 180 destinations and is still growing - terminal 5 opened in 2008, and a third runway is planned.

Facilities at Heathrow airport - shopping, food and drink

Facilities include shops, restaurants, bars, a beauty salon in terminal 5, exclusive lounges, cash machines, bureaux de change, internet access points, games arcades, baby changing rooms, and a postbox in terminal 4.


Getting to Heathrow airport

Heathrow airport address

Heathrow airport is 15 miles west of central London and is easily accessible from junction 4 of the M4 and junctions 14 and 15 of the M25.

For directions visit our Heathrow airport directions page.

If you are using a satnav, use these postcodes: terminal 1, TW6 1AP; terminal 3, TW6 1QG; terminal 4, TW6 3XA; terminal 5, TW6 2GA.

Parking at Heathrow airport

Parking at Heathrow could cost you more than your flight if you don't book it in advance. We can save you up to 60 per cent if you book with us.

We offer more than 20 parking packages at Heathrow, with on-airport, off-airport and Meet and Greet options at all four terminals. Whatever your priorities, we'll have something to suit you. Visit our Heathrow airport parking page to have a look at the options.

Heathrow Rail

Heathrow by rail and coach

You can get to terminals 1, 3 and 5 on the Heathrow Express train, which takes 15 minutes from London Paddington, and terminals 1, 3 and 4 on the Heathrow Connect train, which takes just under half an hour.

National Express coaches serve all five terminals - and we can save you money if you book an airport hotel with us. Visit our Heathrow airport by coach page.

Hand luggage restrictions at Heathrow airport

Hand luggage at Heathrow airport
  • Only one piece of hand luggage with most airlines
  • Maximum size for most airlines: 56cm x 45cm x 25cm
  • You can take a handbag as well as your hand luggage
  • Liquids are permitted in containers of up to 100ml
  • They must fit into one transparent resealable bag no bigger than 20cm x 20cm
  • Anything bought after security is allowed on the plane

For more information about security at the airport and the rules concerning luggage, visit our Heathrow airport baggage and security page.

Heathrow airport news

LHR Meet and Greet at Heathrow | A convenient Meet and Greet option
The LHR Meet and Greet service at Heathrow is the best value at Heathrow airport - From £106.20 for 8 days parking.

Virgin Atlantic doubles flights to Hong Kong | Additional service every day
Virgin Atlantic has recently announced that it will double its daily service to Hong Kong from once to twice daily. As one of the world's leaders in long-haul flights, Virgin will be creating an additional 100 cabin crew jobs.

Emirates Terminal 3 worldwide services | Fly from Emirates Terminal 3 to Heathrow
Emirates Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport has announced its next phase of operations, commencing on October 28, 2008. From 2.30pm on this date, all flights to Europe, Americas, the GCC, Africa and the Middle East will depart from Terminal 3.