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A Travellers guide to Heathrow Airport

Superbly iconic and world famous, it's huge and can be a little intimidating, but the world loves Heathrow Airport.

Every year millions of passengers travel through London Heathrow Airport and we are regularly at the airport for coach hire in London and to pick up passengers at arrivals who have booked cost effective and eco friendly London coach hire.

But how much do you really know about Heathrow airport?

About Heathrow

London Heathrow Airport or LHR “if you're into airport codes” is the UK’s central international travel hub and an entry point for millions of passengers annually. Heathrow's unique amenities earn it the title of one of the world’s most luxurious travel airports.

Although with an airport this big landing in the right Heathrow Terminal can be a daunting task for new arrivals as can finding the right departures terminal. When you hire a coach or minibus for London Heathrow, our experienced consultants take your flight number so we can ensure either you and your group or your coach at arrivals are in the right terminal.

Each terminal has its own drop off and pick up areas, so that you can climb straight onboard your London hire coach and be off to your accommodation or take a drive up through central London and see the sights.

Terminals at Heathrow Airport

There are four terminals on different levels and they handle over 80 million passengers each year travelling to over 203 different destinations. The departure gates for each Heathrow Terminal are located on the upper level of that building, and arrivals take place from the lower floors.

As a rough guide for booking your London minibus and coach hire, these are the terminals.

Terminal 2

This is the newest terminal at the airport and is also known as "The Queen's Terminal", winning fantastic reviews with its unique facilities. Located in its exclusive suite of lounges is an unparalleled luxury experience. Only one lounge offers access to all passengers flying on British Airways or any other airline partner who has paid extra.

Terminal 3

It is one of the nation’s busiest terminals, with carriers such as British Airways and Virgin Atlantic making it their home base. The No1 Lounge at Terminal 3 is an exclusive space for people who value comfort and luxury, with various unique features to help you make the most of your time during your stay.

If your a luxury travel group we can accommodate your coach hire London requirements with five star luxury travel coaches.

Terminal 4

The bustling Terminal 4 of Heathrow Airport is one of the most popular terminals in the airport. The Terminal also has an onsite hotel called the Heathrow Hotel, which offers travellers overnight stays in luxurious accommodation.

If you're staying at The Heathrow Hotel, don't join the huge lines for taxis, book your London minibus hire and be swiftly on your way to The Heathrow Hotel or indeed any Heathrow hotel for a relaxing drink or good night's sleep.

Terminal 5

This terminal remains the central hub for British Airways. If you’re arriving at Terminal 5 and catching a flight elsewhere, you’ll be able to enjoy the shops and restaurants that are available here. There’s a variety of cafes for passengers who want some retail therapy before their flight or need something quick.

A Guide to services

Some travellers experience a little trepidation when they have to change flights at Heathrow regarding their luggage, but you don't have to worry as passengers connecting between two international flights or from a domestic to an international flight need not pass through customs and immigration if your baggage has been tagged through to your next destination, just follow the signs to "flight connections" after exiting the aircraft.

Another plus is that Heathrow has a superb internal transport system so people can get around.

Getting Connected

Free WiFi is widely available in the airport which is great for keeping in touch with your coach hire driver or our operations team for your coach hire in London.

Just simply connect to Heathrow Wifi and contact us if you have any unforeseen delays, we will help ensure your pick up goes smoothly. Paid upgrades are available for a faster connection if you need one. There are some USB power sockets and some mains sockets (UK sockets and a few European ones) in the lounge areas, but its well known that you have to be quick as these are heavily used.

There are also a few Internet terminals for those who don't have their own device.

Special Assistance

On many occasions we have worked closely with the special assistance team to get passengers who need help onto their hired London coach.

These special assistance services are available at the airport for those with disabilities or reduced mobility.

Business services

London Heathrow Airport offers a wide range of services to facilitate your journey as a business traveller. Take advantage of the following when you need them.

  • The airport has plentiful meeting rooms and you can book meeting rooms by the hour at the Regus Express business lounge in Terminal 5 to get that last contract signed.
  • Foreign exchange is available for your currency requirements however In addition to foreign exchange services available in each terminal, Terminix lets you order Euros, USD, and pre-paid currency cards ahead of time.
  • Heathrow fast track is for frequent flyer members and those flying premium classes may also be eligible for the fast track service, which lets you pre-book an appointment to speed through security. When you book your luxury minibus hire or coach hire in London, let us know if you are fast tracked so we can adjust pick up times accordingly.
  • Porters are available in all departure and baggage halls to help you with your luggage. Just tell them that your group has hired a coach and they will quickly transport your luggage to the coach collection area.

It's a wrap

Heathrow is a fantastic airport and along with the great travel experience it offers a wide selection of restaurants, pubs, and quick eateries in all five of its terminals.

Travelling to and from Heathrow as a group is easy and far cheaper than you realise when you hire a coach or a minibus in London.

For very large groups we can supply several vehicles and multi size vehicle coach hire is not a problem.

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