London has six airports which service the city and its surrounds; London Heathrow, London Stansted, London Gatwick, London Luton, London City and London Southend. Between them, they handle an estimated 130 million per each year. The biggest and busiest of these airport is Heathrow Airport, or London Heathrow Airport which lies 20kms west of the centre of London. It is a very busy airport with flights coming in from all over the world carrying tourists and business people to London. It is well serviced by public transport and it is a busy airport for car hire for people getting to meetings on time or taking time to explore the UK. For a helping hand getting around the airport, check out this terminal map before you go.
More About Heathrow Airport
Airport Car Hire
Heathrow has five airport terminals and all of them have car hire desks, showing you the demand for car hire there, so we would advise that, where possible, you should book your hire car in advance. Studies done by Car Booker show that the optimal time to book in advance is six weeks before pick up for the optimal deals. But don’t worry, we have great prices all the time in Heathrow airport because we compare all the car hire providers there and get you the best deals, discounts and offers on car hire, so you can pick the deal for you. Providers that Car Booker works with include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Easirent, Enterprise, Europcar, Interrent, Sixt and Thrifty. And don’t forget, you can usually pick up your car in Heathrow and drop if off somewhere else on your trip, just click the “ different drop off location” button when you are getting your quote.
Getting there & Away
Heathrow has an impressive selection of public transport offerings for you if you are looking at getting in to the city; coaches, buses, trains, the tube, taxis or transfers. Just remember that London transport can be expensive, it is worth purchasing an Oyster Card if you are going to be there for a few days. They save stress and money which is always good. Buses to Victoria go from Heathrow Terminal Bus Station, where you can change. Hotels offer shuttles or you can get the Hotel Hoppa service from Terminals 1,3,4 and 5 to many hotels. Heathrow Express runs directly from Heathrow to Liverpool Street, non-stop in 15 minutes but it’s costly. Underground stations in Heathrow give you access to the Piccadilly line which will get you into London in an hour.
London is great, it is alive, a city which is just begging to be experienced and explored. There is always something to do and it’s a great city if you have money to spend on shows, clothes, food and events, but it is also a really cool city for free stuff such as museums, markets, cheap and delicious eats, great parks such as Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens or Kew Park and buildings and architecture and places for street food or picnics. You should check out these for a truly London experience; Salute the changing of the guard, Go for a spin on the London Eye, Imitate the famous Beatles walk across Abbey Road.