3 Tips for Braving Heathrow Airport


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As frequent travelers we have visited countless airports but none yet is quite as daunting as Heathrow Airport in England.  As one of the largest airports in the world, flying into or out of Heathrow can stress even the most seasoned of travelers.  Therefore, if you have a flight booked through Heathrow airport, we recommend you have a read through the following trips to make your experience as smooth as possible.

1. Get there early!

Heathrow Airport is a massive airport with multiple terminals and you will have to travel long distances through and around the airport before you ever arrive at your departure gate.  Typically, for domestic flights, it is recommended that you arrive 2 hours prior to your departure and for international flights it is 3 hours.  We actually recommend that you arrive even earlier than these recommendations as Heathrow is HUGE and busy.  Therefore, line-ups to check-in and go through security will likely be longer than anticipated and it will take longer than you think to move around it.  The last thing you want is to be trying to run through Heathrow Airport trying to catch your flight.

2. Plan your Parking ahead of time.

With the multiple terminals and parking options at Heathrow Airport, we recommend that you scope out and possibly book your parking ahead of time.  Again, this comes down to saving time when you arrive at the airport.  Have a look at the Heathrow Airport map, know which terminal you will be departing from and plan your parking accordingly.  The day of your flight, you will be so glad that you took the time to plan your parking ahead of time.

3. Connections through Heathrow Airport.

If you have a connection planned through Heathrow, we recommend that you make sure that you have enough time to make that connection.  Don’t schedule too short of a connecting time or you will definitely risk missing your second flight.  Remember, Heathrow is BIG, so you may have to travel a significant distance to your new departure flight especially if it happens to be in a different terminal.  For example, British Airways has its own terminal; therefore if you are going from one airline to a British Airways flight, you will definitely be switching terminals for your connection.

Good Luck with Heathrow Airport and happy travels!

Do you have any tips to help navigate Heathrow Airport?


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2 Responses to 3 Tips for Braving Heathrow Airport

  1. I agree with third point. I have almost missed my flight at Heathrow because I didn’t realise how big it really was.
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    Empty Rucksack February 16, 2014 at 10:19 am Reply
    • Thanks for the comment! The size of Heathrow really did blow our mind when we first arrived; It truly is a massive airport!!!

      evan&tracy February 17, 2014 at 10:13 pm Reply

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