Heathrow International Airport is one of the largest and busiest airports in the world and is situated only about sixty miles from Wessex. Planes come and go to every part of the globe. Most airlines fly into Heathrow. Access by road and rail is frequent.
The airport is located about fourteen miles west of London. The runways have an east/west orientation and so flying into Heathrow International Airport the planes fly over London itself. Look down you may see some famous places as you descend. Makes for some interesting viewing from the ground!
Of course being such a busy airport Heathrow International Airport is also a large one and there are five terminals. It has to be to cater for 67,000,000 people a year! Very important to know which terminal your aircraft is using! Ask your travel agent. All the terminals at Heathrow have excellent facilities and staff are happy to help. Terminal information can be found here.
If you have a disability and require help ask when you buy your ticket so arrangements can be made for your comfort. Those with special diets should also make arrangements ahead of time.
There are many hotels in the close vicinity of Heathrow Airport for those that need accommodation before moving on, or to make it easier to catch that early flight.... Booking is suggested when you can.
There are links to accommodation at the top of the right hand column on this page. They are:
Wessex Hotels, shows all London Hotels as some folk will want to move on to London. To get the Heathrow Hotels click on 'View all London Hotels' at the bottom of the search box. Naturally they will all show up. Look down the left column and click on Heathrow Hotels.
Cottages There are also links at the top of the right hand column to Cottages and self catering accommodation .
itself and getting to south west England is not a problem. Trains run frequently, there is good access by road, hire cars are available and there are plenty of coaches.
Trains run to London and from there all over the country.
There are two good connections with Paddington station in London. One is the fast Heathrow Express and the other is the Heathrow Connect which stops along its route.
Heathrow Express takes only 15 minutes to get to London and runs every 15 minutes. A useful service and it operates nearly 24 hours a day. Tickets can be bought on the internet before you leave.
Heathrow Connect has a longer interval between trains at 30 minutes, but even this stopping train only takes 26 minutes. The connect service also operates nearly 24 hours a day.
Both services run from Heathrow Central for passengers from Terminals 1 and 3 and Heathrow Terminal 5. Passengers coming in to Terninal 4 can get a free transfer to and from Heathrow Central by travelling on the Heathrow Connect Shuttle.
Budget minded passengers might prefer to use the London Underground. Not too much longer as it takes under an hour to get to London on the Piccadilly line. Trains run at intervals of ten minutes at the most. Three Underground stations service the airport, Terminals 1 and 3 have one, and Terminals 4 and 5 have one apiece.
Fares are cheaper than the Heathrow Express and Connect services. Also the Underground runs to other mainline stations besides Paddington.
These can be useful if you do not want to travel into London. They are a service of buses and coaches connecting Heathrow International Airport with trains at Feltham, Watford, Woking and Reading.
Britain's premier luxury coach company runs services from major airports including Heathrow International Airport. There are inter airport services as well as services to all parts of the country including Wessex. Probably not many places they do not go to!
The M25 is a handy road as it circles London. Be warned it can be very congested.
Most car hire firms operate in Heathrow International Airport. It is possible to arrange for a hire car in another town if you do not wish to drive in and from London.
They have three options for secure car parking at Heathrow.
Firstly there is their luxury Meet and Greet service. A chauffeur will meet you at a designated spot at the terminal and take your vehicle off to a secure car park, When you return, call the car park on the number you have been given as soon as practical after landing. A chauffeur will be waiting with your vehicle.
Premium Park and Ride. One way chauffeur service. Drive to the airport terminal car park you need. Your luggage will be put on a courtesy transfer bus for the drive to the airport. Call the car park on the given number when you return as soon as you can after landing. A chauffeur will be there to hand your car back to you at the terminal. Handy!
Purple Parking's third choice is their useful Park and Ride service. Drive to your chosen airport car park. The luggage will be loaded on to the transfer bus and you will be off to the terminal. When you return call the number you have been given and a bus will be sent to get you and reunite you with your car.
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There are some delightful cottages around the county. Probably one near where you would love to stay.
Want a cute car? Large car? Small car? Whatever you need you will find it here. You will probably find your favourite car hire firm here and Car Rentals do not add a penny to their price for looking all over for you!
If you do decide the leave the car at home and help the environment too, why not go National Express They run coaches all over the country. Some pretty good fares too.
Just imagine - sit back and relax, no hassling with the traffic!!!
Do you know that you can book on your mobile phone and they will send the ticket as a text!!!!
Virgin Trains is an excellent main line railway.