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Is Heathrow For Real?  
User currently offlineAH332 From Algeria, joined Mar 2007, 276 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 13645 times:

Hi,

Okay, so all I've read on A.net is that connecting through Heathrow is a nightmare. Is it REALLY that bad? Or are these exaggerations?

I ask because I'm headed to Stockholm from Miami this winter and connecting through Heathrow. I'm flying AA/BA, so I arrive at T3 and depart T1.


P.S: Can anyone tell me the best way to get to downtown London from Heathrow? Also, what's the best way to get around London if just spending the day there? Thanks in advance!  Smile

Cheers,
Imad


Bledi Heya Al Djazaeer! // Next Flights: AB MIA-DUS-ORY, AF ORY-MRS-ALG
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User currently offlineScorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5025 posts, RR: 44
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 13585 times:

Quoting AH332 (Thread starter):
Can anyone tell me the best way to get to downtown London from Heathrow?

If you have money to burn: Heathrow Express: fast (15 minutes to central London), but expensive.
Otherwise: Tube: cheaper, but takes a lot longer.

Quoting AH332 (Thread starter):
Also, what's the best way to get around London if just spending the day there?

That'd be the Tube.

Quoting AH332 (Thread starter):
Is it REALLY that bad? Or are these exaggerations?

Many are exaggerations. It's not exactly the most convenient airport in the world, but you'll survive.


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 13546 times:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_polls/read.main/135274/

In the "Polls & Preferences" section.

LHR's only benefit is its location - very close to the city center of London. The city is connected by The Tube, and is very convenient. If you are beginning/ending a trip at LHR, assuming you get your baggage, it is just fine.

Having said that, I posed the question to travellers in the know who have experienced transitting Heathrow, and without exception every set of eyes bulged in horror at the thought of changing planes and terminals. It is simply unable to keep up with modern demands, as the notorious breakdowns of the baggage equipment delay bags interminably and the crush of humanity tries to squeeze into the ridiculous amount of land dictated by the surrounding NIMBY's. Hopefully the new T5 will ease the pressure on this airport!!

I sincerely hope you have a pleasant flying experience is much better than the average!!



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User currently offlineFlyTUITravel From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 13494 times:

To be honest I really don't see the problem with LHR. Its just your average busy intercontinental airport! I have never ever had any problems and I've travelled through numerous times....
But I guess it is just preference - I like to fly from Heathrow because... its just Heathrow, isn't it? Theres just


User currently offlineRIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 13345 times:

Quoting FlyTUITravel (Reply 3):
To be honest I really don't see the problem with LHR.

- same here. Not that I am a very frequent "Heathrow flier", but my connections were always fast and smooth.

Quoting Scorpio (Reply 1):
Quoting AH332 (Thread starter):
Also, what's the best way to get around London if just spending the day there?

That'd be the Tube

- get daily pass then. I think, it costs almost if not exactly the same as just round-trip from Heathrow to Zone 1 or 2.


User currently offlineBozo From Germany, joined Nov 2005, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 13311 times:

@scorpio how expensive?
i had planned to fly to london for one week during the fall vacations but didnt make it, now i will fly during the christmas vacations, as far as i know it's around 30 mins from the airport to the center isnt it?



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User currently offlineScorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5025 posts, RR: 44
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 13270 times:

Quoting Bozo (Reply 5):
how expensive?

£14.50 one way.

Quoting Bozo (Reply 5):
as far as i know it's around 30 mins from the airport to the center isnt it?

From T1/2/3 it's only 15 by Heathrow Express.


User currently offlineExpress1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 13271 times:

Quoting Scorpio (Reply 1):

if you go by tube,the best one to use is the Piccadilly line as its a strait run to Hatton x and Terminals 1234 and with a oyster card its £3.50.

dave


User currently offlineRivet42 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 818 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 13198 times:

Hi, if you're going to spend the day sightseeing, then a one-day Travelcard for the tube is what you should do. It's GBP13.20 from Heathrow before 9:30 (includes the rush-hour), or GBP6.70 after 9:30 or any time at the weekend.

That's valid for underground lines (the 'tube'), most national rail and all London Transport bus services within the the London travel area - Heathrow is in zone 6 of that area, which is why you have to pay so much. You cannot use this pass on the Heathrow Connect (where it enters the airport) or Heathrow Express (at all).

Heathrow itself is a nightmare, but mostly for passengers with short connections, but as you have the whole day (so it sounds), then you should be ok, so long as you are able to check your luggage through to your final destination, and then don't have to pick it up yourself at Heathrow. Of course that means you have to rely on Heathrow managing to transfer your bags to the connecting flight, which is what has often gone wrong in the past, but you say you are arriving in T3, so at least you are avoiding T4, which is where most of the more recent problems appear to have occurred.

Riv'



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User currently offlineBrilondon From Canada, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 4195 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 13159 times:

Quoting FlyTUITravel (Reply 3):
To be honest I really don't see the problem with LHR. Its just your average busy intercontinental airport! I have never ever had any problems and I've travelled through numerous times....
But I guess it is just preference - I like to fly from Heathrow because... its just Heathrow, isn't it? Theres just

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I have never really had a problem with LHR but then I have never really connected through LHR on a day where there is chaos at airports such as on the security is increased as on the day the Plastic baggie thing started.

There is a video on YouTube that shows an incredibly long lines right during the summer rush when they had the liquids situation. This is an aberration as in the normal day to day operations at LHR are comparable to the day to day operations at JFK or LAX or ORD.



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User currently offlineRivet42 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 818 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 13049 times:

Quoting Scorpio (Reply 6):
From T1/2/3 it's only 15 by Heathrow Express.

.. that's to Paddington, which for a tourist is not a lot of use unless your hotel happens to be in the vicinty. Considering that it costs GBP14.50 or 15.50 (web or airport purchase) each way, on top of which you'd still need to buy a travelcard for going around London, it's really not worth it.

The tube (Piccadilly Line) from Heathrow gets into the West End (Piccadilly Circus) in around 45 mins.

There are other options for a stay of more than one day, all of which can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk

Riv'



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User currently offlineSiouxATC From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 385 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 12909 times:

Take the Tube into central London, maybe a 40 min ride but it is a lot of fun. Also take the tube when you are traveling around the city. Again, if you have some money to burn take a cabby, also a lot of fun. What would you like to see? I can recomend Buckingham Palace, the National Gallery (if time permits), Houses of Parliament, Hyde Park, Speakers Corner, Westminster Abby, Tower Bridge, London Eye.......... Keep in mind that you will not even come close to seeing everything in one day. If you are a fooball (soccer) fan, there are pleanty of Stadiums to see also.

In reguards to LHR, it is not nearly as bad as people on A.net make is seem. Just make sure that you allow yourself enough time, and it wont be all that bad. I think its kind of fun actually, seeing all different cultured people from different parts of the world. Its not as nice as say AMS, or MUC in Europe (duh), but dont sweat it. You'll be fine. As stated above it isnt the most convenent airport in the world. But that doesnt make it too bad.


User currently offlineAH332 From Algeria, joined Mar 2007, 276 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 12874 times:

Hi,

Thanks for all the feedback. I wanted to clarify one thing.

On my way back home I'm spending all of New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) in London, arriving from ARN at 1:25 pm. My flight to MIA leaves at 9:45 am the next morning. I'm not planning to get a hotel room since I figured New Year's Eve celebrations will keep the city awake into the night. I'm planning on seeing Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Eye of London, Westminster Abbey, and do some shopping. Oh, and eat fish and chips!  Smile

My question: Will I be able to check my bags through to Miami, or will I have to pick them up. If so, is there storage at LHR I can pay for to keep them there for the day?

Cheers,
Imad



Bledi Heya Al Djazaeer! // Next Flights: AB MIA-DUS-ORY, AF ORY-MRS-ALG
User currently offlineSiouxATC From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 385 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 12750 times:

Quoting AH332 (Reply 12):
On my way back home I'm spending all of New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) in London, arriving from ARN at 1:25 pm. My flight to MIA leaves at 9:45 am the next morning. I'm not planning to get a hotel room since I figured New Year's Eve celebrations will keep the city awake into the night. I'm planning on seeing Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Eye of London, Westminster Abbey, and do some shopping. Oh, and eat fish and chips!

Can I suggest that you do in fact get a hotel room just because jet-lag will be getting to you, and it would come in handy.


User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4247 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 12713 times:

Quoting SiouxATC (Reply 13):
Can I suggest that you do in fact get a hotel room just because jet-lag will be getting to you, and it would come in handy.

There are plenty of hotels near LHR but on New Year's Eve they'll probably find good reason to jack up the price. Keep in mind that not all public transportation is 24 hours in the UK, the land of inconvenience!

Quoting SiouxATC (Reply 11):
In reguards to LHR, it is not nearly as bad as people on A.net make is seem. Just make sure that you allow yourself enough time, and it wont be all that bad. I think its kind of fun actually, seeing all different cultured people from different parts of the world. Its not as nice as say AMS, or MUC in Europe (duh), but dont sweat it. You'll be fine. As stated above it isnt the most convenent airport in the world. But that doesnt make it too bad.

I agree. I've been fortunately and only connected a handful of times at LHR but it really was no better or worse than any other major airport. I think space is a premium, so the departure hall can become a mass of humanity relatively quickly... hopefully T5 will help that. And I find it amazing that a major world gateway like LHR can have remote parking stands (with the notoriously bad UK weather and all). But you take the good with the bad.



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User currently offlineEgcarter From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 12639 times:

I swore never to connect through Heathrow again after a nightmarish "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" from UA to Lufthansa years ago. It was THAT bad. And once we got to the designated terminal, they didn't even know which gate the departure to Munich would be from until shortly before boarding time. Heathrow has just been cobbled together over the decades to increase capacity. Needs to be razed and redone from the ground up!

User currently offlineJouy31 From France, joined May 2003, 447 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 12611 times:

I disagree. When the tunnel between T4 and T1 breaks down, your baggage is gone. There were more than 20,000 pieces of baggage delayed or lost this past summer, so much that BA had to transfer the baggage to another European destination to sort them out. What remained in LHR was left in the open, so that when you got it back a few weeks later; your belongings had deteriorated due to mould. What had not deteriorated or been returned to their rightful owner found its way to a weekly auction ... When connecting between T1 and T4, even in business class, which entitles you to use Fast Track at the T1/T2 FCC, I now schedule at least 4 hours (3 is risky), check my baggage only to LHR, go through immigration, pick up my baggage, and use the Heathrow Express before re-checking my baggage. FRA and CDG don't even come close in termsof inconvenience.

User currently offlineVv701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7461 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 12544 times:

Quoting FlyTUITravel (Reply 3):
To be honest I really don't see the problem with LHR.

The problem with LHR is that the current facilities in T1, T2, T3 and T4 are designed to handle a maximum of 50 million passengers a year. Last year they were used by just under 68 million.

However next year T5 opens. It is designed to handle 30 million passengers a year giving LHR the capacity to handle 80 million. So, assuming a 4 per cent growth this year and another 4 per cent next year (which is almost certainly on the high side) once T5 opens there will be 73.5 million passengers using facilities designed to handle 80 million.


User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8287 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 12544 times:

It's not that LHR is a nightmare as much as every other option being better than LHR. And if those options include MUC or AMS, than those are much much better than LHR  Smile
Getting through the very long security lines at T4 however is close to the worst experience I've ever had at an airport. Allocate at least 2 hours for that ordeal. And if you're considering taking a city tour, remember that by Tube it's at least 1 hour each way plus the above mentioned 2 hours to get through security. So you've blown nearly 4 hours just getting to the city and back to your gate. As for checking the luggage through to your destination, that shouldn't be a problem. I did just that last year. I had a stopover in London on my return to the US on BA and checked my bags all the way through. If for some reason you can't do that, there's luggage storage at every terminal, for a fee.


User currently offlineAH332 From Algeria, joined Mar 2007, 276 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 12507 times:

Hi,

Quoting SiouxATC (Reply 13):
Can I suggest that you do in fact get a hotel room just because jet-lag will be getting to you, and it would come in handy.



Quoting Richierich (Reply 14):
There are plenty of hotels near LHR but on New Year's Eve they'll probably find good reason to jack up the price. Keep in mind that not all public transportation is 24 hours in the UK, the land of inconvenience!

I was checking out some of the hotels around LHR on their website. If I book a room online, being 19 years old will I be able to check-in upon arrival myself? Or, is there an age limit over 19? Also, can I pay cash for the room? Sorry if these questions seem trivial, but not exactly sure how it works in the U.K.

Cheers,
Imad



Bledi Heya Al Djazaeer! // Next Flights: AB MIA-DUS-ORY, AF ORY-MRS-ALG
User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3091 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 12494 times:

I've been through there once, connecting from UA to BA on separate tickets. This meant we had to go through customs upon arrival, which meant going through a huge line. Then we had to wait for bags, for what seemed like forever. Then we had to walk through a confusing maze of underground walkways, all of which were extremely narrow, clausterphobic, and crowded. Finally we got to the BA ticketing area and checked-in. Security was next, which actually wasn't too bad although I hear it's gotten worse. Finally we got into the departure area, which is essentially a huge mall without many sitting areas. Then they announce your flight about 30 minutes before boarding and you make your way to the gates.

Overall I didn't find the experience pleasant. It's obvious that this place is way too small for what it's serving, and nothing is laid out in an easy to use manner. If you're good at following multiple signs, etc., then you should be fine. One thing I mentioned is that we were on 2 different tickets and connecting between un-aligned carriers, so maybe your experience would be different.

As mentioned, the Heathrow Express is expensive, but it's the fastest way in and probably the best if you're on limited time. Never got to try the tube as it was on strike during my visit to london.


User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 12493 times:

Quoting AH332 (Reply 12):
I'm not planning to get a hotel room since I figured New Year's Eve celebrations will keep the city awake into the night.

NatWest usually sponsor travel on the tube all night; the night where nothing shuts (every other night the tube closes for maintenance/engineering work); journeys were free from ±11pm to ±4am from 31st-1st.

Quoting AH332 (Reply 12):
Oh, and eat fish and chips!

Don't eat it in London. I'm British (A.net flag = where my family are from) and I can honestly say Fish and Chips, if you're eating it for the first time, should be enjoyed out of the paper, at the beach. Not in Central London.


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 12398 times:

Quoting Swiftski (Reply 21):
Fish and Chips, if you're eating it for the first time, should be enjoyed out of the paper, at the beach. Not in Central London.

Preferably in Yorkshire which is pretty much home to the best fish and chips in the country. Although I did have some in Brighton a couple of weeks ago, which to say they were from darn sarf and cooked by Polish immigrants, were pretty damn good.

Quoting Egcarter (Reply 15):
Needs to be razed and redone from the ground up!

This is already planned for T2/Queens Building once T5 is open, then once the new terminal has been built, T1 will then follow and the new terminal extended into the space vacated. By 2020 the only original terminal left will be T3.

LHR is not a bad place, it's just a bit too busy and a bit too disorganised. Don't be put off by the negative comments, if you allow plenty of time, you will be just fine.

As regards your hotel on NYE, I wouldn't bother. Just see the new year in and make your way back to the airport and kip in the terminal for free.

 Smile



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User currently offlineAdriaticflight From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 516 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 12339 times:

Quoting SiouxATC (Reply 13):
Can I suggest that you do in fact get a hotel room just because jet-lag will be getting to you, and it would come in handy.

If he's flying from Stockholm there won't be a jet-lag issue, its only a 1hour time change and a reasonably short (2hour) flight. London on NYE is alive, and transport works all night, although its packed soild! Have fun! (and Heathrow is not that bad, don't let the drama queens scare you)


User currently offlineSiouxATC From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 385 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12015 times:

Quoting Egcarter (Reply 15):
I swore never to connect through Heathrow again after a nightmarish "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" from UA to Lufthansa years ago. It was THAT bad. And once we got to the designated terminal, they didn't even know which gate the departure to Munich would be from until shortly before boarding time. Heathrow has just been cobbled together over the decades to increase capacity. Needs to be razed and redone from the ground up!

Well theres your problem. You should have expected that. Connecting to two different airlines is a pain sometimes, espcially when you have to change terminals. If that needs to be done make a day out of it and spend the night like the threat-starter is doing.

Quoting AH332 (Reply 19):
I was checking out some of the hotels around LHR on their website. If I book a room online, being 19 years old will I be able to check-in upon arrival myself? Or, is there an age limit over 19? Also, can I pay cash for the room? Sorry if these questions seem trivial, but not exactly sure how it works in the U.K.

Most hotels require you to be 18, so I wouldnt think there would be a problem. And in reguards to paying in pounds, I am not sure. A lot a hotels need a credit or debit card of some type. So I not to sure. Hotels in London are very expensive, but you can find some small cheap places. Now dont be expecting much, hotel rooms in europe are very different than what the United States are used too. But it will be better than nowhere at all. London is a great city, have fun. Make sure to write a t.r!

Quoting Adriaticflight (Reply 23):
If he's flying from Stockholm there won't be a jet-lag issue, its only a 1hour time change and a reasonably short (2hour) flight. London on NYE is alive, and transport works all night, although its packed soild! Have fun! (and Heathrow is not that bad, don't let the drama queens scare you)

I took it as he will be inbound from MIA on AA. There will be some jet-lag there. Esp after a night of partying. Trust me.


25 Tonystan : As someone who works there...YES, LHR is a dump of an airport with a totally unsuitable infrastructure from the Middle Ages BUT it still works as both
26 Post contains images Den346 : I flew almost that same route back in may from ORD to ARN with AA/BA and the transfer was quite the pain! I spent about two hours in transit between a
27 Post contains images FiveMileFinal : Okay, let's be real. LHR's a dive, especially if you have to use Terminal 3. Customs is a dungeon (so RUN off your airplane when it arrives - fortunat
28 AussieItaliano : That's the first one that should be bulldozed!
29 Post contains links Rdwootty : The biggest problem will be getting back to heathrow at the right time for your flight on New years day.The best deal would be to go to the terminal y
30 ANother : You know, I could probably cope with that. What I find infuriating is the attitude of the people working there and the general feeling you get that '
31 Jubilee : I will be travelling from SIN to MIA in November on BA, and this requires me to make a transfer from T4 to T3 at Heathrow. This is the first time I wi
32 AerorobNZ : Apart from being bored silly I had no problems connecting through LHR from EBB/JNB/ZRH onto HKG/AKL. It all depends on whether you leave yourself enou
33 B747forever : LHR is really not so bad. I has connected through LHR four times and I has not experienced any kind of problem. LHR is not as bad as many says.
34 Imag : London is usually a cold wet place on New Year’s Eve… it also tends to quieten down a fair bit from 2am onwards… although with some searching yo
35 Justplanecrazy : AH332, I would not use the tube from LHR. It's a lot less hassle to book a airport cab for £25 into central london and it will drop you at the door o
36 GSM763 : It's not that bad and also it can save £20 over the Heathrow Express or a cab, a cab won't take much less time either if the traffic isn't good. Hav
37 Nzrich : Well i just recently landed in LHR from AKL on NZ and landed mid afternoon i was through LHR in about 30 mins its was so easy at that time .. Was thou
38 Post contains images AH332 : Hi, Thanks for all the feedback everyone, I really appreciate it! Now I'm just waiting for the trip and totally psyched about it. Cheers, Imad
39 Post contains links Rivet42 : There's nothing wrong with the tube, the Heathrow line is one of the best maintained and best run, and therefore most reliable. Many of us have used
40 Soon7x7 : Don't do it!!!.... American got me across the Atlanitc with an early arrival at LHR..took me TWO (2) HOURS to be ground transported across the field
41 YYZYYT : Not true. There's lots of neat airplanes that we don't get to see on this side of the Atlantic. I'd second those comments - I've been through Heather
42 AAJFKSJUBKLYN : I too took AA JFK-LHR, on my journey to BCN. The most miserable asepct after being awake all night was navigating in this bus though alleyways and wh
43 UK_Dispatcher : Most times I pass through LHR it is on a T1-T3 connection, but I have to collect my baggage and check it in again as I am usually on a non-rev standb
44 Richierich : That may be a problem, I am not sure. Most of the hotels near the airport may be credit card only and I'm not sure if cash is going to work. I suppos
45 EK156 : Last time I travelled through LHR was 4 weeks ago and I landed at 8pm and cleared immigration by 11pm. Yep a SOLID 3 hours in the Que. I was dead by t
46 Soon7x7 : Same here...when I finally arrived in Stuttgart I still had to drop my girlfriend off at the hotel then go back to Stuttgart airport to photo documen
47 Rivet42 : Yes. It works well for T1 and T3, as they are at either end of the HEX station, but for T2 it's quite a long walk. I assume it'll still be free when
48 Richierich : The last magazine I read on this subject indicated that it would still be free for intra-airport rides. Hopefully this will not change, but you never
49 Jetdeltamsy : It's dingy, dirty and very small thus crowded. While something negative could be said about almost any national gateway airport, Heathrow is probably
50 Tmamtrak : In addition to the Heathrow Express ($$$$) there is also the Heathrow Connect which if I remember right was about 4 pounds instead of 14. It makes a f
51 Sv2008 : Didn't see anyone mention this, but on news years eve it is an exception, they usually run trains all night, and it's free as well! It's the only day
52 VTMAA : I just transit-ed thru LHR on my way to India (PHL-LHR-MAA) 15 Sept on the outbound and 14 Oct on the return. I didn't have to change terminals both a
53 Rivet42 : Heathrow Connect is GBP6.90 each way. Both Heathrow Connect & Heathrow Express go to Paddington, from where onward transport to sightseeing locations
54 Richierich : Thanks - I was not aware of this. Very interesting. Now, I wish they'd do this in NYC! Based on those train times and prices, I'd think the Heathrow
55 Post contains images AH332 : Hi, Thanks for that piece of info. That is what I wanted to hear! My only concern was that because my LHR flight arrived on Dec. 31 and my MIA flight
56 Sv2008 : Well the volumes of people the barriers couldn't cope so they just open them it's easier and make it free. Also the last train at 11pm isn't much goo
57 Rivet42 : I think it's better to provide accurate information rather than misleading statements - generally (Mon-Sat) last tubes run around 00:15 from central
58 JGPH1A : Since when ? I've booked hundreds of hotels online and not once has any of them asked me my date of birth. Hotels could care less how old you are, as
59 Post contains images Brilondon : This is rather extreme. I've been to Paris and when ever I go there are always something going on to screw up my trip. So don't get all that about CD
60 WarRI1 : I can't wait to experiance this myself, I am going at the end of the month and I hope the end of Summer eases things there.
61 Post contains links Jouy31 : From the BBC Heathrow bags sorted in Italy : http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/new...&news=1&ms3=0&nol_storyid=6896494# From watchdog BA's baggage prob
62 Post contains links Jouy31 : Times on line : A jumbo sized luggage problem : http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2204065.ece
63 Hotelmode : Those articles are 4 months old. BAA actually had their best baggage month for many years in September. The Centrak area to T4 belt seems to work at l
64 Copaair737 : How easy is it to switch terminals at LHR? I'll be switching airlines from BMED/BA to UA next Tuesday, and the terminals are going from T1 to T3 (I th
65 Post contains images Rivet42 : Hmmm... The bad news is that BMed is still at T4! So you'll be at the mercy of the T4 baggage system, the T4 T1/2/3 transit process (a bus through th
66 Brilondon : You obviously have some personal vandetta against LHR. Is it possible you work for CDG?? Maybe you just don''t like the English? The above examples a
67 Naritaflyer : A lot of the stories you hear about LHR are largely true. I try avoiding connecting there but sometimes you have no choice because the alternative is
68 Express1 : is Heathrow for real? well it would be if BA and BAA clear out!!!! dave
69 Brilondon : This is true and you can't really avoid it.
70 Jouy31 : I connect about 10 times a year through LHR, so I find your comments unwarranted. My European connections are either in FRA, VIE, CDG or LHR. In LHR,
71 JettaKnight : I connected through LHR for the first time last month, so I'm hardly an expert, but this was my exact impression. It didn't help that AA parked at a
72 AerorobNZ : I would uplift my bags at LHR and internet check in for UA in advance before you leave your country of origin. And then just hop on the tube to T3 an
73 Rivet42 : ... why pay for the Tube when the HEX (Heathrow Express) is free...?! Riv'
74 Jouy31 : BMED flights are switching from T4 to T1 with the winter schedule. So, the connection will be between T4 and T3, or between T1 and T3, depending on th
75 Post contains images Rivet42 : ... ha, ha, yes, well spotted, the BMed flights switch to T1 on 29th October, so indeed it will not be necessary to use the Tube or the HEX in that ca
76 NEMA : My advice for getting around london as a tourist is firstly by the tube however, if you want to see the place then you need to be above ground and the
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