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Way From Terminal 1 To Terminal 3 In LHR

Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:41 pm

I will travel from TXL to EWR on Monday via LHR and wanted to ask how long does it take to go from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3. I have 2:45 Hrs in LHR. Do I have to hurry or do I have some time for spotting ?
Also what can I expect on a VS 747-400 ?
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RE: Way From Terminal 1 To Terminal 3 In LHR

Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:49 pm

Depends on what time you'll be arriving into LHR? Sometimes the queue for the Flight Connections Centre is so long that it is quicker to go through passport control and then connect to the other terminal and go through security again.
 
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RE: Way From Terminal 1 To Terminal 3 In LHR

Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:52 pm

I will arrive 1:15 pm.
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RE: Way From Terminal 1 To Terminal 3 In LHR

Fri Mar 30, 2007 1:45 am

Spotting at LHR! I wish you luck on that one. Nowhere really in the terminals are any good for spotting. Only real opportunities are off the airport itself and your connection timings would rule that out.
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RE: Way From Terminal 1 To Terminal 3 In LHR

Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:49 am

If your bags are checked all the way through to EWR you can transfer via the Flight Connections Centre located adjacent to T1 and T2. Here you will clear security and board a bus to T3. The bus ride takes about 5 mins and is airside so you will see the odd a/c or two, but photo ops are limited due to the amount of buildings/equipment in the way. Have the camera ready just incase, but don't expect to get A.net standard pics.

If your bags are not through checked, you will have to clear Immigration and Customs and collect your bags, then follow the underground maze of poorly signposted walkways to T3. The walk takes about 10-20mins depending on how fast you walk and if you have bags or not.

There are not too many places to watch a/c from at LHR, there are a few places but not many. One of the best places is Between Gates 1-7 in T3 which is in the new pier and overlooks 27L/09R. You get a good view from the windows but you will be about 30 feet back from them behind a second glass screen so any pics you take will not make A.net standards !!.

If you walk to Gates 30-34 in T3, you can see a small part of 27R/09L from the windows there. You can get upto the windows providing no flights are using the gate areas at the time.

To find the gates, in the T3 departure lounge you will see a huge sign saying "gates" go through the doors (they are infront of the car in the middle of the shopping centre). Turn left for gates 1-7 and right for 30-34. You can go back into the departure area through the same doors. DO NOT go towards gates 13-21 unless your flight is boarding from there, as if you want to go back to the other gates/lounge, you have to go back through a security check point again which takes time, and there is little to see down there anyway.

Remember to keep an eye on the screens. The gates are usually announced about 70mins before departure, and some screens will only show flights departing in that particular area of the terminal !!.

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RE: Way From Terminal 1 To Terminal 3 In LHR

Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:54 am

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 4):

Well done, excellent instructions, first class info !
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RE: Way From Terminal 1 To Terminal 3 In LHR

Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:55 am

The a.netter flying nut way to do it would be to take a flight out of T1 and then another into T3. Ground transfers are for wusses...  Smile
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RE: Way From Terminal 1 To Terminal 3 In LHR

Fri Mar 30, 2007 3:05 am

Forgot to answer this bit....

Quoting Columba (Thread starter):
Also what can I expect on a VS 747-400 ?

You will gete 3-4-3-seating in econ. A choice of 3 main meals (one is a veg option). Usual drinks services and duty free, and a snack about an hour before landing and a nice little amenity kit in a very useful plasic bag.

You will also get V:Port, VS' AVOD system with a huge choice of films/games/music.

Check out VS' own website :-

http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/en/gb/whatsonboard/economy/index.jsp

or check out V:Flyer :-

www.v-flyer.com

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RE: Way From Terminal 1 To Terminal 3 In LHR

Fri Mar 30, 2007 3:24 am

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 4):
If your bags are not through checked, you will have to clear Immigration and Customs and collect your bags, then follow the underground maze of poorly signposted walkways to T3. The walk takes about 10-20mins depending on how fast you walk and if you have bags or not

Leezyjet is leaving out the fun part. There's nothing like placing 6 heavy bags on the luggage cart at T1 customs, and then trying to maneuver that cart down the ramp that takes you to the underground maze. It's like trying to drive a Mack truck around some of those ridiculously steep streets in San Francisco.
 
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RE: Way From Terminal 1 To Terminal 3 In LHR

Fri Mar 30, 2007 4:15 am

Quoting RP TPA (Reply 8):
Leezyjet is leaving out the fun part. There's nothing like placing 6 heavy bags on the luggage cart at T1 customs, and then trying to maneuver that cart down the ramp that takes you to the underground maze. It's like trying to drive a Mack truck around some of those ridiculously steep streets in San Francisco.

Ah yes, those wonderfully designed LHR trolleys that don't "fail safe". You have to pull the handle to get the brakes to work rather than pull the handle to get the brakes off meaning lots of dented cars when they roll off the pavements !!!.

It is fun though holding your weight off the ground and flying down those ramps at high speed on those trolleys especially with a full load of bags as you describe. Just make sure nobody is in the way, or if they are shout at them to get the f*ck out of the way !!!.

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RE: Way From Terminal 1 To Terminal 3 In LHR

Fri Mar 30, 2007 4:55 am

Thank you all for your help !!
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