London Heathrow Airport Guide

London-Heathrow-AirportIn terms of passenger numbers, Heathrow is the largest airport in Europe. The airport lies on the edge of Greater London, 24 kilometers west of the city center. There are four terminals (1-4) Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are connected with each other, and Terminal 4 is accessible by the free Heathrow Express train.

A new terminal was opened in 2008 on the west side of the airport, but finishing this terminal is not the end of the work which will actually be done in 2015. Heathrow will then have the capacity for 90 million passengers per year.

Local Transport

Train

There are train stations in the Central Hall of Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and in Terminal 4. The Heathrow Express leaves every 15 minutes to Paddington Station, travel time is 15 minutes. A cheaper alternative is the slow train Heathrow Connect, which also goes to Paddington Station, travel time is 30 minutes, but does not leave from the station in Terminal 4. Trains leave from Paddington Station to the west and southwest of England, and it is also an important station of the London metro network. In addition the airport is the end point of the Piccadilly metro line.

Car and bus

The airport lies along highways M4 and M25. For Terminals 1, 2 and 3 you take the M4 exit 4a and on the M25 exit 15. For Terminal 4 you take exit 3 and exit 14, respectively. Bear in mind that the roads around London and especially around the airport can be extremely busy.

The A2 Airbus stops at all terminals and goes to King’s Cross Station, this station is on an intersection of the metro and train lines. At night the bus line N9 goes to the center of London. Many local bus lines go to Heathrow Airport, most have their stops in the central area of Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Furthermore, there are long distance buses that go to more than 500 destinations in Great Britain. The largest bus company is National Express.

Car rental – London Heathrow Airport

In all terminals there are counters for car rental companies: National/Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt.

Taxi

The famous black taxis of London are in front of all terminals. Expect that a ride to the center of London takes a minimum of one hour.

Airport Parking

There are short-term parking areas close to all terminals, a little further away there are the Business Car Parks and even further away are the areas for long-term parking, the areas are developed by NCP

Services

A shuttle bus (Hotel Hoppa) goes from Terminals 1, 2 and 3 to the largest hotels in the city, another shuttle service, Hotelink goes to hotels in the center of London.

Shops and restaurants

Heathrow Airport offers what you would expect from one of the largest airports in the world, an enormous range of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants in all terminals.

Baggage

There are counters in all terminals for the Excess Baggage Company, you can store baggage there. In addition there are counters in all terminals for lost and found items.

There are porters present.

Information

There are general information counters in all terminals that you can also reach directly through special telephones that are on the wall in many places in the airport. Information about public transportation is available through separate counters in Terminals 1 and 3 and outside Terminal 4. In addition there is a tourist kiosk in Terminal 3 called the Hotel and Traveler Center.

Business

There are fax machines at various places in the terminal (pay with a credit card). The business center is in the Queen’s Building between Terminals 1 and 2. There are 20 meeting rooms and a conference hall for a maximum of 60 people, which you can reserve online. In addition the center offers extensive business facilities: computers with internet connection, fax machine, copy machines and audiovisual equipment for video conferences. Many airline companies have their own lounges, in addition there are lounges from the operator of the airport, BAA. You can book these online.

Disabled facilities

Heathrow Airport is extremely accessible for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators, restrooms and telephones. There is an induction loop for the hearing impaired as well as a special telephone line. Furthermore, there are reserved parking places and seating forth disabled. A wheelchair accessible shuttle bus goes between the terminals. Most buses and trains are also accessible for wheelchairs.

Other services

There are ATM’s and money exchange offices in all terminals, there is a post office in Terminals 2 and 4. There is wireless internet present and an internet cafe in Terminal 4. Furthermore, there are children’s play areas and baby changing rooms. The First Aid office is on the ground floor of the Queen’s Building. There is a pharmacy in Terminal 1 that can distribute prescription medications.

Contact

Address

London Heathrow Airport
234 Bath Road
Harlington
Middlesex
UB3 5AP
Great Britain

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +44(0)870 000 0123
Fax: +44(0)20 8745 4290
Email: see website

Airport codes

IATA airport code: LHR
ICAO airport code: EGLL

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London Stansted Airport Guide

London-Stansted-Airport-GuideLondon Stansted Airport is about 50 kilometers northeast of the British capital. It is the fourth busiest airport in Great Britain after Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester Airport. It is used by many budget airline companies such as Ryanair and easyJet. The airport processes 22 million passengers per year. There are plans to expand the airport, but there is a lot of resistance from the people living in the neighborhood.

Local Transport

Train

There is a train station under the terminal, the Stansted Express leaves every 15 minutes to Liverpool Street Station in London, travel time is 45 minutes, a train also goes to Cambridge and the Midlands.

Car and bus

The airport is along the highway M11, from London you take exit 8a and from Cambridge you take exit 8, you come to a roundabout where the route to the airport is clearly given. Colchester and Harwich are accessible from highway A120, Stansted Airport is also accessible from the M25, exit 27.

The bus station is between Zones C and D of the area for short-term parking. An express bus goes to various destinations in London (i.e. Stratford, Victoria Coach Station, Liverpool Street Station and Golders Green). Because of the heavy traffic in and around London the travel time can take up to an hour and a half (two hours at peak time). A bus also goes to various other destinations including Oxford and Cambridge.

Car rental – London Stansted Airport

You can rent a car from the counters in the Arrivals Hall from car rental companies: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and National/Alamo.

Taxi

Checkercars is the only company that may operate at Stansted Airport. Taxis to London are not cheap. There is a counter in the Arrivals Hall where you can reserve a taxi.

Airport Parking

There is an area for short-term parking, close to the terminal (Fast Track). It is especially recommended for business travelers that fly back the same day. A little further away (200 m) there is another area for short-term parking (NCP).

Services

Shops and restaurants

There is a large range of restaurants, bars, cafés and shops at Stansted Airport for both visitors and travelers.

Baggage

In the Arrivals Hall there is an office to store baggage. The office for lost and found items can be found in Zone G next to the Monsoon store.

Information

There is an information counter in the Arrivals Hall, there you can inquire about arrival and departure times and public transportation. You can also make copies and send and receive faxes. Special telephones throughout the whole terminal are directly connected with the information counter.

Business

The United Business Center is close to the terminal, there are offices and meeting rooms for 2-30 people, equipped with broadband internet, telephone and fax, secretarial support is also available.

Other business facilities can be found in the hotels at the airport. The Hilton Hotel offers larger meeting rooms for up to 300 people and the Radisson SAS Hotel has 26 rooms which can be connected together for a maximum of 400 people.

The Servisair Executive Lounge is accessible for all passengers (Economy Class passengers must pay for entrance).

Disabled facilities

The airport is completely accessible for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted restrooms, elevators and telephones, furthermore, the airport has induction loops and text telephones. There are reserved parking places close to the terminal for the disabled.

Be advised, all trains are adapted for wheelchair users but most buses to and from Stansted Airport are not!

Other services

You can call for First Aid through special telephones (see Information). There are various ATM’s, money exchange offices and banks. Wireless internet is present throughout the terminal, there are also a few computers with internet connection. In addition there is a silence center.

Contact

Address

London Stansted Airport
Enterprise House
Bassingbourne Road
Essex
CM24 1QW
Great Britain

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +44(0)870 000 0303
Fax: +44(0)1279 662 066
Email: stansted_feedback@baa.com

Airport codes

IATA airport code: STN
ICAO airport code: EGSS

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Manchester Airport Guide

Manchester Airport GuideThe airport is 17 kilometers southwest of the centre of Manchester. There are two runways and three terminals. Just like Schiphol, there are roll bands or rolling sidewalks at this airport. It is the third busiest airport in Great Britain, after the London airports Heathrow Airport and GatwickAirport. In 2006 Manchester Airport processed 22 million passengers. According to expectations this number will double by 2015. There are many activities planned to take care of this growth.

Local Transport

Train

The airport has a combined bus and train station that is called ‘The Station’, many trains from the north of England and the Midlands come to the station. Other destinations are accessible from Manchester Piccadilly in the city center. There are plans to put in a monorail between the airport and Piccadilly, at the moment this route is still used by regular service trains.

Car and bus

The airport is along the M56 highway (exit 5) that connects to the ring road around Manchester (M60, exit 4). The routes to the various terminals are clearly indicated on the traffic signs.

Bus line 43 leaves every 10 minutes to the center of Manchester, this is an express service. There are many other bus lines that have connections between the airport and Manchester, there are also long distance buses from National Express to places including London, Blackpool and Aberdeen.

Car rental – Manchester Airport

In every terminal there are counters for car rental companies: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.

Taxi

Taxis are in front of all terminals. For destinations in Manchester and the surrounding area, meters are used. For other destinations, fixed rates are given on signs.

Airport Parking

There are garages for short-term parking at all terminals. For each stay longer than six hours you are better to park your car in the long-term parking area.

Services

Shops and restaurants

Manchester Airport has a large range of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants in all terminals.

Baggage

There is a window for lost and found in each terminal.

Information

There are general information counters in all terminals, in addition in Terminals 1 and 2 you can find information counters from the Tourism Bureau.

Business

Business facilities are available in the Atlantic Suite and in the Radisson SAS Hotel. There are offices and meeting rooms to rent and also conference halls for up to a maximum of 400 people. The Ringway Suite in Terminal 2 has rooms that are particularly suitable for small symposiums, for up to 30 people. The Escape Lounge has telephone, fax, copy and internet facilities.

Disabled facilities

The airport is very accessible for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators, restrooms and telephones in all terminals. For the hearing impaired there is an induction loop. There are many employees at the airport that are trained in sign language. In the parking garages there are reserved places for the disabled.

Other services

There are money exchange offices and ATM’s in all terminals, there is a post office in Terminal 1. Medical services are available. Manchester Airport is a popular airport for airplane spotters, there is a special “Viewing Park”, there are not only taking off and landing airplanes to see, but also old planes including a Concorde from British Airways, you can see all airplanes from the inside, provided that it is previously arranged.

Contact

Address

Manchester Airport Plc
Manchester
M90 1QX
Great Britain

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +44(0)161 489 3000
Fax: +44(0)161 489 3813
Email: through the contact form

Airport codes

IATA airport code: MAN
ICAO airport code: EGCC

Websites

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