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Honestly, the Piccadilly Line is what I'd do. I'm not sure how you feel you'll take two trains to get there tho - from Heathrow, depending on the terminal it's direct all the way to Kings Cross - 23-25 stops. (Takes about an hour). I've done this very trip myself. In terms of luggage, that line is the arrivals line - people expect the luggage, and unless ...


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If you just want to get from Heathrow to Oxford - Don't take the train! Until they get round to building the western approach spur into Heathrow, taking the train between Heathrow and Oxford is a faff, and it isn't all that cheap either. You either need to take a train into Paddington, change platforms, then head back out to Oxford (minimum journey time ...


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As a Londoner who does that route a lot: The easiest option is to take a taxi, which have plenty of room for luggage. However, it will be quite expensive, probably around £80. The cheapest option (excluding buses, which would be ridiculously tedious) would be the tube, which will cost £5.50 per person each way - assuming you are paying cash (you can save ...


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There is a Heathrow Porter service for luggage: Heathrow porters are at your service to help with luggage. The service costs from £9 for a standard amount of luggage. Porters are available on terminal forecourts and in baggage reclaim halls. On your departure they will meet you and your party on the forecourt and escort your luggage to ...


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Paddington is fine - not only that, it's even smart! You have several options from there: the Heathrow Express. 15 min to the airport. They say there's that length transfer, but if you're in a hurry you'll beat that. naturally transport fails. If the Express is down, sometimes the regular trains are still running overground. This only takes about 10 ...


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Heathrow Airport provides golf buggies for passengers with mobility issues, I have seen these in operation. You may have to request special assistance from your airline at least 48 hours in advance. The key point is that your airline is responsible for ensuring boarding assistance, they should be the ones you liaise with. Heathrow also provides porterage for ...


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Without any research I would say the tube is the cheapest and fastest as well, because you don't have to change at all to get to Knightsbridge. The Transport For London website says the journey is 42 minutes. The Heathrow Express train, may take you faster into central London, but you have to change into the tube (District or Circle lines) at Paddington and ...


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Short answer - no, not any more. (It used to be possible pre-9/11, but isn't allowed now) To change between terminals airside at Heathrow, you need to go through Flight Connections. After the bit where they can issue boarding passes if you don't have one, is the part where they check your boarding pass. No boarding pass for a different terminal, no access ...


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The cheapest (and simplest) way would be to use National Express coaches (i.e. bus) that goes direct from Heathrow central bus station (5 minute walk from terminal 3) to Cambridge. Tickets start from about £15, depending on the day/time and how long in advance you book. I just checked their website - the first bus in the morning leaves Heathrow at 5 am and ...


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Definitely, more than 2 hours. I actually have such a connection quite regularly, and always spend some time in the city. Wouldn't go to museums and such though, but enough for some general site-seeing and even maybe some shopping on Oxford Street. You could probably squeeze in a whole round-trip on the tour buses they have there, without getting out ...


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As a UK Gov directive it is still applicable. The UK Border Agency Rules, Para 36 states A person who intends to remain in the United Kingdom for more than 6 months should normally be referred to the Medical Inspector for examination. If he produces a medical certificate he should be advised to hand it to the Medical Inspector. Any person seeking ...


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This is because flights are not assigned gates until the inbound flight has landed. In case the inbound flight is delayed, the gate that is nominally reserved for it, gets assigned to someone else. This is all about managing the (at times incredibly busy) traffic on the ground around the airport. They could announce the nominally assigned gate, of course, ...


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British Airways provide a lot of information on T5 on their website, including all about Flight Connections. I'd very much suggest you read through that. To tackle the main bits, assuming you have a single ticket covering both legs of your journey: You will not pass through UK customs You will not pass through UK immigration Your bags will be checked ...


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From the new rules that activated yesterday, these parts were REMOVED from the rules... you’re travelling from (or on part of a reasonable journey from) Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA and have a valid visa for that country you’re travelling from (or on part of a reasonable journey from) Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA and ...


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I strongly recommend the "Airline" bus service over the train. I live in Oxford and fly from Heathrow several times a year: I always use the bus and wouldn't even consider the train. It's cheaper: about £30 vs about £40 for a one-month return. It's faster: about 75-90 minutes for the bus, vs 100-150 minutes for the train via London. It runs 24 hours, ...


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According to the UK Border Agency, you do need an "airside transit" visa. It appears that this will require a visit to the British Embassy in La Paz, mailing your passport to Brazil, and paying a fee of US$86. You might want to consider a flight which transits through a Schengen country instead.


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You could pay for a porter, like Mark Mayo suggested, but I would personally rather use a baggage cart, or trolley, even if I had to pay for one. According to Heathrow's website, they're free to use in Heathrow airport. Baggage trolleys are provided for your use free of charge in key areas around the terminal buildings. Arriving passengers will ...


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That's perfectly valid, as most sightseeing is in Zone 1. What you could do is buy a 7 day travel pass immediately at Heathrow (zone 1 and 2) which you put ONTO your Oyster Card. To explain - the Oyster is just a card. You then either top it up with pre-pay, or you put travel cards on to it. So step 1 - buy the card. Step 2 - get some prepay on it to ...


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There is a nifty widget to check if you need a transit visa or not. This is from the UK Border Agency website: If you are coming to the UK briefly as part of your journey to another country, you will generally need to obtain a UK visa before you travel. If you will arrive on a flight, remain in the arrival lounge of the airport without ...


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There are two types of mobile operators in the UK, network operators and virtual operators. Last time I landed at Heathrow terminal 1 there was a stand selling sim cards from one of the virtual operators between passport control and baggage claim though in central London you shouldn't have a problem finding a store of one of the network operators or the ...


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Besides taking a train, you can always use a coach (i.e. bus) to get from Heathrow directly to Oxford. There are a couple of options. One choice is Oxford Bus The Airline - it stops at terminal 5 as well as the central bus station and takes about 80-90 minutes to reach Oxford. The coaches run every 30 minutes. It'll probably be cheaper than a train, too.


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Assuming you are on a single itinerary (given that you have mentioned codeshare flights), your luggage will be tagged to your final destination, Cincinnati. What this means in practice is that you will not need to collect and recheck your luggage in London. However, you will need to collect it and recheck in Chicago. When you first arrive in the US, you ...


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Without a doubt, the tube will be your fastest option in this case. The Piccadilly line goes straight there. Express train goes to Paddington, at which point you'd have to change to the tube and come 1/3 of the way back! Overland train also goes to Paddington. And a bus could take longer, depending on time of day. Funnily, the tube is about the cheapest ...


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O2 have vending machines in the airport (well, they did in Manchester last year and I doubt that was a one off). 10 pounds for a sim with 10 pounds credit and you can phone for more credit/data/SMS/whatever.


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I flew into LHR (as a Canadian national, from Canada, on a Canadian passport) this spring and there was no mention of Xrays.


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Two answers say the tube, but as a Londoner who does a similar journey regularly I beg to differ :) The answer is: it depends. In light traffic (before about 6am in the morning), a taxi will take about 25 mins to do this journey (Google agrees). The same is true late at night (after 9pm). The taxi rank is also easier to get to at Heathrow than the tube ...


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If your transit time is less than 24 hours and you are from the Philipines, you will not need a transit visa as long as you will stay in the arrival/departure lounge. This is called airside transit. If you need to go out from this lounge or need to stay more than 24 hours then you will need a visa. In your case (from the Philippine, 2 hours connection ...


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As far as I know, it is not possible in the United Kingdom. If anything, even if you could escort her through security screening, you would not be permitted beyond passport control without a boarding pass for a departing flight. A potential workaround is to purchase a refundable ticket for a flight departing later from the same terminal. You would be sent ...


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I feel I must take issue with dan's answer where it is stated: There is now no way to get a single bus from Heathrow airport all the way to the center of London. This is true but only during the day. London has an extensive network of Night Buses which, as the name suggests, run through the night. The vehicles used for these routes are the same red ...


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Showers There are no showers in Terminal 5 available to the public. Some British Airways lounges, however, have shower facilities available. Visit their website for further details. Lounges You can use them if you are: flying with British Airways in First, Club World or Club Europe a Silver or Gold member of the British Airways Executive Club an Emerald ...



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