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On two tickets - no way. If you suffer any delays at all, you'll miss the checkin deadline for the onward flight, and you'll have to buy a brand new ticket. It's just too tight On one ticket, if you miss the second flight you'll be rebooked for free, so it just depends on how long you'd have to wait for the next flight and how much of an issue it'll be for ...


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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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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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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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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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What you want here is the Avoiding stairs Tube guide, linked from the TfL Accessibility guides page. In this guide you will see that all the Heathrow stations, as well as King’s Cross St. Pancras, are marked with Lift access between street and platform, and additionally all have the Platforms with designated level access boarding point indication, which ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This is not a job for public transport. All transport options involve going into the city and back out again. Both airports are outside the M25 on the same side! Arrange for a taxi, it will cost around £50. You can pre-book one online to have it there waiting for you. It can be done. You will be at the mercy of the traffic. As someone who has lived in ...


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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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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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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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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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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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I like to use Travel Line in the UK, it does trains, coaches, buses, underground and can even give routes part car, part other transport. Enter Heathrow, airport, adjust the time to when you expect to leave the terminal and the date, enter Bournemouth and have it run. If you forget to enter details it will ask for them. But do set the date for the right ...


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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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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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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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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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Yes, and it can even be done on the GWR ticket website! You need to search for a ticket from Swindon to Heathrow Bus, and it'll give you them as shown here: The ticket will be valid to Heathrow Terminal 5 as well, if that's where you wanted to go



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