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If you're planning to rent a car and drive to Covent Garden, one word of advice: DON'T. London traffic and parking charges (not to mention the Congestion Charge) are mental and no Londoner in their right mind would drive into the centre, let alone a tourist. If you're getting a black cab (taxi), bear in mind it could be quicker than a Google estimate, as ...


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Yes, you absolutely can. At Heathrow they do not check if you are traveler or not until the time you reach the secured departures area through the security gates. That obviously is after the check-in step. You can go to check-in counter with her, help her get a boarding pass. She then goes through the security for departures area and you go back home from ...


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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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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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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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Citymapper, also available as an app for iOS and Android, has never failed me in London or other large cities where it is available. Cabs, Uber, Tube, buses, Heathrow Express, cycling, walking, I don't know of any mode of transport they don't cover, at least in London. The mobile app (but not the website) even finds a combination of public transit and cars-...


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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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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 1:...


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Domestic flights from T5 can only leave from T5A so you will indeed have to return to the main building. However any flight can leave from 5A so you might not have to go to 5B or C. If you find yourself in 5B or 5C, you can walk back through the pedestrian tunnels in the basement. These are called the “Transit Walkway” on the signage, but I think everyone ...


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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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According to Kosher Today, at least as of 2015, there are kosher sandwiches and wraps at the WHSmith stores in terminals 2, 3, 4, and 5. There's a phone number on that page, and it might be helpful to call ahead and confirm. Failing that, The Heathrow website says that kosher food is available at Caffe Nero. In Terminal 5, that restaurant is located in the ...


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The roads are the M25 and M23 and early on a Sunday are quite likely to be deserted. There are no significant road works on either at present. Your transit time should be about 45 minutes. With heavy traffic it can take just over an hour. The distance is 38 miles, according to Google Maps. At the moment The AA is showing 57 minutes as there is some delay ...


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Google maps gives an estimate of one hour to drive from Heathrow to Covent Garden. However - I would not recommend doing so. Driving in London is best avoided even if you're a local, and parking near Covent Garden, if you can find any, will be very expensive. I'd recommend taking the Underground - there is a direct train from Heathrow to Covent Garden on ...


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I suggest a couple of similar options requiring no cooking at all, and also avoiding having to go off-site at lunchtime. The easy option is to pick up something on the way to work from a supermarket/convenience store. You have lots of options then, for example salads, sandwiches, even microwave meals (if there's somewhere to heat them up). Some places ...


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If you haven't already, do consider public transport options which are very good and start much cheaper. If you take Heathrow Express then the tube, it's likely to be a little faster than a taxi; if you take the Piccadilly Line, as well as being very cheap, you don't need to change trains so it's still quite convenient (and might even be faster than a taxi ...


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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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I don't know what evidence you have found. Terminal 5 airside is not open overnight. It closes after the last flight of the day and reopens the next morning. You will not be able to get into the T5 airside area without a same day boarding pass. If your connecting flight is the next day you may be entitled to pass through immigration and come back the next ...


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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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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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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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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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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 the ...


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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, though ...


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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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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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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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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 buses ...


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I think you have enough time, but there is a not insignificant risk of missing your connection. You are flying with British Airways, who recommend a minimum connection time between the airports of three hours. Since you have 4:25, this is on paper, plenty of time. Since you're American, you'll be able to use the ePassport gates at Heathrow, joining the same ...


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