Seven smart ways to be a savvy Heathrow traveller
Want to learn how to be a savvy traveller? There are many ways you can make your journey a joy from the minute you get to the airport.
So, whether you're running out of battery, the children are bored, or you need a bite to eat in a rush - these seven Heathrow tips will help kick off your holiday before you even fly.
Know your stuff
Avoid the surprise of overweight luggage and be sure of your baggage allowance, with this handy calculator or check directly with your airline before you pack.
Make sure your hand luggage passes smoothly through security and read up on what you’re allowed to pack.
Want the quickest routes around the airport? If you’re driving in, double check your directions the day before your journey.
Quick, convenient food
Don’t fancy an in-flight meal? You can now create your own airline meal at the airport! Many restaurants will pack a picnic for you to enjoy while you fly.
Need to grab food in a hurry? Every restaurant at Heathrow has a special menu of dishes that are ready within 15 minutes. Just look out for the symbol.
Travelling with children?
Apart from downloading movies and packing plenty of toys, you can keep young children entertained at the soft play areas located throughout the terminals.
Looking for shops or toilets in a hurry? Parents can download an interactive map of any terminal to quickly find the nearest amenities.
Play area: suitable for kids aged 0-9, open 6am to 9pm daily, at Terminal 2A departure lounge, after security, near to Gate 16.
Download a printable map of Terminal 2.
Play area: there are areas for ages 0-2 and 3-9, and a games room for children aged 10-15. Plus, comfortable seating and drinks machine for parents. Open 6am to 9pm daily, located after security (near the Ted Baker store) follow signs for Lounge A.
Download a printable map Terminal 3.
Play area: suitable for kids aged 0-9, open 6am to 9pm daily, located in the departure lounge, after security, on the way to Gates 1-6.
Download a printable map Terminal 4.
Play area: suitable for kids aged 0-9, open 6am to 9pm daily, located in the main Terminal 5A departure lounge (after security), near Gate A7.
Download a printable map Terminal 5.
Handy Heathrow lockers
If you're visiting London for a few days and then jetting off somewhere else or you have a day layover - you can store your larger bags at the baggage offices located in Terminals 2-5.
Wifi is free at Heathrow - just make sure you log onto the official hotspot and enjoy.
Running out of battery? There are numerous free charger points placed around every terminal, just look out for a charging podium.
This free Heathrow Airport app gives you flight trackers, arrivals and departures, maps and more!
You can also download apps specific to your airline, for speedy online check-in and tickets. Other apps such as maps.me, allow you to download a map and access it when offline - useful if you’re running out of data!
You're nearly a savvy Heathrow traveller! Our last tip for a stress-free, speedy journey is to book your parking in advance. With our Meet & Greet parking, you simply drive to your terminal, park your car and take a quick walk to Departures. If you're travelling with children, in a rush or carrying heavy luggage this service offers you convenience and speed. No buses. No transfers. No fuss.
At great value prices Meet & Greet takes the stress out of airport parking. Kicking off your holiday with a smooth start. Now you’re good to go!
Whether you're jetting away on a city break or following the sun to the beach get ready to travel with our expert tips and guides.
Preparing for your holiday should be exciting, not stressful.