Information on Airports in England
England has several major international airports, serving its major cities and regions. Three airports serve London alone. London Heathrow Airport is London’s busiest airport and one of the busiest in the world. One of its terminals is currently undergoing reconstruction. Two of its terminals, 1 and 3, are within walking distance of each other but there is a free Heathrow Express train or shuttle bus connecting all terminals. The airport can be reached by public transport by the Heathrow Express rail link from central London’s Paddington Station. The service runs every 15 minutes, making a 15-minute journey and costing £18. There’s an underground service too, with separate stations for terminals 1 and 3, and terminal 4 and terminal 5, all on the Piccadilly Line. London’s black cab taxis also serve the airport, and the fare from central London is approximately £80 depending on traffic conditions.
There are numerous ATMs and Bureaux de Change facilities in all terminals both before and after security. There are numerous restaurants and bars as well as fast food restaurants, there is a post office in Terminal 3 and internet access is available via paid-for wireless stations in all terminals. There is a mutilfaith chapel between Terminals 1 and 3 and showers post-security in Terminals 3 and 4, as well as an art gallery in Terminal 5. The airport’s facilities for disabled people are excellent including ramped access and accessible toilets as well as porters and a wheelchair-accessible shuttle bus service.
East Midlands Airport links flyers to the Midlands of England. The airport is reached by the A52 southbound from Nottingham, and shared prebooked taxis link the airport with East Midlands Parkway station, a few minutes’ drive. From Parkway Station direct trains travel to Derby, Nottingham, London and other destinations. A 24 hour Skylink bus connects East Midlands Airport with Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and other local destinations. National Express coaches are also available and there is a taxi rank outside the airport.
Bureaux de Change and ATMs can be found before and after security and in Arrivals, and internet kiosks and up to 30 minutes’ free Wi-Fi access are available. There are cafes before security and fast food outlets, bars and cafes after security. There are many shops available including a duty free shop and books, electronics and fashion and beauty stores. Additionally, there is a first aid room, children’s play areas, prayer room and access to the nearby Aeropark aviation museum.
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