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Old 05-10-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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Hello!

My elderly parents will be travelling from Hyderabad, India to Dallas, with a layover at Heathrow, London next week. The layover time is around 2 hrs.

They are scheduled to arrive at Teminal 5 on a BA flight and then transfer to Terminal 3 to depart on an AA flight (operating on a code-share basis with BA).

As I have never been to Heathrow, I am trying to figure out how easy it is get to inter-terminal transfer bus once they get off the plane.

Has anyone traveled this or a similar route recently? Is there clear signage to guide people around?

All I could found was this video of London Heathrow bus transfer from terminal 5 to terminal 3




Any comments would be really helpful.
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:58 PM
 
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It isn't any more difficult getting around Heathrow than most of the major international terminals and I would think that if the planes are on time 2 hours should be more than enough to make the transfer.

Heathrow: Travel between terminals
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Old 05-10-2012, 01:05 PM
 
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It isn't any more difficult getting around Heathrow than most of the major international terminals and I would think that if the planes are on time 2 hours should be more than enough to make the transfer.
Agreed, they can do it by bus or train for free. Everything is well signed, so don't worry.
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Old 05-10-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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Thank you!

I guess I am worrying needlessly.
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Old 05-10-2012, 01:38 PM
 
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Thank you!

I guess I am worrying needlessly.
I would too, were it my elderly parents traveling such a distance! Heathrow is a well signed airport though, so try not to worry.
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:12 PM
 
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Would be easier said then done. My dad has traveled internationally and communicating in English is not a problem at all.

Still, being out-of-contact with them for 24 hrs (the duration of the trip) is unnerving.

Thank you all though for the kind words.
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:19 PM
 
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Terminal 5 is quite new so I have no personal experience, but apart from the info online that has been given they may like to ask the cabin staff about any further suggestions.
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:29 PM
 
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Yes, I have asked them to make sure they listen to the in-flight announcement that is usually made right after landing.

Also, once they get off the flight, look around for the nearest Information Center and ask them how to get to the Flight Connections Center.

And if possible, befriend someone on the flight who is going the same way as them and tag along...as long as he or she doesn't mind, that is.
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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As long as the flight is on time it should be fine. Just follow the signs. You could call the airline and ask for help for your parents I am sure. If the flight is delayed tell your parents to tell a flight attendant so they can get you parents help in making catching the flight quicker.
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:00 PM
 
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I'd suggest having about two hours between connections as they are elderly people and it is the summer time/close to the Olympics.

They're still going to have to get their passports checked again and go through security again so making sure they have ample time to make it through is a good idea.
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