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A new app (free through May) and magazine cover all things Heathrow

A new app (free through May) and magazine cover all things Heathrow

London’s Heathrow Airport last year was the second-busiest airport for passenger traffic in the world, according to Airports Council International. (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia ranked No. 1)

With an airline strike looming and volcanic ash periodically shutting down operations, passengers may  be delayed or stranded this summer and in need of a survival strategy. A downloadable airport guide to Heathrow and a glossy new magazine might take the edge off terminal blues – at least until your flight takes off.

Check out the Heathrow Airport Guide Pro app, which usually costs about $2.60 but is free through the end of May. Users can download the app to an iPhone, Android and Vodafone 360 (BlackBerry version isn’t out yet) for terminal maps, lists of restaurants and other amenities, information on transportation to and from the city and airport news (like how long your flight might be delayed). There’s also a free guide app you can download anytime, but the pro version gives you access to six months of flight timetables.

 

The airport also launched a new quarterly consumer magazine on Tuesday called Heathrow Traveller, whose first glossy cover features the upcoming World Cup games in South Africa in June and includes features such as the perfect packing tips for a trip to Marrakech, Paris and our very own Los Angeles. The print version appears in all terminals, but of course you can read it online or on your mobile device too.

– Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Photo: Mobile devices displaying the Heathrow Airport Guide. Credit: Heathrow Airport

By LA Times

Top Airport Transfer Deals in the World

Every time you arrive at a strange new airport without a pre-arranged transfer to your hotel, you worry about the same things: will your luggage be safe? Will you get to your hotel on time? Will you have to shell out a lot of money just to get there?

While airport taxis may look more convenient than public transportation services like railways, taxis are not always the best options. People can end up burning as much as $32 more on taxi fares from the airport compared to what they would spend should they decide to hop onto a train.

Wherever your destination may be, below are the best alternatives to expensive taxi transfers.

Heathrow, London

Top Airport Transfer Deals in the World

Should you find yourself in Londons Heathrow Airport, the cheapest airport transfer you can get is through the Heathrow Express Train. This will only cost you around $25. In about 25 minutes, youd already reach downtown London.

On the other hand, taxi rides from the airport can cost you about $60 to $120, depending on where youre staying. Because if the traffic, the ride will also take longer, ranging from 30 to 60 minutes.

The only disadvantage of taking the Express Train is that youll be missing out on that “great London cab experience” that most tourists are raving about. You might be missing out on the scenic routes and the London cultural primer from your accommodating cab driver.

The train ride isnt so bad, though. While theyre not as fast as Japans bullet trains, you can enjoy 25 minutes of free WiFi connection. The trains are also available almost round the clock. They leave every 15 minutes from 5 A.M. to midnight. If youre fully booked on a business trip, you can take the same train to Paddington station and check in for a return flight. This way, youll dodge the long queues at the airports counter.

Forth Worth/ Dallas

Top Airport Transfer Deals in the World

If youre trying to cut back on travel expenses and you need a ride from Forth Worth or Dallas airport, the best taxi alternative is the Trinity Railway Express, more popularly known as “the T” . The average taxi fare downtown from the airport costs about $40 per 20 miles. On the other hand, a ride in “the T” only costs about $3.50.

The downside is that the railway transfer takes longer: 20 minutes from the airport to the T terminal, and 50 minutes to get to the Dallas Union Station. If you take the more expensive taxi cab ride, youll reach the town in 25 minutes.
If you take the cab, youll be saving about 25 minutes of travel time. On the other hand, a ride with the T saves you $36.50 per trip.

Atlanta

Top Airport Transfer Deals in the World

One of the top business meeting places across the US is Atlanta, and unless your company already arranged and paid for your airport transfers, you can end up burning a lot of money this way. That is, if you keep on taking cabs. A good taxi alternative when youre in this city is the MARTA. This is a direct transfer service from the airport to the downtown train station. It only costs $2 per transfer.

The trip takes about 18 minutes, but it can take longer if you take the more popular Buckhead route. This will also require you to change trains when you reach the Lindenburgh Station after 7:30PM. On the plus side, its much cheaper than your average 20-minute, 12-mile taxi ride. This will cost you a flat rate of $30 and an additional $2 per extra passenger.

The MARTA is definitely the better airport transfer letting you save $28 and a few minutes per way.

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