The question is: do we have time to leave the airport, take the train (Heathrow Express) to Paddington Station and walk around (or jump on a tour bus), and make it back for our connecting flight?
Here are some parameters, facts, and unknowns:
- We arrive at Heathrow Terminal 3 around noon. Our next flight is leaves from Terminal 3 and departs approximately 8 hours after we arrive (departs at 8pm). In reality we probably have about 6 hours of free time.
- Unknowns: Is it even possible to leave the airport (we would be in a holding area)? Do we have to claim our bags and then transfer it to our next airline? Or is it checked through? We’ll need to research that.
So far, we have received advice ranging from: oh, it’s totally doable to HECK NO, not even worth it!
Your advice and feedback is greatly appreciated. For those who have already given us advice, feel free to reiterate and share your thoughts again.