USRJ S3 Ep01 From London to Miami

From London to Miami – US Rail Journeys Series 3 Episode 1

From London to Miami charts my journey from the Premier Inn near Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport to the DoubleTree Grand, Biscayne Bay in Miami.

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To Terminal 5:

Because of a rail strike on the 23rd June I decide to stay overnight at the Premier Inn Terminal 5 so that I won’t get caught in traffic on my way to Heathrow.

After a peaceful night I cross the road and take the 423 bus to the terminal, a journey of around 5 minutes. The fare (January 2023) is £1.65. You can pay this by a contactless or Oyster card although I was able to used my ‘antique person’s bus pass’.

In addition the bus saves me the £5.00 terminal drop off charge at Heathrow.

At Terminal 5:

I take the lift from the bus station to the Terminal 5 Departures level and then quickly pass through check-in and security. Once I’m air-side I decide to have breakfast whilst waiting for my flight. Looking through the windows I see across the airport and watch all the activity.

My British Airways flight leaves from Terminal 5C so I take the ‘Transit’ in good time to board the Airbus A380. We wait for some time at the gate as there are delays. Fortunately it is a short taxi to the runway.


We land late because the airport has a runway out of action because of an incident a few days ago. I pass through immigration, collect my bag from the carousel and get a taxi to my hotel, the DoubleTree Grand Biscayne Bay, which is on the water’s edge.

Next up:

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this podcast. Please join me in two weeks time when I spend a day in Miami and visit the botanic gardens.


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