With almost 100 million visitors every year, Heathrow Airport has a colossal amount of parking. The airport has made provisions for every type of visitor in every type of vehicle which makes it even more important that you choose the right parking package for you. To give you a helping hand, JetParks have pooled their extensive knowledge into this guide full of useful parking tips.
Pick-up & Drop-off at Heathrow Airport
Dedicated drop-off points close to each of the terminals makes it very easy to take friends and family to the airport. Unfortunately, there are no dedicated pick-up zones so the airport recommends that visitors collect friends and family by either booking a short-stay space or using the long-stay parking areas, which you’re free to wait in.
Each of the four terminals has a small short-stay carpark close to the terminal doors. These carparks are well patrolled and secure, making them a good choice if you need to leave your car and go into the airport. Prices are reasonable in the carpark but it’s advised that you use one of the long-stay carparks if you’re planning on leaving your car for longer than 24 hours.
If you’re looking for a way to store your car for longer than 24 hours at a reasonable price then the best option is Heathrow’s secure long-stay parking. Regular shuttle buses run all day and night so you can be sure that no matter where you park you can get to your terminal.
Heathrow Airport offers a Meet & Greet package and a Valet package. Both services are similar however the Valet package includes a full cleaning of your car. Whichever package you pre-book, on the day of travel you’ll hand over your keys to a trained valet and they’ll take your car to a secure carpark. Then you will simply notify the valet as you are leaving the terminal and they’ll bring your car around.
Heathrow Airport officially has 5 international terminals; however, the first terminal is now out of use and has been demolished leaving only four. Each terminal has its own associated parking options. If you’re not sure which terminal you’re are flying from you can find out by finding your airline on the list below:
Air New Zealand
LOT Polish Airlines
SAS – Scandinavian Airlines
South African Airways
Swiss International Airlines
Virgin Atlantic Little Red
MEA Middle East Airlines
Pakistan International Airlines
Sri Lankan Airlines
Biman Bangladesh Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Libyan Arab Airlines
Malaysia Airlines System
Royal Air Maroc
Royal Brunei Airlines
Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 Parking Guide
Known as ‘The Queen’s Terminal’, Terminal 2 is the oldest of the remaining terminals and plays host to a combination of short and medium-haul services. The terminal accounts for about a quarter of Heathrow’s traffic including passengers for Aer Lingus and United Airlines. If you’re flying from this terminal the following parking options are available to you:
A base for many non-affiliated airlines and Virgin Atlantic, Terminal 3 sees a lot of the long-haul traffic leaving Heathrow Airport. Those flying from this terminal can make use of the following parking options:
Catering to a wide range of major airlines, including Aeroflot, Delta Airlines and Qatar Airways, Terminal 4 sees both short and long-haul passengers. If you’re travelling from this terminal you can use the following parking options:
The largest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, Terminal 5 is used exclusively for British Airways and Iberia flights. Almost 50% of passengers pass through Terminal 5 making it extremely busy. If you’re travelling through Terminal 5 you can use the following carparks.
There are several hotels near each of the terminals at Heathrow, including the Sofitel London Heathrow at Terminal 5, the Hilton London Heathrow at Terminal 4 and the slightly cheaper Yotel capsule hotel at Terminal 4. If you want to completely avoid traffic it can be a good idea to travel to the airport the day before your flight and check into a room at one of these hotels.
Helpful Hints for Visiting Heathrow Airport
Arrive Early: Getting through security quickly can be difficult at Heathrow Airport as each terminal expects 100,000 visitors every day. Due to the congestion around security, Heathrow Airport recommends that you arrive at least 2 hours 30 minutes before your departure.
Special Events: Heathrow Airport often hosts local festivals and events. These can be a great way to kick-start your holiday and keep the kids entertained, so make sure to check what’s on before you visit.
Check Your Vehicle: Double check that your vehicle is the right size for the parking space you’re booking - especially if you’re using Terminal 4’s multi-storey carpark which has a maximum height of 2m.
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