London Heathrow International Airport
As one of the largest airports in the world, London’s Heathrow Airport has a rich history that began in 1929. Originally, the airport was constructed along a small airfield once known as the Great West Aerodrome. Further construction on the airport began in 1944, and continues even today.
The airport was originally used by the military for long-distance flights to the Far East. Currently, London Heathrow Airport is widely regarded as the busiest airport within the United Kingdom, and the fifth busiest airport in the word.
Heathrow airport serves about 190,000 passengers every single day, making it the airport with the largest daily traffic in the world. The airport consists of five individual terminals, each housing a variety of facilities including restaurants, currency exchanges, shopping arcades, accommodation counters, and general information desks.
Cheap Accommodation - Where Should I Stay ? - Free Parking
Accommodation near Heathrow Airport comes in all shapes and sizes. Passengers traveling via any of the terminals are urged to visit the designated accommodation counters to learn more about the various options within close proximity to the airport. Many properties offer (free) parking or special parking deals. A shuttle bus service is also provided by many.
Options range from boutique hotels, to B&Bs, to five star hotels, motels and even more modest guest houses as well as cheap hotels. Some popular lodging options near the airport include the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel, Holiday Inn London, Travelodge Heathrow Airport, Radisson Blue Edwardian Heathrow Hotel and the Sheraton Skyline Hotel.
When spending more time in London, it can be more convenient to choose a reasonably priced hotel in central London.
Airport Terminals 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
As the oldest terminal at the airport, Terminal 1 was opened in 1969 by Queen Elizabeth II. It used to be the sole operator for all domestic British Airways flights, but this has changed with the development of Terminal 5. The terminal underwent extensive renovation in 2005, that led to a doubling in the size of the departure lounge area. Additional space for retail activities was also added. While the facility continues to be as busy as ever today, it is expected to shut down by the end of 2016.
Terminal 2 of Heathrow airport opened only as early as June, 2014. Commonly referred to as the Queen’s terminal, it was designed by Luis Vidal + Architects and spans approximately 570 yards. There are also plenty of parking facilities large enough to accommodate over 1300 vehicles. As one of the busiest terminals in the airport, Terminal 2 consists of over 50 different shops and 17 bar/restaurant options.
Constructed and opened in 1961 to serve long-haul flights. During its early life, it provided access to helicopters as well and underwent significant expansion in 1970, through the addition of an Arrivals structure. Currently the building is used to primarily serve passengers traveling via Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Emirates. The complex has a cumulative area of just under 100,000 square metres, but is set to be demolished once the expansion of terminal 2 is finished.
Terminal 4 of Heathrow airport was opened in 1986 and is located closest to Heathrow’s cargo terminal. It has a total area of over 100,000 square metres and is used to accommodate the Sky Team alliance. Recently, an investment of around 200 million pounds has been made into Terminal 4 to enable it to accommodate 45 airlines. Traffic congestion and security is also expected to be vastly improved.
Situated in the middle of the southern and northern runways of Heathrow airport, Terminal 5 was opened in 2008 by Queen Elizabeth II. In the beginning it did encounter some brief operational problems initially, it now has the facilities and capacity to serve over 30 million passengers. The facility also consists of over 100 different retail outlets and restaurants, amidst a range of other facilities. Terminal 5 has a total area of approximately 300,000 square metres, making it the largest departure and arrival complex at London Heathrow LHR international.
Parking at London Heathrow
Long Stay Parking
Parking for long stay is available. Regular transfers run from the parking to the different terminals.
Long Stay Car Park for Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are located on the Eastern Perimeter Road. The Long Stay Car Park for terminal 4 can be found just off the Southern Perimeter Road.
Terminal 5's Long Stay Car Park is situated on the Northern Perimeter Road next to Business Parking (Terminals 1 and 3).
Heathrow Business Parking
The Business Car Parks are located closer to the terminals than the Long Stay Car Parks which makes it easy to catch your flight easy. The parking is suitable for all travellers wanting to leave their car for a few days.
Travellers departing from either terminals 1, 2 and 3 can park in the Business Car Park at Heathrow. There is a transfer coach service which runs every 5 minutes. The approximate journey time of the shuttle is 8 minutes.
SAT NAV postcode for the Business Car Park is TW6 2RL.
Travellers departing from Terminal 4 can park at the Heathrow Business Parking Terminal 4 which is located near to the Terminal 4. Transfers run from the parking to Terminal 4 departing on demand and take approximately 3 minutes. Sat nav postcode is TW6 3XL.
Heathrow Pod Parking Terminal 5 is exclusive for travellers departing from T5. The shuttle to terminal 5 takes about 4 to 6 minutes.
Short Stay Car Park at Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Short Stay Parking is located right next to each of the terminals. These parkings are perfect for meeting or dropping passengers. It's also a great option for short trips away if you pre-book online. You can book Short Stay Parking in advance for stays of two hours or more at Terminal 1, 2, 3 or 5.
- Terminal 1: Postcode TW6 1AP
- Terminal 2: Postcode TW6 1EW
- Terminal 3: Postcode TW6 1QG
- Terminal 4: Postcode TW6 3XA
- Terminal 5: Postcode TW6 2GA