One of the largest airports in the world
As one of the largest airports in the world, London’s Heathrow Airport has a rich history that began in 1929. Originally, the airstrip was constructed along a small airfield once known as the Great West Aerodrome. Further construction began in 1944, and continues even today.
It was originally used by the military for long-distance flights to the Far East. Currently, London Heathrow Airport is widely regarded as the busiest one within the United Kingdom, and the fifth busiest in the world.
Heathrow serves about 190,000 passengers every single day, making it the one with the largest daily traffic in the world. LHR 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 near London Heathrow Airport
Another major London airport is Gatwick, located in Horley, approx. 35 miles away from LHR.
Where Should I Stay ? – Free Parking
Accommodation nearby 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 airfield. 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 nearby include the Renaissance Hotel, Holiday Inn, Travelodge, Radisson Blue Edwardian and the Sheraton Skyline Hotel.
When spending more time in London, it can be more convenient to choose a reasonably priced hotel or b&b in central London.
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Airport Terminals 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5
As the oldest one 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 hall 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, it 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 the cargo hangar. 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.
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
Some Facts and Location
Name : London Heathrow Airport
Information : Parking, Travel Information
Location : the terminals are located in West London, 14 miles or 21 km west of Central London UK.
Address : Terminal 1, Greater London TW6 1AP, England, United Kingdom (UK)
IATA Code : LHR
Main Airlines : mainly served by British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Scandinavian Airlines, Aer Lingus, Delta, Lufthansa and Qantas.
Flight connections to and from the United States and Canada are provided by British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Kuwait Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways.
Terminals : 5 passenger terminals. Terminal 1,2,3,4 and 5.
Sat Nav Postcode Terminal 1 : TW6 1AP
Sat Nav Postcode Terminal 3 : TW6 1QG
Sat Nav Postcode Terminal 4 : TW6 3XA
Sat Nav Postcode Terminal 5 : TW6 2GA
Region : South East England – West London
London Borough : Borough of Hillingdon
County : Greater London
Tel. : +44 844 335 1801
Nearest Hotels : in the towns and villages of Hounslow, Hayes, Hillingdon, Longford, West Drayton, and Cranford.
The airport is directly linked via the non-stop Heathrow Express with London Paddington railway station in central London. There are also train services by the Heathrow Connect to Paddington calling at up to five National Rail stations en route.
Four tube stations serve the LHR international airport.
South West Trains has a direct bus transfer to Feltham railway station. Feltham has connections towards central Reading and Windsor or Clapham Junction and Waterloo railway station in the borough of Lambeth.
Coach and bus services connect the central bus station serving Terminals 1 and 3, and also from bus stations at Terminals 4 and 5.
London Heathrow Intl. is accessible via the nearby M4 motorway and A4 road (Terminals 1–3), the M25 motorway (Terminals 4 and 5), and the A30 road (Terminal 4).
Other options when flying to England’s capital city are Luton, the city center airfield LCY, Stansted (third biggest) and SEN, located in Southend-on-Sea Essex.
Virtual Aviation (London Heathrow Training Centre, Hounslow UB7 9BL, England): Airbus and Boeing professional flight simulators. An experienced airline pilot will be your own personal instructor, providing friendly hands-on guidance.
Hounslow Heath Golf Centre (Staines Road, Hounslow, England): golf course with challenging holes.
London Motor Museum (3, Nestles Avenue, Hayes Middlesex, Hayes UB3 4SB, England UK): home to one of the largest collections of both classic and custom automobiles. Great for car enthusiasts.
Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage (Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond TW9 3AB, England): a British royal palace in Kew Gardens on the banks of the River Thames. Both the Palace and the Cottage are a must see when visiting Kew Gardens.