The best and cheapest car parks? Heathrow Airport parking

blog image John Doe | 10/07/2022

If you are looking to park your car at Heathrow Airport, you may want to find the designated 'drop off' areas. These areas are designated for people picking up or dropping off loved ones at the airport. Alternatively, if you are looking to leave your car at the airport for a few hours, you may want to park in the short-stay car park.

A long-stay car park is recommended if you want your vehicle to be waiting for you when you return from your holiday.

 

When parking at Heathrow Airport, you often have to choose between being close to the terminals and having a lower price. However, other factors can also affect the price - for example, it can be cheaper if you book in advance.


 

This is all the information you need to know about parking options at Heathrow Airport, including on-airport and off-airport options:

 

Heathrow Airport Drop-off and pick-up

You can let your passengers out of the car in the designated 'drop off' zones outside of terminal buildings. This will be less hassle for your passengers but will mean a £5 charge, though some vehicles are exempt from having to pay.


 

If you're not in a hurry, the best option is to drop people off at the long term parking lot for free. There is a free bus that goes to all of the terminals from there.

 

Heathrow On-Site Parking

 

Official Heathrow car parks are the most convenient as they are the closest to the terminal doors. You can choose between short stay and long stay, or opt for a premium option with business parking, Meet & Greet, POD parking and valet parking services. All are fully secured with CCTV and security patrols.

 

Multi Storey Short-stay Car park

 

Here are some tips for parking at the airport:

 

There are short-stay car parks next to all four terminal buildings, which are best for meeting or dropping passengers, weekend breaks or business meetings. Booking in advance can save you a lot of money. If you're just looking to meet or drop someone off, the best option is the short-stay car park next to the terminal. For weekend breaks or business meetings, booking in advance can save you a lot of money on parking.

 

 All of the short-term parking lots are within a two-minute walk of the terminals they correspond to. They are also connected to the other terminals by pedestrian bridges. Parking spaces for disabled people, parents with small children, and electric vehicles charging points are also available.

 

This is the cost of parking at Heathrow's short-stay parking:

 

  • 0 - 29 minutes: £5.30

  • 30 - 44 minutes: £8.50

  • 45 - 59 minutes: £11.40

  • 1 - 2 hours: £14.50

  • 2 - 3 hours: £17.80

  • 3 - 4 hours: £21.60

  • 4 - 5 hours: £27.60

  • 5 - 6 hours: £35.60

  • 6 - 9 hours: £48.50

  • 9 - 12 hours: £63.50

  • 12 - 24 hours: £77.10

Heathrow Airport Long-stay parking

If you are planning on being gone for more than a couple of days, Heathrow's long stay car parks are recommended. As with short stay parking, booking in advance will result in the best value. Once you have parked your car, you can take a free shuttle bus to your terminal. Bus shuttles run every 15 minutes, and transfer times vary depending on which terminal you are going to.

 Parking prices at Heathrow's long-stay parking:

  • 0 - 29 mins: Free

  • 30 mins - 1 hr 59 mins: £8.30

  • First day: £34.70 off peak dates/£39.80 peak dates

  • Additional 24 hour periods: £27.90 off peak dates/£31.80 peak dates

PEAK PARKING SEASON

Easter: 02/04/2022 - 18/04/2022 

Summer: 23/07/2022 - 28/08/2022 

September Peak: 11/09/2022 - 01/10/2022 

Christmas: 16/12/2022 - 02/01/2022 

Half Terms:12/02/2022 - 20/02/2022, 28/05/2022 - 05/06/2022, 22/10/2022 - 30/10/2022

Business Car parks

The car parks closest to the terminals are for business customers, and shuttle buses are available 'on demand'. The maximum waiting time for the shuttle is 10 minutes.

hEATHROW Meet and Greet Parking

For a little extra money, you can park your car hassle-free in the designated space within the short stay car park, leave your keys with the team, and you're free to go. Your car will be waiting for you upon your flight return. 

Prices for valet parking at Heathrow airport start at £117.40 for one day. It is recommended that you book in advance. Prices are listed as:

  • 1 day - £117.40

  • 2 days - £160.10

  • 3 days - £201.70

  • 4 days - £243.40

  • Each additional 24-hour period, or part thereof - £31.80

Valet Parking

The most convenient parking option is to valet your car. You drop it off at the valet reception near your terminal and leave your keys with the staff. They will then park it for you. When you return, your car will be waiting for you in the short stay car park. Valet customers don't have to pay the £5 drop-off charge.

Valet parking prices and Meet And Greet prices are the same. Moreover:

2* Car Care (external wash) - £47.00

3* Car Care (internal and external wash) - £78.30

hEATHROW Pod Parking

If you're traveling from terminal 5, you can take advantage of the 7-minute driverless electric vehicle service. This on-demand service is the most environmentally friendly parking option at Heathrow, and it is an alternative to shuttle buses. Every pod can carry a maximum of four people and their luggage. Your pod will arrive no more than 30 seconds after you order it. The pay-as-you-go rate is £48.90.

hEATHROW Off-Site parking

The "drop and ride" option is a good value - you leave your keys with a staff member, who then parks your car for you, and takes the free shuttle bus to your terminal. The price of the parking spaces near terminals 2,3, and 5 starts at £10.16 per week. The price of the parking spaces near terminal 4 starts at £7.74 per week. To get to terminals 4, 5, 2, and 3 from the central terminal, it respectively takes 6, 10, 20 minutes.

There are two convenient car parks operated by BCP- the click park is the value option and takes 3-4 minutes to reach terminal 4, while transfers from Heathrow quality airport parking take between 5 and 8 minutes to reach the airport terminals, and operate 24 hours a day upon request.

 Visit www.comparetheairportparking.com to compare different Heathrow Airport parking services. If you're staying overnight at a hotel near the airport, like the Hilton or Sofitel, you can also use their parking services.

Everything worth knowing about Fast Track Security at Heathrow

Lengthy queues in an airport can be a worrying site when you are in a rush to get to your flight. Getting through security is not always the fastest experience but it needs to be done.

 

The Heathrow Airport in London offers a fast-track service to make your security experience smoother. However, the service is currently available for online sales.

 

The airport states that you should arrive three hours before your flight to make sure you don't miss it. This gives passengers time to check in, drop off their bags, and clear security.