Why is Heathrow Park and Ride the best option to consider for parking your car at Heathrow?

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What is Park and Ride and Why should I book this?

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You can usually find cheaper parking at Heathrow from £10/day

If you have ever arrived at an on-airport parking lot at Heathrow without making a reservation in advance, you will know that it is not inexpensive. You can save upto 60% by booking in advance.  This means you will save a lot of money and be able to enjoy your trip without having to save money. 

There are many parking options available at Heathrow Airport, and most of them are covered by the "park and ride" system. The Heathrow Park and Ride service allows you to either park your own car or have your car parked for you, either off-airport or on-airport. After you park your car in a bay, you will need to ride a short transfer to the Heathrow terminal for your flight. The transfer will take no more than 10 minutes, depending on the car park and how far it is from the airport. On your return, just go back to the bus stop you got dropped off at. There are a variety of park and ride options available at Heathrow Airport that provide transfers 24/7.


Secure parking At Heathrow 

At Heathrow, our top priority is securing parking, whether it is off-airport or on-airport. All of the car parks we sell have been awarded the Park Mark Award for safer parking. Each location has extra security measures in place to ensure your car is looked after, including security fencing and barriers.


Parking Options At Heathrow:


1-If you're looking for cheap parking near Heathrow Airport, your best option will be to look at off-airport parking. Quality Airport Parking is a secured car park just a 10-minute transfer from the airport, at a fraction of the price you'd pay on-site.


2-If you would like to park closer to the airport, you should park in a Heathrow park and ride on-airport car park. This is because the parking lot will be closer to the airport perimeter and the transfer bus to the terminal will be shorter. If you're flying from terminals 1 and 3, the most convenient and secure car parks are Heathrow Long Stay and Heathrow Business Parking. At Heathrow Terminal 4, you'll find the same high standard of facilities and service whether you're using the long stay or business parking options. You can choose Heathrow Long Stay Terminal 5 or Heathrow Business Parking T5 at Terminal 5


Heathrow Park and Ride


Why is Heathrow Park and Ride the best option to consider for parking your car at Heathrow?


Easy to find: Heathrow airport parking doesn't have to be a headache. We offer secure parking close to the airport with efficient, friendly transfers. we're just 5 minutes from the M4 and 10 minutes from all terminals, so you won't have any trouble finding us.


Hassle Free Airport Parking: Hassle-free parking at UK airports is becoming more and more of a dream as traffic at airports increases. Being able to park a vehicle at the airport and head for a flight quickly and easily is something that seems very unlikely.


Secure Parking: All service providers adhere to strict standards when handling customer vehicles. They carry comprehensive insurance policies and have secured parking compounds with barriers.


Facility for Disabled Passengers: All buses are accessible for people who use wheelchairs and are compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act. Drivers can assist you with your luggage if needed.


What does park and ride mean?


Customers simply drive to our secure car park where they are booked in with a member of staff. You will drive to the parking area asigned and park your car by yourself. You will leave the keys at the car park and the transfer provided by the car park will take you to the airport terminal. Bus service runs approximately every 20 minutes and on demand as well.


How does this service operate?


  • This service operates from  4:00 AM to 23:59 (please you timing of departure and return before you book)

  • The telephone number of  Heathrow park and ride will be provided via Booking Confirmation Email.


The cheapest airport parking at Heathrow is provided for all Heathrow Airport Terminals. Please make sure you go through the "more info arrival/return" page before you book.


Car Park Address:

Address: Observatory Shopping Center car park Upper Level ,Queensmere Road, Slough.


Direction and Instructions:

  • Direction from M4 junction 5 to HEATHROW PARK & RIDE SL1 1YP as below:

  • On M4 junction 5, take A4 exit towards Slough, follow A4 London road for 2 miles until HTC roundabout on Wellington Street.

  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit to the OBSERVATORY SHOPPING CENTER CAR PARK. Go through the barrier and follow the direction signs “HEATHROW PARK & RIDE" to the upper level (2nd floor) of the car park.


Please call us when you are 20 minutes away from the car park.



  • When you arrive, park your car in one of the arrival bays where a staff will be available to attend you. 

  • You will have to leave your keys with us so your car can be moved to the secured area in the car park. 

  • On completion of all procedures, you will be transferred to the terminal which will take around 15-20 minutes.

  • An airport charge of £5 per vehicle will apply to all terminals when accessing the Heathrow airport.

Please note that the car park height restriction is 2 meters and we shall not be able to accept vehicles that exceed the height restriction. 

On Return


On Return:

Terminal 2

  • Once you have collected your luggage and you are about to clear Customs, please give us call.

  • Make your way to the pick up area on Level 4 short stay car. The shuttle van will pick you up from there.

Terminal 3:

  • Once you have collected your luggage and you are about to clear Customs, please give us call. 

  • Make your way to Level 3 Short Stay Car Park, Row A. The shuttle van will pick you up from there.

Terminal 4:

  • Once you have collected your luggage and are about to clear Customs, please give us a call. 

  • The shuttle van will pick you up from the Short Stay Car Park on level 1.

Terminal 5:

  • Once you have collected your luggage and are about to clear Customs, please give us a call. 

  • Make your way to Level 4 short stay car park, the shuttle van will pick you up from Row R or Row S.

The Best  Heathrow Airport Parking by Specialists  !


Heathrow Park and Ride Parking offers a range of secured parking options at Heathrow, so you can find the service that best matches your needs. Heathrow Airport is easily accessible by car. It is located 14 miles west of Central London off either the M4 or the M25. Terminals 1 - 3 are reached from Junction 4 of the M4, while terminal 4 and 5 are reached from Junction 14 of the M25. We can happily recommend the Heathrow Parking by Heathrow Park and Ride car park at Heathrow Airport as one of our cheapest Heathrow car parks so you can save some money to spend while you're away.


What is Park and Ride Premium by Heathrow Park and Ride?


The park and ride premium service is a combination of the meet and greet and park and ride services that lets you get on the road home quickly after landing, operated by Heathrow Park and Ride Long Stay Plus and Heathrow Park and Ride Parking Business Plus.

To reach your destination, follow the driving instructions below to your selected parking lot near the airport:


  • After checking in, load your luggage onto the transfer bus to be taken to the airport terminal. 

  • Once you return, someone will be waiting to give your car back to you at the airport after you clear the airport terminal.


Heathrow Parking FAQs


1-Can I cancel my Heathrow Parking?

Yes, there is Free Cancellation available. Please check the terms and conditions.


2-Where is the best place to park at Heathrow?

For cheap Heathrow parking, we'd recommend a Park and Ride service such as Heathrow Park and and Ride, Kwik Park and Ride. Both offer fuss-free procedures and easy transfers. For speed and convenience, the best place to park would be at a Meet and Greet car park such as Heathrow Super Meet and Greet Parking or Kangaroo Parking.


3-How long can you stay in the Short Stay car park at Heathrow?

Short Stay parking at Heathrow is recommended for stays up to 5 hours, but you can of course stay for up to 24 hours or more, but this is very costly. Please see the above table for the hourly Short Stay tariffs. You can alternatively park in the Long Stay car park for free for 2 hours, too.


4-Can I leave my car at the airport for 2 weeks?

Yes, you can leave your car at the airport in a long term car park for 2 weeks. For longer stays like this we'd recommend opting for an off-airport car park as it's likely to work out slightly cheaper.


5-How much is it to park your car at Heathrow?

Heathrow parking prices will vary depending on the type of package and the time of year. When you pre-book with Heathrow Park and Ride  it can cost as little as £46.79 to park your car at Heathrow for 8 days.


6-Is my Heathrow Parking Booking Amendable?

Yes, it is possible to amend your booking details. You can change dates or Carpark in a few clicks anytime up to the arrival time on the booking. There is no fee for this, you will just have to pay the extra if the new price is higher. We will refund your card if the price is lower.


7-How Can I Save Money on my Heathrow Airport Parking?

You can access the very best rates on airport parking when you book with us. We work hard to secure amazing deals with our suppliers, so you can save up to 70% more vs on the day prices.


8-Can I Pay on the Day at Heathrow?

Yes, you can pay at the car park on the day of your parking. However, this is usually significantly more expensive than booking in advance, and we don't recommend it.


9-Is parking free for Blue Badge holders at Heathrow Airport?

Unfortunately, there is no free parking available, for extended periods of time, at Heathrow Airport specifically for Blue Badge holders. However, Heathrow Long Stay car parks offer 2 hours free parking and have dedicated blue badge spaces close to the bus stops.


10-Do you have to Pay to Drop Off at Heathrow Airport?

It is possible to drop-off passengers for free at Heathrow, provided you use the designated drop-off areas located at the terminal forecourts. You are not allowed to wait, however, but you can also park at the Long Stay car park for free for up to 2 hours.


11-Can I Book a Heathrow Hotel and Parking Package?

We offer our customers exclusive, great value deals on hotel and parking packages at Heathrow Airport. To find your perfect match, select 'airport hotels with parking' in the search engine on the left, enter your dates, and then browse everything we have to offer.


12-What Happens if I Arrive Earlier or Later than Booked?

Don't panic - most car parks are prepared to accommodate you if you arrive earlier than expected, but try and call ahead as soon as you know. If you return late, you may be subject to a charge for the extra parking, payable at the car park and at the service provider's discretion. Make sure you check out the car park's details if you'd like any more information.



Heathrow Park and Ride

Cathy T
Happy to recommend - great experience
Hi all. I would use them again. I had a truly fabulous experience. The contact number always got answered promptly. I couldn't find the drop off car park ( but I am famous for getting lost) and they gave me superb directions. I parked my car at the top level of the car park. Very helpful and friendly staff. Great trip to the airport. Driver - great - had a good chat. For return - sensible pick up - clear instructions. Pick up was great. All customer service contact - great.

Date of experience: 26 July 2022


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kathy kavanagh

Good service and value

After reading bad reviews we were pretty nervous. But it was absolutely fine- quick and easy service- car secure and fine on return- staff friendly and communicated well. Thank you

Date of experience: 10 September 2022


Heathrow Park and Ride


Nothing but positive things to say…

Nothing but positive things to say about the service despite worrying after booking due to some of the negative reviews. A cheap price, relatively easy to locate. Waited 15 minutes before being dropped off the terminal. Upon pick up, phoned after a long wait in Passport Control and the gentleman was with up within 10 minutes. Helpful staff throughout. Would use again


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Heathrow Park and ride on on point

I book with Heathrow Park and ride on line very good price was going on a holiday.Every ting was going good easy direction good sign post got to the car park on time got drop off to the airport by nadeem was the drivers name very helpful with my suitcases Happy guy gave him a tip ?? got to my flight on time perfect timeing 10/10 would diffnly book agin thanks for your service Heathrow Park and ride


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Stefi Wigelsworth

Great Park and Ride Service

I have used this parking facility twice now. Firstly in October 2019 and then in January 2020.

Based in the centre of Slough on top of a multi-storey car park. Easy to get to (I always use a sat nav).

This is a great park and ride service. I found the staff to be helpful and courteous. No problems with my car when I returned. I will definitely use this company again when I fly from Heathrow.

The hardest bit is driving the 160 miles back up north.



Heathrow Park and Ride


The car park is located in a…

The car park is located in a multi-storey car park. I drive a new car and i always park with them. It gives me peace of mind that no one is driving my car when i am away.

Date of experience: 07 October 2019