Your tickets are booked, your suitcase is packed and it is time to make your way to the airport, where your trip of a lifetime will begin. Heathrow airport is situated in Hounslow, Middlesex and is accessible by car, train and coach, making it one of the easiest airports to travel to.
Stop stressing and stay over
Heathrow offers a range of Hotel and Parking Packages which allows you to stay overnight and use of their Long Stay car parks with free transfers to any of the terminals via shuttle bus. There are a wide selection of hotels to choose from, some that are in the airport itself or ones that are situated a few miles away so that you can experience the peace and tranquility of outer city life. The price of the package includes overnight accommodation, overnight parking at the hotel and parking at the Long Stay car park that is closest to your terminal; this means that hotel transfers are not needed and you can remain stress free and save time on the day of your departure.
Best Western Plus Park Grand London Heathrow: 5 miles from Heathrow Airport
A mere 5 miles from Heathrow airport lies the Best Western Plus Park Grand London Heathrow. This modernised haven is perfectly placed between London and the airport, allowing easy access and an escape from busy London life and the noise of air traffic. Equipped with 124 comfortable and contemporary rooms, a bar, a restaurant, a gym and free high speed internet, it has all the delights needed to enjoy your pre-holiday evening.
This is just one of the many hotels within 15 minute radius of Heathrow airport that offer the Hotel and Parking Package, however, if you would prefer to arrive the day of your flight, there are several other options to choose from.
Heathrow offers a variety of parking options to suit your needs; there is a business parking options purely for business travellers who are in need of a quick parking and easy transfer service, a Meet & Greet service where you are welcomed at the designated spot by one of the dedicated staff and your car is parked for you while you check in for your flight, and a Valet parking service.
The valet service allows you to drive your car to the valet drop-off points where your car is parked for you while you check in. On your arrival back to the airport, your car will be waiting for you so you can just put your luggage in and drive away with minimal fuss and effort. If you are arriving into a different terminal, an advanced arrangement can see your car ready and waiting for you outside your arrival terminal instead, all beautifully cleaned inside and out if you opt for the Car Care service too.
Some of these services will need to be booked in advance, so if you choose to drive your car to the airport, take a look at the different options and book prior to your travels to take advantage of the great deals.
If a train is your transport of choice then there are several different routes you can take to get to Heathrow. The first is to travel Paddington station where the fastest train to Heathrow airport departs every 15 minutes and takes a mere 15 minutes to Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and 18-20 minutes for Terminals 4 and 5. It is also equipped with free tv, air-conditioning and a lovely First Class carriage which includes bigger seats, tables and complimentary reading materials.
By tube, the journey will take just under an hour and the trains are incredibly frequent. All Terminal stations, 1 through to 5, are situated in Travelcard Zone 6 and are all accessible via the Piccadilly line, which is the most direct and cost-effective way to travel to the airport on the tube.
The Oyster card is an essential requirement for any London traveller as it can cover your entire journey throughout London on one little smart card. It can be loaded with pay as you go credit and Travelcards and can be used on many of London’s transport systems such as the Tube, bus, London Overground and DLR services. A Visitor Oyster card can be purchased before you leave home and can be topped up for your travels to Heathrow and back and cover any stops in between as well as saving you money with special discounts.
If the thought of having to travel through London yourself fills you with fear, then the bus service is for you. National Express service is the largest coach operator in the UK and provides a frequent service to and from destinations all over Britain including Wales, Bristol, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports. The coaches call in Terminals 1 through to 5 and are equipped with all of the modern touches that will make your trip comfortable and stress-free.
Heathrow is the hub for travellers and, with great accessibility, getting there will be completely stress-free, which is the perfect way to start your holidays.