It’s an exciting time planning for your holidays and the last thing you need is to arrive at the airport and find that there are no spaces available to park your car. Preplanning where to leave your vehicle is key as you can shop around to find the best deals and be confident in the fact that you have left it in a safe place. When it comes to Heathrow airport, the busiest airport in the world, there are several parking offers to choose from which allow the traveller to pick the best option for their needs.
This area is mainly used for drop offs and pick ups as the maximum staying time is 5 hours. It is available at Terminals 1 through to 5.
Long Stay Parking
As the name suggests, the long stay car park is designed to keep your vehicle safe for the duration of your trip, whether this is a few days or a few weeks. Park in any of the long stay car parks near your designated terminal and enjoy a free transfer to check-in on Heathrow’s shuttle bus that runs frequently. As safety of their vehicle can be a worry for jet setters, Heathrow have incorporated a security system of frequent patrols, CCTV and security fences to ensure that you have no need to worry while you’re away.
If you are going on a business trip or simply want to speed up the parking process, then Business Parking is for you. These car parks are situated closer to the terminals than the long stay car parks with a recurrent coach service that operates every 5 minutes with an average of an 8 minute journey time. This service is available at all terminals.
Heathrow Meet & Greet
If you don’t want the hassle of having to find a parking space and carting your children and luggage through the car park to the terminal, then the Heathrow Meet & Greet is perfect for you. It is a pre-booked service that allows you to drive to the designated area, unload your family and suitcases and leave your vehicle to be parked for you while you check in. On your return, your car is ready and waiting for you at the designated spot so you can simply load up and drive away. It is a fantastic service for those who want a valet style experience but without the hefty price tag
Heathrow Valet Parking
Much like the Meet & Greet service, the Heathrow Valet service is perfect for those following a tight schedule or who have a car full of children and luggage. This service allows you to drive to the drop off point at the designated time and where you will be met by dedicated staff who will park your vehicle for you; this leaves you with time to check in at your leisure. On your return, your car will be waiting for you, newly cleaned if you choose to add the Car Care service, at the original drop off point but, if your flight is due to pull into a different terminal, simply place a call and your vehicle will be waiting for you when you land.
With both the Heathrow Meet & Greet service and the Heathrow Valet service, prices are dependent on terminals, times such as Peak or Off-Peak and the length of your stay so book in advance so you are aware of the costs.
Staying at an airport hotel can be extremely beneficial because you can usually get amazing deals that include an overnight stay plus car parking included for a very reasonable price. This allows you to stay minutes away from the airport and to not have to worry about traffic or any other mishaps that can happen when travelling. The included car parking can simply be for the night of your stay or it can be more, it is dependent on each hotel who carry different deals; if you would like your car to stay at the hotel while you’re away, then additional charges will be made, again, this varies from hotel to hotel.
Park Grand London Heathrow Hotel
Stationed 5 miles away from Heathrow airport and 11 miles from the centre of London, the Park Grand London Heathrow hotel is in a prime location. This brand new hotel comes equipped with 124 elegant rooms that are filled with amenities needed to make your stay an enjoyable one as well has having, onsite parking, a gym, restaurant and bar for you to be wined and dined in style. Despite being near an airport and a main road, guests have commented on how quiet and peaceful they found it which means you can escape the chaos of London and enjoy the serenity of what this hotel has to offer.
Situated a stone’s throw away from the terminals is the Arora hotel that offers a Park & Fly package which allows you to park at their hotel for 4 or 8 days. This packages includes an overnight stay and parking for your car for the chosen days, a great package if you’re going on a short trip away.
The choice of parking at Heathrow is endless; Long stay to short stay, Business parking to Valet parking, Meet & Greet to Hotel Airport parking, there really is something to suit everyone.