Airport Parking: London Heathrow Parking Options

I am now a bit of a seasoned traveller when it comes to passing through Heathrow for blogging events, girly weekends away and family holidays. But one thing any excursion has in common is that I always use airport parking at Heathrow whenever I fly as, for me, it’s the easiest way to get to the airport and so convenient when I return too.

Airport Parking Options at London Heathrow

So here are some Heathrow Airport parking options for you to consider next time you’re jetting off anywhere:

Short Stay Parking

Airport parking at Heathrow’s short stay car parks are located next to each of the airport terminals, making it the perfect place to park when picking someone up if you’re going into arrivals and not just driving by to pick them up.

Airport Parking Options at London Heathrow

Long Stay Parking

Each London Heathrow airport terminal has its own long stay parking which can be easily booked online before you travel. With this option you drive into a large open air car park, park your car and then wait for a bus to come along to transport you to the relevant terminal.

The buses arrive every ten minutes and take anything from three minutes up to 18 minutes to get to the terminal – depending on how busy it is when you’re travelling. When you arrive home you just wait at the appropriate bus stop and a bus will come along, usually after just a short wait.

Airport parking at Heathrow also has a business long stay parking option which is more expensive but located closer to the terminal, with more frequent buses and a shorter journey time.

Meet and Greet Parking

With meet and greet airport parking at Heathrow you follow signs to the special area in the short stay car park where you park, hand over your keys to a member of staff and walk straight into the airport terminal next door. When you arrive home your car is there ready and waiting for you.

This couldn’t be easier and is such a great service but it does cost more than long stay parking – but often less than Heathrow business parking so definitely an option to consider if you’re travelling for business – or pleasure.

POD Parking

The last time I travelled through Heathrow I used the POD parking service. Only available at Terminal 5, the POD parking starts off the same as the long stay option – parking in a large open air car park. But from there, you hop into a little driver-less pod which takes you to the terminal in just four minutes. The pods arrive every minute – literally – and carry six people and luggage although six people would be quite a squeeze, unless you were a family travelling together.

Airport Parking Options at London Heathrow

This was such a great way to get to the airport and, for the weekend I was away, cost just a couple of pounds more than standard long stay parking but saved me so much time in bus transfers.

There are also Heathrow Valet Parking at the airport and Meet and Greet airport car parking options at Heathrow that we haven’t had experience of yet. It would be great to hear about your own experiences.

Hotel Parking

Many Heathrow airport hotels offer stay, park and fly packages so you can stay over the night before and then fly off on holiday after a short airport transfer from the hotel – usually included in the package. This is definitely worth considering if you live far from the airport or are travelling at unsociable hours.

It goes without saying that Heathrow is also incredibly accessible by public transport – so always think if you can save yourself money, and do your bit for the environment too – and leave your car at home. If you’re travelling soon – have a safe journey and I hope you have an amazing time – happy holidays!

Airport Parking Options at London Heathrow


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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