ULEZ expansion - 29 August 2023

London's Ultra Low Emission Zone, or ULEZ, is expanding to encompass all of Greater London, including Heathrow Airport, from the 29 August 2023.

 

The initiative, implemented by Transport for London (TfL), is aimed at reducing air pollution in London, therefore all vehicles entering the airport must meet certain emissions standards in order to avoid paying a daily charge.

 

The daily charge for non-compliant vehicles is £12.50 for most vehicles, including cars, vans, and motorcycles.

 

The charge will be in addition to any other fees or charges associated with entering the airport. The charge only applies when a vehicle is driven within the ULEZ zone, and does not apply to stationary vehicles including when cars are parked at Heathrow.

 

Please note, if you have booked Meet & Greet or Valet Parking with a non-compliant vehicle, and have selected a different exit terminal to your entry terminal, you will be liable for payment of a ULEZ charge to transfer your vehicle to another terminal.

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Maria Asaad
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Handy Heathrow hacks

As one of Europe’s busiest airports, Heathrow is a constant hub of travellers eagerly navigating security gates and passport checks to board the planes, jetting off to their exotic destinations. And while Heathrow is one of the most passenger-friendly airports in the world, we thought we’d help make your airport experience even easier and more enjoyable with these handy hacks!

While taking an Uber or minicab to the airport may be the most comfortable option, it may cost you quite a buck, especially if you’re coming from afar. Look into the various cost-effective travel options that swiftly get you to Heathrow.

  • Heathrow Express: Setting off from Paddington, it gets you to Heathrow in as little as 15 minutes. It costs as little as £25 for a single journey and kids under 15 years old travel for free!
  • Heathrow Connect: It leaves from the same station and platform as the Heathrow Express, but it is even quicker, getting you to Heathrow in only 10 minutes and is half the price!
  • Piccadilly Line: This is by far the cheapest option of the three and the most convenient if you are coming from a bit further out, such as East or South London.

  1. Charge your phone up for free before your flight

    Did you know that you can be denied boarding a flight if you’re unable to switch on your phone? To avoid such a disastrous situation, ensure your phone has a good battery life before boarding. You can do this by charging it in one of the several charging points scattered around the terminals. The best thing is that you can do so for free!

  2. Eat and drink to your heart’s content before jetting off

    Heathrow is home to incredibly comfortable and cosy lounges that allow you to enjoy the airport wait, especially if you’re flight is unexpectedly delayed. They are also reasonably priced, so you won’t have to break the bank if you enter a lounge.

    You can find No.1 Lounges and Plaza Premium Lounges in all terminals, offering fabulous amenities, such as comfortable seating areas, quiet workspaces, reading materials and cinemas. You can also take advantage of the unlimited food and drink available.

    You can pre-book the lounges online or pay a walk-in price at the door (although if they are at capacity, you may be turned away).

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  3. Find the best food to take on your flight

    If you don’t fancy paying an extortionate amount onboard to purchase snacks to feed your hunger, stock up on some pretty tasty food you can get a lot cheaper at the airport. You can buy incredible picnic hampers from Gordon Ramsey packed with delicious and nutritious meals. Or, if you’d like to keep it more low-key, opt for a yummy sandwich or salad from the likes of Pret or EAT.

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  4. Safely store your luggage at the airport

    If London is just a quick pit stop for you during your travels, then you can store any smaller and extra pieces of luggage you don’t want to lug about the city in baggage offices located in each of the terminals.

     

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  5. Book a bed at the airport

    While there may be ample seating in each terminal, sometimes you just need a warm, cosy bed to lie down on, especially if you are dealing with a long layover or delayed flight. Yotel’s cabin rooms in Terminal 4 are the perfect place to rest up if you need to stay at the airport for an unexpectedly long time. They offer pod-style rooms with a bed, free Wi-Fi and shower facilities. They also have 24-hour food and drink services and are bookable by the hour. They are situated after security in Terminal 4, so you don’t have to travel far to reach them!

     

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