Travelling through Heathrow

As always, we’re looking forward to welcoming you to the airport and we’re working hard to make sure your trip runs as smoothly as possible. To help with this process, please be aware of the following:

 

Consider your arrival times

Allow 3 hours to check-in before your flight and make sure all your travel documents are up-to-date. Please do not turn up significantly early for your flight though, as this can cause unnecessary congestion in the airport.

 

Terminal Drop-Off Charge

A £5 charge applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions apply. Free drop-off is available at our Long Stay car parks.

 

Terminal 4 airline moves

Terminal 4 has re-opened and up to 30 airlines are moving there during the summer. You should always keep in touch with your airline to confirm which terminal your flight departs from before travelling to the airport. 

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  • Travel by car

    Travel by car

    With easy access and ample parking, it's never been easier to drive to Heathrow.

    Driving to and from Heathrow

    Find directions to the terminal and vital information on dropping off and picking up passengers.

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    Getting here

    Exit the M4 (junction 4) or M25 (junction 15) and follow signs for Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3.

    Dropping off passengers

    You can be dropped off directly outside your terminal for a charge (exemptions apply).
    Find out more about the terminal drop-off charge

    Alternatively, you can use the Long Stay car park for 30 minutes free of charge. Upon exit, the barriers will read your ticket or registration number. 
    (Please note that re-entry to the Long Stay car park will then be prohibited in the following 24 hours and this facility is not available to private hire and trade vehicles.)
    For Blue Badge holders, the first 2 hours of parking are free of charge in the Long Stay car parks. Please use the call point on entry and state your Blue Badge number and registration to the operator, on exit please use the call point and state your registration to exit. Only valid for UK and EEA blue badge holders.

    Picking up passengers

    If you're meeting someone from a flight, you must use the Short Stay car park. Waiting is not permitted on the departure forecourt according to the Heathrow Traffic Regulation Orders. If you are being picked up and you are a Blue Badge holder, the first 2 hours of parking are free of charge in the Long Stay car parks. Please use the call point on exit and state your Blue Badge number and registration to the operator. Only valid for UK and EEA blue badge holders.

    Private hire/trade vehiclesPrivate hire/trade vehicles

    There's a dedicated area – the Authorised Vehicle Area (AVA) – where private hire vehicles can wait prior to picking passangers up.

    • Terminal 2: TW6 1EW
    • Terminal 3: TW6 1QG

    Terminal drop-off charge

    Please note: There is a £5 charge for vehicles entering the drop-off areas. You can pay in advance, on the day you drop-off or by midnight the next day. You cannot pay at an airport ticket machine or in the terminal drop-off zones.

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