Arrival times and other important information

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 three 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 and you may not be able to check in your bags.


Remove liquids from hand luggage 

Remember, you can only take liquids on the plane that are in individual containers with a maximum capacity of 100ml. This includes creams, gels, pastes, aerosols and make-up. 

Remove each item from hand luggage and place them all in a single transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of not more than one litre capacity. Each bag must be able to close properly with all the items inside. These bags are available free-of-charge before security. Passengers are strictly limited to one bag of liquids per person.


Airline and route moves

Some airlines have moved terminals this summer.  You should always keep in touch with your airline to confirm which terminal your flight departs from before travelling to 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.

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  • With Official Heathrow Parking, you can be reassured that all our parking options are flexible and convenient.  Whether it's one of our Short Stay car parks, just moments from the terminal or our Long Stay car parks, offering you the best value with quick and convenient bus transfers to the terminal doors, you'll be in safe hands.

    Our other parking options include Meet & Greet, POD Parking and Valet Parking, so whatever your reason for travelling to the airport, we have a parking option to suit everyone.


    Flexible parking

    Free parking cancellations

    If you are planning to travel during this time of uncertainty, rest assured if you book with Official Heathrow Parking, our flexible cancellation policy allows you to cancel up to two hours before.

    Heathrow Parking options


    For your convenience, our multi-storey Short Stay car park is directly linked to each terminal. We make finding a space easy by displaying Green LED lights above every car parking space to show drivers their availability. Our Disabled parking, Parent & Child spaces are both highlighted by Blue LEDs. 

    Short Stay is ideal for meeting or dropping passengers and a great choice for short trips away, business meetings or to make use of the free Electric Charging points (parking tariffs apply).

    Short Stay is clean, light and bright with frequent security patrols and up-to-date technologies to keep our passengers and their vehicles safer. 

    We operate a seamless ticketing solution using Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), so you'll be instantly recognised for drive-up and pre-book transactions and in terminals 3 and 4 we can help pinpoint your car via our ‘Car Finder’ system. 

    You can book Short Stay parking for durations over one hour up to two hours before your arrival, subject to availability.


    • 1-2 minutes walk, pedestrian link bridges to every Terminal.
    • Disabled, Parent & Child parking – close to Terminal routes.
    • Regular security patrols 24/7
    • LED lighting to aid navigation & seamless payment/access.


    Dreamy deals to park up and stay the night

    Drive to Heathrow and relax overnight. We have a variety of Hotel & Parking options at all our terminals so you can sleep easy and fly off feeling fresh.

    Let us do the parking

    Free parking for motorcycles

    Enjoy free services if you drive an electric car or travel by motorcycle.  You can park your motorcycle for free in our short stay car parks, or if you own an EV, charge you vehicle for free at any of our charging stations available in our short stay car parks at all of our terminals.



    Park up and charge up for free in short stay parking.



    Ride your way to Heathrow by motorbike and park up for free.

    You’re in safe hands

    • 24/7 security

      All our official Heathrow car parks are well lit and have round the clock security.

    • Access for all

      All car parks are wheelchair accessible and have well-lit wayfinding.

    • Official Heathrow Parking

      All 11 Heathrow car parks are officially owned, staffed and operated by us.


    Frequently asked questions

    The price you pay for parking depends on the parking option you choose.  By booking in advance, you will benefit from our online only prices which are cheaper than turning up on the day.

    You can book your parking quickly and securely online for all of our parking products.  We also offer on the day prices for some of our parking products where no booking is required, however by booking in advance, you can take advantage of our cheaper online only pricing. 

    You can amend or cancel your booking up to 24 hours before your arrival time if your plans change.

    When you complete your booking, you will receive instructions on where your parking is located.  Our parking options are located in different areas of the airport, so please make sure you read your booking confirmation carefully.

    Depending on which parking option you book, you will receive instructions on where to drop off and pick up your vehicle.  Our parking options are located in different areas of the airport, so please make sure you read your booking confirmation carefully.