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Purple parking offers five different secure parking options at Heathrow, so you can find the service that best matches your needs. Our five car parks are located within a 6 mile radius of Heathrow, meaning a maximum transfer time of 15 minutes. Heathrow Airport is easily accessible by car. It is located 14 miles west of Central London off either the M4 or the M25. Terminals 1 - 3 are reached from Junction 4 of the M4, while terminal 4 & 5 are reached from Junction 14 of the M25.
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Our services at Heathrow Airport offer great value for money and make travelling easier. We're an established company with on-the-ground experts, so you know you're in safe hands with whichever parking option you decide is best for you.
Meet & Greet
Our Meet & Greet service means that you can get yourself and your luggage directly to the entrance of the terminal, without the additional hassle of a transfer. You just drive yourself to whichever Heathrow Airport terminal you are flying from, where you will be met by our Handover Captain from Purple Parking. A driver will collect your vehicle and take it to our secure car park nearby, where it will stay for the duration of your trip. When you return, call us as soon as possible after landing and our Handover Captain will be waiting to hand your vehicle back to you once you have cleared the airport terminal.
Park & Ride
With Park & Ride, simply drive yourself to your chosen car park (either Purple Parking Long Stay or Purple Parking Business) located close to Heathrow Airport. Once you have checked in, load your luggage on to the courtesy transfer bus, then sit back and relax whilst you are driven the short distance to the airport terminal. On your return, the courtesy bus will take you straight back to the car park and your car which will be ready for you to collect.
Park & Ride Premium
The Park & Ride Premium service is an economic combination of the Meet & Greet and Park & Ride services, giving you the benefit of hitting the road home as soon as possible after landing. This service is operated by Purple Parking Long Stay Plus and Purple Parking Business Plus. For your outbound journey, simply drive yourself to your chosen car park which is located close to the airport. Once you have checked in, load your luggage on to the courtesy transfer bus, then sit back and relax while you are driven the short distance to the airport terminal. When you return, call the car park as soon as possible after landing and our Handover Captain will be waiting to hand your vehicle back to you at the airport, once you have cleared the airport terminal.
Heathrow Airport is made up of five terminals, each with a large array of services and facilities for business and leisure travellers that you can find detailed below. Connecting between terminals is easy. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are a short walk from each other (approximately 10 minutes), while terminals 4 and 5 are serviced by free buses and trains. You should allow a minimum of 20 minutes if transferring to terminal 4 or 5. There are three rail stations at the airport. Terminals 4 and 5 have their own stations and the other terminals are serviced by Heathrow Central station. Rail services include the Heathrow Express service to London Paddington, the Heathrow Connect service which calls at all stations between the airport and Paddington and the London Underground that connects the airport with central London via the Piccadilly line. The Central bus station is served by many local bus routes as well as National Express services to other airports and destinations across the UK. Licenced Taxis are available from taxi ranks outside each of the terminals.
You can check which terminal you require on Heathrow Airport's Which Terminal? page.
See Heathrow Airport's official website for maps of the terminals.
Check-in is located as follows:
- Terminal 1 - First floor
- Terminal 2 - Level 5
- Terminal 3 - Ground floor
- Terminal 4 - Level 2 and its mezzanine
- Terminal 5 - Level 3
To find your check-in zone, simply consult the flight information screens located throughout departures. You can then follow the illuminated yellow cubes that point you in the right direction.
Make sure you allow plenty of time to check in. As a general rule, it is advisable to check in 3 hours before departure of Long Haul flights, 2 hours before the scheduled departure of Europe flights and 90 minutes before the scheduled departure of UK and Ireland flights.
Heathrow Terminal Airline Information
All domestic flights in the UK and to Ireland are dealt with at Heathrow Terminal 1. In addition, some flights to Europe as well as certain US cities such as San Fancisco, as well as Cape Town.
- Aegean Airlines
- Aer Lingus
- Brussels Airlines
- LOT Polish Airlines
- TAP Air Portugal
- Air New Zealand
- Croatia Airlines
- United Airlines
- Asiana Airlines
- Cyprus Airways
- South African Airways
- US Airways
- Austrian Airlines
- El Al Israel Airlines
- Swiss International Airlines
Terminal 3 generally deals with long haul flights to Asia as well as North and South America. There are some airlines that operate to Africa and Australasia, as well as some European airlines.
- Air Canada
- Oman Air
- Air China
- Saudi Arabian Airlines
- Iran Air
- Turkish Airlines
- Royal Jordanian
- Air India
- Air Mauritius
- Kuwait Airways
- Turkmenistan Airlines
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- Cathay Pacific
- American Airlines
- Eva Air
- Virgin Atlantic
- British Airways
- Thai Airlines
- Qatar Airways
Heathrow Terminal 4 has the largest number of airlines operating long haul flights to destinations all over the world, mainly by British Airways and KLM. These destinations include North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
- Air Transat
- Continental Airlines
- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
- Saudi Arabian Airlines
- Air Algerie
- Delta Air Lines
- Korean Air
- Sri Lankan Airlines
- Air Astana
- Arik Air
- Etihad Airways
- Kuwait Airways
- Air France
- Azerbaijan Airlines
- Gulf Air
- Libyan Arab Airlines
- Air India
- Biman Bangladesh Airlines
- JAT Airways
- Malaysia Airlines System
- Air Malta
- Bulgaria Air
- Jet Airways
- Qatar Airways
- Uzbekistan Airways
- Air Mauritius
- China Airlines
- Kenya Airways
- Royal Air Maroc
- Air Seychelles
- China Eastern
- Kingfisher Airlines
- Royal Brunei Airlines
Terminal 5 is exclusively used by British Airways.
Leisure and family facilities
Heathrow Airport has plenty of baby changing facilities, located both before and after security. They are clearly signposted for your convenience.
Pushchairs can be taken all the way to the departure gate, though it will be necessary to take your child out of the pushchair when you go through security. Arrangements for taking pushchairs on the aircraft and returning them afterwards depend on your airline and destination, so make sure to consult with your airline before you fly.
Heathrow Terminals 1 and 2 have excellent play areas to entertain children and keep time from dragging on. This free Stay & Play has separate baby and junior zones and offers endless fun and activity, with slides and soft play areas. It is open for children between the ages of 0 - 9 who must be accompanied by an adult at all times. It is open from 06:00 – 21:00 every day. You will find the Stay & Play area located after security in the departure lounge near Café Nero & Dixons.
Terminal 3 has its own Family Lounge, providing an excellent solution for stress-free travel for your whole family. Each member of the family can find their own zone with separate play areas for 0-2s and 3-9s, as well as a children’s quiet room and a game zone for 10-15s. The family lounge has soft drink and coffee vending machines and provides comfortable seating for adults so you can supervise your children without the need to run around after them. The family lounge provides an excellent free service for families and is open from 06:00 to 21:00 every day. You must ensure your child is accompanied by an adult, and while the service is free, in busier periods, there may be a time limit on time spent in the Family Lounge in order to cater for demand. You will find the family lounge after security, near Ted Baker. Follow signs for Lounge A.
Heathrow Terminals 4 and 5 have excellent play areas to entertain children and prevent time from dragging on. The free Stay & Play have separate baby and junior zones and offers endless fun and activity, with slides and soft play areas. It is open for children between the ages of 0 - 9 who must be accompanied by an adult. It is open from 06:00 - 21:00 every day. You will find the T4 Stay & Play in the departure lounge towards Gates 1-6 and Terminal 5 Stay & Play after security in the main Terminal 5A departure lounge, near Gate A7.
Why not book into the No. 1 Traveller Lounge at Terminal 3 and enjoy panoramic runway views? Children are welcome and it has facilities for the whole family to enjoy such as a family room, a mini-cinema and gaming room. There is complimentary Wi-Fi as well as a range of newspapers and magazines to enjoy browsing. The lounge entry price includes complimentary hot and cold, soft and alcoholic beverages as well as one dish from the bistro menu. If you wish to pamper yourself, the No 1. Lounge is also home to a spa which offers treatments at an extra cost. The lounge is open from 04:30 – 22:30 and is located on the second floor at Gate 12A. Follow signs to Airline Lounge F. Get a quote for the entry to the T3 No. 1 Traveller lounge here.
It is now possible to take more than the standard 100ml of baby food through security, provided that this is for the sole purpose of your journey. However, you can also stock up on baby foods after security in Boots, who also run a pre-order and collect service. You can do this either on Heathrow's website or directly with Boots.
Heathrow Airport has roaming airport ambassadors. They are there to help you with your journey and answer all your questions. So don't hesitate to catch their attention if in doubt. You can recognise them from their purple uniforms!
There are also several passenger help points located within the terminals. These have telephones from which you can call a porter for assistance with your luggage. The help points are signposted and are found in key locations.
At T5, you will also find an information zone at ground level, near the UK Arrivals. Here you will find screens, maps and leaflets with plenty of helpful information.
Terminal 1 is not a terminal for serious shopping, compared to some of Heathrow's other terminals. However, you will still be able to find shops that meet your travel needs such as BHRC Tourist Services (Arrivals), Boots (after Security), Dixons Travel (after Security), WHSmith (Arrivals) and of course World Duty Free.
Terminal 2 is a shopping heaven. You can expect to find a wide selection of designer goods, household brands, as well as practical stores for last minute travel essentials. If you fancy spoiling yourself, why not pop into Burberry or Gucci? If you are looking for the perfect gift, Terminal 2 is home to a John Lewis, Cath Kidston and, of course, World Duty Free. For all last minute essentials, the terminal has all the classic shops you would expect to find, such as Boots, WHSmith or BHRC Tourist services.
Terminal 3 has a serious offering of shops. You can expect to find luxury and high street fashion brands (both Chanel and Zara), as well as boutique cosmetic outlets for Mac and Jo Malone. T3 has so much to offer; from caviar to leather goods, sunglasses to jewellery, as well as all the classic conveniences you would expect to find. You could seriously forget you are in an airport. A full list of the retail outfits and their locations can be found on Heathrow's website.
At T4 you can expect to find a wide selection of designer goods, household brands, as well as practical stores for last minute travel essentials. If you fancy spoiling yourself, why not pop into Burberry or Gucci? If you are looking for the perfect gift, Terminal 4 is home to Harrods, World of Whiskies and, of course, World Duty Free. For all last minute essentials, the terminal has all the classic shops you would expect to find, such as Boots, WHSmith or BHRC Tourist services.
Terminal 5 is a true shopping experience. You can expect to find a wide selection of designer goods, household brands, as well as practical stores for last minute travel essentials. A special highlight is the branch of Fortnum & Masons (the first standalone airport store for the brand) where you can purchase one of F&M’s iconic hampers or luxury teas and preserves. If you fancy spoiling yourself, why not pop into Burberry or Gucci? If you are looking for the perfect gift, Terminal 5 is home to Harrods, World of Whiskies and, of course, World Duty Free. For last minute essentials, the terminal has all the classic shops you would expect to find, such as Boots, WHSmith or BHRC Tourist services.
World Duty Free offer some free beauty services (express makeovers, mini facials, arm massages) should you wish to pamper yourself before you board your plane. Heathrow’s website provides a list of available treatments.
BHRC Tourist Services also acts as Terminal 1's Shop & Collect point.
World Duty Free also offer some free beauty services (express makeovers, mini facials, arm massages) should you wish to pamper yourself before you board your plane.
Food & drink
Heathrow Terminal 1 has some excellent family friendly eating options. Our pick for families is Giraffe, located after security, which has colouring sheets for children, children's menus and a wide choice of cuisines on their very global menu.
Heathrow Terminal 2 has some excellent family friendly eating options. Typical cafés, such as Café Nero or Eat provide their standard selections and offer a child-friendly relaxed environment. Or why not try Leon which offers health-conscious versions of fast food, or Wonder Tree (from the creators of Giraffe) who provide an all-day global food dining and offer a 15 minute menu for those who are pressed for time.
Terminal 3 offers a range of family friendly eating options, meaning that travelling with children won’t exclude you from any eating environment. There are classic snack chains such as Pret A Manger or Café Nero, but also restaurant dining experiences such as at Strada, whose takeaway option is popular with parents. There is even a family-friendly pub, The Three Bells, which has an excellent menu from breakfast through to dinner.
Heathrow Terminal 4 has some excellent family friendly eating options. Typical cafés, such as Café Nero or Pret A Manger provide their standard selections and offer a child-friendly, relaxed environment. If in search of a dining experience, try Carluccio’s or Dining Street Restaurant, which also has children’s menus and colouring sheets.
Heathrow Terminal 5 has some excellent family-friendly eating options. Typical cafés, such as Café Nero or Eat provide their standard selections and offer a child-friendly relaxed environment. Or, why not try Giraffe with their global food dining? Kids can also enjoy special children’s menus and colouring sheets.
Use your time wisely after security to unwind before your flight and fit in that spa treatment you've been meaning to have...
T4 is home to the Be Relax Classic Spa which offers treatments such as massages, manicures, oxygen therapy and aromatherapy.
In the satellite terminal 5B you will find the Be Relax Spa which offers treatments such as massages, manicures, oxygen therapy and aromatherapy. You can opt for an express service or a full-hour ‘me-time’ treatment. Either drop in, or book.
You can book a spa at T4 or T5 by calling: 020 8757 2036.
For excellent views of the runway, try The Tin Goose, Café Nero or Costa Coffee, all located in T1's departure lounge.
Alternatively, make your way to either AMT or Costa Coffee, both in the T4 departure lounge. Terminal 4 also has its own observation deck ‘View Heathrow’, offering 270-degree panoramic views. It is even equipped with binoculars! You will find the observation deck between Gates 15 and 16.
Terminal 5 also offers you fantastic views of the runway from pretty much anywhere in the terminal. However, for particularly impressive vantage points, try either Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food or Wagamamas, both found after security.
Soak up some culture in the T5 Art Gallery. It is unique in being one of the only permanent commercial galleries in the world that is situated in an airport. With such wide audience reach, the gallery does well in supporting both established and emerging artists by exposing them to an international audience. Here you will find some outstanding works, curated by an experienced team. There is an on-going exhibition programme as well as occasional group shows. It is open every day from 07:00 – 20:00. It is located before security, in the departure hall, near the First Class Check in. Check out the Gallery Website here.
Getting online & staying connected
Heathrow Airport offers a generous amount of Wi-Fi. Every passenger is entitled to 4 hours free Wi-Fi. It is available by selecting _Heathrow Wi-Fi and then following the instructions on your device. Should you need more time, Heathrow offers an additional 4 hours Wi-Fi with Heathrow Rewards. You can sign up to Heathrow rewards and collect points for everything you do at Heathrow via their website. If your session has expired and you still require wireless internet access, then there is a pay-as-you-go Wi-Fi service, meaning you are never without internet if you need it.
If you do not have a device from which to access Wi-Fi, then Heathrow has a number of internet terminals. These are pay-as-you-go computer desks. The ones located before security also have printing facilities.
If you need to charge your device, Terminals 1, 2, and 3 have free power poles both before and after security. They are compatible with both UK and EU plugs, as well as USBs.
Terminal 2 is home to two luxurious Plaza Premium Travel Lounges. These are located in departure lounge A3 after security and in the T2 arrivals hall. Within these tastefully designed interiors (a creation by Hong Kong’s star designer Kinney Chan) you can enjoy complimentary drinks and food, newspapers and magazines. But they also offer more decadent leisure experiences; such as private relaxation rooms, luxurious showers and a wellness spa. If you are looking for delicious food there is a Tapas bar and if you want to begin your trip in a celebratory mood, order some bubbles from the Champagne bar. The Plaza Premium lounge is designed for both business and leisure and is adaptable to your personal needs. One thing is certain; it will whisk you away from the airport crowds.
For a full list of services and prices, take a look at the Premium Plaza website.
The No 1. Traveller Lounge is perfect if you want to remove yourself from the departure lounge crowds and have some peace and relaxation. It offers everything from a spa and cinema to single and twin bedrooms. There is a quiet room if you want to get on with some work, and also a fully tended bar and bistro. Entry entitles you to complimentary drinks from bar and to one dish from the bistro menu. As you would expect, there is free Wi-Fi and an excellent selection of food and drink. The lounge is open from 04:30 – 22:30 and is located on the second floor at Gate 12A. Follow signs to Airline Lounge F. Get a quote for entry to the T3 No. 1 Traveller lounge here.
T3 is also home to a Servisair Executive Lounge, offering fuss-free essential facilities to make your airport experience more enjoyable and easier. There is a selection of complimentary alcoholic and soft drinks, tea, coffee and snacks. Depending on the time of day, you can expect to find a selection of yoghurt, muffins and pastries, soups or afternoon cream teas. You can watch some television or browse the selection of newspapers and magazines from comfortable chairs in the lounge’s quiet surroundings. Or, perhaps you just want a relaxing environment in which to make use of the lounge’s internet access, computer points, phones and fax machines? Passengers should be aware that there is an extra charge for champagne, phone and fax facilities. The lounge is open from 05:45 – 22:00 and is located on the second floor at Gate 12A. Follow signs to Airline Lounge F.
Get a quote for entry to the Servisair Executive Lounge here.
While not strictly a business facility, Terminal 5 is home to the very-useful Shoeshine.co where you can have your shoes made smart and sleek with a quick polish. Located after security beside the Champagne bar, near Gates A16-17.
Terminal 5 is the only Heathrow Terminal with meeting room facilities. These new Regus Express lounges and meeting rooms are bookable online, by the hour, and have facilities to accommodate up to 18 delegates. Of course, there is free high speed Wi-Fi, tea and coffee refreshments alongside all the business facilities you might need: scanners, printers, faxes etc. These meeting rooms also offer private workspaces for distraction-free productivity. The meeting rooms are available for booking Monday – Friday from 06:00 – 19:00. You will find them located in the T5 arrivals concourse. Simply take the elevator or escalator to the first floor following the signs Regus Express.
If you require special assistance when travelling through the airport terminal, you should book this in advance; either with your airline or through your travel agent or tour operator. This should be done at least 48 hours before your scheduled day of departure. This request will then be passed on to Heathrow's central special assistance provider Omniserv.
Once you arrive at Terminal 1, special assistance help points are located in check in zones B and K (before security), and behind WHSmith near the Flight Connections Centre (after security). Most departure gates in T1 are approximately 5 minutes (200m) from security. The maximum distance of gates from security within T1 is approximately 10 minutes (400m) from security.
Once you arrive at Terminal 2, special assistance help points are located both before and after security. Before security, you will find them in Check-In zone C. After security, there are help points between Gate A16 and the entrance to ‘B’ Gates, as well as between Gates B34 and B35.
The departure gates in T2's main building are all located about 5 minutes (200m) from security. Gates in Terminal 2B are located at a greater distance, approximately 20 minutes (800m) from security.
Terminal 2 has a special Changing Places facility. This is a facility aimed at those with severe disabilities (either physical or learning) and for whom standard disabled facilities may not be enough. It includes features such as a hoist, a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, space for both user and carer as well as non-slip floors. The Changing Places facility can be found on the arrivals level, airside, opposite Gate 18.
Once you arrive at Terminal 3, special assistance help points are located opposite the internet café, above zones A and B (before security) and there is an additional special assistance seating area (after security) located behind World Duty Free. Most departure gates in T3 are located approximately 20 minutes (800m) from security.
Once you arrive at Terminal 4, special assistance help points are located both before and after security. Before security, you will find them in Check-In Zone B, next to Excess Baggage. After security, they are in the 'Serenity Lounge', to the left of Costa Coffee.
Most departure gates in T4 are located about 5 minutes (200m) from security. However some are located 10 minutes (400m) from security.
Once you arrive at Terminal 5, special assistance help points are located both before and after security. Before security, you will find them in Check-in Zone G. After security, you will find the help point at The Lychfield Suite, opposite Gate 21.
The departure gates in T5’s main building are all located about 10 minutes (400m) from security. Gates in Terminal 5B & 5C are located at a greater distance, approximately 15 minutes (600m) from security. Terminals 5B and 5C are serviced by a transfer train.
Terminal 5 has a special Changing Places facility – The Lichfield Suite. This facility is aimed at those with severe disabilities (either physical or learning) and for whom standard disabled facilities may not be enough. It includes features such as a hoist, a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, space for both user and carer as well as non-slip floors. The Changing Places facility can be found in Terminal 5, after security, opposite Gate 20 and 21.
Throughout the Airport
You will also find reserved seating areas with low-level flight information screens, induction loops, arms on both sides of the seats and space for wheelchair users. These can be found throughout the terminal in general seating areas and are indicated by special needs pictograms.
Heathrow Terminal 1 is located 14 miles west of Central London. It is accessed from Junction 4 of the M4 or from Junction 15 of the M25.
Heathrow Terminal 2 is located 14 miles west of Central London. It is accessed from Junction 4 of the M4 or from Junction 15 of the M25
Heathrow Terminal 3 is located 14 miles west of Central London. It is accessed from Junction 4 of the M4 or Junction 15 of the M25.
Heathrow Terminal 4 is located to the south of the airport site and has its own entrance. Take Junction 14 off the M25 and follow signs to Heathrow Terminal 4. If you are coming from the M4, you should exit at Junction 4b and follow the M25 south to Junction 14.
Heathrow Terminal 5 is located 14 miles west of Central London on the Western Perimeter Road. It has its own separate access road, reached from junction 14 of the M25. To reach this exit from the M4, exit at junction 4b. This will lead you onto the M25 southbound from which you can exit at junction 14.
To plan your route you can use the AA or RAC tools below:
Please note, the following postcodes will take you directly to the Airport Terminal. Depending on the product you have booked with Purple Parking, the postcode may differ. Please check carefully.
For Terminal 1 use this postcode: TW6 1AP
For Terminal 2 use this postcode: TW6 1EW
For Terminal 3 use this postcode: TW6 1QG
For Terminal 4 use this postcode: TW6 3XA
For Terminal 5 use this postcode: TW6 2GA
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