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Heathrow Airport Parking

You can save a great deal on parking at Heathrow Airport by pre-booking with Purple Parking. We can arrange off-airport parking at a reasonable and competitive price with five services to choose from.

We provide a Meet & Greet service Purple Parking Meet & Greet which offers secure parking at our car park near Heathrow but with the convenience of dropping your car off at the airport.

We also provide two Park & Ride services which offer secure parking and frequent courtesy transfers to and from the airport. Purple Parking Long Stay is located 6 miles from the airport and has transfers that take between 15 – 20 minutes. Alternatively, Purple Parking Business is located less than 2 miles from Heathrow’s central terminal area and provides transfers that take 5 - 8 minutes.

Purple Parking Long Stay Plus and Purple Parking Business Plus are Chauffeur On Return services which are an economic combination of the Meet & Greet and Park and Ride services. On your arrival at the car park you will be provided with a courtesy transfer to the airport. When you return you car is delivered to you at the airport, saving you time at the end of your journey.

Heathrow Airport is situated 14 miles west of Central London. It is easily accessible by car. The airport can be found on the M4 & M25 motorways. Terminals 1 – 3 are located off of Junction 4 of the M4 and Terminals 4 & 5 are located off of Junction 14 of the M25.

To get a Purple Parking quote or to book Heathrow Airport Parking, please complete the form above and then click "New Quote".

Heathrow Terminal Airline Information

Terminal 1
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
  • BMI
  • Icelandair
  • TAM
  • Aer Lingus
  • Brussels Airlines
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • TAP Air Portugal
  • Air New Zealand
  • Croatia Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • United Airlines
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Cyprus Airways
  • South African Airways
  • US Airways
  • Austrian Airlines
  • El Al Israel Airlines
  • Swiss International Airlines

Terminal 3
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
  • Blue1
  • Iberia
  • Oman Air
  • Vueling
  • Vueling
  • Air China
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines
  • Iran Air
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Air India
  • Egyptair
  • FAL
  • PIA
  • SAS
  • Air Mauritius
  • Emirates
  • Kuwait Airways
  • Turkmenistan Airlines
  • KTHY
  • ANA
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Cathay Pacific
  • American Airlines
  • Eva Air
  • MEA
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • British Airways
  • Finnair
  • Thai Airlines
  • Qatar Airways

Terminal 4
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.

  • Aeroflot
  • Air Transat
  • Continental Airlines
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines
  • Air Algerie
  • Alitalia
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Korean Air
  • Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Air Astana
  • Arik Air
  • Etihad Airways
  • Kuwait Airways
  • Syrianair
  • Air France
  • Azerbaijan Airlines
  • Gulf Air
  • Libyan Arab Airlines
  • Tarom
  • Air India
  • Biman Bangladesh Airlines
  • JAT Airways
  • Malaysia Airlines System
  • Tunisair
  • 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
Terminal 5 is exclusively used by British Airways.

Parking Services at Heathrow Airport

At Heathrow Airport, Purple Parking offers a Meet & Greet service operated by:

With the Meet & Greet service, just drive yourself to Heathrow Airport 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.

We also offer Park and Ride services operated by:

With Park & Ride, simply drive yourself to your chosen car park which will be located close to the 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.

Purple Parking are also pleased to be able to offer customers Park and Ride Premium services operated by:

The Park & Ride Premium service is an economic combination of the Meet & Greet and Park & Ride services. Simply drive yourself to your chosen car park which will be located close to the 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. 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.

Facilities at Heathrow Airport

Transport Facilities - London Heathrow Airport has several car parks offering short and long term parking and also a valet parking service. Purple Parking offers airport parking for Heathrow at our car park located at Southall. We operate a Park and Ride service as well as a popular Meet & Greet service. Purple Parking is the biggest independent provider of parking services at the airport. There are three rail stations at the airport. Terminals 4 & 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. London Underground also 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 Taxi's are available from taxi ranks outside each of the terminals.

London Heathrow Airport provides a wide range of facilities at each of its five terminals for business and leisure travellers including children and disabled passengers.

Business Facilities - There are three executive lounges at Heathrow. There are Servisair Executive Lounges in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. The KLM Holideck is located at Terminal 4. For a single fee these lounges offer a wide range of complimentary beverages, snacks, newspapers, magazines, television, internet access and work areas. There are also Internet kiosks located in each of the terminals and wireless Internet access is also available.

Leisure Facilities - Each of Heathrow's five terminals have a wide range of shopping and eating facilities both landside and airside. There are also cash facilities, children's play areas, foreign currency exchange, fax facilities, left baggage, lost property, medical help, porters, post facilities, telephones, toilets and trolleys available throught the terminals.

Facilities For Disabled Passengers There are induction loops and payphones adapted for hearing aids in various locations throughout the airport and guide/hearing dogs are allowed into the terminals. There are reserved seating areas in the terminals that have low-level flight information screens, induction loops and spaces for wheelchair users. Most toilet blocks have unisex accessible toilets nearby. The airport's car parks have clearly signed blue/orange disabled badge parking spaces located close to the terminal access routes. Help points are located near these spaces and assistance is free to those with special needs. Finally there is a help bus that operates between the central bus station and all the terminals to assist passengers with reduced mobility.

About Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport is renowned around the globe as the hub of the aviation world and is the busiest international airport in terms of global passenger traffic.

  • Heathrow Airport services the travel needs of approximately 64 million passengers a year and in addition is also one of the world's busiest cargo ports.
  • Situated in the London Borough of Hillingdon, 24km from London, Heathrow Airport has 2 main runways as well as a cross wind runway.
  • There are approximately ninety different airlines that have made their base at Heathrow Airport, which already serves over one hundred and eighty destinations in roughly ninety countries.

"By the year 2010 it is estimated that the number of people travelling by air will be as many as 140 million in London and between 85-90 million of these will be at Heathrow Airport."

The History of Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport started life as the Great Western Aerodrome, a small privately owned grass airfield, used largely for test flying. Commercial flights were made from nearby Heston and Hanworth Air Park. In 1944 work started on developing Heathrow as a major transport base for the RAF and when the war ended it was the ideal site for a large airport to serve London.

In 1946, with one runway completed, the site was taken over by the Ministry of Civil Aviation who erected an army surplus tent as a makeshift terminal, next to the aircraft holding area. By 1947 three runways were complete and another three were being built although they were later abandoned as being deemed unnecessary. Pre-fabricated concrete building replaced the tents and by the end of its first year Heathrow was serving 18 destinations and had handled 60,000 passengers.

Early in the 1950's, Heathrow's main airline BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation), was joined by BEA (British European Airways) and several other European airlines. In 1955, the first permanent terminal, the Europa Building, was opened along with a traffic Control Tower and the Queen's Building, which provided office space for flight crews, a restaurant and a rooftop viewing area. In addition the main road access tunnel under the northern runway was also opened.

As passenger numbers increased, airport expansion followed. A second terminal, the Oceanic Terminal, was opened in 1961 for long-haul carriers. In 1968, a third Terminal building was opened and named Terminal 1. This completed the cluster of buildings at the centre of the airport. The Europa Building and the Oceanic Terminal were renamed Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 respectively. By this time the airport was handling 14 million passengers each year. The location of the original terminals in the centre of the site has since become a constraint to expansion. The decision to locate them there reflected an early assumption that airline passengers would not require extensive car parking, as air travel was then only affordable to the wealthy, who would often be chauffeur-driven. In 1969 a Cargo terminal was built on the southern perimeter of the airport close to the southern runway, to accommodate Heathrow's growing cargo business. The terminal was connected to the central area by a new road tunnel.

During the 1970's additional car parking space was added and a central area bus station was opened. In 1977, London Underground's Piccadilly Line was extended to the airport. It was the world's first dedicated metro service to a major airport. Continued growth in passenger numbers (30 million annually by the early 1980s), led to the construction of Terminal 4 which was opened in April 1986 and located to the south of the southern runway, next to the existing cargo terminal. It was connected with Terminals 1, 2 and 3 by the already-existing cargo road tunnel.

Purple Parking began offering airport parking at Heathrow in 1990 with our first car park located at Southall. We are now the biggest independent provider of parking services at the airport. In 1994, the Flight Connections Centre was opened. It was the world's first airport building dedicated to serving transfer passengers. The airport reached a milestone when it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1996 and two years later in 1998 the Heathrow Express rail link opened connecting the airport with London's Paddington Station.

The new millennium saw the government give Heathrow the green light to build a fifth terminal, with construction starting in 2002. When fully completed in 2011, the terminal will have the capacity to handle 30 million passengers each year. The first phase of the Terminal 5 was completed and opened in March 2008. In January 2009 it was announced by the government that further expansion of Heathrow could go ahead by building a third full-length runway and a sixth terminal.