Car Hire at Heathrow Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
Whether you’re visiting London for business or for a fun family holiday, you can hire a car at Heathrow Airport to add a sense of freedom to your trip.
Where to hire a car at Heathrow Airport
Eight car rental firms have desks at Heathrow Airport: Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Sixt, National, Alamo, Enterprise and Budget. Their desks can be found inside the terminal buildings.
Petrol stations near Heathrow Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There’s a Co-operative petrol station just outside the main entrance to the airport. There’s also a Total a little further west along the A4, and a BP on the Great South-West Road which runs behind the airport.
Driving around Heathrow Airport
You can drive straight onto the M4 motorway from the airport, or stick to the A4 trunk road. Both roads run west towards Bristol and east towards London.
Getting to your destination
Bankers and politicians rub shoulders with punks and hipsters in Britain’s fashionable capital city. Check out some of London’s best restaurants while you’re there.
It takes about 35-40 minutes to drive into central London from Heathrow Airport. On-street parking is expensive in London, with an average rate of £1.20 for just 15 minutes. There are plenty of car parks throughout the city, with multi-storey car parks near the major tourist attractions. Large department stores, such as Harrods of Knightsbridge, also have customer car parks. There are lots of hotels in London with secure guest parking, which is perfect if you’re staying overnight.
The ancient abbey and Thames Valley scenery attract a few visitors to Reading, but most people visit during August when the famous music festival is in full swing.
Reading is just over half an hour’s drive from Heathrow. There are roughly 220 pay and display parking spaces in Reading, and 2325 spaces inside car parks. Finding a space should be no trouble, but for peace of mind it’s a good idea to book accommodation with car parking.
Famous for its castle, the prestigious Eton College, and LEGOLAND, Windsor is one of England’s most popular tourist destinations.
Windsor is a 15 minute drive from Heathrow Airport. There are plenty of council operated car parks in Windsor and Eton, as well as three privately run car parks. The majority of on-street parking is either pay and display or permit holders only. There’s a Park and Ride car park at Legoland which is free to use, although you do need to pay for the bus into the city centre. As always, if you’re staying overnight it’s a good idea to find a hotel with a guest car park.
Prices subject to change