AirportTransportLondon Heathrow Airport (LHR)

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) in London’s west is Europe’s busiest, and the world’s second-busiest international airport. It is a major hub for British Airways and Virgin Atlantic and there is a good chance you will pass through Heathrow if you’re arriving in the UK on a long-haul flight.

Facilities at London Heathrow Airport

Heathrow has four terminals. Terminals 2 and 3 are conveniently clustered together, but Terminals 4 and 5 are at the other end of the airport. Terminal 1 is no longer used.

Facilities at Heathrow are excellent with plenty of shopping, eating and drinking options to keep you busy while waiting for your flight.

Heathrow also has more airport lounges than any other UK airport. If you have a Diners Club card or Priority Pass membership (which comes with many American Express Platinum cards) you have access to lounges at all Heathrow terminals.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2, also known as The Queen’s Terminal, has 33 shops including branches of Hamleys, Harrods and John Lewis and 13 restaurants, bars and cafes including Heston Blumenthal’s The Perfectionist’s Cafe and two pubs.

Inside terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport (photo Rachel Moore from Pixabay)
Inside terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport (photo Rachel Moore from Pixabay)

Terminal 2 also has the Aer Lingus Gold Circle Lounge, Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Lufthansa Lounge, Plaza Premium Lounge, Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge and two United lounges.

LoungeWho can use the lounge
Aer Lingus Gold Circle LoungeStar Alliance Gold members and business class passengers on Star Alliance airlines
Air Canada Maple Leaf LoungeStar Alliance Gold members and business class passengers on Star Alliance airlines
Lufthansa Business and Senator LoungeStar Alliance Gold members and business class passengers on Star Alliance airlines
Plaza Premium LoungePriority Pass members or pay per use
Plaza Premium Arrivals LoungePriority Pass members or pay per use
Regus Express Business Lounge (arrivals)Regus members or pay per use
Singapore Airlines SilverKris LoungeStar Alliance Gold members and business class passengers on Star Alliance airlines
United Arrivals LoungeStar Alliance Gold members and business class passengers on Star Alliance airlines
United Club LoungeStar Alliance Gold members and business class passengers on Star Alliance airlines
United Global First LoungeFirst class passengers on Star Alliance airlines

Terminal 3

There are 81 shops at Heathrow Terminal 3 including branches of Fortnum & Mason, Hamleys and Harrods plus 14 restaurants, bars and cafes.

Terminal 3 is temporarily closed.

Lounges at Terminal 3 include two American Airlines lounges, two British Airways lounges, Cathay Pacific Lounge, Club Aspire, Emirates Lounge, No 1 Lounge, Plaza Premium lounge, Qantas Lounge, Swissport and the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse.

LoungeWho can use the lounge
American Airlines Admirals LoungeOneworld Sapphire and Emerald members and business class passengers on oneworld airlines
American Airlines Arrivals LoungeBusiness and first class passengers arriving on American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Qantas and oneworld Emerald members (travelling on any class) arriving on American Airlines, British Airways or Cathay Pacific
American Airlines International First LoungeOneworld Emerald members and first class passengers on oneworld airlines
British Airways Galleries Club LoungeOneworld Sapphire and Emerald members and business class passengers on oneworld airlines
British Airways Galleries First LoungeOneworld Emerald members and first class passengers on oneworld airlines
Cathay Pacific LoungeOneworld Sapphire and Emerald members and business class passengers on oneworld airlines
Club Aspire LoungePriority Pass members or pay per use
Emirates Chauffeur Drive Lounge (arrivals)Emirates business and first class passengers waiting for chauffeur-drive pick up
Emirates LoungeEmirates business and first class passengers and Emirates gold and platinum Skywards members
Heathrow Family LoungePeople travelling with children
Heathrow Rest and Relaxation RoomTravellers waiting for a connecting flight
No 1 LoungePriority Pass members or pay per use
Plaza Premium Arrivals LoungePay per use
Qantas LoungeOneworld Sapphire and Emerald members and business class passengers on oneworld airlines
Regus Express Business Lounge (arrivals)Regus members or pay per use
Virgin Atlantic ClubhouseVirgin Atlantic Upper Class passengers and Flying Club Gold members
Virgin Atlantic Arrivals LoungeVirgin Atlantic Upper Class passengers and Flying Club Gold members

Terminal 4

Terminal 4 has 37 shops including branches of Hamleys and Harrods and nine restaurants, bars and cafes.

Terminal 4 is temporarily closed.

Lounges at Terminal 4 include the El Al King David Lounge, Etihad Airways first and business class lounges, Gulf Air Falcon Lounge, Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge, Plaza Premium Lounge, Qatar Airways Lounge and the SkyTeam Lounge.

LoungeWho can use the lounge
EL AL King David LoungeBusiness and first class passengers travelling on EL AL
Gulf Air Falcon LoungeBusiness and first class passengers travelling on Gulf Air and Falconflyer Miles silver, gold and black members flying on Gulf Air economy
The HouseEtihad business and first class passengers. Passengers on other airlines can pay to use this lounge.
Malaysia Airlines Golden LoungeOneworld Sapphire and Emerald members and business class passengers on oneworld airlines
Plaza Premium Arrivals LoungePriority Pass members or pay per use
Plaza Premium LoungePriority Pass members or pay per use
Qatar Airways LoungeOneworld Sapphire and Emerald members and business class passengers on oneworld airlines
Skyteam LoungeSkyteam Elite Plus members and business class passengers on Skyteam airlines, Priority Pass members or pay per use

Terminal 5

There are 81 shops at Terminal 5 including branches of Fortnum & Mason, Hamleys, Harrods and John Lewis plus 17 restaurants, bars and cafes including Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food, the Fortnum & Mason Bar and several pubs.

British Airways planes at London Heathrow terminal 5 (photo cedarjet201 from Pixabay)
British Airways planes at London Heathrow Terminal 5 (photo cedarjet201 from Pixabay)

Lounges at Terminal 5 include the Aspire Lounge and Spa, the Plaza Premium Lounge and six different British Airways lounges.

LoungeWho can use the lounge
Aspire LoungePriority Pass members or pay per use
British Airways Concorde RoomFirst class passengers on British Airways and Concorde Room members
British Airways Galleries Arrivals LoungeBusiness and first class passengers and British Airways Executive Club Gold members arriving on long-haul British Airways flights
British Airways Galleries First LoungeOneworld Emerald members and first class passengers on oneworld airlines
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge SouthOneworld Sapphire and Emerald members and business class passengers on oneworld airlines
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge NorthOneworld Sapphire and Emerald members and business class passengers on oneworld airlines
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge T5BOneworld Sapphire and Emerald members and business class passengers on oneworld airlines
Heathrow VIP Windsor Suite (arrivals)A private lounge for business and first class passengers. Access costs £2250 for up to 12 people.
Plaza Premium LoungePay per use
Regus Express Business Lounge (arrivals)Regus members or pay per use

Arrivals and departures

Which terminal?

Heathrow’s terminals are organised according to airline alliance with Star Alliance members using Terminal 2, Oneworld members (except most British Airways and Iberia flights) using Terminal 3, SkyTeam members (except Delta and Garuda Indonesia) using Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 is used exclusively for British Airways and Iberia.

Flights at Heathrow Airport are currently only operating from Terminals 2 and 5.

Airlines are currently using the following terminals (although it is always good to double-check before passing through security):

  • Aegean Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Aer Lingus – Terminal 2
  • Aeroflot – Terminal 2
  • Aeromexico – Terminal 2
  • Air Algerie – Terminal 2
  • Air Astana – Terminal 2
  • Air Canada – Terminal 2
  • Air China – Terminal 2
  • Air France – Terminal 2
  • Air India – Terminal 2
  • Air Malta – Terminal 2
  • Air Mauritius – Terminal 2
  • Air New Zealand – Terminal 2
  • Air Serbia – Terminal 2
  • Alitalia – Terminal 2
  • American Airlines – Terminal 5
  • ANA – Terminal 2
  • Arik Air – Terminal 2
  • Asiana Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Austrian – Terminal 2
  • Avianca – Terminal 2
  • Azerbaijan Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Beijing Capital Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Biman Bangladesh Airlines – Terminal 2
  • British Airways – Terminal 5
  • Brussels Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Bulgaria Air – Terminal 2
  • Cathay Pacific – Terminal 2
  • China Airlines – Terminal 2
  • China Eastern – Terminal 2
  • China Southern – Terminal 2
  • Croatia Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Czech Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Delta Air Lines – Terminal 2
  • Egyptair – Terminal 2
  • El Al – Terminal 2
  • Emirates – Terminal 2
  • Ethiopian Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Etihad Airways – Terminal 2
  • Eurowings – Terminal 2
  • EVA Air – Terminal 2
  • Finnair – Terminal 2
  • Garuda Indonesia – Terminal 2
  • Gulf Air – Terminal 2
  • Hainan Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Iberia – Terminal 5
  • Iberia Express – Terminal 5
  • Icelandair – Terminal 2
  • Iran Air – Terminal 2
  • Japan Airlines – Terminal 5
  • Kenya Airways – Terminal 2
  • KLM – Terminal 2
  • Korean Air – Terminal 2
  • Kuwait Airways – Terminal 2
  • LATAM – Terminal 2
  • LOT Polish Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Lufthansa – Terminal 2
  • Malaysia Airlines – Terminal 2
  • MEA – Terminal 2
  • Oman Air – Terminal 2
  • Pakistan International Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Philippine Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Qantas – Terminal 2
  • Qatar Airways – Terminal 5
  • Royal Air Maroc – Terminal 2
  • Royal Brunei Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Royal Jordanian – Terminal 2
  • RwandAir – Terminal 2
  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Saudia – Terminal 2
  • Shenzen Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Singapore Airlines – Terminal 2
  • South African Airways – Terminal 2
  • Sri Lankan Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Swiss – Terminal 2
  • TAP Air Portugal – Terminal 2
  • Tarom – Terminal 2
  • Thai Airways – Terminal 2
  • Tianjin Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Tunisair – Terminal 2
  • Turkish Airlines – Terminal 2
  • United Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Uzbekistan Airways – Terminal 2
  • Vietnam Airlines – Terminal 2
  • Virgin Atlantic – Terminal 2
  • Vueling – Terminal 2

Travelling between terminals at Heathrow

A free travel zone operates at Heathrow and there is no charge to travel from one terminal to another.

If you are transit-passenger with a connecting flight at a different terminal you are able to take a free flight connection bus from one terminal to another without passing through British immigration but you will still need to clear security when you arrive at the next terminal. Simply follow the purple flight connection signs to the coach gates to catch your bus. Connecting buses to other terminals depart every 10 minutes.

If you are not a connecting passenger, or if you are connecting from a domestic flight arriving at one terminal to an international flight departure from a different terminal, then there are several free ways to travel from one terminal to another.

From Terminal 2 to Terminal 3
It is a 10-minute walk between Terminals 2 and 3 via a pedestrian underpass.

From Terminal 2 to Terminal 4 or Terminal 5
You can take the Heathrow Express train from Heathrow Central railway station (which serves Terminals 2 and 3) or the tube from Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 tube station to either Terminal 4 or Terminal 5. With either service, you can use an Oyster card or a contactless payment card (there is no charge for this trip) and you are also able to get a free Inter-Terminal Transfer ticket for use on the Heathrow Express train from the ticket machine at the station.

The Heathrow Express train runs every 15 minutes and the tube runs every 10 minutes.

From Terminal 3 to Terminal 2
It is a 10-minute walk between Terminals 2 and 3 via a pedestrian underpass.

From Terminal 3 to Terminal 4 or Terminal 5
You can take the Heathrow Express train from Heathrow Central railway station (which serves Terminals 2 and 3) or the tube from Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 tube station to either Terminal 4 or Terminal 5. With either service, you can use an Oyster card or a contactless payment card (there is no charge for this trip) and you are also able to get a free Inter-Terminal Transfer ticket for use on the Heathrow Express train from the ticket machine at the station.

The Heathrow Express train runs every 15 minutes and the tube runs every 10 minutes.

From Terminal 4 to Terminal 2 or Terminal 3
You can take the Heathrow Express train from Terminal 4 to Heathrow Central railway station (which serves Terminals 2 and 3) or the tube to Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 tube station. With either service, you can use an Oyster card or a contactless payment card (there is no charge for this trip) and you are also able to get a free Inter-Terminal Transfer ticket for use on the Heathrow Express train from the ticket machine at the station.

From Terminal 4 to Terminal 5
Local bus routes 482 and 490 operate a free service between Heathrow Terminal 4 and Terminal 5. You can also take the tube to Terminals 2 & 3 and change for another train to Terminal 5.

From Terminal 5 to Terminal 2 or Terminal 3
You can take the Heathrow Express train from Terminal 5 to Heathrow Central railway station (which serves Terminals 2 and 3) or the tube to Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 tube station. With either service, you can use an Oyster card or a contactless payment card (there is no charge for this trip) and you are also able to get a free Inter-Terminal Transfer ticket for use on the Heathrow Express train from the ticket machine at the station.

From Terminal 5 to Terminal 4
Local bus routes 482 (destination Southall Town Hall) and 490 (destination Pools on the Park) operate a free service between Heathrow Terminal 5 and Terminal 4. You can also take the Heathrow Express train or the tube to Terminals 2 & 3 and change for another train to Terminal 4.

You should allow 10 minutes to get between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 and 20 minutes to travel between the other terminals.

Getting to and from Heathrow Airport

Heathrow is easily accessible from central London by tube, train and bus and there are also bus and coach services to other cities elsewhere in the UK.

Travelling between Heathrow Airport and Central London

There are lots of options for getting into Central London from Heathrow Airport, but most people take either the tube or the train.

Heathrow Airport to Central London by tube
The most popular way to get to and from Heathrow is via the Piccadilly tube line that runs from central London with three stations at Heathrow: Terminals 2 & 3; Terminal 4 and Terminal 5. The tube takes approximately 45 minutes from central London. The cash fare is £6 one-way; with a contactless payment card or an Oyster card, it costs £5.10 during peak travel times and £3.10 off-peak.

Heathrow Airport to London Paddington by train
There are two rail services connecting Heathrow Airport with London Paddington railway station.

The fastest and most expensive option is the Heathrow Express train, which connects Heathrow Airport with Paddington Station in 15 minutes, with trains running every 15 minutes. Tickets cost £22 off-peak and £25 peak. It costs £32 to travel in first class, although Star Alliance Gold members can travel in the Heathrow Express first-class carriages with a standard ticket. Fortunately, there are also advance purchase fares available for travel on the Heathrow Express that start as low as £5.50.

If you are not able to score one of the cheap advance-purchase fares on the Heathrow Express, the TFL Rail train service is a cheaper option that follows a similar route to the Heathrow Express but it takes a little longer as it is not an express service. Trains run every half hour, the journey time is 25 minutes and the one-way fare is £10.50 or £10.20 (£10.10 off-peak) with contactless payment or an Oyster card.

Heathrow Airport to Central London by local bus
The cheapest way to get into central London from Heathrow Airport is by a regular local bus, but whether this is worth the effort depends on whether you are travelling during the day or night.

This is a good option late at night when the N9 night bus runs directly from the airport to Trafalgar Square every 20 minutes for just £1.50, taking around an hour to get into Central London.

However, it’s not such a great option during the day as there is no direct bus route linking the airport with Central London meaning that you may need to change to multiple buses (taking as many as five different buses in some cases) and this coupled with more congested roads during the day means that the trip into town can take over two hours. Also because you have to take several different buses, the journey will be more expensive at £3 and it doesn’t cost that much more to take the tube.

Heathrow Airport to Central London by coach
Green Line, National Express and Megabus coaches also go into central London. These are not strictly airport bus services, but rather long-distance coach services from other parts of the country that just happens to call in at Heathrow Airport en route to London. Most of these coach services run express to Victoria Coach Station, but Green Line services terminate at their own coach station (near Victoria) and also make some stops in Kensington and Knightsbridge.

These coaches are a comfortable way to travel and quite good value (but not as cheap as regular local buses or the tube). Although they do not provide as regular a service as other airport transport options, they are worth considering if you’re staying at a hotel near Victoria Coach Station (or the Kensington/Knightsbridge area if you’re taking the Green Line coach).

All coaches into central London stop at the Heathrow Central Bus Station, which is within walking distance to Terminals 2 and 3. Many of these coaches also stop at Terminal 5 and there are some coaches that stop at Terminal 4 as well.

Travelling between Heathrow Airport and other London airports

Although you can easily get between London’s different airports by travelling via Central London, there are some direct bus and coach services that link Heathrow with Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports without the need to go into London.

It is important to note that these direct services are not always the cheapest or quickest way to get between London’s airports and it is sometimes cheaper and faster to travel via Central London.

When booking National Express coaches, you will usually get a much cheaper fare if you book your ticket online well in advance but this means that you’re tied into a specific coach departure rather than the first available bus. For an extra £5, there is the option for a more flexible ticket that lets you take a later coach if your flight is delayed. Because cheap tickets are often not refundable, this is a good idea as you will otherwise need to allow extra time to clear customs and immigration before your scheduled departure time.

All coaches into Gatwick, Luton and Stansted Airports stop at the Heathrow Central Bus Station, which is within walking distance to Terminals 2 and 3. Many of these coaches also stop at Terminal 5 and there are some coaches that stop at Terminal 4 as well.

Heathrow Airport to Gatwick Airport
The easiest way to travel between Heathrow and Gatwick airports is by the National Express coach service, which runs around 100 times each day. For a relatively short (one hour) journey, it is not particularly cheap, but it is not much more expensive than going via Central London and it is certainly a much easier option.

However, if you have enough time between your connecting flights, it can be nice to go via central London to see some of the sights (or have a nice meal and a few drinks in a pub) before continuing onward to Gatwick.

Heathrow Airport to Luton Airport
National Express have an hourly coach service that links Heathrow and Luton airports. This usually takes around an hour, but you should allow longer as the roads can get congested at times.

The alternative is to take the Green Line coach into Central London and transfer to the Green Line coach to Luton Airport (it is easier to take the Green Line coach into London as Green Line have a different London terminus to National Express).

The other option is to take the tube into London and get off at Kings Cross St Pancras and then take the Thameslink train to Luton Airport Parkway.

Heathrow Airport to Stansted Airport
The National Express coach service from Heathrow to Norwich goes via London Stansted Airport. This service runs around once every two hours and takes around an hour and 20 minutes but, like the other airport to airport coach services, it is subject to delays due to traffic congestion.

The other option is to take the train into London Paddington railway station, then the tube to London Liverpool Street railway station, then the Stansted Express train to Stansted Airport. Officially this takes a little longer than the coach, but it is a more frequent service and is more reliable as it is not subject to delays due to traffic congestion.

Heathrow Airport to the other London airports
There are no direct coach services to London’s other airports. This means that you need to travel into central London to make connections if you need to get to London City or London Southend airports.

Travelling between Heathrow Airport and other cities in the UK

If you need to travel directly to somewhere other than London, you can often get a direct coach which will save having to go into London.

Megabus and National Express operate frequent coaches to and from Heathrow Airport. Both Megabus and National Express have direct services to Bristol and Cardiff and National Express also have direct coaches to Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Coventry, Exeter and Leicester.

If you need to travel between Heathrow and Reading, Slough or Windsor, Green Line Coaches have regular coach services to these towns.

Almost all coaches stop at the Heathrow Central Bus Station, which is within walking distance to Terminals 2 and 3. Many of these coaches also stop at Terminal 5 and there are some coaches that stop at Terminal 4 as well.

An exception to this are coaches to Windsor, Slough and Reading. These coaches all serve Terminal 5 but only some of them continue on towards the Heathrow Central Bus Station.

Hotels near Heathrow Airport

There is a large choice of hotels to stay at that are close to the airport. The best choice for you will depend on your budget and which terminal you are travelling through.

We have reviewed all the hotels with easy access to the airport including the hotels attached to the airport terminals, the hotels inside the Heathrow Free Travel Zone (those hotels along Bath Road and at Hatton Cross) as well as hotels in Cranford and Hounslow that have easy bus and tube links to the airport. However, there are some hotels that advertise as being airport hotels that we do not include as they either have inconvenient transport connections or require that you take the overpriced Hotel Hoppa shuttle bus. Just click the name of the hotel to read our full review of that hotel.

Terminals 2 and 3 (including central Bath Road hotels)

There are only two hotels within walking distance to either Terminal 2 or 3 and the remainder of hotels serving these two terminals are located along Bath Road and accessible only by bus. However, they are located inside the Heathrow Free Travel Zone (so the bus to your hotel is free) and the bus journey is no more than 10 minutes.

Map of hotels near Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3

 

Hilton Garden Inn Heathrow Terminal 2This Hilton Garden Inn a new hotel connected to Terminal 2. You can walk from here to both Terminals 2 and 3 and it is the best large hotel close to either of these two terminals.
Aerotel Heathrow Terminal 3The Aerotel is located right inside Terminal 3. This is a very convenient option if you are travelling through Terminal 3 and it is an easy walk from here to Terminal 2.
Staybridge Suites London Heathrow Bath RoadStaybridge Suites is a new hotel with larger-than-average rooms. It is one of the first hotels you see when you take the free bus from the terminal.
Holiday Inn London Heathrow Bath RoadThe Bath Road Holiday Inn is a new hotel with a nice on-site pizza restaurant. It is one of the first hotels you see when you take the free bus from the terminal.
Radisson London HeathrowThe Radisson London Heathrow is a newly renovated hotel that shares a building with a Radisson RED hotel.
Radisson RED London HeathrowThe Radisson RED London Heathrow is a good accommodation option with a nice restaurant but the Radisson in the same building is better value.
Leonardo Hotel London Heathrow AirportThe Leonardo Hotel is an established hotel that was formerly a Holiday Inn. It is one of the first hotels you see when you take the free bus from the terminal.
ibis London Heathrow AirportThe ibis is a good affordable accommodation option.
ibis Styles London Heathrow AirportThe ibis Styles is a modern hotel with an aviation theme.
Hyatt Place London HeathrowThis is an established business hotel at the western end of Bath Road. Its location means that some people travelling through Terminal 5 also stay here.
Renaissance London Heathrow HotelThe Renaissance is an established hotel with nice runway views from some rooms.
Sheraton SkylineThis is one of the oldest Heathrow hotels but many people prefer this hotel to Heathrow's newer Sheraton hotel.
Holiday Inn Heathrow ArielThe Holiday Inn Ariel is the oldest of Heathrow's airport hotels.
Novotel London Heathrow Airport T1 T2 T3The Novotel is a modern four-star hotel with a stylish atrium area. It is one of the nicest of the Bath Road hotels.
London Heathrow MarriottThe Bath Road Marriott is a modern hotel with a bland corporate feel.
Radisson Blu Edwardian HeathrowThe Radisson Blu Edwardian is a well-appointed hotel but it feels dated.

Terminal 4 (including Hatton Cross hotels)

Most of the Terminal 4 hotels are within walking distance to the airport terminals (the Yotel is actually inside the terminal). The Atrium and Hilton Garden Inn both have free bus connections to Terminal 4 and are near Hatton Cross tube station which makes it easy to get to any of the terminals at Heathrow (although the tube is not free).

Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 hotels

Yotel London HeathrowYotel has very small rooms and no external windows but it has the best location, right inside the terminal building.
Hilton London Heathrow AirportThe Hilton is a modern four-star hotel that is connected to the terminal via a covered walkway.
Crowne Plaza London Heathrow T4The Crowne Plaza is a modern four-star hotel that shares a building with the Holiday Inn Express. It is a short walk to the terminal via a covered walkway.
Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow T4The Holiday Inn Express is a modern hotel that shares a building with the Crowne Plaza. It is a short walk to the terminal via a covered walkway.
Premier Inn London Heathrow Airport Terminal 4This Premier Inn is a modern hotel that is only a short walk to Terminal 4.
Atrium Hotel HeathrowThe Atrium is a large modern hotel right across the road from Hatton Cross tube station.
Hilton Garden Inn London HeathrowThis Hilton Garden Inn is a large modern hotel just a short walk up the road from Hatton Cross tube station.

Terminal 5 (including western Bath Road hotels)

Of the Terminal 5 hotels, only the Sofitel is within easy walking distance, although the Thistle is accessible via an automated pod which is a fun way to get to your hotel. The other Terminal 5 hotels require a bus transfer, although it is a free bus ride. The bus ride between Terminal 5 and the Sheraton and Premier Inn hotels goes through the village of Longford, which is the nicest area along the Heathrow perimeter road and some people staying in these hotels take the free bus to one of the local pubs in Longford for a more authentic local experience.

Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 hotels

Sofitel London HeathrowWidely regarded as the best of the Heathrow airport hotels. It is directly connected to Terminal 5 and is the best option if you're travelling through this terminal.
Thistle Heathrow Terminal 5This is an older, more established, hotel but it is directly connected to Terminal 5 via the Heathrow pod system which is a fun way to travel between your hotel and the airport.
Sheraton HeathrowThis is the least appealing of the two Heathrow Sheraton hotels.
Premier Inn London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5The Premier Inn is a modern hotel that is the best value hotel within easy access to Terminal 5.

Hounslow and Cranford hotels (outside the Heathrow Free Travel Zone)

Although these hotels are outside the Heathrow Free Travel Zone, they have excellent transport connections to the airport and the cheaper prices more than compensate for the couple of pounds that you will spend on a bus or tube trip to the airport.

Heathrow Airport Cranford and Hounslow hotels

ibis budget London HounslowThis is a relatively cheap budget hotel in the centre of Hounslow with easy access by tube to Heathrow and Central London.
Travelodge London HounslowThis Travelodge is a good value accommodation option close to Hounslow Central tube station with easy access to Heathrow and Central London.
Ramada by Wyndham Hounslow-Heathrow EastThis is an established hotel in the centre of Hounslow with easy access via the tube to Heathrow and Central London.
Doubletree by Hilton London HeathrowThis is a good quality accommodation option but the location isn't particularly vibrant and you have to pay for the bus to the airport.
Moxy London HeathrowMoxy is a fun place to stay with a youthful vibe and regular buses to the airport.
Travelodge London Heathrow CentralThis is a good value accommodation option but you have to pay for the bus to the airport.
Premier Inn London Heathrow Airport (Bath Road)This is a good value place to stay that is just outside the Heathrow Free Travel Zone. If you take the bus from outside the hotel you will have to pay for the ride to the airport but it is free if you walk 10 minutes down the road to the next bus stop.
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