Car Hire London Heathrow Airport

Discover Car Rental at London Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow Airport is the largest airport in the UK - welcoming over 200,000 passengers on average per day! It is the primary airport in London and the air gateway into the United Kingdom. London Heathrow Airport is also the busiest airport in the world for International passenger traffic, with only 7 percent of passengers are domestic.

The major expansion of Heathrow Airport began in 1944 when the original Great West Aerodome was redesigned to handle long-distance military flights. When the war ended, those plans were scrapped and it was turned to commercial flights instead. Today, Heathrow is 1,227 hectares in size with five terminals and two runways that serve over 80 different airlines.

The airport is conveniently located 27kms west of central London (approximately 40 minutes drive depending on traffic) - close to the main highways M4 and M25. If you are staying in the area for a few days or exploring the UK then hiring a car is the best way to get around.

DriveAway partners with major suppliers in the UK including Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, Europcar and Hertz which are located at the airport terminals. There are plenty of vehicles to choose from. Small vehicles perfect for navigating nearby London and quaint countrysides to luxury vehicles which will allow you to travel in style.

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Rather than relying on public transport to around on your trip, a hire car offers flexibility and comfort at your disposal. When you take into consideration all the costs involved with public transport (taxi fares, train passes and tube tickets) hiring a car will save you.

Navigating The Terminals

Heathrow Airport has four operating terminals since Terminal 1 stopped operation in 2015. As it is such a huge place, Heathrow has a significant internal transport system so people can get to different terminals.

  • Terminal 2 (The Queen's Terminal) - Mostly deals with flights to European destinations and a few long-haul flights. Check-in is located on the top floor (Level 5) of Terminal 2. Arrivals are located on Level 1 and Departures can be found on Level 5 (Check-in level) and Level 4 (Gates A1-A26).
  • Terminal 3 - Operates long-haul flights for US, South America, Asia and some flights to Europe. Check-in and Arrivals are located on the ground floor at the front of the building, while Departures are above check-in on the first floor.
  • Terminal 4 - Flights operating from this terminal are mainly for long-haul and European destinations, with Air France, Etihad Airlines, and KLM being some of the major airlines flying from this terminal. Check-In and Departures are located on the first floor of the terminal. Flight Arrivals are located on the ground floor.
  • Terminal 5 - The newest of all terminals, it is used exclusively by British Airways and Iberia. Check-in desks can be found on level 3. Arrivals are located on ground floor, and Departures are on level 2 & 3 (depending on gate number).
  • You will find a rental desk for each provider in the arrivals concourse of each terminal. The car rental depots are all located towards the northern area of the airport. Early morning or late evening you may find that the desk in the arrivals hall is closed, this means you will have to go straight onto the shuttle bus and collect your rental from the depot instead.

    Getting out and around Heathrow Airport

    Once you have collected your vehicle, get behind the wheel of your UK adventure! Heathrow is a major gateway to anywhere in the UK. Please be aware that if you intend to drive into the centre of London, you will be liable for the Congestion Charge. This charge is currently £11.50 per day and only applies on weekdays between 7am-6pm. The charge aims to reduce high traffic flow in the central area. Automatic number plate recognition cameras are in operation, and your car rental company will track you down and bill you with the £30 fine if you fail to pay. Speak to your car rental provider for more information when collecting you car hire.


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    Driving distances from Heathrow Airport

    Locations Distance (Approx. km) Travel Time (Approx)
    Heathrow Airport to Central London 26 36 minutes
    Heathrow Airport to Slough 12 15 minutes
    Heathrow Airport to Wembley 30 30 minutes
    Heathrow Airport to Twickenham 11 20 minutes
    Heathrow Airport to Watford 35 30 minutes

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