Drop-off and parking fees at Heathrow Terminal 5: How to avoid paying a £5 fee

Terminal 5 is Heathrow Airport’s newest terminal, having opened in 2008. It is housed in the UK’s largest free-standing building on Western Perimeter Road and has its own access road separated.

If you’re flying from Terminal 5, chances are you’ll be taking off with British Airways – most of the airline’s flights from Heathrow depart from there. BA’s partners American Airlines and Iberia also operate from Terminal 5.

You might want to drive to Terminal 5 at Heathrow to pick up or drop off loved ones, or to park your car and go on vacation or a business trip. Here’s what you need to know about terminal car parks and drop-off locations.

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Terminal 5 drop off

Terminal 5 has its designated “drop off” area just outside the building. This will be the most convenient and quickest way for your passengers, but will mean an extra £5, although some vehicles are exempt from paying. Note that you cannot pay at an ATM – you will have to do this online or over the phone.

If your passengers have the time and don’t mind the extra hassle, you can drop them off at Terminal 5’s long-term car park for free. From there, a free shuttle will take them to the terminal.

Terminal 5 parking lot

Short term parking is perhaps the most convenient car park for those looking to meet loved ones inside the airport and greet those who have just exited with a hug. It is also better for shorter trips of a few days. It is right next to the Terminal 5 building and only a two minute walk away. Prices start from £5.30 for 30 minutes.

Long term parking is located 7 minutes from the terminal by free shuttle. Services run every 15 minutes to the terminal. Parking rates start from £34.70.

To get to the Terminal 5 Long Stay car park you will need to exit at Junction 4 of the M4, then simply follow the signs for Heathrow Airport. Anyone traveling from the M25 should exit at Junction 14. The entrance to Long Stay Car Park is on the left immediately after Business Car Park.

If you want to use Valet parking, just go to the terminal forecourt and leave your keys with the staff. To get there, those coming off the M4 will need to exit at Junction 4 and follow signs for Terminal 5. Drivers should then turn right onto the North Ring Road, follow signs for Terminal 5 and take the western ring road. Motorists will find the Valet Parking Reception on the upper forecourt of the terminal building.

It’s a different journey for those coming from the M25, who will need to exit at Junction 14 and follow signs for Terminal 5. You will then need to turn left into Western Perimeter Road and locate the reception building.

With Meet and greet you can drive your car to the Short Stay car park and the staff will park your car for you. Prices for Meet & Greet and Valet Parking start from £117.40.

See the full list of prices and other off-airport car parks here.

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