If you are flying from Terminal 3 with Virgin Atlantic, which has its main base at the terminal, British Airways, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas or Delta Airlines you are going to be looking for Heathrow Terminal 3 parking. Parking directly at the airport is one of the most convenient ways to begin your trip, however finding the best option can be a bit of a headache. With so many different options and varying prices, it can be difficult to know what to choose for the best. Do you want a Park and Ride service? Do you want to be within walking distance of the terminal? How much are you willing to spend?
Luckily for you Parkhero can help with all of these questions and more and with our advice below you will find what you are looking for in no time. We do our research to present you with the best parking deals at Heathrow Terminal 3 and make it easy for you to compare the available options. Discover the costs you can expect, how long you will need to transfer, the best types of services and much more.
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When searching for car parking at Heathrow, it can be difficult to know which option is best for your trip. There is a great variety of different car parks available and each offer their own advantages.
The main forms of parking are Park and Ride, Meet and Greet and Park and Walk services. With a Park and Ride service you park at a car park a few miles away from Terminal 3 and catch a shuttle bus to the terminal. This is often the cheapest parking Heathrow Terminal 3 option available and is a great option for long stay trips. Meet and Greet, in contrast, is very different as you can drop-off your car with a professional valet and it will be parked for you. Your vehicle will then be brought to the same spot when you return to pick it up.
Park and Walk services, such as Short Stay, are part of the official parking services offered directly by Heathrow Airport. The Short Stay car park is just a few minutes’ walk from the terminal entrance, as is the drop-off point for the official Meet and Greet service. With an official option you are guaranteed extra security for your vehicle and just a short transfer by foot or shuttle to the terminal. The downside is that these are almost always much more expensive than the off-site parking options.
In the table below you can see the differences in prices for various types of parking at Heathrow Terminal 3. Air Parker is one of our top sellers for this terminal as it is by far one of the best value options, especially in contrast to the onsite car parks at the bottom of the table.
|Parking Service||Price per week||Price per 2 weeks||Distance to T3||Rating|
|Looking4 Orange||£48.95||£73.00||15 minutes||9.2|
|MBW Parking||£73.90||£104.90||5 minutes||8.2|
|Blue Circle Parking||£78.50||£115.50||10 minutes||7.3|
|Long Stay T3*||£84.20||£100.70||7 minutes||N/A|
|Meet & Greet T3*||N/A||N/A||4 minutes||N/A|
|Short Stay T3*||N/A||N/A||4 minutes||N/A|
*Note - Not all of these car parks are currently available on Parkhero.
The prices above are based on stays in April 2021 booked 6 months in advance. Unfortunately, during this time, the Meet and Greet T3 and Short Stay T3 were unavailable for reservation.
As is clear from the table above, the Air Parker Park and Ride service available at Terminals 2, 3 and 5 offers the cheapest prices for both one and two weeks parking. This independent family business is well rated at 9.2 by our customers for the friendliness of the staff, the efficiency of the service and the nearby location of the car park to the terminal. Buses run every 20 minutes and take just 15 minutes to reach the terminal with the service operating between 05:00 and 00:00.
For slightly more, you can opt for the Looking4 Orange service for Terminal 3. It is another Park and Ride service with buses running every 20 minutes and taking 15 minutes to reach the terminal. In fact, this service is almost identical to the Air Parker offering with a fantastic rating of 9.2 out of 10 from customers, professional staff to ensure your journey goes without a hitch and excellent security measures in place to keep your vehicle safe.
If you are looking for great value and convenience in your parking service, then MBW Parking is a good choice. This Meet and Greet service allows you to drop-off your car in the Heathrow Terminal 3 Short Stay car park and pick it up from the same spot on your return. It means a less than 5 minutes’ walk to the terminal entrance with your luggage and you get to avoid the hassle of parking your car yourself. MBW has professional and fully insured valets to ensure good care of your vehicle and their off-site car park has Park Mark security accreditation.
With Blue Circle Park and Ride parking available at Terminals 2 and 3 you can enjoy a straightforward beginning and end to your journey. All you need to do is drop-off your vehicle at the off-site car park 4 miles from Terminal 3 and hop on the regular shuttle bus. Buses run on-demand to limit waiting around and take around 15 minutes. You will be dropped off and picked up outside the terminal entrance. While you are away your car will be protected by Park Mark accredited security, which include CCTV and regular patrols of the compound.
The official Long Stay car park at Terminal 3 offers a self-park service with buses running every 10 minutes and taking around 10 to 15 minutes to reach the terminal entrance. Despite being onsite, the transfer is no shorter than the much cheaper Park and Ride services, such as Air Parker. The Long Term car park is a self-park service with a number plate recognition service active at the entrance and exit. This means you get to park your car yourself and keep your keys with you. There is also excellent security in place as it is on the airport terrain.
For the ultimate convenience in parking at Terminal 3, opt for the official Meet and Greet service. You will get to drop-off and pick-up your car just a short walk away from the terminal entrance in the dedicated Meet and Greet area. It is a self-park service where you drop-off your car and hand in your keys at the Meet and Greet desk. While you are away your car is taken to the secure onsite car park and brought back for your return. It could not be much simpler!
The Short Stay car park at Terminal 3 is one of the most expensive parking options available with prices starting at £4.90 an hour. That said it is a hassle-free service offering you a simple beginning and end to your trip at the airport. You will need to park your car yourself, but you can choose a space and get to keep your car keys with you. The car park is a multistorey so your car will be better protected and you will stay dry as you make your way on foot to the terminal entrance just a couple of minutes away.
As you can see each parking type offers its own unique benefits, which can help ensure your trip beings smoothly. Whether Park and Ride, Meet and Greet or onsite walking distance services are best for you will depend on your priorities.
Make sure to think through whether you are going to be making your decision based on price or convenience. If price, then an off-site Park and Ride service is the best choice, but if convenience, then a Meet and Greet service, such as MBW Parking, could be ideal.
Park and Ride
Meet and Greet
If you are planning a longer trip, make sure to check out our advice on Heathrow Long Stay parking.
The cost of Heathrow Airport parking Terminal 3 will vary depending on when you travel, which type of parking you choose and how long you plan to stay. You can park for a week from £47.95 with Air Parker’s Park and Ride service and pay as much as £84.20 for the official Long Stat car park.
You will always save money if you book in advance. By booking ahead with Parkhero, you can easily save yourself up to 60%!
Yes, you can drop-off passengers outside the terminal, but you are not permitted to wait. There are police and airport staff patrolling the area for security reasons and you will be moved along. If you want more time, you can park for free for up to 2 ours in the Long Stay car park or pay to park in the nearby Short Stay car park with prices starting at £4.90 an hour.
There is free parking but only for up to 2 hours at the Long Stay car park.
If you are looking for great value parking, you can check out the options in the price table above or take a look at our Heathrow parking prices article.
No. You can arrive at the airport and park on the day at the Short Stay car park for example. However, this is an expensive and stressful way to arrange your parking at the airport.
By booking ahead online you can save up to 60% compared to prices on the day. This gives you a broader choice of parking options and a better chance of saving money.
In terms of price and customer review ratings one of the best car parks available at Terminal 3 is the Air Parker service. At £47.95 for a week’s parking and with 9.2 out of 10 from our customers, you cannot go far wrong when choosing to park with this service.
If you are looking to find reliable, great value parking at Heathrow Terminal 3, then Parkhero is a good place to start your search. We are one of the UK’s leading airport parking comparison platforms and use our expertise in the area to help you find the best parking options at airports across the UK and beyond.
Our comparison tool is easy to use and it can take just 5 minutes from your search to finalising your purchase at the check-out. Simply enter your travel dates into the bar at the top of the page and within seconds you will see a price ranked list of all the services available for your trip. There is no need to make an account with Parkhero and we do not charge you a booking fee, ensuring your booking journey is as simple as possible.
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