Car Hire in Heathrow airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
Not only is Heathrow a stones throw from England’s capital city, but it’s well connected to the rest of the country by a network of different roads – check out your car hire options today.
Car hire companies in Heathrow airport
There are 8 car hire companies based across all 5 terminals at Heathrow airport. Europcar, Avis, Hertz, Alamo, National, Enterprise, Budget and Sixt all have branches within Heathrow, and many offer the option of being able to drop off your vehicle in another UK airport.
Petrol stations near Heathrow airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There are 5 petrol stations within a few minutes of the airport. However, there’s quite a large network of roads as you exit Heathrow airport.
When exiting terminals 1, 2 and 3.
The closest petrol station is within 4 minutes of the airport. When exiting, head southbound on the M4 from the Tunnel Road (the road exiting Heathrow airport). Merge onto the A4, and after 0.2 miles you’ll see the signs for The Co-Operative petrol station.
When exiting terminal 4
Take the first exit on the roundabout and turn left onto Southern Perimeter Road. At Hatton Cross Roundabout, take the second exit onto the next roundabout, then take the second exit again onto Hatton Road. Turn right onto the A30, and the BP station will be on your left.
When exiting terminal 5
The closest petrol station is 6 minutes away. When you exit, turn left onto Wester Perimeter Road, and take the first exit at the roundabout. Continue for 2 minutes on the Southern Permieter Road, until you reach the left turn for Stirling Road. Take the last exit at the roundabout to come back onto the Western Perimeter Road Northbound, and the Esso garage will be on your left.
Driving around Heathrow airport
Driving around Heathrow airport changes depending on where you will be exiting. If you exit on terminals 1, 2, or 3, you will have easy access to the M4 and the A30. These roads can take you into the centre of London, or east of London (Slough). The M4 (eastbound) is the fastest way to get into London by car, but research traffic and road works before you embark on your journey.
You should be aware of the large roundabout to the northwest of the airport, connecting the M4 and the M25. This is a busy and big junction that should be approached with caution. The M25 runs in orbit around London, but it can also connect you to the M1 and the A1.
Destinations to drive to from Heathrow
The most popular destination is London’s city center. If you are travelling into the city, you should consider public transport as the traffic can be pretty hectic when driving into London. To reach central London, head northbound on the M4, and when you reach the roundabout take the second exit to follow the M4 into Central London. This is a 20-mile journey, but it can take you anywhere in between an hour or three depending on the traffic. Looking for somewhere affordable to stay? Check out 6 of the best budget sleeps in London.
Twickenham is one of the biggest locations for rugby in the UK, and it’s only 20 minutes away from Heathrow. The easiest way to reach the stadium is by taking the western exit from the airport onto the M25 southbound, exiting for the M3 eastbound (toward Twickenham). Exit when you see signs for the B358 for Twickenham.
Coming to see the air show? Farnborough is southwest of Heathrow, and it’s only 30 minutes away from the airport. Exit onto the M25 southbound, and follow the signs along the M3 for Southampton. At junction 4, take the A331 exit toward Farnborough.