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How to get a good Heathrow Airport parking deal via the NCP at Hilton Terminal 5

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Official Heathrow Parking is the obvious place to start if you want parking at the airport, since this covers the airport-owned car parks.  Here’s a good alternative tip, however.

The Hilton Heathrow Terminal 5 hotel has its own NCP car park.  You can park here for far less than using the official Heathrow car parks. Even better, your parking price includes a free ticket from hotel reception for the Hotel Hoppa bus service which will take you to the airport.

Details are on the NCP airports website here.  Search for ‘Heathrow’ in the top-right box and select the Hilton option.

This is how it is described:

“This NCP Heathrow Airport car park offers:

  • A convenient location near Heathrow terminals 4 and 5.
  • A shuttle bus service that’s included in the cost of your parking and runs regularly between the car park and the main terminal buildings.
  • A staffed car park 24hrs a day and located within the grounds of the 4 star Heathrow Hilton Hotel.
  • The ability to pre-book your Heathrow parking using our great value saver rates.
  • One of the cheapest Terminal 4 and 5 parking options available.”

One thing to note is that the Hilton Heathrow Terminal 5 – and therefore the NCP car park – is NOT in the airport.  The only hotel directly linked to Terminal 5 is the Sofitel.  The Hilton is a five minute drive from Junction 14 of the M25, to the west of Terminal 5.  The Holiday Inn London Heathrow Terminal 5 is also a short walk away if you need a hotel and find the Hilton too expensive.

The NCP option got a lot of unsolicited positive reader feedback after our last article, although I have never tried it myself.  You can get a quote via the NCP airport site here.

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Comments (45)

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  • Nick says:

    If anyone needs the CTA from here, take the 81 bus from outside the Holiday Inn to the Compass Centre and change for the U3. Total cost (with Contactless) just £1.50, and quicker than HEx via T5. The same bus (other direction, same price) goes to Slough if anyone wants an evening at the cinema or a connection to the GWR.

    For the cheapskates among you, there’s plenty of unrestricted parking in the Harmondsworth, West Drayton and Yiewsley areas which are a 10-min bus ride from Heathrow.

    • John says:

      From what I have seen those are only free on weekends, or involve parking right in front of someone’s house which is only a good idea for a day trip.

      As I see it the only reason to drive to Heathrow (if you live in London) is when you have a very early flight and public transport is not convenient. At other times of the day there is too much traffic and the free parking spots are usually taken by 6am

  • David says:

    We use the Thistle hotel and stay a night then get parking for a week or so as a package and use the automated Pod to get from their car park to T5 which takes 5 minutes. It is a very leisurely way to get to T5 and whilst you pay a fiver each way for a pod the fact you can be in T5 in under 10 minutes is fantastic.

  • Shoestring says:

    Cheaper options available on MSE airport parking discount L4P, 7 days end Sept. Ignoring the cheapest & dodgiest, I see £49.12 + £7.60 airport fee for Meet & Greet service Parking Force [Serving all LHR terminals. Perfect for Business and Leisure travelers. Cars are parked in a nearby storage unit, on the airport boundary Police Awarded Park Mark approved Car Park with CCTV]

    and £42.39 DriveFly Park & Ride [carpark 4 miles away].

    Does the article Meet & Greet figure include £7.60? (The airport levy fee of £7.60 covers the cost of charges now being levied by Heathrow Airport to all Meet & Greet operators. This is for the use of the forecourts at drop-off and new designated collection areas within the short term car parks.)

    • Shoestring says:

      DriveFly Meet & Greet T3 has now moved to level 4 in the T3 short stay carpark, I think other Meet & Greet services moved, too (there was more than 1 desk) – though maybe not all. Worth checking next time you use your M&G service.

  • Yuff says:

    I use the Hilton 6-8 times a year and always park. The service is excellent, the hotel is good and booked far enough in advance works out at about £4 a day plus the hoopla tickets ….seems very good to me 😉

  • Chris Cannon says:

    So here’s a harder question on car parking.. next year I am due to travel out of T5 but back into T3. What are the parking options? Thanks

    • Craig says:

      I think it depends on which leg you have more spare time. If it’s the outbound I’d park at T3 to make it easier on the return, there is a free train between T5 and T2/3

      • Shoestring says:

        Easy with DriveFly to have different terminals outward/ inward – just phone them once you’ve booked, no change fee

    • berneslai says:

      Meet and greet. Drop off at T5 and get them to pick you up at T3

    • Doug M says:

      Book T5 long stay, which is right next to T3 business. Take the T5 long stay shuttle bus. When you come back take the T3 business shuttle bus and walk through the fence gap into the T5 long stay car park.

  • ankomonkey says:

    I’ve had a couple of bad experiences with NCP Hilton T5. First time used they gave us insufficient Hoppa tickets for the whole family. I even confirmed I could get enough tickets by phone beforehand. Took me about 8 months and many calls/e-mails to get a refund of the cash Hoppa tickets I ended up buying Abysmal customer service. Last time I used there was no space left in the car park despite the booking saying I had a guaranteed space. Had to leave my car on a bend in the car park for over 2 weeks. Finally, the Hoppa bus is slow and infrequent (every 30 mins?). It took over 40 minutes from T5 pick-up to car park.

    • Tariq says:

      Agree, this car park isn’t really big enough for the volume of business going through it these days. I did a Hilton park and fly booking there last year and think I must have got the last space in the car park… and found a scratch on my 6 month old car when I got back. For the price difference, I think I’d go with Good to Go…

    • Fenny says:

      Last time I parked at Hilton T5, the Hoppa was incredibly late on the return trip. I’m off to Greece from T5 next month and as I don’t land until after 10pm, I’m not inclined to hang around waiting for a Hoppa when I can get a M&G for a similar price and be half way home up the M40 before I’m likely to get back to the car park.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Exactly my experience with the hoopa.

  • Horatio Turner says:

    I’ve been super impressed with good go to meet and greet at T5 over the last year. The staff are fantastic, they even helped me change a flat tyre at 5am one time!

  • Richmond says:

    I think it’s just too far and I would never bother with it. It would take the same time to get from this car par to Heathrow, than driving from my home to other car parks closer to terminals (no public transport option for me). It could work for someone coming from far away, as 30-40 minutes for transfer won’t be that bad. Thistle also can be very busy and extremely difficult to park. It also may happen that some idiots will park outside of parking spaces blocking other cars. Hotel doesn’t seem to check it or remove these cars.

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