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  • RRSport7 22 posts

    Long time since I departed from T5 Heathrow and I have an 0700 departure on a Sunday morning in March.
    Sofitel incl car parking is c. £300, Hilton T4 is around £190 but how to get from there to T5 at that time? I ‘think’ you can use underground between the 2 but not sure that will work at the time and it seems more complicated than I recall with a connection involved. Uber type taxi maybe but how reliable at 0430?
    I also booked car parking at T5 Long Stay but not sure how reliable the bus transfer will be. Is Business Parking a better option?
    Any suggestions gratefully received!

    John 1,101 posts

    Buses 482 and 490 go from T4 to T5 in 12 minutes and have departures at 0448 and 0453 on Sunday morning, £1.75 by contactless card (currently £1.65 but price increasing in March).

    Tube / train is free but first service is not early enough for you.

    Long stay buses can be relied on to run.

    Roberto 307 posts

    Hilton offer a taxi service from T4 to T5 for £20. Done it twice recently. Book in advance or as you check in. SIMPLES

    RRSport7 22 posts

    Excellent, thanks guys

    jj 565 posts

    You have to decide how much your time is worth, but £90 for, presumably, two people isn’t much per person for an extra 40 minutes in bed (allowing for contingency) and a similar time saving on the way home. If you can afford it, I’d take the Sofitel.

    tiriavpo 322 posts

    Strangely, T4 can be a good base, even for T5. The T4 long stay is usually cheap and usually half empty. The official bus is frequent but you can also walk out onto the perimeter road and get the 482/490 which stops right outside the T4 PremierInn.

    When you come back, exit at T5 and get the same buses back to the car park – or take the airside bus to T4 and exit there.

    Flyingred 22 posts

    Thinking laterally, booking a hotel in/near Slough (e.g. HIX T5 is £65 for a Saturday night on 11 March) and using a reliable taxi firm (711 cars, fare between £20-£30) may work out well.

    Gary B 40 posts

    Am I missimg something but why stay at Hilton T4 when there is a Hilton T5?

    e14 295 posts

    Am I missimg something but why stay at Hilton T4 when there is a Hilton T5?

    Look on google maps for the Hilton T5 and you’ll see the reason for the discussion – I’d stay at Hatton Cross if the Picc line starts early enough

    John 1,101 posts

    Thinking laterally, booking a hotel in/near Slough (e.g. HIX T5 is £65 for a Saturday night on 11 March) and using a reliable taxi firm (711 cars, fare between £20-£30) may work out well.

    HIX T5 is truly awful

    memesweeper 1,337 posts

    Premier Inn T4 plus bus or taxi would get my vote for a balance of quality, cost and convenience.

    The HIX T5 is poor, but can be much cheaper, and although it looks a long way away the bus doesn’t stop anywhere so it’s fast.

    RRSport7 22 posts

    Just going to park and stay at Hilton T4 and get a taxi into T5 unless I can persuade someone to give us a ride up to the Sofitel and back on return – it’s the car parking and departure time of 0700 on a Sunday that’s the problem, really.

    Anyway, thanks all for the suggestions!

    tiriavpo 322 posts

    Parking at the Hilton is limited so don’t get there too late. When we were last there, there were only a couple of slots left.

    Another option is to park at the Hilton overnight then drive to the short stay at T5 in the morning. Not as cheap as long stay, or hotel plus parking but reliable, at the time of your choice, and the car is right there on the return. The POD car park is almost as good.

    TFL buses start early enough to get to T5 from T4 but are less convenient with big baggage.

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