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Basic info and car hire in London Heathrow Airport

  • IATA airport code: LHR

  • ICAO airport code: EGLL

  • Full name: Heathrow Airport

  • Location: London Borough of Hillingdon

  • Hub for: British Airways

  • Website: www.heathrow.com

  • Contact: 0844 335 1801

  • Owner: Heathrow Airport Holdings

  • Elevation:  83 ft / 25 m

  • Number of runways: 2

About London Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport is a major international airport, located in London Borough of Hillingdon, United Kingdom. London Heathrow is the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic, as well as the third busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic.

London Heathrow features four operational terminals along with two parallel east-west runways. It is the primary hub for British Airways and the primary operating base for Virgin Atlantic.

Located 14 miles (23 km) west of Central London, it is owned and operated by Heathrow Airport Holdings.

Drive your rental car around London Heathrow Airport

If you hire a car at London Heathrow we do not recommend you to go to London as it is anything but easy with traffic. There are congestion charges and eye watering parking charges.

Britain has so much more to offer than London and car hire will give you the mobility you need to visit every corner of the British Island, from the Cornish Riviera to the Scottish Highlands and everything in between.

Visit the university city of Cambridge on the River Cam about 50miles (80km) north of London. The University of Cambridge is one of the top five universities in the world and beautiful old university buildings are a thing to see. Another famous university city is Oxford, located 57 miles (92km) form London. University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world.

Drive your rental to Bath, which has been a spa city since the Roman times. Bath offers a fantastic city centre, where you can shop until you drop but also relax and unwind.

If you have more time on your hands take a trip to Canterbury, York, Brighton, Windsor or Hampton Court as each of these are places to see.

There are countless options of what to see and do in Brittan. Car hire at Heathrow Airport will allow you to see it all and get the most of your holidays.


Public transport form London Heathrow Airport

Heathrow is located 15 miles west of central London and is easily reached by public transport. You can take a train, bus or coach or go on the underground. Everything you need to know when planning you can fine on the airport site.

Services in London Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow offers a wide range of services that meet all your travelling needs. It doesn’t matter if you are travelling with your family or on business, London Heathrow has you covered. Everything from lounges, family facilities, meeting rooms to prayer rooms and a chapel.


Are you on a business trip and still have some work to do? Or you just need to escape the crowds and find a quiet spot to work or relax? Book into one of their airport lounges and enjoy complimentary drinks, snacks, newspapers and magazines.


Heathrow Airport is a family friendly airport. Travelling with your babies and children will go smoother with family services and facilities. Everything from complementary kids’ meals, changing facilities, dedicated play areas to porters and family friendly parking.


Are you on the look for last-minute gifts or souvenirs? Want to do some designer shopping or are just looking for a place to grab a bite? Whatever your needs, Heathrow has you covered.

History of London Heathrow Airport

In 1930, British aero engineer and aircraft builder Richard Fairey build a private airport to assemble and test aircraft. Complete with a single grass runway and a handful of hastily erected buildings it was a humble beginning of one of the busiest airport in the world.

During the World War II the government requisitioned the land and build a RAF Heston, a base for long-range troop-carrying aircraft for the Far East.

By the end of the war the RAF was no longer needed and it was officially handed over to the Air Ministry as London’s new civil airport in 1946. The first aircraft to take off from Heathrow was a converted Lancaster bomber that flew to Buenos Aires.

The early passenger terminals were ex‑military marquees which formed a tented village along the Bath Road. By the end of the 1951 enough passengers had travelled through Heathrow that they decided to build permanent buildings for the airport.

By 1961 the old terminal has closed and airlines started operating from the Europa terminal (later renamed Terminal 2) or the Oceanic terminal (now Terminal 3).

Terminal 1 opened in 1969. By that time five million passengers a year were passing through the airport.

In the 1970s 27 million passengers were using Heathrow annually. This created the need for another terminal building, Terminal 4, which opened in 1986.

Last terminal to open was Terminal 5, opened for business in2014. Today over 67 million passengers use Heathrow annually. It offers services by 90 airlines travelling to over 180 destinations in over 90 countries.

Petrol stations near London Heathrow Airport

There are numerous petrol stations located near the airport. The closest ones are Texaco and Shell. There are 14 different gas stations in the radius of 5 miles from London Heathrow, so you needn’t worry about where to fill your tank if your car hire fuel policy is full to full.