Hi: We will be arriving at Heathrow on the 23rd of June and flying out at 7AM the next morning to Pisa. Would love a suggestion for a hotel to stay at right near the airport with a free shuttle to the airport. I see where I will be flying out to Pisa on Brittish Airline which is either terminal 3 or terminal 5. Cheap but clean. Thank you so much.
Can you please post the following details:
At what time is your flight scheduled to arrive at Heathrow on the 23rd?
In which terminal will you arrive?
From which terminal will you depart for Pisa?
There are several hotels that directly connect by walking to Heathrow terminals. Do you prefer a hotel nearby that is reached by a free shuttle?
Your answers to these questions will likely make a difference in the answers you receive.
Or OP at the top of the RS website page look for the 5 horizontal lines on the left side of the banner.
Click on them. The Search box will appear. Your question has been asked before. Plenty of answers to peruse.
Not cheap, but so nice and convenient is the the Sofitel at terminal 5. You can walk there on the enclosed walkway and the beds feel so comfortable after a long transatlantic flight. Sometimes I splurge and just treat myself to it.
It's hard to beat the rate at the Terminal 4 Premier Inn, and you don't have to worry about a shuttle as long as you can manage your suitcase on the 15-minute (approximately) walk from T4. You're inside an enclosed walkway the entire way. I've stayed at that hotel at least twice, and it's perfectly fine.
I've checked your date, and the current rate for a standard double room, fully refundable, is 85 GBP. The Premier Inn beds are very comfortable. I cannot vouch for the food at the hotel, because I've never eaten there.
Edited to add: The rate at the Sofitel for your date is over $300 (US).
We always stay at the Sofitel there. Good dining options, love Le Belle Epoque, incredible hotel staff. Quiet rooms.
According to the Heathrow website, BA604 leaves at 7:05 from Terminal 5. (Of course, this could change.)
Cheap but clean means an off airport hotel. None have a free shuttle. There is a Hoppa bus or you can take a cab for the short trip. There is the PI at T4 but the free transfer to T5 will not be available at the hour you have to get to T5.
I think the responses to this post perfectly demonstrate why you need to give a definition of the word cheap. 😂
Apparently to some people cheap is 300 pounds a night and to others it is 85 pounds. I admit I’m probably in the latter group but there’s nothing wrong if you’re in the first group. I think this demonstrates why we need to be more detailed than words like cheap or expensive etc. because we all have different definitions
I read right past that 7 AM departure time. I guess there may not be any public transportation running that would get you to the right terminal at 5 AM. However, I can't resist pointing out that a taxi from T4 to T-whatever isn't going to cost anything like 155 GBP--roughly the cost difference between the PI and the Sofitel.
"Cheap but clean" doesn't necessarily mean an off-airport hotel, given the existence of the T4 Premier Inn. The transportation situation is obviously an issue when you have a super-early flight.
If the OP wants to stay at T4 they can take a bus in the early morning to T5.
There is a bus that runs between 3am and 5am to get between terminals. The schedule is here:
The bus is free. More info is here:
Since you are staying on a Friday night, the Night Tube (24-hour service) will be running. The Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Airport (not to be confused with the Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3) is located a short walk away from the Hatton Cross Underground Station. Hatton Cross is the last station westbound before Heathrow. It is included in the Heathrow Free Travel Zone, which means there is no fare to travel to Heathrow from Hatton Cross (although you still have to tap in and tap out). I've provided a link below to a review of the hotel and walking directions from the station.
I stayed here in April since I needed a hotel room for four people, and most of the on-airport hotels don't have four-person rooms. Note that the dining options near the hotel aren't great. The hotel has a restaurant, but we did not eat there.
Head for Points blog post with walking directions to hotel from station
Wow thanks for your reply. I must admit I haven’t been back to England since 1987 and feel like a real novice traveler. I’m familiar with sprawling airports like LAX but don’t remember what Heathrow is like so knowing what terminal I will be going out of and how that affects the hotels I stay at seems reasonable and really appreciate the person who found out what terminal my flight will be leaving from. You guys are amazing.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express at Terminal 4 in February. The room was fine, very clean and quiet. The breakfast was good, and the staff was helpful. We paid 115 GBP for one night. Easy walk to the terminal, with links to the other terminals. We would gladly stay there again.
I’ve noticed no one has mentioned any hotels at Terminal 5. Also if I can get a taxi or bus if we stayed at the PI at Terminal 4 to Term 5 at 5 am. Yuck I hate early flights.
The Sofitel that has been mentioned a couple of times already is at T5. Nice hotel but not exactly a low priced budget option.
In the seventh post above this one, Laura has provided a link to the schedule for the overnight buses connecting Terminal 4 and Terminal 5.
We're in London Premier Inn for a couple of days.
We've found the hotels around LHR to be more reasonably priced than those in the city center. Premier Inn's buffet breakfast is 9 pounds here, and it was good. But all the area restaurants in London are very expensive. Inflation's really tough here.
I think I found a Premier Inn at Terminal 5. Does anyone know this hotel?
I haven't stayed there, but PIs have always been reliable for me. The website says it's less than 2 miles from the terminal.
That PI certainly isn't at the terminal, it is well off plot, and not walkable.
It is on the H30 bus route (halfway between the Compass Centre and BA Waterside at Speedbird Way).
But as the H30 is primarily a staff bus (open to anyone) I would be doubtful if it stops at the PI. The old H30 (an all day service) did but the new service- very doubtful.
It is on the Hotel Hoppa route- 1st service in at 0448, which is too late for you, so it's a cab.
just fyi - that would be, according to your link bus 423. 3 stops from T5. Timetable - https://tfl.gov.uk/bus/timetable/423?fromId=490008019W
A short walk from the hotel to the Thistle Hotel bus stop, stop J, be sure you get on going in the right direction. 4 minutes on the bus.
calls at that bus stop at 4:21, 4:53, 5:25, 5:41, 5:56 and so on.
Or a taxi.
Also, from bus stop T on the Colnbrook By Pass (just the other side of the hotel) Bus 350 departs to Terminal 5 at 0353, 0423 then every 20 minutes for the 4 minute journey to T5.
Note that the 0353 journey is shown incorrectly at the bottom, not the top of the page, but I have back verified it on the full timetable.
So that also gets you to T5 in time.
The first bus 423 (above) departs at 0351, not 0421 as stated.
That would do you- especially as the flight is only to Pisa, not Transatlantic.