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Heathrow Terminals 3, 4, 5 and overnight lodging

Family of 4 flying in to Heathrow Terminal 3 on Virgin Atl from Los Angeles landing at 10pm one night and departing next day on a 9:30am British Airways flight to Rome via Terminal 5. After an 11 hour flight from Los Angeles, a bed will be needed between flights so I have a reservation at a very affordable, basic Premier Inn but it is adjacent to terminal 4.

Very affordable but not sure that is workable considering I am coming into Terminal 3 and going out of 5. Should I chose another affordable hotel near terminal 3 or 5 (and if so do you have a recommendation?)....or can I transport myself upon arrival in terminal 3 to terminal 4 and walk to the hotel? Then in the morning walk over to terminal 4 and then transport to terminal 5---ie how much of a hassle is it to go from terminal to terminal at Heathrow?
Would appreciate any insight from you experienced Heathrow experts.
Thank you.
San Diego

Posted by
3985 posts

Arriving in Terminal 3, you will change to a different Heathrow Express train for Terminal 4. Listen carefully or ask someone to make sure you get on the correct train. At Terminal 4, you have a covered walkway to your hotel(same walkway as to Hilton). You can reverse the process to get to Terminal 5 the next morning-it's the same Heathrow Express train as Terminals 2,3. However, you will need to be at Terminal 5 at 7:30 AM and you may find it worth the taxi fare to go directly to Terminal 5 from your hotel-they can tell you how much it would be(I think I paid 20 pounds for a taxi from the Hilton in Terminal 4 to Terminal 3 earlier this month) and arrange the taxi for you the night before. If you don't take the taxi, you need to allow an additional 20-30 minutes in case there's a wait for the train.

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You might consider the Yotel at Terminal 4 in the airport. Rooms are small, but have the basics and it saves you time by staying right at the airport. We stayed there several years ago when we had a late flight into London and an early flight out the next morning. Would definitely use them again for the convenience.

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996 posts

Beginner's LHR question here. I've changed planes there twice. The last time we had a similar connection issue. We just stayed in London for a few extra days, but if we had wanted to stay at LHR, there are hotels there???

Posted by
417 posts

Another vote for the Yotel at T4. Yes, it's minimal but you won't really have time or energy to haul yourselves further afield and back again the next morning. It will offer you a shower & bed, plus alarm clock and early tea or coffee if needed. Have all you need for overnight in a single bag; no room for unpacking more than that.

From Terminals 2 or 3. (also central area and bus station)
to: Terminal 4. Take the TFL Rail service. Alternatively use the 555 (19 minutes) bus from outside arrivals. <<

In the morning

From Terminal 4.
to: Terminal 5. Take the TFL Rail service to the central area and then transfer onto the Heathrow Express to terminal 5. Alternatively use the 482 (12 minutes), 490 (15 minutes) or the 724 (12 minutes) bus from outside arrivals.<<

I found the bus easier; the Yotel staff will tell you where to catch it. All these transfer services are free.
Check-in for your morning flight (yes, the buses do run early enough), and then look for breakfast airside after going through security.

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24933 posts

Although the Yotel would make the departure morning simpler, when I investigated Heathrow options last year, the Yotel was more than twice as expensive as the Premier Inn, and the OP is going to need two rooms. And of course the PI rooms are considerably larger.

Posted by
13850 posts

The Yotel cannot sleep 4 in one room.

There is a Sofitel basically in Terminal 5. (Okay, just to the side but you don't have to go outside to reach it.) A little more expensive than the other options given but it's a five minute walk to check in/security the next morning. I've stayed there a few times and it's very nice.

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417 posts

Apologies: I failed to notice this is for a family of 4. I agree that in that case the Yotel would not be the best (great for a solo traveller, though). At the other end of the scale, the Sofitel at T5 is indeed ideally situated; I found it too luxurious (and expensive) for my taste, given how few hours I was going to be there.
You might find this page useful:
(the search facility mentions a "quad room" at the Sofitel), and this for Sofitel prices

Posted by
3985 posts

My husband's default for flights out of Heathrow is always the Hilton at Terminal 4(yes we have hotel points we can use.) It really is helpful to already be at Heathrow when you have a flight the next morning.

Posted by
3091 posts

Whenever I have a connecting flight at Heathrow, I stay at the Sofitel Hotel at Terminal 5. It is outside security, but an easy stroll inside from the terminal.

Posted by
11294 posts

"if we had wanted to stay at LHR, there are hotels there???"

Yes, as you can see from this thread, there are hotels actually connected to various terminals. There are also hotels near the airport, on a bus route (the Hotel Hoppa); these are obviously less convenient.

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5183 posts

Although hotels at terminals that are not the one you are flying from also have a degree of inconvenience.