Terminal five, the largest free-standing building in the UK, is the latest addition to Heathrow Airport and is used exclusively by British Airways. It is estimated that terminal five will handle over 30 million passengers a year, making Heathrow the world's busiest airport with around 90 million passengers passing through the airport each year.
Parking at Heathrow terminal five
Take a look at the variety of car parking options that are available at Heathrow terminal five. Holiday Extras selects car parks based on their value for money, security facilities and customer service record. Remember that we offer services which vary from others in some manner so that you can distinguish between them and have a choice rather than simply choosing a price tag.
Park and Ride options include Quality airport parking, Courtlands, the Long Stay car parks and Business Parking. For an airport Meet and Greet service there is the option of either LHR Meet and Greet or the Official Valet Parking service.
Hotels at Heathrow terminal five
Heathrow airport can be a stressful drive away, especially if through peak traffic times, so consider booking a hotel room to ensure a relaxed and refreshed start to your holiday. There are many hotel options within a short transfer from terminal five. The luxurious Heathrow Sofitel is even directly linked to terminal five and offers a wide range of facilities for guests.
There is a wide choice of hotels located near to Heathrow airport, ranging from three to five stars. Check out our full list of Heathrow hotels for further details on prices and facilities.
Heathrow terminal five floor plan
Heathrow terminal five is spread over three buildings, terminal 5A, 5B and 5C. Terminal 5A is used for domestic flights while long-haul routes will operate from terminal 5B. The purpose of terminal 5C has yet to be confirmed and is not due to open until 2010. The areas and services are all well sign-posted and separated into clearly defined zones.
Terminal 5A: Terminal 5A contains a check-in hall, a departure lounge with retail stores and other passenger services, and a baggage retrieval hall. Departing passengers enter the departures level on the 3rd floor after taking one of the lifts or escalators from the interchange plaza.
Terminal 5B: The main terminal and terminal 5B are linked by a train that can travel between terminals in just 30 seconds.
Terminal 5C: Terminal 5C is the second satellite building, scheduled for completion in 2010.
Heathrow Terminal five facilities
Heathrow terminal five has a huge range of facilities that will cater for the needs of all travellers. You will find a wide selection of high street stores, newsagents, restaurants and cafés as well as information desks, disabled toilets and bureaux de change.
With 48 top name stores terminal five at Heathrow is a great place to shop and relax prior to or after a flight from Heathrow.
For a full listing of shops at terminal five take a look at our Heathrow shopping page.
Cafés and restaurants
Take a visit to Gordon Ramsay's celebrated Plane Food restaurant in terminal five or choose from Carluccio's Italian menu. Other highlights include Wagamama's noodle bar, Huxley's traditional British dishes and the Bagel Street bagel house.
Our cafés and restaurants page contains a complete list of all services at the terminal.
Bureaux de change
There are Thomas Cook and Travelex bureaux de change desks at check-in, departures and arrivals to provide foreign currency for your holidays.
There are a number of internet kiosks located throughout terminal five. Payments for internet use can be made using pound sterling or euro. There is also the option to plug in a network cable to get wired internet access. In addition, it is possible to make an internet connect via a number of designated wireless hotspots situated throughout terminal five.
There are five toilet blocks available in the departures concourse and are two toilet blocks located at either end of the terminal 5b building. There are also four toilet blocks located throughout the gate level.
There is an information zone in the arrivals area on the ground floor. Passengers arriving at the terminal should turn right when reaching the arrivals area to find the information zone. There are computer help terminals to provide advice, directions and travel information. Members of airport staff are also available to offer further advice. Additional help points have been installed in key locations around terminal five.
There are multi-faith prayer rooms available in terminal five, both before and after security. They are located in the check-in area before security control, in the departures area near gate seven, and in terminal 5b.