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Is London Heathrow Airport Open 24 Hours a Day?

Last updated: Jun 6, 2018

No one wants to be in an airport a minute longer than necessary, but sometimes, there’s just no escaping it. Whether you have a layover that’s too short to leave the airport or you just get stuck there unexpectedly, it’s always good to know what the hours are. Here we talk about the schedule for one of the most reviled airports in the world, Heathrow in London.

“Don't expect any service between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.”
“Sleeping at Heathrow is generally not encouraged and indeed, with all the security hoopla now, you might well be moved on.”
“I just watched a program of the TV-series Heathrow Airport last week and besides the terminal duty officer, no workers are around. So, you will be there with all lamps on and only some other sleeping stopovers.”
“Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world, but depending on which terminal as to whether services will be open. I've got flights out of there at 4 a.m. from Terminal 2 and everything’s open as per usual.”

And if you just can’t stand the thought of spending the night in the airport, here are a few hotel ideas that are very close to Heathrow:

“There are loads of hotels around Heathrow, all very competitive. There is also a hotel hopper (shuttle), from all hotels to all terminals.”
“There are lots of hotels in Heathrow area, but very pricey. Try Forte Hotel, a stone’s throw from the airport. Comfortable not expensive.”
“Don't go for a hotel near Heathrow - there's nothing to do and it’s all pretty ugly. Take a tube (Picadilly Line) or the express train to Central London. The Regent Palace is a cheapish hotel smack in the middle of Picadilly Circus. Not sure what it’s like but it’s featured on a number of websites and the position couldn't be better. I think it’s a 2-star.”
“Last year we stayed at the Novotel. It was surprisingly cheaper than the 3* hotel that we had spent 3 weeks on and off in in Kensington and was 1 star up.”


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a VirtualTourist member from Lucca asked on Oct 6, 2004

London

is London Heathrow airport open 24/hours per day?

Dear friends, i would like to know if LHR airport is open 24 hours and therefore if it is allowed to spend the night there. Do you know any cheap places to sleep around heathrow otherwise? Please help me. Thanks Valerio



10 Answers


answered on 10/6/04 by
a VT member from Lucca

thank you very much, so i guess i'll also sleep there i hope i can have more people confirming me it's allowed to sleep inside the LHR aiport have a nice day:)




answered on 10/6/04 by
a VT member from Hengelo

Don't expect any service between 11PM and 5AM. PJ




answered on 10/6/04 by
a VT member from Lucca

what do you mean with service? that everything is shut but you can stay inside or i shouldn't expect the airport to be open? sorry my english isn't good enoug, but thank you any way




answered on 10/6/04 by
a VT member from Newark upon Trent

Check out www.sleepinginairports.net/europe/londonheathrow.htm Sleeping at Heathrow is generally not encouraged and indeed, with all the security hoopla now, you might well be moved on.




answered on 10/6/04 by
a VT member from Hengelo

I just watched a program of the TV-series Heathrow Airport last week and besides the terminal duty officer, no workers are around. So, you will be there with all lamps on and only some other sleeping stopovers. Do some reading at: sleepinginairports.net/europ... PJ




answered on 10/6/04 by
a VT member from Lucca

thank you very much guys




answered on 10/7/04 by
a VT member from Andover

Umm, Heathrow is one of the busiest Airports in the world, but depending on which terminal as to whether services will be open. I've got flights out of there at 4AM from Terminal 2 and everythings open as per usual.




answered on 10/7/04 by
a VT member from Lucca

thank you very much i guess i will be sleeping at terminal 2 on my second night in heathrow thank you guys




answered on 10/9/04 by
a VT member from United Kingdom

Their are loads of hotels around Heathrow, all very competitive. Check on Goggle, Heathrow airport hotels, there is also a hotel hopper (shuttle), from all hotels to all terminals.




answered on 10/10/04 by
a VT member from Lucca

THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE THING IS THAT I DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR A HOTEL JUST TO BE IN BORING HEATHROW, HOTELS ARE VERY EXPENSIVE THERE SO I THINK IT'S NOT WORTH i FOUND, ANYWAY, A GUESTHOUSE WHERE I WILL BE SLEEPING TOMORROW NIGHT, 60 EURO.. WHICH IS STILL EXPENSIVE I THINK, CONSIDERING IT'S IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE THANK YOU






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a VirtualTourist member from Calgary asked on Feb 7, 2004

London

inexpensive hotels near Heathrow

Hi, my daugher will be staying for 24 hours in London en route to S. Africa in May, is there a resonably priced hotel easy to get to from Heathrow, she is not familiar with the city at all. Thanks.



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answered on 2/8/04 by
a VT member from London

hi,there are lots of hotels in heathrow area,but very pricey,try Forte hotel stone throw from the Airport,comfortable not expensive.but you're time is very limited,enjoy and good luck.




answered on 2/10/04 by
a VT member from Cave Junction

Priceline offers hotels near Heathrow. At biddingfortravel.com, I see that people have gotten 4* hotels (holiday inn and sheraton) for60-70 USD




answered on 2/10/04 by
a VT member from London

Don't go for a hotel near Heathrow - there's nothing to do and its all pretty ugly. Take a tube (picadilly line) or the express train to Central London. the Regent Palace is a cheapish hotel smack in the middle of Picadilly Circus. Not sure what its like but its featured on a number of websites and the position couldn't be better. I think its a 2 star.




answered on 2/15/04 by
a VT member from Perth

Last year we stayed at the Novotel, having priced it out on www.lastminute .com first. It was surprisingly cheaper than the 3* hotel that we had spent 3 weeks on and off in in Kensington and was 1 star up . So do try the number of last minute booking web sites as you will be very surprised.






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a VirtualTourist member asked on Dec 20, 2004

London

Airports and Train stations open 24 hours (or similar)

Hello. I've been told that Victoria train station is open all day, all night, except for one hour where it is cleaned. Is this true? Also, which airport is the closest to London Euston? Replies would be much appreciated.



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answered on 12/20/04 by
a VT member from London

I have never seen any of the train stations closed to the public and even if they were cleaning I doubt they would chuck you out. The closest airport to London is probably city airport but that is small. The closest major airport is Heathrow which is only about 40 mins from central London on the Tube or 15 mins on the heathrow express train. There is also a bus that doesn't take too long. The next closest is Gatwick followed by either Stansted or Luton. All are open 24 hours, stansted is paticularly nice if you get stuck there over night :)




answered on 12/20/04 by
a VT member from London

Sorry failed to your post about Euston. To get to heathrow, take the northern line to kings cross then take the picadilly line to heathrow or also from kings cross just take the circle, district or hammersmith and city lines to paddington which has the heathrow express. For Gatwick take the gatwick express from victoria which leaves every 15 mins and takes 30 mins. From Euston you can simply take the victoria line directly to victoria station.




answered on 12/20/04 by
a VT member

Thank you. I think I will opt for Stansted, then. I was chucked out of a station once, I think it was Euston, some time close to midnight. It closed for the night.




answered on 12/20/04 by
a VT member

Oh, and to add - A friend of mine stayed at Victoria station and had to leave between 4 and 5 am for cleaning. No choice to stay. I'm hoping that's the same for when I come, and not like last time where I was quite stranded.




answered on 12/20/04 by
a VT member from London

Ouch, well it is a better bet to stay at the airport then cause I know they are definately open 24/7




answered on 12/20/04 by
a VT member from Singapore

Just to remind you that the closest does not mean the fastest and most convenient. From London Euston, the cheapest and most convenient and fastest to get to an airport is Heathrow. It is more expensive to get to Stansted, or Luton from Euston. Furthermore, you need a longer travelling time.




answered on 12/26/04 by
a VT member from Greater London

Glad to know that stations are cleaned in London, i had different opinion before.....




answered on 12/26/04 by
a VT member from London

They are not that bad., i've seen much worse on my travels.






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a VirtualTourist member from Gabriola Island asked on May 21, 2007

London

Hotels near Heathrow Airport

Have you stayed in a hotel close to Heathrow Airport? We have been surfing info on hotels under a hundred pounds, mostly looking at chain hotels, for the end of June. Have you a favourite?



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answered on 5/22/07 by
a VT member from London

I've stayed in this one. Cheap enough, about £60 a night for a single. Standard budget hotel for those early flights.

stgiles.com/heathrowhotel/in...






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a VirtualTourist member asked on Jan 20, 2009

London

a shower near the airport

Hi-I will be staying in London for a mere 8 hours before taking off for Jos, Nigeria. Is there a place you can just pay for a shower and store your belongings.
Also, if I decide not to do this...where are the closest hostels or cheap, but safe locations where I could check in, take a shower, leave my stuff to walk around, and then check out. Can you tell me how to get there from Heathrow?



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answered on 1/20/09 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Heathrow has a 'Yotel' in the airport itself (Terminal 4) where you can pay for rooms in blocks of time:

http://www.yotel.com/

There are left luggage facilities in each terminal (sorry for long link):

http://www.heathrowairport.com

6.50GBP per item for up to 24hours.

T1: Arrivals, next to the lifts for Heathrow Express. 06:00-23:00

T2: Near the Lufthansa check-in. 05:30 - 23:00.

T3: Departures, zone C, opposite Turkish Airlines, 06:00 - 22:00 and Arrivals hall, 05:00 - 23:00.

T4: West end of the arrivals hall. 05:30 - 23:00.

T5: Arrivals, UK arrivals end. 05:30 - 23:00.

There are showers before and after Arrivals in T4.




answered on 1/20/09 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

I removed the 'long link' and forgot to say put 'left luggage' and 'showers' into the airport website search box on the link I gave.




answered on 1/21/09 by
a VT member from Surrey

Heathrow doesn't really have much in the area to go out and see by walking around. I'm assuming you plan to stay the 8 hours near the airport after arriving there? You could take a bus to Windsor, which is nearby. It's a nice town to walk around/eat in. It would certainly help pass the time of day.




answered on 1/21/09 by
a VT member

the yotel is crazy expensive. around 80 pounds. that is way too expensive. I am think 20 ot 30 dollars is the most I want to pay for a shower. any other thoughts. it can be a hostel that is easy to get to. I don't want to ride the tub, hop on a bus, etc...just the tube and a simple meter walk will do.




answered on 1/21/09 by
a VT member

i am ok with heading into london for the shower and to walk around, but I don't want to pay a fortune. someone told me earl's court would be an easy area to get to. any thoughts about places to stay there..or if there is another place let me know.




answered on 1/21/09 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Have a look at www.hostelworld.com for London hostels.

Tube map here, so you can work out where the hostel nearest Tube is in relation to where the Heathrow Tube will go:

bbc.co.uk/london/travel/down...

Personally, I think it would be much more sensible to take a shower and store your belongings at Heathrow rather than pay for a hostel for a few hours.




answered on 1/21/09 by
a VT member from Fresno

Keep in mind that many hostels have lock-out hours when you may not enter. It would be horrible to not be able to get back in to get your belongings.






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a VirtualTourist member from Port Alberni asked on Jun 1, 2010

London

Hotels near Heathrow

I plan to stay in London for one or two nights on my way to South Africa. This is next March. Are there many hotels right near Heathrow that aren't too expensive.That is, clean but not fancy.
I am hoping to meet some VTers for lunch during my stopover. Thanks for your input.



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answered on 6/1/10 by
a VT member from Richardson

I stay at the Thames Lodge in Staines, which is immediately south of Heathrow. See mercure.com/gb/hotel-6620-me...

It's a nice hotel on the Thames (duh), so pleasant walks in the evening before you retire to the indoor/outdoor bar. There is an onsite restaurant (rather pricey) but you are a short walk down the street from a large indoor shopping complex and pedestrian mall that is not only full of shopping but also a variety of restaurants. If you have a car, there is free (but limited) onsite parking, but there is a large municipal lot next door. But having a car is by no means necessary with all the stuff in walking distance.

On the backside of the shopping center (the hotel side, easily visible from the hotel) is a bus terminus, where you can catch a bus up to the airport. And if you want to go to London for the day, the Staines train station is about a kilometer away through a residential neighborhood (easy walk); it arrives at Waterloo.

It's not the cheapest hotel, but the way that currencies are bouncing around, I'll leave it to you to price it. Oh, if you go there, ask for an upstairs river side room...that way you (may) get a balcony that has doors that you can open on to the river...downstairs, the joggers on the trail are right outside ;-). Note: no lift and since the building was originally at least 2 buildings, there is a lot of up and down and around getting to your room...

Bill




answered on 6/1/10 by
a VT member

Ya,definitely it is very helpful..




answered on 6/1/10 by
a VT member from Port Alberni

Thank you Bill for the very thoughtful reply. I saw the hotel and it looks very nice for sure. I will probably have all my luggage with me unless I can store it somewhere so I will need accommodation with a lift. However, if I can figure that out, that hotel looks great!




answered on 6/2/10 by
a VT member from London

If you're just looking for sometihng functional then there are two hotels on the Bath Road, right outside the Northern Perimeter Road of the airport:-
The Ibis or the Novotel.
Both these hotels do have lifts, but I could not vouch for prices.
They will, of course, hav websites, where you can. no doubt, book and pay on-line.




answered on 6/2/10 by
a VT member from Richardson

two choices: (1) stay on ground floor (I did in March, and it was OK - I could open the windows - I don't think it had a door where the balcony doors were upstairs, or (2) tell them you need assistance getting your luggage up to your room...they don't always have a porter (I could never figure out when he was on duty - it seemed random), but the desk clerk will do it if need be...

Bill




answered on 6/2/10 by
a VT member from Richardson

Yep, we stayed at the Novotel in January on the way in from North America...we took the daytime flight from Chicago and arrived at Heathrow about 11:15 p.m.

We decided to get something to eat, and found that not only was the restaurant closed, but the room service charge was 20 pounds minimum per person. Ouch. Since there is nothing around the hotel, we hopped into the car and wandered around lost for a while, finally being stopped by a policeman who wondered if we were lost (yeah, sort of, sir). At last, we found a takeaway that was populated by the Central European employees and three or four friendly drunks from the pub down the road that had just closed...

OK, long-winded point...;-) ...the Novotel is not really near anything except Heathrow, so it is convenient for Heathrow (there is a for-fee bus service that serves several of these hotels), but not so convenient if you want to stay a day or two and maybe go into London...so it depends on what you want (as I recall, the Novotel is cheaper than the Thames Lodge, which makes sense based on the brand)...

Bill




answered on 6/2/10 by
a VT member from London

Should've called me Bill.
We're just 20 minutes south of the airport.




answered on 6/2/10 by
a VT member from Richardson

I had no idea...where are you, south of Staines?

Bill




answered on 6/2/10 by
a VT member from London

Hampton - near Hampton Court Palace.




answered on 6/2/10 by
a VT member from Richardson

Hey, I drove around there once about 6 times one day ;-) Yes, I would drive around the roundabout (on the Hurst Road, I think, near a quilt store) while the OSU was reading the signs...after several passes, she yelled "NOW!" and I took the next exit...wherever it went to...heehee...

Bill




answered on 6/2/10 by
a VT member from London

Know it well - that's one confusing roundabout. Take the wrong exit and you're on your way into Central London.





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