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Clearing customs at Heathrow & picking up pre-booked rental

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Clearing customs at Heathrow & picking up pre-booked rental

Hi, can anyone suggest the time taken from disembarking at Heathrow at 6.15pm to clearing customs and picking up a Hertz rental car please. I'm wondering if it's too late to drive to the Walton Hotel - about 90mins drive I believe? Thanks, straddiemum

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1. Re: Clearing customs at Heathrow & picking up pre-booked rental

The time needed for passport control is dependent to some extent on the airline with which you'll fly and terminal buliding of arrival. I arrived at T3 on a Sunday evening last October and immigration was mobbed; the wait was a long 20 minutes for non EU passport holders. If you're one of the last off a full 747 or Airbus A380 then add 10 minutes just to get from the body of the plane then the airbridge.

Customs may take 30 seconds but it may take considerably longer if the agents want to have a look at your bags.

You will need to take a shuttle from the terminal building to the rental car park. That could take 15 - 30 minutes depending on the terminal builidng of arrival and how fast Hertz can be with their shuttle.

Whether you will want to face a 90 minute drive after a long haul flight and the arrivals process is another matter. I wouldn't want to do it, even after nine hours in the air.

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2. Re: Clearing customs at Heathrow & picking up pre-booked rental

Could you please provide the exact address of your hotel?

Stoke-on-Trent/Longton is not "90 minutes from Heathrow." It is more like 2 hours and 45 minutes. That is the wildly optimistic Google maps estimate which never takes into account weather, traffic, rush hour, etc.

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3. Re: Clearing customs at Heathrow & picking up pre-booked rental

I presume it's the London forum you meant to post in rather than Longton and you want to go to Stratford-upon-Avon rather than Stoke-on-Trent.

I would assume 2 hours from landing to driving in order for all the formalities to be done.

But will you be fit to drive after spending 24 hours in a metal tube and goodness knows how many hours awake beforehand?

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4. Re: Clearing customs at Heathrow & picking up pre-booked rental

It's LONDON - not Longdon or Longton

Once is understandable, twice just... well words fail me

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5. Re: Clearing customs at Heathrow & picking up pre-booked rental

dzug, that is one way to look at it, however I don't see a "Walton Hotel" in London--only in Warwickshire.

Which is why I requested that the OP post the address.

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6. Re: Clearing customs at Heathrow & picking up pre-booked rental

We have stayed at a Walton Hotel / Walton Hall in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

I have often gone to look at the 'Stratford forum ' and not found it - it has suggested Staffordshire instead . So this may have happened when OP searched for it.

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