Travelling through Heathrow

As always, we’re looking forward to welcoming you to the airport and we’re working hard to make sure your trip runs as smoothly as possible. To help with this process, please be aware of the following:

 

Consider your arrival times

Allow 3 hours to check-in before your flight and make sure all your travel documents are up-to-date. Please do not turn up significantly early for your flight though, as this can cause unnecessary congestion in the airport.

 

Terminal Drop-Off Charge

A £5 charge applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions apply. Free drop-off is available at our Long Stay car parks.

 

Terminal 4 airline moves

Terminal 4 has re-opened and up to 30 airlines are moving there during the summer. You should always keep in touch with your airline to confirm which terminal your flight departs from before travelling to the airport. 

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  • Getting between terminals

    Fast, convenient transfers are available between Heathrow's terminals 2-5.

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    Connecting passengers

    Transferring between flights? Our frequent Flight Connections buses will whisk you to your departure terminal without leaving the passenger-only area.

     

    Not a connecting passenger?

    If you don't have a connecting ticket (not sure? Your airline can advise), begin by selecting your starting terminal below.

    Terminal 3

    You can walk between Terminals 2 and 3 via the pedestrian underpass. The route is well signposted and can be followed on our interactive Heathrow map. If you have an impairment or mobility difficulties, find out how to request assistance.

    Average journey time: 10 minutes

    Terminal 4

    Free London Underground services and shuttle trains (Elizabeth Line and Heathrow Express) are available for inter-terminal transfers between Heathrow Terminals 2&3 and Heathrow Terminal 4.

    Please note that a Transport for London Oyster card or contactless payment mechanism is required to activate the ticket gates on London Underground services, but you won’t be charged for your journey as long as you only travel between terminals.

    If you are using Heathrow Express or Elizabeth Line, please obtain a free Inter-terminal transfer ticket from one of the machines in the station for your journey.

    Average journey time: 20 minutes

    Terminal 5

    Free London Underground services and shuttle trains (Elizabeth Line and Heathrow Express) are currently available for inter-terminal transfers between Heathrow Terminals 2&3 and Heathrow Terminal 5.

    Please note that a Transport for London Oyster card or contactless payment mechanism is required to activate the ticket gates on London Underground services, but you won’t be charged for your journey as long as you only travel between terminals.

    If you are using Heathrow Express or Elizabeth Line, please obtain a free inter-terminal transfer ticket from one of the machines in the station for your journey.

    Average journey time: 20 minutes

     

    Terminal 2

    You can walk between Terminals 2 and 3 via the pedestrian underpass. The route is well signposted and can be followed on our interactive Heathrow map. If you have an impairment or mobility difficulties, find out how to request assistance.

    Average journey time: 10 minutes

    Terminal 4

    Free London Underground services and shuttle trains (Elizabeth Line and Heathrow Express) are currently available for inter-terminal transfers between Heathrow Terminals 2&3 and Heathrow Terminal 4.

    Please note that a Transport for London Oyster card or contactless payment mechanism is required to activate the ticket gates on London Underground services, but you won’t be charged for your journey as long as you only travel between terminals.

    If you are using Heathrow Express or Elizabeth line, please obtain a free inter-terminal transfer ticket from one of the machines in the station for your journey.

    Average journey time: 20 minutes

    Terminal 5

    Free London Underground services and shuttle trains (Elizabeth Line and Heathrow Express) are available for inter-terminal transfers between Heathrow Terminals 2&3 and Heathrow Terminal 5.

    Please note that a Transport for London Oyster card or contactless payment mechanism is required to activate the ticket gates on London Underground services, but you won’t be charged for your journey as long as you only travel between terminals.

    If you are using Heathrow Express or Elizabeth Line, please obtain a free inter-terminal transfer ticket from one of the machines in the station for your journey.

    Average journey time: 20 minutes

    Terminal 2 and Terminal 3

    Free London Underground services and shuttle trains (Elizabeth Line and Heathrow Express) are available for inter-terminal transfers between Heathrow Terminal 4 and Heathrow Terminals 2&3.

    Please note that a Transport for London Oyster card or contactless payment mechanism is required to activate the ticket gates on London Underground services, but you won’t be charged for your journey as long as you only travel between terminals.

    If you are using Heathrow Express or Elizabeth Line, please obtain a free inter-terminal transfer ticket from one of the machines in the station.

    Average journey time: 20 minutes

    Terminal 5

    Free London Underground services are available between Heathrow Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 - please change trains at Hatton Cross.

    Shuttle trains are available on the Elizabeth Line and Hearthrow Express between Heathrow Terminal 4 and Terminal 5, please change trains at Heathrows Terminals 2&3.

    Please note that a Transport for London Oyster card or contactless payment mechanism is required to activate the ticket gates on London Underground services, but you won’t be charged for your journey as long as you only travel between terminals. 

    If you are using Heathrow Express or Elizabeth Line, please obtain a free inter-terminal transfer ticket from one of the machines in the station.

    Average journey time: 30 minutes

    Terminal 2 and Terminal 3

    Free London Underground services and shuttle trains are  available for inter-terminal transfers between Heathrow Terminal 5 and Heathrow Terminals 2&3.

    Please note that a Transport for London Oyster card or contactless payment mechanism is required to activate the ticket gates on London Underground services, but you won’t be charged for your journey as long as you only travel between terminals.

    If you are using Heathrow Express or Elizabeth Line, please obtain a free inter-terminal transfer ticket from one of the machines in the station.

    Average journey time: 20 minutes

    Terminal 4

    Free London Underground services and shuttle trains (Elizabeth Line) are available for inter-terminal transfers between Heathrow Terminal 4 and Terminal 5, please change trains at Heathrow Terminals 2&3. 

    Please note that a Transport for London Oyster card or contactless payment mechanism is required to activate the ticket gates on London Underground services, but you won’t be charged for your journey as long as you only travel between terminals.

    If you are using Heathrow Express or Elizabeth Line, please obtain a free inter-terminal transfer ticket from one of the machines in the station.

    Average journey time: 30 minutes