Arrival times and other important information

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 three 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 and you may not be able to check in your bags.

 

Remove liquids from hand luggage 

Remember, you can only take liquids on the plane that are in individual containers with a maximum capacity of 100ml. This includes creams, gels, pastes, aerosols and make-up. 

Remove each item from hand luggage and place them all in a single transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of not more than one litre capacity. Each bag must be able to close properly with all the items inside. These bags are available free-of-charge before security. Passengers are strictly limited to one bag of liquids per person.

 

Airline and route moves

Some airlines have moved terminals this summer.  You should always keep in touch with your airline to confirm which terminal your flight departs from before travelling to 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.

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  • Getting between terminals

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

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    PLEASE NOTE

    Due to ongoing airport works throughout the summer period, it's recommended that passengers travelling on connecting flights arriving to or departing from Terminal 4 after 20:30 allow for an extra 20 minutes to complete their connection.

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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