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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  • Elizabeth line

    London’s newest rail line is now open for passenger service and stops at Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3, 4 and 5.


    Travel information

    The Elizabeth line stretches more than 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield or Abbey Wood in the east. When fully active it will add around 10% more capacity to central London's rail network.

    For many, it will mean shorter journey times between popular destinations in the capital and much quicker journeys to and from Heathrow.

    Please note: Currently, if you are travelling to Heathrow from stations to the east of Paddington station, you will need to change at Paddington to get to your Heathrow terminal. The same will apply on your return leg.

    View Elizabeth line timetables and route maps.


    Ticket purchase

    You can pay for your travel on the Elizabeth line using the following contactless payment options:

    Single journey tickets and Zones 1-6 Travelcards can can be purchased from airport station ticket machines. 


    Where to catch trains at Heathrow

    The Elizabeth line service stops at the following stations:

    • Heathrow Terminal 2 & 3
    • Heathrow Terminal 4
    • Heathrow Terminal 5