Heathrow rail disruption: 13-18 December 2022

Due to industrial action, rail services to and from Heathrow will be disrupted between 13 and 18 December 2022.

Please plan your journey in advance and ensure you leave enough time to get to the airport as roads will likely be busier than normal.

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Travelling through Heathrow this Christmas

We’re looking forward to welcoming you and your loved ones to the airport this Christmas and 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 time
Allow three hours to check-in before a long-haul flight and two hours to check-in before a short-haul flight – and make sure all your travel documents are up-to-date. Please don't turn up significantly early for your flight as this can cause unnecessary congestion in the airport and you may not be able to check in your bags. You can monitor current security waiting times using the Heathrow app and on your flight detail page.


Remove liquids from hand luggage
You can’t take liquids with a capacity over 100ml through security. Liquids under 100ml should be removed from your hand luggage and placed 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.

(“Liquids” includes all drinks and syrups; creams, lotions, oils, perfumes; sprays, shaving foam, deodorants, gels and pastes; soups, jams, preserves, chutneys – and snow globes)


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    Elizabeth line

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

    Travel information

    Serving Terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5, the Elizabeth Line now connects Heathrow with Reading, central London, east London and Essex.

    Trains run directly from Reading and Heathrow to Abbey Wood. Whereas Heathrow passengers travelling to or from Shenfield will need to change at Paddington.

    Journey times from Heathrow Airport to areas such as Farringdon and Canary Wharf can now be achieved in as little as 36 and 45 minutes respectively on the weekend and 40 and 51 minutes respectively during the week.

    View Elizabeth line timetables and route maps.


    Ticket and fares

    Travel on the Elizabeth line costs £12.80 at all times of the day, for a journey to or from Heathrow airport, where that journey starts, ends or goes through Zone 1.

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

    Transport for London Oyster card

    Contactless payment mechanism

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