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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  • We want you to feel safe and secure in our stations and when travelling by train to or from the Airport. Our Colleagues are available at all Heathrow stations to assist you with your journey.

    Baggage and personal belongings

    Please do not leave baggage and other personal items unattended in stations or onboard train services.


    Our stations are fully covered by CCTV, which means a safer environment for Passengers and Colleagues alike.

    See it, Say it, Sorted - poster

    If you see someone behaving suspiciously or find anything unattended, inform a member of staff, the British Transport Police or contact us at one of the help points in our stations.

    British Transport Police

    The British Transport Police are the national police force for UK railways

    When to contact the British Transport Police?

    Text 61016* or call 0800 40 50 40 when:

    • you want to report an incident discreetly that has already happened
    • issues are affecting you at the station or on-board the train
    • you have a general police enquiry

    The text number is monitored 24/7 and, while it is not for reporting emergencies, Officers may be deployed if required.

    When to dial 999?

    Always dial 999 when you need an urgent police response such as:

    • a crime is happening
    • someone suspected of a crime is nearby
    • someone is injured, being threatened or in danger

    If your enquiry concerns buses or roads, you can contact local police anywhere in the country by dialling 101.