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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    Heathrow to central London

    Heathrow has superb London connections to suit every passenger's budget and requirements.

    Travel options

    The fastest link between Heathrow and central London. Non-stop trains run to Paddington every 15 minutes, and journey time is 15 minutes from Terminals 2 and 3 (a few minutes more from Terminals 4 or 5).

    The most cost-effective rail route to London. Piccadilly Line trains run from all terminals and journey time is 50–60 minutes.

    The Elizabeth line is a stopping service between Heathrow and Shenfield or Abbey Wood in eastern London.

    Coaches run throughout the day, from £10, offering journey times of 40–80 minutes to Victoria coach station (and many other destinations.

    The first service departs from Victoria Coach Station at 03:00 and arrives at Heathrow's central bus station (for Terminal 2 and 3) at 03:40. The bus arrives at Terminal 5 at 03:55 and Terminal 4 at 04:10.

    The 285 bus links Heathrow with Feltham rail station, where there are frequent trains to London Waterloo. Combined journey time is one hour and 40 minutes.

    London taxis are available outside each terminal. The cost to central London is £45–£70 and the journey time is approximately one hour. Or, book a minicab or chauffeur in advance.