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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  • Heathrow is incredibly well-connected, with great transport links to London and the rest of the UK and travel options to suit every need and budget. Use our Journey Planner to work out the best route for you. 


    Heathrow Express

    Speed into London Paddington in just 15 minutes with the quick and convenient Heathrow Express. Non-stop trains run every 15 minutes from all terminals to Paddington station, where you can transfer to the London Underground or the Elizabeth Line. Prices start from £5.50 (if booked in advance) and you can buy tickets online or at the airport.

    London Underground

    The London Underground (aka 'the Tube') gets you from Heathrow to central London in under an hour, with trains running every 10 minutes. Heathrow has three underground stations, at Terminal 2/3 and at Terminal 4 and 5. Prices start from £5.50, making it one of the cheapest travel routes to London from Heathrow. The easiest way to pay is using a contactless bank card or Oyster card, but you can also buy single-journey tickets and travelcards at the station. 

    Elizabeth Line

    London’s newest rail line can get you from Heathrow to central London in under 45 minutes, with trains every 30 minutes. Prices from Heathrow to central London (zone 1) cost £12.80. The easiest way to pay is using a contactless bank card or Oyster card, but you can also buy tickets and travelcards at the station. The line also connects easily with Reading, east London and Essex.


    Coaches run from Heathrow to Victoria coach station, along with many other destinations across the UK. You can get the coach outside Terminal 4, 5 and Heathrow’s Central Bus Station, which is a short walk from Terminals 2 and 3. Prices start from £10. 


    Hail a black cab from outside the terminal or pre-book a mini-cab in advance. Travel times vary depending on your destination and the time of day you’re travelling, but you’ll need to allow at least an hour to get from Heathrow to central London by car. 

    Hiring a car

    You can hire a car from one of many car rental companies based at Heathrow. If you’re driving into London, you may need to pay the congestion and ULEZ charges. You can find out more on

    Find the best route to central London with our Journey Planner