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Heathrow Departures

Flying from Heathrow? Makes sure you've got all the information you need to have a hassle-free Heathrow experience and get your trip started the right way.

You'll be able to track your flight and keep an eye on any changes, as well as read through our frequently asked Heathrow departures questions for some really handy information. We've also put together a list of top tips, some general information about departures from Heathrow and links to some helpful airport services like airport parking, lounges and transfers.

Latest update: Mon 22 Apr 14:48
Mon 22 Apr 2024
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Popular Airlines at Heathrow Airport
Airline Code
Contact number
British Airways
0344 493 0787
Virgin Atlantic
0344 8747747
0371 6410401
Aer Lingus
0333 0045777
United Airlines
0845 6076760

Top Tips for flying from Heathrow

Use online check-in: Most major airlines have moved to online check-in now via their website or very often a simple to use app, they'll now encourage you to check-in online up to 30 days or more before the scheduled departure time of your flight. By checking-in this way you can save time and queuing at Heathrow and have a much more pleasant visit. Remember, when you check-in online you can also print or download your boarding pass to make sure you have everything you need at hand.

Drop your bags early: The earlier you drop your bags the less you'll need to lug them around the airport, so we'd make sure that as soon as you can, you check your bags in. In most cases this is around 2 hours before your flight is due to depart, it's always worth double-checking with your airline in case you can do it any sooner though.

Book your parking in advance: Touring the many car parks of Heathrow looking for a parking space isn't the best way to start your trip, and paying on the day gate rates isn't ideal either. Book your Heathrow parking in advance and not only can you drive straight to the car park you know has a space for you, but you can save money as well!

Heathrow Lounge: If you're worried about having a long wait in a busy airport before your flight departs from Heathrow, then book yourself into a Heathrow Lounge for a relaxing and calm space with free WiFi, drinks, food and comfy seats.

Grab a transfer: So now that every part of your Heathrow Departure has gone swimmingly, let us help make sure it's just as easy when you land at your destination. Book one of our airport transfers to help you easily get from the airport to your hotel or resort. We can provide a variety

Getting to Heathrow Airport

By Train: Getting to Heathrow by train is nice and easy, with plenty of options depending where you are coming from. From London Paddington you can catch the Express trains which depart every 15 minutes. You can cath the Elizabeth Line from Central London to Heathrow passing through stations in West London. The Picadilly Line on the London Underground is also an option between London and Heathrow.

By Car: There are different instructions for each terminal at Heathrow:

  • For Terminal 2 and 3, exit the M4 at Junction 4 or the M25 at Junction 15 and follow the signs. You can use the postcode TW6 1EW for T2 and TW6 1QG for T3.
  • For Terminal 4, at Junction 14 on the M25 take the A3113 exit and follow the signs for Terminal 4. Use the postcode TW6 3XA.
  • Terminal 5 is on the Western Perimeter Road with its own separate access road that you can reach from Junction 14 of the M25. If you're driving in from the M4, exit at Junction 4b and follow the M25 south to Junction 14. Use the postcode TW6 2GA for Terminal 5

Drop-off: There are drop-off areas for passengers outside each of the Heathrow Terminals, but please be aware that there is a £5 charge each time you enter the terminal drop-off area.

Pick-up: You'll have to pay to park in the Short Stay or Long Stay car park if you are picking up from Heathrow.

Short Stay Pick-Up Prices
0-29 minutes
30-44 minutes
45-59 minutes
1-2 hours

Long Stay Pick-Up Prices
0-29 minutes
30-119 minutes

By Taxi: You can avoid driving to the airport and worrying about parking altogether by booking an Airport Taxi with us. The professional driver will pick you up from your chosen pick up point and take you directly to the airport to get your holiday underway!

By Bus: There's a variety of options for your bus travel as Heathrow is served by several major bus routes and the Central Heathrow bus station is within walking distance of Terminals 2, 3 and 5. Some of the routes do travel past Terminal 4 too.

Heathrow Departures FAQs

How long before departure should I arrive at the airport Heathrow?

We'd recommend getting to the airport at least 2 hours before your Heathrow flight is due to depart, this will give you plenty of time to drop your bags off and pass through security.

What airlines use Terminal 3 at Heathrow?

Popular airlines that operate from Heathrow Terminal 3 include: American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic and Vueling.

What flights go out of Terminal 5 Heathrow?

Heathrow Terminal 5 is used exclusively by British Airways and Iberia airlines.

Which airline uses Terminal 2 in Heathrow?

Airlines such as Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Brussels Airlines, Icelandair, Singapore Airlines and many others operate from Heathrow Terminal 2.

How long does it take to get through customs at Heathrow at the moment?

On average it takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour to clear customs at Heathrow, however during peak periods it can take longer.

Is Terminal 2 the same as Terminal 3?

Heathrow Terminal 2 and Heathrow Terminal 3 are two separate terminals, however they are located quite close together. You can walk between T2 and T3 in around 10 minutes via the pedestrian underpass.

All information correct at time of writing. For the latest information please check with your airline.

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