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London Heathrow Terminal 3

London Heathrow Terminal 3 Departures.

All the information you need to enjoy a smooth journey through London Heathrow Terminal 3.

British Airways flights also depart from Heathrow Terminals 1 and 5, London City and London Gatwick.

Check which London airport terminal your flight is departing from

Useful information about Heathrow Terminal 3

collapsedshowCheck in and clear security at least 35 minutes before your flight

Important information:

  • You must pass through check-in no later than 45 minutes before your flight.
  • You must have entered Security at least 35 minutes before your flight departs.
  • You must be at your boarding gate at least 20 minutes before your flight departs.
  • If you do not meet these times, you will not be allowed on to your flight.
collapsedshowCheck-in and bag tagging facilities at Terminal 3

Zone D offers a dedicated British Airways check-in area with Check-in kiosks and Bag Drop. There are dedicated Check-in facilities for First, Club World and Club Europe passengers.

Fast Track security is available for eligible customers. There is also a passport and visa check desk for longhaul flights and non-EU passengers.

If you have baggage to check in, you can use a check-in kiosk to print your baggage tags even if you have already printed your boarding pass at home. When you have printed your baggage tags, please drop your tagged baggage at one of the Bag Drop desks.

collapsedshowBag Drop desk opening times

Bag Drop desks for checked baggage open at the following times:

Bag Drop desk opening times

Premier, Gold and Silver Executive Club members, and


First, Club World and Club Europe customers


From 05:00 on the day of departure
World Traveller Plus and World Traveller customers From 3 hours before the flight departure time
Euro Traveller customers From 2 hours before the flight departure time

collapsedshowFast Track

Fast Track Security is available for:

  • all customers travelling in First, Club World and Club Europe
  • British Airways Executive Club Gold and Silver members plus one guest
  • oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members plus one guest

Fast Track Boarding is available for:

  • all customers travelling in First, Club World and Club Europe
  • customers with a fully flexible UK Domestic ticket (Business UK)
  • British Airways Executive Club Gold and Silver members
  • oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members

Fast Track Arrivals is available for:

  • customers travelling in First, Club World and Club Europe who hold a non-EU passport
  • British Airways Executive Club Gold and Silver members who hold a non-EU passport, plus one guest
  • oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members
collapsedshowLounge information

Galleries Club lounge

We welcome:

  • customers flying in Club World or Club Europe
  • Executive Club Gold and Silver Members, or oneworld equivalent

The Galleries Club lounge is situated in Zone F and facilities include:

  • Silver Bar
  • Wine Gallery
  • Coffee House
  • Club Deli
  • Work and Entertainment Zone
  • Kids Zone
  • Shower facilities
  • Customer Service desk

Galleries First lounge and Elemis Travel Spa

We welcome:

  • customers flying in First
  • Executive Club Gold Members

The Galleries First lounge and Elemis Travel Spa offer the following facilities:

  • Gold Island Bar
  • Champagne Bar
  • Wine Gallery
  • Dining
  • Work Zone
  • Entertainment Zone
  • Shower facilities
  • Kids Zone

American Airlines Arrivals Lounge

The Arrivals Lounge is situated on the second floor of the Arrivals building after Customs, and welcomes the following customers arriving on a British Airways operated flight:

  • First and Club World customers
  • Executive Club Gold Members
  • British Airways Premier customers plus two guests (arriving on any airline)
collapsedshowShopping and eating at Terminal 3

Shopping at Terminal 3

At Terminal 3, you'll find everything from famous perfumes to the latest electronic gadgets as well as all your travel essentials.

Heathrow Airport shops A-Z

Eating at Terminal 3

Make the most of your time in the terminal, with a choice of fantastic restaurants.

Heathrow Airport restaurants, cafés and bars A-Z

collapsedshowBe at your boarding gate at least 20 minutes before your flight

Important information:

  • You must be at your boarding gate at least 20 minutes before your flight departs.
  • If you do not meet this time, you will not be allowed on to your flight.
collapsedshowFlight connections at Heathrow

Travelling between terminals at London Heathrow? Follow the purple signs

  • Check which terminal your onward flight is departing from, and if that is a different terminal to the one you landed in, just follow the purple ‘Flight Connections’ signs to your next terminal and onward flight.
  • There are purple connections buses which will take you to your new terminal.
  • The recommended minimum transfer times if travelling between terminals is 90mins.

Do I need to collect my baggage?

If your baggage has been labelled through to your onward flight from Heathrow, you don’t have to collect your baggage at the terminal you arrive into.

I don't have my onward flights boarding pass

  • Follow the purple sign to Flight Connections and if your flight is with another airline make your way to the correct terminal for that airline. Once there, speak to a representative of that airline who will be able to help you.
  • If your next flight is with British Airways, speak to one of our members of staff at Flight Connections.

Can I leave the airport?

  • We strongly recommend that if you wish to leave the airport, you should allow a minimum of 6 hours between flights.
  • If you choose to leave, it is your responsibility to ensure you have all the appropriate documents required to enter into the UK and clear border security.
  • You must return to the airport and be cleared through security at least 35 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your flight, or you will not be accepted for travel.
collapsedshowConnecting to Gatwick and London City airports

Connecting between Heathrow and Gatwick

London Heathrow and Gatwick airports are located approximately 30 miles apart. The recommended minimum connecting time between Heathrow and Gatwick is 3 hours.

  • The best way to travel direct between Heathrow and Gatwick is to take a National Express coach. It is fast, frequent and great value for money.
  • Heathrow to Gatwick coach services run 80 times a day, and the journey takes up to an hour.
  • Coach services arrive and depart from the lower level outside the international arrivals area.

National Express coach tickets can be purchased at the coach ticketing office in the international arrivals area or online using the link below.

You must collect all your bags before leaving London Heathrow.

Coach travel between Heathrow and Gatwick

Connecting to London City airport

The minimum recommended connection time between London Heathrow and London City airports is 3.5 hours.

You must collect all your bags before leaving London Heathrow.

Information about connecting to London City airport

collapsedshowTransport links collapsedshowAirport parking

Parking at Heathrow Terminal 3

Make your journey easier with our parking partners. Leave your car at a nearby car park with quick transfers, drop it off right outside the terminal with valet parking, or combine an overnight stay with parking and transfers at an airport hotel.

  • Earn 5 Avios per £1 spent when you pre-book car parking
  • Earn 250 Avios when you pre-book valet parking
  • Secure and convenient

Find out more about parking and book

Find out more about valet parking and book

Airport map

London Heathrow Terminal 3 airport map.