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Enjoy a seamless journey through the airport. With stylish shops, restaurants and luxurious Galleries lounges, Terminal 5 will change the way you fly forever.
British Airways flights also depart from Heathrow Terminals 1 and 3, London City and London Gatwick.
If you have used online or mobile check-in and you need to print your boarding pass, you can go to a check-in kiosk or a check-in desk at the airport to collect it.
Terminal 5 is split into zones with Zone A at the North end of the terminal and Zone J at the South end.
To help the flow of people through the terminal, you should go to the zone relevant to your destination or class of travel.
Bag Drop desks for checked baggage open at the following times:
|Bag Drop desk opening times|
|Premier, Gold and Silver Executive Club members||From 05:00 on the day of departure|
|First, Club World and Club Europe passengers||From 05:00 on the day of departure|
|Euro Traveller and Domestic passengers||3 hours before your flight departure time*|
|World Traveller and World Traveller Plus passengers||3 hours before your flight departure time*|
*The earliest Bag Drop opening time is 05:00.
Intercontinental flights include Moscow, St Petersburg, Kiev and Tripoli.
If you have hand baggage only and you have checked in online, using a mobile or at a check-in kiosk, you will need to go to a passport and visa check desk before going through airport security. This ensures we have checked that you are ready to fly and are carrying the correct passport and travel documents before going through airport security.
If you have baggage to check in, your passport and visa will be checked at a Bag Drop or Customer Service Desk.
A digital photograph of all customers on UK Domestic flights from London Heathrow Terminal 5 will be taken at airport security. When boarding the flight, the photograph will be checked. Once checks are complete, all photographs will be deleted.
Terminal 5 consists of three satellite buildings. They are all used for departures and arrivals:
These buildings are all linked by a transit system, and the transit trains run frequently.
Please note: Do not make your way to Terminal 5B or Terminal 5C unless you are departing from these terminals, as this may result in you missing your flight.
Eligible customers may use the lounges in Terminal 5A or Terminal 5B if their flight departs from Terminal 5C as there are no lounge facilities in T5C. Please ensure you have enough time before your flight to make use of the lounge facilities and to proceed to the terminal you are departing from.
Terminal 5A is the main terminal building. There are two customer service desks in this terminal: the Central and South customer service desks. The South customer service desk is located towards the southern end of the building, and is the only point after security where flight bookings can be made or amended. The Central customer service desk can be used to obtain information about your departure and is located on the main concourse towards the northern end of the building.
Terminal 5A also houses the British Airways Galleries First and Club lounges, the Concorde Room, as well as the Arrivals lounge.
The Arrivals lounge is located on the 1st floor using the green lifts before check-in and security.
Terminal 5B has a Galleries Club lounge for the use of eligible customers departing from Terminal 5B and Terminal 5C. There is also a customer service desk where you can get flight departure information. There are also a few shops in this satellite terminal.
Eligible customers departing from Terminal 5C are welcome to use the lounge here. Please ensure you have enough time before your flight to use this facility and make your way to Terminal 5C.
Terminal 5C is the smallest of the three and has a customer service desk and a few shops. There are no lounge facilities here.
If departing from Terminal 5C, eligible customers are asked to use the lounge facilities in Terminal 5A or Terminal 5B and then travel on the transit train to Terminal 5C when they are invited to board their flight.
Please note: Proceeding to a satellite building other than the one you are departing from may result in you missing your flight.
Eligible customers departing from Terminal 5C should ensure they have enough time before their flight to use the lounge facilities and make their way to their respective gates.
If you are connecting onto another British Airways flight please ensure you are familiar with which terminal your onward flight departs from. Please use our 'Which London airport terminal' tool to obtain this information.
Recommended minimum transfer times:
Upon disembarkation of the aircraft, if connecting please follow the purple 'Flight Connections' sign which will direct you towards the flight connections centre.
Please ensure you check the flight information screens in the arrivals corridor on your way to flight connections. It is possible that your gate number may be displayed and that you may be departing out of the same building that you have landed in. If this is the case then you can contact British Airways staff that will be happy to assist you.
If you do not see your flight listed on the flight information screen, please carry on following the purple sign and board the train to flight connections.
Once you have arrived at the flight connections centre and your documentation has been checked, you will then be allowed to pass through security to proceed to the departures lounge.
Please monitor the flight information screens in the departures lounge, where your gate will be displayed.
All passengers arriving on longhaul or shorthaul services who have a domestic connection should follow the purple flight connections sign. Once you are in the flight connections centre, please proceed to the domestic zone where your documentation will be checked and your photo taken before proceeding through to security.
For passengers arriving on a domestic flight and connecting onto a shorthaul or longhaul service, please follow the Flight Connections Terminal 5 sign. This will direct you to a desk where your photo will be captured and you can then go through to the departures lounge.
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.
London Heathrow and Gatwick airports are located approximately 30 miles apart. The recommended minimum connecting time between Heathrow and Gatwick is 3 hours.
National Express coach tickets can be purchased at the coach ticketing office in the international arrivals area or online to ensure a great fare using the link below.
You must collect all your bags before leaving London Heathrow.
The minimum recommended connection time between London airports is 3.5 hours.
You must collect all your bags before leaving London Heathrow.
If you’re travelling in First, Club World or Club Europe or are a Gold or Silver Executive Club member, you’ll have access to Terminal 5’s exclusive Galleries lounges, sleek contemporary interiors with a touch of uniquely British style.
Terminal 5A and Terminal 5B each have lounge facilities. There are no lounge facilities in Terminal 5C.
For customers travelling in First*.
A place for both serious relaxation and serious business, the soothingly understated opulence and calm of the Concorde Room provides a genuinely exclusive environment for First passengers.
World class lounge features include:
*Gold Executive Club members who earn 5,000 Tier Points will be issued with a Concorde Room Card.
For Gold Executive Club members and customers travelling in First.
Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, you’ll find your needs catered for with:
For Gold and Silver Executive Club members, and customers travelling in First, Club World and Club Europe.
The Galleries Club lounge offers a range of luxury amenities throughout, including:
There is a Galleries Club lounge at both ends of Terminal 5 as well as in the satellite building, Terminal 5B.
If you are departing from Terminal 5A, you must use the lounges within 5A and not go to Terminal 5B as you will not be able to return to 5A.
If you are departing from Terminal 5C, you must use the lounges in 5A or 5B as there are no lounge facilities in 5C.
The Galleries Arrivals lounge is available for those travelling in First and Club World, or Gold Executive Club members travelling longhaul.
The comfortable lounge allows you to pause, unwind, collect your thoughts and freshen up. Make sure you’re ready for the day ahead with an invigorating power shower, help yourself to food and drink or catch up on some work.
You can also enjoy a complimentary well-being treatment at the Elemis Travel Spa while the valet service presses your suit, ensuring you leave looking as good as you feel.
The Galleries Arrivals lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5 is open daily from 05.00 to 14.00.
If you're travelling on a longhaul flight from Terminal 5B, we suggest you use our Galleries Club lounge located in Terminal 5B.
You are offered the same facilities as the Galleries Club lounges in Terminal 5A. It also means that you will be close to your gate for boarding, as the journey between 5A and 5B takes approximately 15 minutes.
If you are departing from Terminal 5B or Terminal 5C, we recommend that you leave the lounge 35 minutes before departure to ensure you arrive at the boarding gate no later than 20 minutes before departure.
At Terminal 5, you'll find everything from famous perfumes to the latest electronic gadgets, as well as all your travel essentials.
Fashionistas are in for a treat too. Top brands such as Harrods, Tiffany & Co, Mulberry, Prada, Kurt Geiger and Reiss have all created unique Terminal 5 stores. Many, such as Paul Smith's Globe, offer exclusive Terminal 5 pieces.
Whether it's a light bite or a full meal, the Terminal 5 dining experience raises the bar for quality cuisine on the move. You might wish you could come and eat here even if you weren't catching a flight.
Gordon Ramsay's exciting restaurant, Plane Food, is a perfect example, with delicious recipes served in a stunning setting bathed in glorious natural light with views out over the runways.
Heathrow by Invitation allows you to bypass the main airport terminals and can be purchased if you are travelling in First, Club World or Club Europe.
Before your flight, you will be greeted and shown to your own personal lounge where you can enjoy light refreshments, relaxing in total privacy. Meanwhile your check-in and security are taken care of by dedicated hosts. A private car will take you to the steps of your departing flight or collect you from your arriving flight.
Since you will bypass the main terminal, regrettably our range of dining and spa facilities in our Concorde, Galleries and Arrivals lounges at London Heathrow will not be accessible.