London Heathrow Terminal 3

Heathrow Terminal 3 opened in 1961, under the original name of The Oceanic. | It was later refurbished and reopened under the name Terminal 3 by 1970 and included the UK’s first moving walkway. | Today, it is used by 20 airlines and approximately 19.5 million passengers. | Terminal 3 mainly operates long-haul flights, although some are to European destinations. | Check-In and Flight Arrivals are located on the ground floor at the front of the building and Flight Departures are above check-in on the first floor. | It goes without saying that you should give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport and check in.


Heathrow Check In

What’s that saying, “it’s better to be too early than too late”? Well that most certainly applies when checking in for a flight. You need to give yourself enough time to arrive, check in and get through security. No one wants to be the person whose name is being called over the tannoy! As a guide, we reccommend allowing yourself the following amount of time:
Heathrow terminal 3 - international flight
Heathrow terminal 3 - european flights
Heathrow terminal 3 - domestic flights

Self Service Check-In

Self service check-in is available with some airlines; it is simple and safe to use and can save you a lot of time at the airport.Self service check-in is available both online, and in kiosks located at the airport. Terminal 3 has kiosks located near the standard check-in desks. It is best to check with your airline to see if you are able to check in online or even on your mobile. Some airlines have dedicated apps that allow you to check in and download your boarding pass.

Heathrow Terminal 3 Arrivals

Arrivals is located on the left at the north end of the building on the ground floor. Check Heathrow Flight Arrivals for information on scheduled times and destinations, details of delays and cancellations, and find out which terminal to use. International connections do not require going through Immigrations or Customs but all International to Domestic connections do. Domestic to International connecting passengers can use special Immigration check points if baggage is through-checked.

What airlines fly from Terminal 3 Heathrow?

Terminal 3 mainly deals with long-haul flights for US, South America, Asia and some flights to Europe. Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, all flights are currently operated from Terminals 2 and 5 only.
  • American Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Delta Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Finnair
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Iberia Express
  • Iran Air
  • Japan Airlines
  • LATAM Airlines
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • MEA Middle East Airlines
  • Pakistan International Airlines
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Tianjin Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Vueling
This information is subject to change. If you are not sure which terminal you need, check with your airline and look
at our Heathrow Flight Departures page.

Heathrow Meeting Points

The meeting point is located in the Arrivals on the Ground Floor – near the seating area next to the Tourist Services.

Heathrow Terminal 3 information desk

There are six information points spread along the Departure Lounge Concourse. There is a Help Point in Baggage Reclaim and an information point near the Chauffeur Services in Arrivals.

Transfer between terminals

Getting between the terminals couldn’t be any more simple – see below for a quick guide on how to get to the others from
Terminal 3;
  • Terminal 2: Use the pedestrian underpass to walk directly to T2. If you have mobility difficulties,
    contact the special assistance desk for help.
    Journey Time: 10 minutes
  • Terminal 4: Jump on one of the free shuttle buses that run between T3 and T4; there are four trains
    an hour.
    Journey Time: 20 minutes
  • Terminal 5: Use the Heathrow Express train from Heathrow Central Station
    Journey Time: 20 minutes

Heathrow Terminal 3 – Lounges and Hotels

Please visit the dedicated pages below for both airport lounges and hotels to find the best deals suited to your trip.
Airport Hotels
airport lounge
For general information on the below facilities within Terminal 3, please follow the links to their dedicated pages.