Heathrow Airport Terminal 3

Information on Heathrow Terminal 3

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 18 airlines and approximately 17.7 million passengers. Terminal 3 mainly operates long-haul flights, although some are to European destinations.

Checking In

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. As a guide, we have
listed below the approximate time you should allow yourself to check in:
  • International flights: 3 hours
  • European flights: 2 hours
  • Domestic flights: 90 minutes
Boarding usually begins around 45 minutes before departure, so given that you play by the timings above, you should have
enough time to eat, shop and get to your gate on time!

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.
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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.

Left Luggage


Left luggage facilities are available via Excess Baggage Company, located in the Arrivals hall (open 05:00 – 23:00).
The cost varies from £6 for 2 hours up to £26 for 48-72 hours of storage. Each item is security checked and you can contact Excess Baggage on 020 3468 4569

Excess Baggage service at Heathrow Airport


Terminal 3 mainly deals with long-haul flights for US, South America, Asia and some flights to Europe. Below are the
18 airlines that currently operate from the terminal;
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Delta Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Finnair
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Iran Air
  • Japan Airlines
  • LATA Airlines
  • MEA Middle East Airlines
  • Pakistan International Airlines
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Sri Lankan 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.

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

Parking and Hotels at Terminal 3

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