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London Heathrow terminal 3 to terminal 5

Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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London Heathrow terminal 3 to terminal 5

Hello!

Next week i'm arriving in london at terminal 3 and have about 90 minutes to catch another plane in terminal 5...

Can someone suggest the best way to do this? I noticed there is a free bus, but Heathrow official page says that transfer time between terminal 3 and 5 is 90 minutes... This is cutting it way to close.

Any alternatives?

Thanks!

Filip

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1. Re: London Heathrow terminal 3 to terminal 5

Follow the purple signs for Flight Connections, 90mins is a legal connection,

London
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2. Re: London Heathrow terminal 3 to terminal 5

If you are connecting on a through ticket, and your luggage is checked through to your final destination, 90 minutes is plenty.

On arrival at Terminal 3, follow signs for Flight Connections. You will be transferred to Terminal 5 by free shuttle bus; these run every few minutes. As you remain 'airside' you do not need to reclaim and recheck your bags, or go through UK immigration, although there will be a quick security check at Terminal 5. Then you just go though to the departure gate.

Here is some information from the Heathrow Airport website about making connections:

heathrowairport.com/heathrow-airport-guide/f…

Edited: 9:53 am, April 08, 2012
Scottsdale, AZ
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3. Re: London Heathrow terminal 3 to terminal 5

"Then you just go though to the departure gate."

Which may involve a train depending on which T5 concourse (B, C, etc.)

And when you deplane at T3, you may have to get on a bus from the plane into T3, then a different bus from T3 to T5. It's really quite the pain, and probably won't leave much time for T5 shopping or anything else.

London
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4. Re: London Heathrow terminal 3 to terminal 5

True, with 90 minutes there will be no hanging around and certainly no time for shopping. But it is enough to make the connection.

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5. Re: London Heathrow terminal 3 to terminal 5

Alternative is to go through immigration and catch the Heathrow Express. NOT recommended. Just do as the others are saying. Upon arrival at T5, you'll probably go through security again. Then check whether your flight departs from T5A, T5B or T5C. The two latter implies taking the train (quick and efficient). If you qualify to a Lounge access, please note there is none at T5C. Finally, at T5 do prefer the elevators to the escalators: it is faster.

Safe flights!

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6. Re: London Heathrow terminal 3 to terminal 5

'Upon arrival at T5 you'll probably go through security again.' Not probably but definitely, there is a Security checkpoint at T5 Flight Connections - the liquids and gels rule holds for that checkpoint.

Nearly all long haul flights depart from the B or C satellite terminals, as has been mentioned. The transit train journey to those satellites takes a couple of minutes, and trains are very frequent.

If your flight is domestic then it will depart from a gate in the main terminal building. You will have a digital photograph taken at T5 Flight Connections; it's standard procedure for those taking domestic flights from that terminal building, as domestic and international pax mix in the departures area.

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7. Re: London Heathrow terminal 3 to terminal 5

< as domestic and international pax mix in the shopping mall. >

Corrected your error.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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8. Re: London Heathrow terminal 3 to terminal 5

thanks for this everyone! Appreciate your comments!

Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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9. Re: London Heathrow terminal 3 to terminal 5

Everything went smoothly with the transfer from terminal 3 to 5. Very clear signs. Its easy to find your way around. Thanks again for your input!

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10. Re: London Heathrow terminal 3 to terminal 5

How long did it take to get from T3 to T5? Thanks!

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