One of the commonest questions strangers to Heathrow airport will ask is
how do they get from one terminal to another. If you look at a map
you will see the airport is divided into three distinct sections. The
central area where Terminals 2 and 3 are located, the southern section
where you will find terminal 4 and the western section which is the
location for terminal 5. Transferring between Terminals 2 and 3 is a
piece of cake. They are each located together and you can simply walk
from one to another at ground level or using the walkways that connect
them, just follow the signs. For transfers between the central area and
terminals 4 and 5 you use the
Heathrow express/Connect underground
. Travel on the these trains is free between terminals. Simply
make your way to the station below each terminal (will be clearly sign
posted) and make
your way to the Heathrow express/Connect service (not
Then simply make the appropriate journey. The Heathrow Express travels
from the central area, then to terminal 5, the TFL Rail service train is
the one that stops at terminal 4. For this reason it is important you
make sure of the terminal each train is going to.
To get to the Central Bus Station you need the central area. So from
terminals 4 and 5 make your way to either terminal 1,2 or 3 and follow
the signs for the bus station.
*Note: All travel is free within the Heathrow Free fare Freeflow area
which takes in all terminals when using either local buses, the Heathrow
Express or TFL Rail service trains.
If you do not have a connecting ticket then you can get a free ticket from the
station to allow free travel with Heathrow itself area for each terminal. You
will be using the inter-terminal transfer service which is still using the TFL
rail and Heathrow express lines.
From Terminal 5
to: Terminals 2 or 3. Take the Heathrow Express (3 minutes journey
time). Alternatively use the 441 bus from outside arrivals (10 minutes
to: Terminal 4. Take the Heathrow Express to the central area and then
transfer onto the TFL Rail service to terminal 4. Alternatively use the
482 or 490 bus from outside arrivals.
For inter terminal travel taking the Heathrow express route is called the
inter-terminal transfer service and requires you to take a free ticket at the
From Terminal 4
to: Terminals 2 or 3. Take the TFL Rail service. Alternatively use
the 555 or 557 bus from outside arrivals.
to: Terminal 5. Take the TFL Rail service to the central area and then
transfer onto the Heathrow Express to terminal 5. Alternatively use the
482 (12 minutes), 490 (15 minutes) or the 724 (12 minutes) bus
from outside arrivals.
For inter terminal travel taking the TFL Rail route is called the inter-terminal
transfer service and requires you to take a free ticket at the station.
From Terminals 2 or 3. (also central area and bus station
to: Terminal 4. Take the TFL Rail service. Alternatively use the 555 (19
minutes) bus from outside arrivals.
to: Terminal 5. Take the Heathrow Express (3 minutes journey time).
Alternatively use the 441 bus from the central bus station (10 minutes journey
time), the 724 (20 minutes) (central bus station) or the N9 night bus (10
Using the train for free travel is what the airport calls the inter-terminal
transfer service. You need to take the free ticket for travel from the station
if you do not have a through ticket already.
The Heathrow bus station
is linked to all 5 terminal via the Heathrow help Bus.
This is a free service for passengers with disabilities which operates
between 06.00 till 23.00. This service can also be requested using the
phone at help points.
>>>Local freeflow routes