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    Terminal 5 Meeting Point South
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    Departing from Terminal 5

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 15, 2013
    Heathrow T5 Departures, luggage check-in
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    Favorite thing: Heathrow Terminal 5 is not one building. There are two separate "docking" buildings 5C and 5B.
    These two are connected to the Main Terminal 5A by subterranean light rail transportation.
    This implies that in all three buildings you have to move a lot between floors.

    At arrival you will find several self-service gate pass machines. All you need is your passport and flight number to get a printed gate pass.

    On the same floor you go through central security check.

    Thereafter it's one floor down (or more if you depart from the 5B or 5C terminals), where you find shops, restaurants and 5A gate waiting areas.

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    Arriving at Terminal 5

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 15, 2013
    Terminal 5C escalators to the basement
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    Favorite thing: Heathrow Terminal 5 is not one building. There are two separate "docking" buildings 5C and 5B.
    These two are connected to the Main Terminal 5A by subterranean light rail transportation.
    This implies that in all three buildings you have to move a lot between floors.

    Terminal 5A has self-service immigration passport check points.

    Terminal 5 is furthest out from the City of London, so better use the rail link to the city than a car or taxi. For taking a bus you have to travel to the Terminal 3 Central bus station.

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    Answer to Forum Question on Terminal Transfer Time

    by riorich55 Written Jul 4, 2012

    Favorite thing: In late April, 2012 my wife and I had to do a similar trek at Heathrow. Let me give you my experience and you can decide.

    1) Arrived at Heathrow Terminal 3 on an American Airlines flight from Chicago (U.S. Passport) at about 9:00 a.m. local time. Walked to passport control and waited in line until about 10:30 a.m.

    2) Collected our bags which were already waiting for us, had nothing to declare so breezed out of Terminal 3 to catch Heathrow Express train to Terminal 5.

    3) Arrived at Terminal 5 about 11:10 a.m. and rechecked bags for flight to Paris. Finished this part at about 11:30 a.m.

    4) Had our passports checked again and went back through security at T5 quickly and arrived at T5 waiting area at 11:45 a.m.

    5) Gate posted for 12:40 p.m. flight at 12:10 p.m. Fortunately only a 5 minute walk to gate from where we were at.

    Bottom line - From landing at T3 to get to T5 waiting area took a total of 2 3/4 hours.

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    Sleeping in Heathrow

    by Airpunk Written Mar 1, 2008

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    Heathrow's Terminal 3

    Favorite thing: Heathrow is not as easy to sleep in as for example Stansted. I looked for a nice place to sleep in Terminal 3 but decided that this was not a real option. Benches are almost only available in the first floor, in a corner far to the left close to a pub. Of these, only a couple are without armrests and upholstered. As of 2008, it was not recommendable to sleep in the ground floor (arrival and check-in area) as construction works are taking place. And never try to sleep on the carpet with is not comfy, just dirty! Shops, including cafés, are not open during the night.

    Terminal 4 is a little different, you’ll find a couple of scattered benches with a group of them in a waiting zone close to the BA first class check-in. The same as for Terminal 3 with only a couple of the banks being upholstered and without armrests. Here again, be creative and find out the most comfy way to get some sleep by arranging bags, chairs and baggage trolley. There is a 24h Starbucks café in the arrival area, but no other shops – only a couple of vending machines. Although in sleeping qualities far behind Stansted, terminal 4 is a better choice than terminal 3. It is said that there’s also an acceptable sleeping area in the arrival hall of terminal 2. But in Heathrow, the best choice is to spend as less time as possible anyway…

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