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Heathrow Terminal 3

Ridesmiths provide regular Airport Transfers to and from Terminal 3. Please find any information that you might need below.

Heathrow Terminal 3 is an airport terminal at Heathrow Airport, serving London, the capital city of the United Kingdom. Terminal 3 is currently used by Oneworld members and a few other non-affiliated airlines. It is also the hub for Virgin Atlantic's long-haul operations.


Pick Up Location - Terminal 3

If you have a Ridesmiths' car picking you up, our reccomended pick up location for Heathrow Terminal 3 will usually be at the customs barier or the WH Smiths in the arrival hall


Live Arrivals and Departures

The Driver of your Ridesmiths cab will have your flight details at hand, if you are unsure of your flight details please click here for details of all flights from London heathrow



Opened as The Oceanic Terminal on 13 November 1961, it was built to handle flight departures for long-haul routes. At this time the airport had a direct helicopter service to Central London from the gardens on the roof of the terminal building. Renamed Terminal 3 in 1968, it was expanded in 1970 with the addition of an arrivals building. Other facilities added included the UK's first moving walkways.

The terminal was refurbished between 1987 and 1990 at a cost of £110 million. In 2006, the new £105 million Pier 6 was completed to accommodate the Airbus A380 superjumbo; Emirates and Qantas now operate regular flights from Terminal 3 using the Airbus A380. Redevelopment of Terminal 3's forecourt through the addition of a new four lane drop-off area and a large pedestrianised plaza, complete with canopy to the front of the terminal building, was completed in 2007. These improvements were intended to improve passengers' experiences, reduce traffic congestion and improve security. As part of this project, Virgin Atlantic was assigned its own dedicated check-in area, known as 'Zone A', which features a large sculpture and atrium. As of 2013, Terminal 3 has an area of 98,962 square metres (1,065,220 sq ft).

Heathrow Airport Limited also has plans for a £1bn upgrade of the rest of the terminal over the next ten years which will include the renovation of aircraft piers and the arrivals forecourt. A new baggage system connecting to Terminal 5 (for British Airways connections) is currently under construction. In addition to the baggage system, the baggage claim hall is also set to undergo changes with dedicated A380 belts and an improved design and layout.

In May 2015, it has been announced that Terminal 3 will be demolished by 2019, when Terminal 2 has been completed.



The main presences in Terminal 3 are American Airlines, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, who have their UK hubs located here. Emirates, with 6 A380 flights daily to Dubai, is the other major user of the terminal.


One World

Terminal 3 is used by the majority of Oneworld alliance members, American AirlinesCathay PacificFinnairJapan AirlinesQantasRoyal JordanianSriLankan AirlinesTAM and British Airways who also use Terminal 5. However it is not used by Iberia (Terminal 5 only), Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways (both Terminal 4 only). It is also used byVueling which is a wholly owned susbsidiary of International Airlines Group, the parent of British Airways and Iberia but is not itself a member of Oneworld. Vueling, British Airways and Finnair are the only airlines offering short-haul flights from this terminal.


Non Alligned

The principal non-aligned airlines are Emirates and Virgin Atlantic, the smaller ones are Iran AirOman Air, and Pakistan International Airlines.


Sky Team

Delta is a SkyTeam member but has moved some flights from Terminal 4 to be alongside its partner Virgin Atlantic. Middle East Airlines has also joined SkyTeam but remained in Terminal 3.


Star Alliance

All Star Alliance airlines formerly based in Terminal 3 moved to Terminal 2 between June and September 2014 and none now fly from this terminal.


Airlines and Destinations

In 2012 Terminal 3 handled 18.4 million passengers on 92,639 flights. 25% of the airport's passengers, making it the second busiest terminal after Terminal 5 but only 20% of the airport's flights, which is fewer than both Terminal 5 and Terminal 1. The average of 199 passengers per flight reflects the terminal's long haul focus.

Airlines Destinations
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York–JFK, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham
British Airways Accra, Barcelona, Bilbao, Budapest, Cape Town, Denver, Gibraltar, Hanover, Helsinki, Las Vegas, Lisbon, Luxembourg, Lyon, Marseille, Miami,Nairobi–Kenyatta, Phoenix, Prague, Vancouver, Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
Delta Air Lines Boston, New York–JFK
Emirates Dubai–International
Finnair Helsinki
Garuda Indonesia Jakarta
Iran Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Japan Airlines Tokyo–Haneda
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Oman Air Muscat
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore
Qantas Dubai–International, Melbourne, Sydney
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia
SriLankan Airlines Colombo
TAM Airlines São Paulo–Guarulhos
Virgin Atlantic Atlanta, Boston, Delhi, Detroit, Dubai–International, Hong Kong, Johannesburg–Tambo, Lagos, Los Angeles, Miami, New York–JFK, Newark, San Francisco, Shanghai–Pudong, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare
Vueling A Coruña, Barcelona


Airbus A380 and Boeing 747

Emirates and Qantaare currently the only operators of the Airbus A380 at Terminal 3. The 5 Emirates daily flights to Dubai use the A380, as do the 2 Qantas flights to Dubai, 1 of which continues to Sydney and 1 to Melbourne. British Airways operates a daily A380 service to Miami from Terminal 3 which began 25 October 2015.

Virgin Atlantic and British Airways are the two Boeing 747 operators at Terminal 3. In summer 2015 5 of Virgin Atlantic's 747s were based at Heathrow, however it is planned to retire all of these by the end of 2016. British Airways resumed long haul operations at Terminal 3 in October 2015 and in addition to the A380 to Miami and the Boeing 777 to Nairobi Jomo-Kenyatta, it is, as of November 2015, scheduled to operate 747s on all other flights based at Terminal 3.


Ground Transportation

Terminal 3 is connected by an underground walkway to Terminals 1 and 2. Terminals 4 and 5 can be reached by the free Heathrow Express rail service. London Underground services can also be used to transfer to Terminals 4 and 5 (the former requiring a change of train at Hatton Cross), but this service is only free to Oyster card holders.

In addition, numerous buses ply between the Central Bus Station (for Terminals 1, 2 & 3) and the other terminals, however using the train service is much quicker and easier for passengers with luggage. The bus service is free between terminals.


Road Links

As part of the three central terminals at Heathrow, it is well linked to the M4 motorway via the M4 spur road and through a tunnel under the north runway. There is a large, multi-storey car park opposite the Terminal connected by an aerial footbridge.


Rail Links

Terminal 3 is accessed by the London Underground from Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 tube station, with trains towards Cockfosters station via Central London. The Terminal is also accessed by Heathrow Connect and Express from Heathrow Central where services go to London PaddingtonHeathrow Connect services are due to be replaced by Crossrail when it finally opens at some point in the future and services would be increased from 2 trains per hour (about every 30 minutes) to 4 trains per hour (about every 15 minutes).


Bus Links

Terminal 3 is accessible to both bus and coach services from Heathrow central bus station. Current services are:

  • 75 – Heathrow – Langley – Slough – Maidenhead
  • 76 – Heathrow – Langley – Slough – Cippenham
  • 105* – Heathrow – Harlington Corner – Southall – Greenford Station
  • 111* – Heathrow – Harlington Corner – Hounslow – Hanworth – Hampton Court Palace – Kingston
  • 140* – Heathrow – Harlington Corner – Hayes and Harlington station – Northolt station – Harrow – Harrow Weald
  • 285* – Heathrow – Hatton Cross – Feltham – Teddington – Kingston
  • 441 – Heathrow Central – Heathrow Terminal 5 – Ashford – Staines – Englefield Green
  • 555 – Heathrow – Hatton Cross – Ashford – Sunbury Village – Shepperton – Walton-on-Thames
  • 724 – Heathrow – Uxbridge – Watford – Hatfield – Welwyn Garden City – Hertford – Harlow
  • A10* – Heathrow – Stockley Park – Uxbridge
  • A40 – Heathrow – Uxbridge – Beaconsfield – High Wycombe
  • U3* – Heathrow – West Drayton – Brunel University – Uxbridge
  • X26* – Heathrow – Hatton Cross – Kingston – Sutton – Croydon
  • N9* (Night bus) – Heathrow – Hounslow – Chiswick – Hammersmith – Kensington – Trafalgar Square – Aldwych

* – Buses marked with an asterisk run as part of the London bus network on behalf of TfL

There are also several coach services operated by National Express operating to other London airports such as Gatwick, Stansted & Luton and other cities in the United Kingdom.


Areas That Ridesmiths Service To and From Heathrow Airport

Richmond | St Margarets | Twickenham | Wimbledon | Hampton | Sunbury  

Teddington | Kingston | Chiswick | Isleworth | Barnes | Sheen | 

Mortlake | Putney | Roehampton | Fulham | Hammersmith | 

Strawberry Hill | Surbiton | Putney Vale 


Ridemiths provide minicab and taxi services to Heathrow Airport, for more in please contact the team at Ridesmiths