London (Heathrow) Airport

Airport Location

  • 24km (15 miles) west of London


Qantas Flights

  • All Qantas flights and all Emirates flights on which Qantas codeshares operate from Terminal 3
  • For Qantas codeshare flights operated by British Airways, check the British Airways website for the most up to date information on which Terminal your flight will depart from.

To help travellers prepare for their arrival or return, UK Border Control have prepared a video to assist in their journey:

Departure Information


Contact Qantas Reservations within the United Kingdom for assistance with any ticketing or re-booking requirements.


Check-in is located in Zone B.

A dedicated check-in area for customers travelling in First and PlatinumOne, Platinum and oneworld Emerald Frequent Flyers is located at the front of the Zone.

Check-in opens four hours before Qantas International flights to Australia.

Online Check-in is available for Qantas international flights (QF1-199), and other eligible connecting flights operated by oneworld, partner and codeshare airlines. Online Check-in opens 24 hours before your flight departure and closes 2 hours before international flight departures.

Note: For Qantas codeshare flights, check in with the operating carrier rather than with Qantas. Ask our team at the airport for information.

Conformance and Security Checks

Before you reach the departure gates, you'll need to proceed through a conformance check and security.

This is simply a check of your boarding pass to see that you're in the correct terminal and, for any customers travelling domestically within the UK, to have a digital photograph taken. The process is easy and straight forward - present your boarding pass to the Heathrow Airport staff at the entrance to Security or scan the bar code on your boarding pass at one of the automated barriers.

Security checks at Heathrow are carried out by Heathrow Airport security staff and are quite detailed. The Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGS) policies are strictly enforced. Regulation-sized plastic bags are readily available at the entrance to security. All LAGS and electronic devices must be removed from your cabin baggage for screening.

Arrival Information

If you're ending your journey at Heathrow, you will need to clear Immigration formalities, collect your baggage and then clear Customs.

In Terminal 3, all UK and EU passport holders should clear immigration through the dedicated lanes located on the left as you enter the Immigration hall. No paperwork is required. Biometric enabled passport holders can also use the dedicated 'self clearance' machines.

For all other passport holders, the cabin crew onboard will provide you with a UK Border Agency landing card which you should complete and have ready when you join the 'other passports' lane.


Baggage carousels are located in the Arrivals hall (ground floor). Information monitors display flight carousel numbers. Baggage trolleys are readily available and are free of charge.

Menzies is the Qantas Ground Handling Agent at Heathrow and have a Baggage Services counter located in the Arrivals hall.

Transfer between Terminals

If you've been through checked to your final destination, on arrival at London Heathrow, simply follow the purple coloured signs to Flight Connections. From here you'll be provided with a free airside bus to your next departure terminal or can access the departures level if your next flight departs from Terminal 3.

Alternatively, the Heathrow Express offers free travel between Terminals; the station is approximately a 10 min walk via underground walkway from the Terminal 3 arrivals area.

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Qantas Chauffeur Drive

For Qantas First and Business customers who have pre-booked their chauffeur drive service, simply walk straight ahead after exiting Customs. There you'll find a dedicated Qantas Chauffeur Drive desk, hosted by our service partner, Tristar who will introduce you to your driver.

Transport Details
Car The airport is approximately a 30 minute drive from the city.

Visit London Heathrow website for current car parking rates.

Taxis Approximately GBP60 to the city.
Buses National Express Coach services operate direct from Heathrow Airport to Gatwick and to many regional areas in the UK. Visit their website for information on fares.
Train The Heathrow Express operates services between Paddington Station and Heathrow. Travel time is approximately 15 minutes to central London.

The London Underground services Heathrow terminals from the Piccadilly line. Travelling time is approximately 50 minutes to central London.

The Heathrow Connect Passenger train service connects local stations Hayes, Harlington, Southall, Hanwell, West Ealing, Ealing Broadway, and London Paddington with Heathrow.  Time travel is approximately 25 minutes.

Car rentals Visit our cars section to make a booking.

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Information is correct as of December 2017.
Times and prices quoted are a guide only.