Debonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2527 posts, RR: 4 Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5023 times:
Hi to you all,
I need your advice and help. I am planning a trip through LHR airport. I will arrive on an international (US-) flight in T3 and will depart on antoher airline (intra-European) from T1. Any idea how long it will take? Will T3 immigration be crowded?
747438 From UK - England, joined Jan 2007, 838 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5017 times:
You will not need to go to immigration. Just follow the signs for the flight connections centre. Take the stairs down and a bus will pick you up and take you across to T1. There will be staff there to assist
ANother From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4948 times:
Quoting Debonair (Reply 4): Cheers for all the replies, but how long it will take from the point to clear immigrations in T3 until arriving at security in T1? any idea? chris
Do you really want to clear 'immigration' at Heathrow? i.e. it is possible to connect between terminals without going land-side which avoids two queues. The 'in-transit' queues are likely to be shorter than the departure queues at T1 (any LHR employee who can confirm this?)
When you get off the plane at T3 follow the signs to 'flight connections'. These will lead you to a bus to T1 & T2. Up the escalators and a 180 degree turn you are at the T1 flight connection centre. Go through security there (The last two times I went through this took about 20 mins) and once you've done that you can go to your airlines desk, if you haven't already got your boarding card. If you've got your boarding card go straight ahead and take the escalators down to T1. About an hour before your flight they TV screens will give you the gate and off you go. Guess it would take arouond an hour to 1 1/2 hours air-side ... but your mileage may vary.
The above applies if your bags have been through checked (or if you haven't checked a bag) - if they haven't you will have to collect it at immigration and recheck it in. I'd plan on 3 hours to do this (T3 immigration queue, walk to T1 (follow the signs for the underground), T1 check-in queue, T1 security queue)