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Smoking at Heathrow Airport (LHR)

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Before Security Smoking

Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside the terminals.

After Security Smoking

The smoking facilities inside the terminal are listed below.

Electronic Cigarettes are also prohibited.

General update from Mo M on the 18th Feb 2019 (use at your own risk): If you are in a non-smoking terminal you can take the transfer bus to Terminal 4. Have your original itinerary to show Terminal 4 security before you go through it. Plan on at least 1 hour to and from travel time (I came from Terminal 2) as the bus has to wait for all planes leaving Terminal 4 and the bus route is clear.

Heathrow Terminal 1

No Smoking areas.

Heathrow Terminal 2

Update from Alex, Sept 2020: Great smoking area at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 post-security. Though outdoors due to smoking regs, it does have decent seating, is well protected from the elements and, possibly most importantly, has outdoor heaters (photos below)

Update from Ed and MC, Aug 2020: Terminal 2 smoking area downstairs by Gate A1 open.

Update from Martin VG, July 2020: As of 20th July 2020, after security smoking area still there thankfully. Not well signposted and located downstairs at gate A1, it is an outside cage, you need to take the stairs down.

Heathrow Terminal 3

UPDATE: I can confirm that the smoking cage in the Heathrow Terminal 3 transit area has gone. Update from John s. on the 4th Feb 2019.

UPDATE: LHR: Smoking area at T3 Bus stop obviously doesn't exist any longer. When I went there on 1st Sept 2018 I did not see any sign and staff told me this area was closed. Maybe somebody else can confirm. Feedback from Robert K on the 3rd Sept 2018.

Heathrow Terminal 4

Update from Mikhail F, Feb 2020: Smoking lounge still exists.


Update from S.M., Dec 2019: Smoking area still there immediately after Burberry.

Update from Steve, Oct 2019: Smoking area still open. Turn left after security, turn left at Burberry. Sign posted. Down 2 flights of stairs but escalator up.

Update from Hyunseok on the 21st June 2019: They still have smoking area. After the security check go left. Pass the Rolex, Gucci, and Burberry. Then you can find a sign for smoking area

Update: Jan 2019: The smoking area in Terminal 4 is still open. Just been there. Feedback from Frans.

Heathrow Terminal 5

From Niclas, 6th July 2019: If you are transiting and have some time, just exit the terminal, smoke outside & enter again. Yes, safety control again at entry but usually pretty swift. Done it several times. CS (by Gate A10?) offers a service guide to smoking outside as well. Unnecessary, its the same procedure. NB! You cannot exit the terminal if you follow Transfer flight signs.

No Smoking areas. Thanx to Darren Hilton for the information.


Passengers are not permitted to use electronic cigarettes within the premises. Where you are intending to carry cigarettes in your hand luggage, please check with your airline to ensure they are allowed on board the aircraft.

Further Information

Official Website

LHR smoking