Smoking at Heathrow Airport (LHR)

Airport Rating


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 Olga, September 2022: Smoking area next to the Gate A1 is open.

Update from Mike H., August 2022: Confirmed smoking area at T2 by A1 gate is still present.

Update from Dev, June 2022: Gate A1 smoking area still very much active.

LHR smoking at heathrow terminal 2

Update from Steven M, May 2022: Smoking Area next to gate A1 still open.

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)

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 DD, August 2022: Still open in August 22. Turn left after security and follow the corridor between Burberry and the restaurant.

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

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

Heathrow Terminal 5

From MartinMUC, November 2021: they have a IQOS and other vapes smoking box inside the tobacco POS approximately across A11, but vapes only...

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