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

Feedback from Marianna, Nov 2023: Smoking area near Gate 1 still operational! Smoking in it now thanks to your website :)   Just wanted to confirm/send my update as a thank you. Have a lovely day!

Update from Steven S,. August 2023: Heathrow Terminal 2 gate A1 smoking area open for business 1 minute walk from duty free.

Update from Oliver, July 2023: Lounge at T2 / Gate A1 still available!

Update from Michael, March 2023: I can confirm the smoking area next to gate A1 is still operational and also well-signed from the central plaza.

Heathrow Terminal 3

Feedback from Ka Wing B,. May 2023: May 2023- Heathrow Terminal 3: No smoking rooms inside the airport. The only smoking area is outside entrance/exit F under the trees

LHR terminal 3 smoking

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 Tracy, September 2023: Smoking area still there, bit grubby, but beggars can't be chosers, good signage showing you the way

LHR terminal 4 smoking

Update from John, July 2023: Smoking area still in place after security - clear sign for it on the way to gates 1-6. Before security there are clearly marked smoking areas outside departures and arrivals.

Update from World Traveller, March 2023: Fenced in outdoor smoking area (with heaters!) still available March 2023. Was told due to many Arabic airlines using T4 who just smoked in the toilets leading to fire alarm evacuations. LHR gave in in the end! Turn left and follow the overhead signs. Use the lift to avoid taking luggage down several flights of stairs. conveniently located between all gates, not at one end of the building. 5 minute max walk to any gate. Enjoy.

Heathrow Terminal 5

Update from Alex, January 2023: Heathrow T5 no longer allow you to be decontrolled and leave the terminal once you have passed security. does not apply to passengers who are in transit between terminals.

Update from Glaaaab, October 2022: Gegenüber vom Gate A11 ist ein Zigarettenverkauf bei dem IQOS Heats "ausprobiert" werden können. Man muss eine seiner normalen Heats gegen eine andere Sorte tauschen und kann sie dann dort rauchen wenn man ein paar Fragen beantwortet. Stand: 30.10.22. (Opposite Gate A11 is a cigarette sale where IQOS Heats can be "tried out". You have to trade one of your normal heats for another strain and then you can smoke it there if you answer a few questions. Status: 10/30/22.)


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