Heathrow Terminal 4 tube station

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Heathrow Terminal 4 London Underground
Heathrow Terminal 4 tube entrance.JPG
Entrance from terminal
Heathrow Terminal 4 is located in Greater London
Heathrow Terminal 4
Heathrow Terminal 4
Location of Heathrow Terminal 4 in Greater London
LocationHeathrow Terminal 4
Local authorityLondon Borough of Hillingdon
Managed byLondon Underground
OwnerHeathrow Airport Holdings
Number of platforms1
Fare zone6
London Underground annual entry and exit
2015Decrease 2.35 million[2]
2016Decrease 2.28 million[2]
2017Increase 2.29 million[2]
2018Increase 2.36 million[3]
2019Decrease 2.13 million[4]
Railway companies
Original companyLondon Regional Transport
Key dates
12 April 1986Opened
7 January 2005Temporary closure
17 September 2006Reopened
9 May 2020Temporary closure
Other information
External links
WGS8451°27′32″N 0°26′46″W / 51.459°N 0.446°W / 51.459; -0.446Coordinates: 51°27′32″N 0°26′46″W / 51.459°N 0.446°W / 51.459; -0.446
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Heathrow Terminal 4 is a London Underground station at Heathrow Airport on the Heathrow branch of the Piccadilly line. The station is situated in Travelcard Zone 6.


The station opened on 12 April 1986 to serve the then recently opened Heathrow Terminal 4. It is situated on a unidirectional loop tunnel which was constructed between the existing Hatton Cross and Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 stations. The station is one of four on the London Underground with only one platform, and is the only one with one-way train service. It is adjacent to Heathrow Terminal 4 railway station used by main line TfL Rail services.

In-service routing took trains from Hatton Cross to Terminal 4 then Terminals 2 & 3 and back to Hatton Cross. On 7 January 2005, both the loop track and the station were closed temporarily in order to allow the construction of a new rail junction to link to the new Heathrow Terminal 5 station. All trains reverted to using the original westbound track from Hatton Cross direct to Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 which was used prior to the opening of Heathrow Terminal 4. For passengers travelling to or from Heathrow Terminal 4, a shuttle bus was provided from Hatton Cross tube station. This situation continued until 17 September 2006 when the loop line and station were reopened after construction finished, with new security and customer announcement technologies in place at the station.[5]

Current routing[edit]

Terminal 4 is located on the clockwise loop on the left. Access to Terminal 4 from the other terminals via the free travel area requires a change at Hatton Cross.

Heathrow Terminal 4 tube station is located on a unidirectional clockwise loop that branches off after Hatton Cross westbound, and rejoins the Heathrow branch eastbound to the west of Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3.

Since the opening of Heathrow Terminal 5 station, alternate Heathrow branch trains run via the Terminal 4 loop, whilst the other alternate trains run directly to Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3, and Heathrow Terminal 5.

Until 2012, free transfer was not possible between terminals, in contrast to the Heathrow Express. In January 2012, free travel was introduced for Oyster card holders between the three Heathrow stations. But to travel from Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 or Terminal 5 to Terminal 4 one must change trains at Hatton Cross. This journey is free, despite Hatton Cross itself not being part of the free travel zone.

On 9 May 2020, Heathrow Terminal 4 station closed temporarily, due to the closure of the airport's Terminal 4 during the COVID-19 pandemic in London.[6]


Two London Buses routes serve the station: 482 and 490.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. May 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures (2007–2017)" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2019. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Tube one step closer for Heathrow Terminal 5". Transport for London. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  6. ^ Caswell, Mark (4 May 2020). "Heathrow closes Terminal 4 to passengers". Business Traveller. Retrieved 16 September 2020.

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Underground (no text).svg London Underground   Following station
TerminusPiccadilly line
(Terminal 4 loop)
towards Cockfosters
One-way operation