Transfer from Heathrow T5 to T1 and back

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Ok, so I took advantage of the 28K Avios I have with BA and booked myself an EDI-LHR-HAJ flight.

Trouble is, the EDI-LHR flight arrives at T5
While my HLR-HAJ flight departs from T1

How does one transfer and if there are different ways, what is the quickest?

I have about 2 hours between the flights. I'm confident that will be enough.

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As someone who works at LHR, I can help you with this...;)

Transferring between terminals is not that difficult as long as you prepare yourself in advance. 2hrs should be enough time to connect, although I am not exactly sure of the recommended minimum connection time between T5 and T1.

Assuming your not checking in any luggage and that you will have checked-in online and printed your boarding passes off prior to travelling, you can get off your EDI-LHR flight in T5 and follow the purple Flight Connections signs, where there is a free inter-terminal bus service to all other terminals. It will deposit you at security in Terminal 1.

If you have got luggage checked-in, but do not get a boarding pass for your onward flight, make sure you have a copy of your reservation handy as you can still use the Flight Connections option but sometimes Security can ask to see proof of your onward travel details.

If you are checking luggage, this should be checked all the way through to your final destination so you wont need to collect it in LHR and re-check it in, however if for whatever reason it is not checked-in to your final destination, then you will need to clear immigration in T5, pick up your luggage and then head for the Heathrow Express train and get off at the next stop for Terminal 1. This is also a free service.

Hope this helps, any further questions, please ask away and I'll try to help.:)

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Awesome info, thanks. The inter terminal bus seems simple enough.

I assume the person behind the check-in desk in EDI will tell me whether or not my luggage is checked in for the connection. I'm still undecided about taking anything more than hand luggage. Might not be necessary.

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Yes, in theory the person behind the check-in desk in EDI should tell you whether or not your luggage is checked-in for the connection (well at least I always make a point of telling customers who I serve that this is the case!), but I would always recommend you check your baggage coupons before you leave the check-in desk just to make doubly sure...as long as it says HAJ on it then it should be transferred automatically. If not, enquire with the check-in agent, plus I would also recommend that you speak to the gate agent once you have arrived in Terminal 1 @ LHR to check to see if they have recieved the baggage from your previous flight because a flight will always leave without bags in order to preserve an airline's punctuality statistics, and if you know in advance that they have not recieved it, then it saves a bit of time as you know to go straight to the Lost Luggage desk rather than stand around waiting for your bag at the carousel.

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Ah yes, I remember the trick with with stub. On my EDI - LHR - ATL adventure. There was a woman sitting at a computer on the gangway to the ATL flight, I asked her to scan the stub and confirm the bag was onboard which she did.

It's all coming back to me now :)

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Officially the minimum connection time between T5 and T1 and vice versa is 90 minutes . I've done it a few times recently and it's always been very straightforward and much quicker.

I hope you have a great trip, I've been flying with BA a fair bit recently and I have to say despite sometimes having fairly negative press on this forum I've been very impressed particularly with the staff.

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Hello cloud_9

Can you assist me please

Next month I will be flying DUB-LHR-LAX - I will arrive in T1 and will be connecting to a flight in T5 - both flights are with BA and I will have checked in my luggage to my final destination. What is the best way to get from T1 to T5?

Thanking you

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I may not be cloud_9 but I have experience.

There are regular transfer buses.

To get to them from your arrival gate, simply follow the purple "Flight Connection" signs. It really couldn't be easier. I found that at several intersections, there are large walls with flight information which tell you exactly where to go. And failing that there staff in purple uniforms that, with one glance of your ticket, can tell you precisely where to go.

Just follow purple! Purple is what you want.

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Hello cloud9
Next I am traveling DUB-LHR-LAX -all flights are BA. In DUB I will check-in one suitcase to LAX. I know I will land T1@LHR and then transfer to T5@LHR - will the Flight Connection you mention work for me? I have approx 3 hours layover@LHR

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Thank you Bmused55 - you have been there and done this route - appreciate your kindness