I have a long layover in Heathrow, like 6 hours, and I have a Priority Pass card to access several lounges on terminals 1 and 3. But I will be arriving to T5, and leaving from there as well. Is there any way to change terminals so I can relax at some lounge?

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    What are the other details ? Whats your nationality ? Are you flying domestic/international ? Will you have to clear customs ? Commented Nov 19, 2013 at 17:57
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    This is NOT a direct duplicate of the shopping question. the shopping question refers ONLY to airside access. Despite not directly mentioning it, this question is about both airside and potentially non-airside access.
    – Doc
    Commented Nov 19, 2013 at 21:46
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    There are no landside departure lounges in Heathrow. All departure lounges are airside. There are a few landside arrivals lounges, but these are only open in the morning, and only for inbound business class passengers into that terminal (no general Priority Pass)
    – Gagravarr
    Commented Nov 19, 2013 at 22:30
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    @Gagravarr That's incorrect. As per my answer below, the Air Canada Arrivals Lounge DOES allow Priority Pass access.
    – Doc
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 17:58
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    @Doc Page 6 of the Heathrow Terminal 3 Map shows that the Air Canada lounge wasn't where I thought it was. It is after the exit from customs (turn left), so it's just the Air Canada restrictions that apply
    – Gagravarr
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 19:22

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As has been pointed out by several people in the comments, your question is similar to the question Can we switch terminals at Heathrow (LHR) for shopping only?, and indeed that question does give some relevant advice - however there is a little bit more to it in this case.

Priority Pass currently have 4 lounges available at LHR - A ServisAir lounge in each of terminals 1 and 3, the No 1 Heathrow lounge in terminal 3, and the Air Canada Arrivals Lounge in Terminal 3.

The first 3 of these lounges are AIRSIDE, and thus the "shopping" question above will give you your answer - you can not access them from terminal 5.

The last lounge - the Air Canada lounge - is LANDSIDE, and thus presuming you are able to enter the UK (ie, you have a relevant visa and/or do not require a visa) then at first it may appear that you could go through immigrations, and then catch the bus to terminal 3 to access this lounge.

However, unfortunately, that's not the case. The Air Canada lounge only allows access for Priority Pass customers who are arriving on a flight that arrives into terminal 3. As you arrived into terminal 5 you will NOT be allowed access this lounge.

So unfortunately, no, you will not be able to access any of the lounges in terminal 1 or 3.

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