I am arriving at Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 (Air Canada) and departing from Terminal 1 on SAA to SA (layover is 11 hours). Are there any showers for connecting passengers anywhere (money is no problem), or do I have to leave the airport on a Hoppa Bus and get a day room at one of the local hotels? I don't really want to leave the airport environment! Cheers!

  • In economy or something higher? Do you have any Star Alliance status? Roughly what time of day do you arrive?
    – Doc
    May 5, 2014 at 22:28
  • In economy. I have Star Alliance, because Air Canada and SAA are in alliance.
    – sa2can
    May 5, 2014 at 22:30
  • I arrive around 11am from Toronto and depart 9pm for SA.
    – sa2can
    May 5, 2014 at 22:33
  • I have checked airport lounges, business lounges in terminal 1 have no showers, only lounges in departures in terminal 3, which is no good.
    – sa2can
    May 5, 2014 at 22:37
  • Thanks for the info. Yeah, can't afford business class from Canada to SAA, totally out my range at this stage.
    – sa2can
    May 5, 2014 at 22:45

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Shower at a hotel within Heathrow Airport.

There are the Hilton Hotel in Terminal 4. Accessible via a walkway from Terminal 4. They have Day Use Rooms available with access to their lounge included.

Sofitel in Terminal 5 which is accessible from within the airport.


Terminal 3 departures

There are showers in Terminal 3 departures according to the Heathrow Airport website:

Showers are available in the No.1 Traveller Lounge in Terminal 3 departures (after security) – there is a charge for entry. Facilities may also be available to eligible passengers in the airlines' own lounges.

You need to pay to access the lounge, which can be done online. I don't know if you can do it on arrival.

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