Tax free Chanel Heathrow London Airport

Dear Chanel, why did you stop stocking iconic bags at Heathrow? You heartbreaker! The most favorite store for every Chanel shopper is the Chanel boutique in London Heathrow airport at Terminal 3. More about this later on.

Located in the United Kingdom, near London, the Heathrow Airport is one of the most popular destinations to shop for designer handbags. Why? Because our favorite brands are located at the tax-free area. So why not shop Chanel, Hermes, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada at Heathrow airport.

Shopping at airport overview

 

VAT free is better than VAT refund

Europe is already famous for shopping high fashion goods, because they’re cheaper than most of the countries due to the VAT refund policy. However, if you apply for VAT refund, you need to pay a fee to the company that helps you process the application. But if you buy directly at Heathrow airport, the VAT will not be included in the price and thus you don’t need to apply for tax-refund at all.

Price comparison Heathrow airport vs boutiques

To clarify what we mean by VAT free is better than a refund, we made a calculation between buying at Heathrow airport and at the boutiques.

We took the current retail price of the Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap Bag, which is £4450 GBP (price as per June 2017). Then we create a calculation of Heathrow tax-free price and the price at the boutiques in the UK.

Price Heathrow airport

Retail Price £4450 GBP
Airport Tax-free Prices £3708 GBP

 

Price UK boutiques with VAT-refund

Retail Price £4450 GBP
VAT Refund -£623 GBP
Retail Price – VAT Refund £3827 GBP

 

So the bag costs £3708 GBP at Heathrow and £3827 GBP after you get the VAT refund.

“Buying at Heathrow airport is less expensive”

We took the Chanel bag as an example, but this is also an example for other designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Hermes and so on. And it doesn’t matter what goods you buy, the prices at Heathrow airport for a brand-new items are cheaper than at the retail stores.

You can only buy VAT free if you leave the EU

Here’s the bad news, not everyone gets to buy VAT free at Heathrow airport. You get the VAT free prices only when you’re about to leave Europe to another country. So Heathrow must be your final destination.

But how can they know?

The SA will ask for your flight ticket when you are the cashier. If you’re qualified, they will offer you the goods without VAT and you can enjoy more discount.

But if you’re not flying outside Europe, then the SA will give the same price as at the boutiques in London. So the prices will be with VAT. And of course, you can apply for VAT refund later on.

Airports have limited stock

Buying at airport is a great experience, but there is short supply of space and a lot of shops. The location is not cheap as well, so the stores can only carry limited stock. Usually, you will find a lot of small accessories like wallets, but the bags can be limited.

Since 2013, Chanel has announced that they will stop selling iconic handbags at Heathrow. There are six types of iconic’s, which include the Chanel Classic Flap Bag, Chanel Reissue 2.55 Bag, and Chanel Classic Quilted Boy Bag. The WOCs, Mini Classic Bags as well as the Mini Reissue 2.55 Bags have all been spotted.

Shopping at Terminal 3

As you can see, there is lot of terminals. But if you’re looking for the crème de la crème, go to terminal 3 (T3). That’s where the boutiques are where you can find lot handbags.

At terminal 3, make sure you get to level 1, the departure lounge. This entire section is Duty Free and there are numerous of boutiques, from Chanel, Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton to Burberry and Mulberry.

T3 map: get to the departure lounge at level 1

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Source @Heathrow

T3 stores: after security

Bulgari
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8757 1286
Burberry
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8564 8125
Cartier
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00 (in Harrods)
Tel: +44 (0)20 8745 6000
Chanel
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8754 1000
Gucci
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8759 9159
Harrods
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8745 5290
Hermes
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8745 0179
Mulberry
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8897 8399
M·A·C Cosmetics
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Paul Smith
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8990 9402
Salvatore Ferragamo
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8745 5290
Smythson
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)208 745 0715

Shopping at Terminal 5

T5 is the next stop to go if you have the time. It has boutiques like Chanel, Chloe, Hermes, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton. These stores are located at level 2. If you want to go to Harrods, go to level 3 (after check-in).

T5 map: get to level 2

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Source @Heathrow

T5 stores: after security

Armani Collezioni
Opening hours: 05:20 -22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 5095
Hugo Boss
Opening hours: 05:20 – 22:00 (in Harrods)
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 5095
Bottega Veneta
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 5260
Burberry
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 8343
Cartier
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 6072
Chanel
Opening hours: 05.30 – 22.00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 7777
Chloe
Opening hours: 05:20 -22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 5095
Dior
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Gucci
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 6333
Harrods
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00 (B Gates)
Tel: +44 (0)7500 101 699
Hermes
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 6084
Longchamp
Opening hours: 05:20 – 22:00 (in Harrods)
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 5095
Louis Vuitton
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 6061
Mulberry
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 6254
Prada
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 6339
Rolex
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8757 2115[
Saint Laurent
Opening hours: 05:20 – 22:00
+44 (0)20 8283 5095
Stella McCartney
Opening hours: 05:20 -22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 5095
Tods
Opening hours: 05:20 -22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 5095
Valentino
Opening hours: 05:20 -22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 5095

Shopping at Terminal 2

The popular shops are located in Level 4.

T2 map: get to level 4

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Source @Heathrow

T2 stores: after security

Bottega Veneta
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7535
Bulgari
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7570
Hugo Boss
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8564 8316
Burberry
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8897 1167
Gucci
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7790
Harrods
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7756
Kurt Geiger
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8564 8839
Micheal Kors
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7762
Mulberry
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7730
Paul Smith
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8897 8447
Rolex
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7516
Smythson
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7577
Ted Bakers
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7590

Shopping at Terminal 4

The popular shops are located in level 2.

T4 map: get to level 2

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Source @Heathrow

T4 stores: after security

Hugo Boss
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8897 1431
Bottega Veneta
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 5260
Bulgari
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8897 2373
Burberry
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8897 9151
Cartier
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 6072
Gucci
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8754 1475
Harrods
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8745 0353
Longchamp
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00 (in Harrods)
Tel: +44 (0)20 8745 6724
Mulberry
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8897 7990
Rolex
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8745 5145
Saint Laurent
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 5280
Valentino
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8757 4043
Versace
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8745 0353

Travelling between terminals: travel time and transportation

From terminal 2 to terminal…

Terminal 3

  • You can walk via the pedestrian underpass
  • Estimated travel time: 10 minutes

Terminal 4

  • Take the free shuttle trains; there is a train in every 15 minutes
  • Estimated travel time: 20 minutes

Terminal 5

  • Take the express train; there is a train in every 15 minutes
  • Estimated travel time: 20 minutes

From terminal 3 to terminal…

Terminal 2

  • You can walk via pedestrian underpass
  • Estimated travel time: 10 minutes

Terminal 4

  • Free Take the free shuttle trains; there is a train in every 15 minutes
  • Estimated travel time: 20 minutes

Terminal 5

  • Take the express train; there is a train in every 15 minutes
  • Estimated travel time: 20 minutes

From terminal 4 to terminal…

Terminal 2 or 3

  • Free Take the free shuttle trains; there is a train in every 15 minutes
  • Estimated travel time: 20 minutes

Terminal 5

  • Take bus number 482 or 490 from Bus Stop 7, the destination is Heathrow Terminal 5. The transportation is free.
  • Estimated travel time: 20 minutes

From terminal 5 to terminal…

Terminal 2 or 3

  • Take the express train; there is a train in every 15 minutes
  • Estimated travel time: 20 minutes

Terminal 4

  • Take bus number 482 or 490 from Bus Stop 7, the destination is Pools on the Park. The transportation is free.
  • Estimated travel time: 20 minutes

200 Comments

  1. Eileen September 17, 2017 Reply

    Dear Alex, is the Coco Handle Bag considered iconic and not available in Heathrow Airport? Thank you.

    • Author
      Alex September 20, 2017 Reply

      Hi Eileen, not yet considered classic, it should be available at Heathrow. Please do give them call to check the stock and reserve 24 hours in prior to get the bag.

  2. Diba Dane September 16, 2017 Reply

    Do you have an email for a Chanel or Gucci SA at heathrow in T5? A friend is traveling through heathrow and will bring me a bag back but I need it to be on hold for him. I don’t have an international phone plan to call. Thanks

    • Author
      Alex September 20, 2017 Reply

      Hi Diba, there is no email and it’s not instant. It’s really better to give them a call, 24 hours in prior. Calling by phone will also tell what bags they have in stock at that moment.

  3. Kaylene P September 10, 2017 Reply

    First thing first, thanks for the useful article. I’m going london then Paris then back to Asia. Do you think I should get chanel boy new medium in London or Paris? Thanks!

    • Author
      Alex September 15, 2017 Reply

      If you’re looking for the cheapest bag:
      https://www.bragmybag.com/where-should-you-buy-chanel-bag-in-europe/

      If you’re going for the experience, go to Paris, at 31 Rue Cambon. You get a white box for the bags you buy there and a great experience.

      If you really want this bag, then buy it whenever you see your preferred choice. So when you find your favorite bag (with the exact size and color you want) in London, then buy it, because you never know whether Paris will be sold-out. Or have in other colors you dont like.

    • Author
      Alex September 15, 2017 Reply

      p.s you won’t find the new Medium boy at Heathrow.

  4. Fiona September 6, 2017 Reply

    Hi, if I were to fly in to LHR and leaving from Paris airport back to Singapore, would I get a tax free or tax refund? Btw anyone knows if they stock Classic Flap Jumbo in Cavier at LHR? Would you recommend to buy in LHR, London(not at the airport) or Paris 31 to get the lowest possible price for this bag?

  5. Ella August 3, 2017 Reply

    Hi! I hope you can help. I’m flying from Canada to LHR and connecting to Edinburgh. I want to buy a Saint Laurent bag from Harrods in T5 but I’d like to do it when I land at Heathrow so that I can use it for the duration of my trip. I’ll be staying for three months. I know that at the time of purchase I’ll be charged VAT since I’m flying within the EU but is it possible for the SA to give me a refund form that I can use to claim VAT when I go back to Canada in December?? I hope this question makes sense. Thank you so much

  6. Rebecca July 27, 2017 Reply

    Hi! I’m from the US and I’m flying into LHA and getting a connecting flight to Dublin. Since you said you can only get the discount flying out of the EU, would I be able to get the discount on my way back, as I would be going from LHA back to the states? Also I’m interested in a black caviar woc with gold or silver hardware, does anyone know how good the stock is? As I know that caviar pieces are sometimes few and far between. Thank you!

    • Cynthia July 30, 2017 Reply

      Hi Rebecca, only if you fly from LHA to US directly. If you fly from LHA to Paris (or Dublin) and then to US, then you will be able to buy tax free.

      LHA does stock WOC, but the stock at the boutiques is better.

    • Cynthia July 30, 2017 Reply

      Btw, if you can, keep journey updated with us

  7. Linda July 26, 2017 Reply

    Hi
    I will be going to London then Paris lastly Amsterdam. Can I get the tax free if I were to buy from the Heathrow airport and do they carry the mini there?

    Thank you 😊

    • Author
      Alex July 30, 2017 Reply

      Hi Linda, they do carry mini’s and WOCs. You can get tax free, but the tax free will be the same as buying at the boutiques. Because you need to apply for tax refund.

      You can only buy at Heathrow, price without VAT included if you leave the EU from that location.

  8. Marie June 22, 2017 Reply

    Hi all,

    Does anyone know if Heathrow stock the Trendy WOC or Classic WOC in black and gold?

    Thanks!

    • Author
      Alex June 23, 2017 Reply

      Hi Marie, yes Heahrow sells WOC’s including the classic quilted and the trendy CC.

  9. Abigail June 12, 2017 Reply

    Hi does the Heathrow airport got the new medium caviar so black and gold hardware and may i know their prices?

    • Author
      Alex June 16, 2017 Reply

      Hi Abigail, which bag in so black? The Classic Flap Bag? If so, then you won’t find it. Because the Classic Flap Bag is also considered an iconic bag and Heathrow airport don’t stock the iconic’s

  10. Abigail June 12, 2017 Reply

    Hi does the Heathrow airport got the new medium caviar le boy so black and gold chain hardware and may i know their prices?

    • Author
      Alex June 16, 2017 Reply

      Hi Abigail, heathrow airport don’t stock iconic handbags. The Boy Bag is considered one of the iconic’s.

  11. Kimberley June 4, 2017 Reply

    Hi, does anyone know if the Mini Rectangular in black caviar and gold hardware is currently available at the Heathrow store? And the price for it?
    Thanks x

  12. Jocelyn May 20, 2017 Reply

    Hi, does anyone knows whether chanel in heathrow has the classic black woc and what’s the current price of the woc?

    • Author
      Alex May 26, 2017 Reply

      Hi Jocelyn, we know Heathrow does carry the WOCs, so there is a good chance of finding it. Here are the prices of the current WOC’s. All prices are the latest. To get Heathrow tax-free prices, just deduct 16% from UK retail price. So this WOC is priced at £1630 GBP now in store, deduct 16% to get the Heathrow rate. Hope this helps!

  13. Kim May 3, 2017 Reply

    Hi – If i’m flying to Italy but transferring in London, would you suggest buying a chanel woc at the Heathrow airport or in Italy?? Do I still get the tax return at either places? Thanks!

    • Cynthia May 5, 2017 Reply

      Hi Kim, in that case I would say no. Unless you fly out of Europe from LHR, you won’t get the tax-free advantage, instead buying at LHR would be like buying in a UK boutique. The UK prices are now high due to economic/political reasons like low currency. I would suggest getting this bag in Italy because the tax-refund is also one of the highest in Europe.

  14. Reva Fleischer April 23, 2017 Reply

    I want to purchase the medium hobo Gabrielle bag at heathrow. I will be returning to Canada. Can you please give me an idea of cost.
    Thanks
    R

    • Anonymous April 27, 2017 Reply

      Hi Reva, all the UK retail prices of the Gabrielle Bag are here: https://www.bragmybag.com/chanel-gabrielle-bag/. To calculate the price at Heathrow, deduct 16% off the retail price. You can only enjoy the tax-free advantage (the 16%), when you fly out of Europe from Heathrow Airport.

  15. Carmen April 20, 2017 Reply

    If I’m flying into Heathrow and I’m a tourist, would I still be able to go to the boutique in terminal 3 to shop with the 16% VAT price? Or it has to be only when I fly out from Heathrow?

    • Cynthia April 20, 2017 Reply

      Hi Carmen, the rule of Heathrow now is that you need to fly outside Europe in order to get the 16% VAT off the price. So it’s not only fly out but also flying out of Europe. Hope this helps. Btw which bag are you hunting for?

      • Anonymous April 21, 2017 Reply

        I will be flying out of Europe, but in Amsterdam. So would you say it’ll be the same for me to go to a Chanel boutique anywhere in London to purchase for the price versus at heathrow and do my VAT in Amsterdam?

        I was looking at the Gabrielle purse and WOC.

        • Cynthia April 27, 2017 Reply

          Hi, where are you actually from?

          If you leave from Amsterdam out of Europe as a tourist, you can apply all the tax-refund in Amsterdam. However, the tax-refund percentage will be calculated based on the country you bought the bag. So if you buy in London, you get the tax-refund percentage of the UK. If you buy in Heathrow, it will be same as well as buying in their boutiques, because at Heathrow you can only enjoy the tax-free policy (16%) if you fly out of Europe.

  16. Graham March 31, 2017 Reply

    Hi,

    Can you tell me how much a 100ml bottle of Chanel Fraiche would be please? Im travelling back from Canada next week and was hoping to pick up a bottle.

    Thanks

    • Author
      Alex April 4, 2017 Reply

      Hi Graham, the Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche in 100ml bottle is priced around 73 GBP at Heathrow (if tax-free)

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