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.

Guide To Heathrow 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
COMMENTS
  • Molina Udayan Patel

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    Hi
    I am currently in the USA and wish to buy a designer bag from Louis button or burberry.Which will give me a cheaper deal …buying it from USA or from Heathrow terminal 4 ??

    June 16, 2018
  • Hi, I’m flying to Dubai from Terminal 5 in July and would like to buy a medium Boy bag in a seasonal colour – caviar with gold hardware – and maybe some small leather goods too. Few questions: How would I know whether the items / colours I want are in stock or not? Am I able to reserve any items? Is the VAT discount at 20% off? Lastly, do Harrods in Terminal 5 stock any CHanel items too? Kind regards

    June 9, 2018
  • Kay

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    How much is the woc at heathrow?

    May 28, 2018
  • Rosalie

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    Hi! Do you know if the Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag in MM in the classic monogram is usually available at the Heathrow store? Thanks!!

    April 30, 2018
  • Stina

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    I am planning to buy a chanel bag in LHR but I am flyingout from T2 how to sneak in T3?

    April 5, 2018
  • Priya

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    Hi,

    I was wondering if you knew whether the LV store stocked the Speedy B 25. Is it likely that there will be stock, and if so what is the price?

    Thanks x

    February 20, 2018
  • Ayaka

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    Hi,

    Heathrow offers Shop & Collect and was just wondering if tax-free would still be applicable (If I’m doing a round trip outside europe)?

    Thanks 🙂

    February 16, 2018
  • adam

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    Hermes in Heathrow provide Birkin or Kelly Bag ?

    February 3, 2018
  • Muhammad Hanif Bin Zawawi

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    Hi Alex, Im going to travel Europe but I will stop at Heathrow first, and after my Europe trip, I will be leaving to my home country from Heathrow. Can I get the tax free goods when I leave Heathrow to go to Europe Countries even though I will be coming back to the airport?

    And I have second question regarding the comparison of the price of the bag between countries, in which you can get the cheapest price at Europe countries, followed by UK, as stated in a webpage made by you. And according to this webpage, it states that buying in Heathrow Airport would be much cheaper than buying in a boutique in London. Does it means that it is much cheaper buying in Heathrow Airport than buying in Europe, or the boutiques in Europe still offers the cheaper price after tax refund?

    November 30, 2017
  • Eileen

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

    September 17, 2017
  • Diba Dane

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    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

    September 16, 2017
  • Kaylene P

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    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!

    September 10, 2017
  • Fiona

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    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?

    September 6, 2017
  • Ella

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    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

    August 3, 2017
  • Rebecca

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    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!

    July 27, 2017
    • Cynthia

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      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.

      July 30, 2017
    • Cynthia

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      Btw, if you can, keep journey updated with us

      July 30, 2017
  • Linda

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    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 😊

    July 26, 2017
  • Marie

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    Hi all,

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

    Thanks!

    June 22, 2017
  • Abigail

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

    June 12, 2017
  • Abigail

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

    June 12, 2017
  • Kimberley

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    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

    June 4, 2017
  • Jocelyn

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

    May 20, 2017
  • Kim

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    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!

    May 3, 2017
    • Cynthia

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      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.

      May 5, 2017
  • Reva Fleischer

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    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

    April 23, 2017
    • Anonymous

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      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.

      April 27, 2017
  • Carmen

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    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?

    April 20, 2017
    • Cynthia

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      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?

      April 20, 2017
      • Anonymous

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        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.

        April 21, 2017
        • Cynthia

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          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.

          April 27, 2017
  • Graham

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    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

    March 31, 2017
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