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

228 Comments

  1. S July 26, 2018 Reply

    Hi, do Chanel in Heathrow stock the Deauville tote bag?

  2. Stine July 10, 2018 Reply

    Thank you so much.
    I’m flying out of Heathrow to a country outside Europe. So you think i can buy it taxfree??
    Once again, thank you.

    • Author
      Alex July 13, 2018 Reply

      If you fly outside EU, you can get tax-free. You need to inform the SA that you are going out of the EU.

  3. Anonymous July 10, 2018 Reply

    Heathrow is the cheapest to buy Chanel. This is VAT already taken out. However, if you are flying INTO Heathrow, you cannot buy forthe tax free price. IF you are flying OUT of heathrow you can. good luck!

  4. Stine July 10, 2018 Reply

    Hi 🙂
    In 2 weeks i’m traveling to New York from Denmark but have a landing in Heathrow.
    I want to buy the Chanel boy bag, and want to know if it’s more cheap to buy it in New York or Heathrow?
    I called the Chanel store in Heathrow and the price there is 2620 £. Is that before refund of VAT?
    Thank you so much for a lovely site 🙂

    • Author
      Alex July 13, 2018 Reply

      Hi Stine:
      1. New York is more expensive.
      2. Heathrow airport Chanel usually give you two prices:
      – the price without VAT
      – the price with VAT

      You should ask them again.

      For the prices of the Boy Bag: http://www.bragmybag.com/chanel-bags-prices/

      If you look at the link above, you see that the boy bag you’ve requested is the Small Boy Bag, which is priced at 2620 GBP (With VAT).

    • Author
      Alex July 13, 2018 Reply

      Oh yes, you can only buy tax-free if you’re travelling from Heathrow airport to countries outside the European Union (euro countries). But nevertheless, if you can’t get tax-refund, the prices are the same for the Boy Bag. Take a look:

      Chanel Small Classic Boy Bag in the United States: $4300 USD (convert USD to GBP: 3260.69 GBP)

      Chanel Small Classic Boy Bag in the UK: £3200 GBP

      If you live in Denmark, you should ask whether its worth it to buy in the United States?

  5. Zee June 30, 2018 Reply

    Hi, I am travelling from terminal 4 in 2 weeks. Is there any way I can get a large chanel bag

    • Author
      Alex July 1, 2018 Reply

      Hi Zee, please contact Heathrow personal shopper to check which bag they have in stock and reserve. Also the large Chanel Bag, which style is it? What’s the name of the bag + style code. Check via our website for the info’s.

    • Author
      Alex July 1, 2018 Reply

      Here is the info for hiring Personal Shopper: https://www.bragmybag.com/shopping-guide-to-chanel-heathrow-airport/

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