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Gatwick Airport Transfers to / from Northern England

Transport Options Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, York ...


National Express Gatwick Bus

Coach, Rail, Air or Private Car / Bus ?

There are direct flights from Gatwick operated by easyJet to Newcastle. Otherwise rail and coach services are the predominant public transport avenues to the north of England.

The broad choice for the traveller is between cheaper, less frequent and slower coaches, or the train options. The train station at Gatwick Airport is embedded within the South Terminal at Gatwick Airport. There are no shared van shuttle type operations.


National Express coaches run services to most towns and cities in Northern England. From Gatwick there are direct services to Sheffield and Leeds, otherwise most destinations are indirect connecting with services from London Victoria coach station.

By rail its a complicated process normally with an awkward connection in Central London for most routes.

Gatwick To/From The North of England by Train

Although it is possible to skirt around London via Reading and Oxford. for most people travelling between the English northern cities and Gatwick they will travel through Central London.

Train services from the North mostly run into Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras stations in London. For those who can travel into St Pancras or Kings Cross there is a frequent Thameslink Trains Gatwick rail service between St Pancras and Gatwick Airport. Euston Station is only a few hundred yards along the Euston Road from St Pancras Station.

Gatwick Station

The station platforms are located directly below the airport’s South Terminal, and the ticket office is adjacent to that terminal’s concourse. There is free monorail service that operates every couple of minutes between the South and North Terminals at Gatwick.

Although there are three major train companies that use Gatwick, ticketing is integrated and there is one large ticket hall at passenger terminal level.

Purchasing Train Tickets

Map of Train Services Gatwick Airport - North of England  Cities & Towns

As a general rule of thumb for journeys of around an hour or so there is no financial advantage in pre purchasing, you may as well buy at the station on day of travel. For longer journeys, advance purchase fares offer great savings.

Only on the main trunk routes are there reserved seats, most services you just grab the first available seat you like the look off.

The three types of tickets are broadly :

  • Advance Purchase: Buy in advance, sold in limited numbers and subject to availability. These tickets will have restrictions specified when purchasing.

  • Off Peak: Buy any time, travel off-peak. The definition of off peak can vary from ticket to ticket. These tickets may require you to travel at specific times of day, days of the week or on a specific route. Where there is more than one Off-Peak fare for a journey, the cheaper fare with more restrictions will be called Super Off-Peak.

  • Anytime: Buy any time, travel any time. (the standard ticket). Anytime fares are fully flexible tickets, with no time restrictions on when you can travel.

Getting The Cheapest Fares

Advance purchase tickets on these longer distances on the other hand can be bargains. The cheap tickets are normally released 3 months prior to your departure date and the best deals often sell out quickly.

For the overseas visitor this can present problems as there are with few exceptions no true etickets delivered by email at present. Tickets can be sent to UK addresses by UK post and also internationally for a fee. You can however order tickets on-line and pick up the tickets from machines at key mainline stations including Gatwick Airport.


At train stations there are manned ticket offices and also ticket machines. All major credit cards are taken as well as cash.

For fares and timetables use 'The Trainline' web site where you can also order tickets for delivery to your home address.


The Trainline - timetables and ticketing for UK railways

National Express Coaches - Gatwick to/From The North of England

National Express offer good coverage of of the Nort of England. From Gatwick there are direct services to Sheffield and Leeds, otherwise most destinations are indirect connecting with services from London Victoria coach station.


Map of Coach Services Gatwick Airport & North of England Cities & Towns

Unlike the train alternative there are true etickets.

Most journeys will be far cheaper than train, especially if you get a return ticket. However frequencies are not as good and journey times are normally longer.


Cheapest promotional fares are available online in advance. Normally a return fare is much, much cheaper than two single fares. Unlike the railways tickets bought online are true etickets, visitors from overseas can pay by credit card and have their tickets delivered by email in a couple of minutes.

When you purchase a ticket for a National Express service it is for a single stated departure time. You do not get an individual seat number, but you are guaranteed a seat.

It is recommended booking a service at least 90 minutes after the scheduled arrival time of your flight. So what happens if your flight is late.

There is a range of ticket types available. Like airlines, the cheapest fares are no refund, no changes, you pay more for a fare that you can change schedule or get a refund if you change your mind.

National Express Luggage Allowance

National Express Bus

You can carry two medium-sized suitcases - weighing up to 20kg (44 lbs) each - plus one small piece of hand luggage per person. Drivers loading the baggage do not weigh bags. Customers will be permitted to pool their individual allowances if they are travelling in a group or as a family, but they must be travelling on the same ticket.

Over this allowance and steep excess luggage charges kick in. Passengers within the luggage allowance get boarded first, those with excess luggage only get boarded if there is sufficient space left in the luggage hold, even if they have purchased a ticket.

North & South Terminals Gatwick Airport

All coaches that serve Gatwick Airport serve both North and South Terminals. At both terminals they have been given priority treatment and their boarding points are immediately outside the exit doors of both passenger terminals.


National Express Airport Coach Services

Private Transfers From Cars To Large Groups

We have options to cater for all party sizes.

On transfers the amount of luggage can be as critical to the right selection of vehicle as number of passengers, so do pause to reflect on this aspect.

Saloon Cars / Sedans / Estates - For Up To 5 Passengers

Saloon/ Sedan car or MPV/Estate/Station Wagon size vehicle. Will take up to 5 full size adults and around 4 cases with some small hand luggage. Ideal for a family.

Interior Of Mini Bus

Air-conditioned & Roomy Small Buses


All driver waiting time and airport parking included in airport pick-ups - No extra charges if your flight is delayed!

Baby seats or child booster seats supplied on request and are of course free of charge.

At passenger terminals the driver will be waiting for you as you exit the customs and luggage retrieval channel to escort you to the waiting vehicle.

Small Buses - 8 To 16 Seats With Room For Lots Of Luggage

Air conditioned roomy small buses with 8, 12 or 16 seats and lots of luggage room for small groups. These buses are proper purpose built buses, not cramped converted vans.

These small buses are small enough to get in the car parks at airports, big enough to qualify to use the special bus lanes in Central London.

The buses can also carry outsize items, commonly wheelchairs, electric scooters, bicycles and surfboards.

Drivers meet and greet at airports, hotels and ports just like the cars.

Full Size Touring Coaches For Large Groups

If you have a large group then that is not a problem either

The largest coaches are 50 seat coaches but we also have access to vehicles half that size.

With large groups if your average passenger is bringing more than one large case and a small item of hand luggage it might be the luggage capacity of the vehicle rather than the number of passengers that drives the correct size of vehicle required. The point being that estimating the amount of luggage you will be bringing is just as important as knowing how many people in your group.


With large groups just as small groups multi-drop and pick-ups from hotels is routine and if you require sightseeing we can arrange a guide whether it be an orientation tour of London or a niche interest of the group.

Putting Your Own Groups Together / Sharing

We do not put groups together for the purpose of vehicle sharing.

You are welcome to put your own group together. The key point with these charters is that the price is a flat rate for the vehicle, not per person. If somebody pulls out at the last moment the group are still liable for the full cost of the charter.


Private Transfer Quotation / Enquiry Form

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Important

Quotations are based on the number of passengers and amount of luggage you state below.

If you are a large group or have more than one case per person, please expand on this in the comments section so the appropriate vehicle is quoted for.

If you want a particular vehicle please state this in the comments section.

Your Required Transfer Details

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Number of Passengers

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