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Heathrow Gatwick Bus Shuttle Transfer

National Express Airport Coach Service - The Only Direct Public Transport Link Between LHR & LGW

National Express Heathrow - Gatwick Bus At Heathrow Coach Station

Bus Waiting At Heathrow Coach Station

National Express Bus Between Heathrow & Gatwick Airport

The Heathrow Gatwick bus shuttle run by National Express is the only direct public transport between London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Note - there is no Heathrow - Gatwick train service.

The Heathrow - Gatwick Airport Bus is operated by National Express with comfortable coaches complete with on board washrooms. Currently this is the only scheduled direct public transport service operating between Heathrow and Gatwick Airport. The only alternatives are taxi / charter bus or to travel by public transport into Central London, then get transport out again that of course takes much, much longer in time.

Minimum Times Between Flights ?

The absolute minimum time between flights without contingency that you should contemplate making a transfer between Heathrow and Gatwick is 3 hours - and that is with a through ticket using Terminal 5 at Heathrow.

If you are changing airlines with separate tickets then you probably need a minimum of 4 hours between flights.

Road Congestion Warning!

The route of about 45 miles between Heathrow and Gatwick is along heavily congested motorway/freeway.

Mondays to Fridays between 06:30 and 10:00 traffic congestion is routine, expect delays of 15 minutes or more in the Gatwick - Heathrow direction.

Between 15:30 and 19:00 the delays are in the Heathrow-Gatwick direction there is again routine severe congestion.

Heathrow - Gatwick Bus Route Map

Finding The Bus At Gatwick & Heathrow

Gatwick Airport

At Gatwick the National Express bus visits both North and South Terminals. For boarding and drops the the coach bays are well signed and are directly in front of the passenger terminals, a few yards out of the door.

Heathrow Airport

At Heathrow its a lot more complicated, the key points are :

- No buses visit Terminals 1,2 and 3 - you walk to the Central Bus Station

- All buses start/terminate at the Central Bus station. (Terminals 1,2 and 3)

- Buses will normally but not always visit Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 which are a couple of miles apart on the other side of the airport.

- You can travel free from Terminal 4 and 5 to the Central Bus station by Heathrow Express train which runs every 15 minutes.

- The walk from Terminals 1,2 and 3 to the bus station takes about 10 minutes. Its luggage trolley friendly and is mostly along moving walkways and lifts. Its also underground so you are not exposed to the elements.

National Express Luggage Allowance

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.

Indicative Journey Times of National Express Heathrow - Gatwick Bus

Heathrow Bus Station (Terminals 1,3)




Heathrow Terminal 4




Heathrow Terminal 5




Gatwick North Terminal




Gatwick South Terminal




These are the only stops, there are no stops at hotels etc
There are around 100 buses a day in each direction, use timetable link below for precise times.

Purchasing Tickets

You can buy tickets at the National Express ticket desks in the coach station at Heathrow Airport and at kiosks in the arrival halls at Gatwick and Heathrow. You can also purchase e-tickets in advance on-line using a credit card.

If you book on-line you are guaranteed a seat on the schedule you select, turning up on the day you are not.

It is recommended booking a service at least 80 minutes after the arrival time of your flight.

London Inter Airport Coach Services

Time To Kill At The Airport? - Why Not Visit Windsor Beside Heathrow Airport

If you have a late flight out of Heathrow and have to check out of your hotel by late morning then you have time to kill. Similarly, if you are in transit between flights with a long gap in between, killing time at the airport is something most people dread the thought off.

Heathrow Stopover at Windsor

A much more attractive proposition is to spend your time in the attractive town of Windsor, just a few miles from Heathrow Airport. Windsor Castle pictured right is what it is famous for but there is much much more to Windsor and Eton than the castle.

We have flexible packages for all group sizes.

A luggage storage service is available whilst you are in Windsor and there is a flat fee rate, no matter how much or little time you spend in Windsor - no waiting time charges apply.

The stopover solution is a private solution customised to every customer. This is not a public tour with set operating times.

Windsor Stopover / Late Flight Solution - More Details

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