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Gatwick - Stansted Airport Bus Shuttle Transfer

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

National Express Gatwick - Stansted Bus

National Express coaches run direct, frequent coaches between all of London's four major airports, including a Stansted - Gatwick Airport Bus.

This coach service isn't the fastest way to travel between Gatwick and Stansted airports, that's the Gatwick - Stansted train option via Central London but the Gatwick - Stansted bus service it is the only public transport service that will take you direct airport to airport without a change of transportation.

National Express Bus Between Gatwick & Stansted Airport

The Stansted - Gatwick Airport Bus is operated by National Express with comfortable coaches complete with on board washrooms. Gatwick and Stansted Airports are opposite sides of London, the National Express coach goes around London's orbital motorway/freeway. Half way around the orbital motorway is Heathrow Airport where coaches make stops.

Note - there is no direct Gatwick - Stansted train service, though you can travel by train with two interchanges in Central London.

Note - there is no Gatwick - Stansted shared van shuttle style service.

Minimum Times Between Flights?

The journey time on the bus is scheduled at around 3 hours. Absolute minimum time with no contingency between flights that you should contemplate making a transfer between Gatwick and Stansted is 6 hours using this service.

Remember the fastest way between Gatwick Airport and Stansted Airport is not direct via coach but indirect via Central London with a change of transport.

Map of Relative Positions Of London's Airports

Perhaps because of the slow speed of this option this is not the most frequent inter-airport bus service either, typically running around every 2 hours. You may well find that its quicker to do the journey indirect with a change of National Express coach at Heathrow Airport. (Consult the National Express travel planner through the banner below.).

Road Congestion Warning!

Most of the route between Gatwick and Stansted is along some of the most heavily congested motorway/freeway in Europe. It only takes one accident or lane closure and the whole road comes to gridlock with major delays

Mondays to Fridays between 06:30 and 10:00 and 15:30 and 19:00 traffic congestion is routine, expect delays at this time.

There can also be severe congestion late Sunday afternoon/ early evening. But at anytime the slightest incident can bring the road to gridlock.

Finding The Bus At Gatwick & Stansted

Stansted Airport

Gatwick - London Transfers

In front of Stansted Airport's passenger terminal is a very large bus station. All the different buses are lined up with their own bays. There is a waiting room and somewhere to get a coffee and snacks. When you come out of the customs area, just look up and follow the signs downstairs to the bus station.

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.

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.

If you need to take extra luggage on your journey, this can be arranged either in advance or on your day of travel when you arrive at the coach station. However buying your extra luggage on-line in advance is much cheaper.

National Express Bus Routing

The direct Gatwick - Stansted buses are not dedicated Gatwick to Stansted buses. Most of the buses terminate/start at Gatwick Airport and service Heathrow and Stansted airports before continuing north to Cambridge and Norwich.

You pay a premium fare for taking the direct coaches between Gatwick and Stansted Airports. National Express offer cheaper fares if you switch coaches at an intermediate point, normally Heathrow Airport or London Victoria Coach Station.

Indicative Journey Times of National Express Gatwick - Direct Stansted Bus

Gatwick North Terminal


Gatwick South Terminal


Heathrow Terminal 5


Heathrow Terminal 4


Heathrow Bus Station (Terminals 2,3)


Stansted Airport


Note: There are no stops at any airport hotels

You can also buy a single tickets for two separate separate National Express services that connect with one another. National Express operate services from both Gatwick and Stansted to London's only coach station in the Victoria district of Central London. Journey times are typically longer, but fares are cheaper.

National Express Fares

The cheapest tickets are on-line in advance from the National Express web site, (link below).

You can also buy tickets on the day at the National Express ticket desks and ticket machines at the Gatwick and Stansted passenger terminals and Stansted Bus Station subject to seat availability.

A ticket is for a specific schedule you select and is printed on the ticket. If you book on-line you are also guaranteed a seat on the schedule you select, turning up on the day to buy a ticket you are not.

For on-line reservations there is also a £1 booking fee per booking, (not person).

It is recommended booking a service at least 90 minutes after the arrival time of your flight.

Group Discount (For 3 people or more)

If you're travelling on the National Express inter airport services in a group of three or more, you can obtain £20 per passenger one-way fares.

To take advantage of this offer, simply book your seats at least three days in advance.

Ticket Formats

The easiest and cheapest option is to use e-tickets, where you simply print your ticket after purchase.

There are alternatives, m-tickets sent to your mobile incur a small surcharge, the same surcharge for collecting tickets from a ticket office. Tickets can also be mailed to you for a larger surcharge.

National Express Airport Coach Services

What if my Flight Is Late and I Miss my Bus?

Allow 90 minutes minimum from flight arrival time to any airport bus departure.

When you reserve a ticket, you reserve a seat on a specific schedule.

So what happens if your flight is late and you need to change your coach schedule?

Amendable Not Refundable Tickets

This ticket is not refundable but the journey date and time can be changed prior to your current departure date and time. Amendments must be made prior to the journey. An amendment fee will apply.

Fully Flexible Amendable & Refundable

On many journeys this fare is offered at time of reservation and carries a small surcharge.

Unlimited amendments can be made anytime prior to departure without incurring an amendment fee.

In order to claim a refund, you must cancel your ticket at least 72 hours in advance of your journey and an administration fee applies.

Airport Flexible Add On - For Journeys Staring or Ending At An Airport

For peace of mind if your flight is early or delayed with this add-on you may board any available coach 12 hours before or 12 hours after your original departure time you have selected on reservation.

You can amend your ticket to a new departure date as well - free of charge.

You can obtain a refund on your ticket up to 24 hours before departure.

You add the Airport Flexible Fare Add On during the booking process, not at the original selection screen where you select your schedule and fare. The option comes up on a subsequent screen with other supplemental options like excess luggage and travel insurance are offered and before payment.

Stansted - Gatwick Airport Private Transfers

A private car or bus with a clear run takes around 80 minutes to make the journey between Stansted and Gatwick.

As well as being the most convenient and stress free option, private vehicles can make real sense, especially if there is a group of you or you have lots of luggage.

Private Airport Car Transfers
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