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Bus waiting at Heathrow Coach Station
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, a much, much longer journey time.
Note - there is no Heathrow to Gatwick train service.
Heathrow to &
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 flight ticket using Terminal 5 at Heathrow.
You really need to allow 4 hours. If you are changing airlines with separate tickets then you do need a minimum of 4 hours between flights.
Airport to airport transfer
Airport day rooms
Airport to airport transfers
Airport day rooms
The route of about 45 miles between Heathrow and Gatwick is along heavily congested motorway/freeway.
Mondays to Fridays between 6.30am and 10am traffic congestion is routine, expect delays of 15 minutes or more in the Gatwick-Heathrow direction.
Between 3.30pm and 7pm the delays are in the Heathrow-Gatwick direction where there is again routine severe congestion. There is also congestion around Heathrow Airport Sunday afternoons and evenings.
As a crude guide it will normally take you 45 to 75 minutes from landing to going through customs and collecting your luggage.
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.
At Heathrow it's a lot more complicated, the key points are:
No buses visit Terminals 2 and 3 - you walk to the Central Bus Station
All buses start/terminate at the Central Bus station. (Terminals 2 and 3)
Buses will always visit Terminal 5, but not all schedules visit Terminal 4.
You can travel free from Terminal 4 to the Central Bus station by Heathrow Express train which runs every 15 minutes.
The walk from Terminals 2 or 3 to the bus station takes about 10 minutes. It's luggage trolley friendly and is mostly along moving walkways and lifts. It is also underground so you are not exposed to the elements.
You can carry two medium-sized suitcases - weighing up to 20kg (44lb) 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.
Remember: With National Express you book a seat on a specific bus schedule
National Express Fare Types
National Express have two standard fare types:
Standard Ticket: The cheapest fare. Amendable (for a fee) but not refundable
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 Ticket: Unlimited amendments and refunds allowed before travel
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 journeys.
The Airport Flexible Add On - The flexibility to switch schedule if your flight is early/late -
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.
National Express Group Discount (for 4 people or more) -
If you're travelling on the National Express services in a group of four or more, you can obtain 25% off passenger one-way fares.
To take advantage of this offer, simply book your seats at least three days in advance.
The National Express coaches come with a free luggage allowance of 2 cases for the hold of the bus. Neither case should weigh more than 20kg (44lb). An item of hand luggage is allowed in the passenger cabin but only laptop/handbag size. There are steep excess luggage charges if you exceed these limits. easyBus allow one bag max dimensions H+W+L equalling 57 or less inches and weighing 23kg or less plus one hand luggage no more than 5kg.
Extra case supplement - £8 on-line, £10 on day
Book 1 extra bag making 3 in total.
3 extra cases supplement - £16 on-line, £30 on day
Book 3 extra bags making 5 in total.
A vehicle with driver just for your party has a lot going for it, especially if you are a small group or larger.
The driver will meet n greet you as you exit the customs/luggage hall of the passenger terminal (or at an airport hotel) and lead you to the waiting vehicle for an immediate departure.
The driver also monitors your incoming flight and will adjust his/her arrival time to the actual time your flight arrives.
We can supply vehicles from sedans to 70 seat coaches and if you want to do some sightseeing on the way, no problem too, with or without guiding.
How do I get from Heathrow to Gatwick?
The simplest route is by road as there are no direct trains between the two airports. The coaches are easy and cheap but you can also book a private mini-bus transfer for larger groups or a taxi transfer.
How far is London Heathrow (LHR) to London Gatwick (LGW)
It is 45 miles between airports, however the actual journey time varies considerably due to congestion, peak hours travel and accidents. Delays of 15 minutes and more should be routinely expected on a journey that takes just over an hour on a good day.
How much luggage do National Express allow?
Two medium-sized suitcases per passenger weighing up to 20kg (44lb) each, plus one small piece of hand luggage. Above this and excess luggage charges come into play. If you have a lot of luggage, a private transfer on mini-bus or taxi may be a good solution to consider.