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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, a much, much longer journey 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 flight ticket using Terminal 5 at Heathrow. You really need to allow 4 hours.

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 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. 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 2 & 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/debit card.

The cheapest tickets are on-line only, cheaper than paying for the fully flexible tickets available on the day.

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.

The cheapest tickets on-line you can amend the schedule of your ticket, but they are not refundable. The more expensive tickets are fully flexible, though refunds are for cancellations more than 72 hours out.

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.

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.

London Inter Airport Coach Services

What If My Flight Is Late And I Miss my Bus?

When you reserve a ticket, you reserve a seat on a specific schedule. So what if your flight is late and you need to change your coach schedule. You have two options:

One option is to simply pay a £5 fee to switch to another schedule at the ticket office. You will also be charged the difference between the fare you paid on-line and the walk-up fare available on the day.

The second option (if you are purchasing a return fare) is to purchase a “Flexible airport journey” - pay a £10 additional supplement per person, (half price children). The facility allows you to board any available coach 12 hours before or 12 hours after your original departure time, amend your ticket to a new departure date or get a refund on your ticket up to 24 hours before departure, all without charge.

This facility is only available for on-line purchases and only for return trip purchases. The flexible airport journey supplement is made available as an extra on the extras screen displayed immediately after you have selected your coach tickets during the purchase process.

If There Are 4 Or More Of You Then A Private Vehicle With Driver May Be Cheaper Than The Bus

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.

Heathrow - Gatwick Private Transfers - Full Details

Heathrow - Gatwick Private Vehicle & Driver Transfers - Indicative Prices*

Prices Are Inclusive Of Taxes with Meet n Greet At The Airport



Large Cases







Private Car Reservation

Estate Car




Private Car Reservation





Private Car Reservation

Large MPV




Private Car Reservation

8 seat bus




By Quotation

12 seat bus




By Quotation

16 seat bus




By Quotation

Large Coaches

up to 50

up to 70


By Quotation

* Prices indicated are one-way, non-stop with all passengers boarding at a single point and include all taxes with meet n greet in the passenger terminal as you exit customs at the airport.

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