Are you on a transit connecting flight and require to discover the best options for travelling from Gatwick to Heathrow to Gatwick?
Whether you are travelling for that long due holiday, or you are picking up a family member or a friend, to get from Gatwick Airport to Heathrow Airport (or vice versa) there are many options.
After all, these two airports are London’s busiest airports connecting flights for all destinations in the world. Heathrow airport (LHR) is located west of London, and Gatwick International Airport (LGW) is located directly to the south of Central London. The distance between both airports is approximately 37 miles. And it takes around 45 minutes to drive between them given normal traffic conditions.
Although London is a modern cosmopolitan city that is well-connected in terms of public transport, most travellers find it often surprised that there are No Direct trains or Tube lines that connect these two major airports.
The options for getting from Gatwick to Heathrow serving all the terminals are as follows:
Travel by Coach Transfer
This service is provided by National Express which is an intercity coach operator providing services throughout England. National Express coaches also cater for Airport transfers operating regularly. The fare is around £35 one-way (per person). There are discounts for group bookings as well.
Travelling with this coach service may not be suitable for everyone particularly travellers with many carry-ons, because this coaching network has limitations on luggage allowance being just 2 bags (neither of which should weigh more than 20kg (44 lbs)). This is often less than your flight luggage allowance. Furthermore, large or odd-sized items (such as bikes or ski gear) are allowed at the discretion of the driver only if space is available. Also, no animals except guide dogs are allowed on coaches. If you are going to use this Coach service to get to Heathrow Airport or to Gatwick Airport, then make sure that you plan everything early as you may require to wait around 15 to 20 minute for the next coach schedule, since that could make a huge difference for check-in time for your flight.
Trains and Buses from Gatwick
Although there is no direct train service between Gatwick and Heathrow. The least expensive option to travel between the two airports is by using the London Underground rail network and then a connecting bus. Keep in mind that getting to Heathrow or Gatwick airports will require a travel time of around 3 hours or more. This option of transport is not suitable for elderly travellers or families with children as carrying luggage up the escalators and stairs can be a difficult challenge.
It is also possible to take the Gatwick Express from Gatwick to London Victoria. The journey can be completed around 30 minutes, and a standard single ticket costs about £17. If you chose this path, you would then make your way to Heathrow via the Underground which would add around 50 minutes and cost an additional £4.80
Note: when travelling on standard bus services, you need to have a valid London Oyster card or United Kingdom contactless bank card for the bus service as there are no cash fares.
Transportation by Licensed Airport Taxi
Black Taxis at Gatwick airport can only pick up passengers in the case they’ve forgotten to book a private taxi using advance booking. If you have not pre-booked, you will need to go to the airport information desk for assistance. Fares vary depending on number of passengers, amount of luggage and time of day for the trip.
At Heathrow, London Black Taxi cabs can be found in ranks outside all terminals and will transport to Gatwick. However, the cost could exceed £100 and during peak times, the wait could be long.
Gatwick to Heathrow Airport Transfers by Private Hire Cars
As you can imagine, a private hire car will provide you with the most comfortable and fastest way to travel between Gatwick and Heathrow Airport. During normal traffic conditions, the entire journey will take around 45 minutes to arrive.
If the travelling party consists of four or more people, then chartering a private hire is ideal and affordable because you don’t need to buy individual tickets. Not to mention the ease of transport for large suitcases as private hire cars have plenty of room for luggage.
Choose Heathrow Gatwick Cars for All Your Airport Transport Needs
When you are looking for safe, professional and experienced drivers using modern vehicles, and when you want to take the hassle of getting to the airport in time, our company provides competitive rates for all airport transfers. We will ensure that your journey is relaxing and comfortable so that you do need not to worry about which train or bus service to take. Instead, you can arrange your booking right now using our online booking system.
For business travellers or first-time visitors to London, we highly recommend selecting Meet and Greet Service and our professional and friendly drivers will wait for you at the International arrival hall ready to carry your bags and drive you to your destination.
How Long Does It Take to Get from Gatwick to Heathrow? The journey alone is nonstop and will take about 52 min (35.3 miles) via M25.
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