Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport are both major London flight hubs and you may have to transfer between the two to make a flight connection. You basically have two options - get a train from Heathrow or Gatwick to central London and then out to the other airport or take a bus / coach between the two airports.
The first option is likely to be more expensive but the travel time is fairly guaranteed whereas bus / coach transfers around the M25 motorway between Gatwick and Heathrow are never fully guaranteed due to traffic and accidents, so it is essential to leave plenty of time between connections!. The lowest advanced fare costs 7.30 GBP for an economy single and 13 GBP return although a 50% discount is offered between Gatwick Airport and Heathrow Airport to those over 60 years old see the - discount leaflet.
The primary provider of bus services between Heathrow and Gatwick is National Express who offer frequent services between the two hubs. For more details on their schedules and pricing use the form above to search the latest fares and timetables.
Buses depart from Gatwick Airport to Heathrow from both Gatwick North and South terminals (calling at the North Terminal last). Buses going from Heathrow Airport to Gatwick Airport leave from Heathrow's central bus station which is accesible from Heathrow terminals 1 to 5.
To make the connection between Heathrow and Gatwick by train you will need to take either the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station (15 minutes and 16.50 GBP single) or the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station in London (30 minutes and from 28 GBP single). Both the Gatwick express rail service and the Heathrow express trains operate from underground stations beneath Gatwick and Heathrow respectively. To access the station use the sign posted lifts and escalators. To transfer between Victoria Station and Paddington in London you need to use the London Underground.
For trains between Gatwick and London it is advisable to book in advance to get the best fare. Tickets can be delivered to your door next day or you can pick up your tickets from an automated machine at most stations.
Also note it is often cheaper to buy two single tickets than a return ticket for some trips. To check live availability and advanced train ticket prices click on the button below:
If you are travelling between airports by car it is a straight forward drive from Gatwick to Heathrow around the M25 motorway and alond the M23 motorway. If you wish to do one way car hire Europcar offer this service at no extra charge with their "connect" offer.
If you have a very early flight from Gatwick you may wish to spend the night before at a hotel near Gatwick Airport rather than spending the night on a bus!
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