TRANSFER: GATWICK TO HEATHROW AIRPORT



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How to get from Gatwick Airport to Heathrow Airport:
For most people the first choice for transfers between Gatwick Airport and Heathrow Airport will be via National Express Coach. The times are similar to making the journey by train and very slightly cheaper and offers the massive advantage of being airport to airport requiring no transfers between starting point and destination. The main disadvantage is that the journey is via the M25 motorway which is notorious for traffic jams.

Coach
National Express run a high frequency service over 100 times a day. read full details of the Heathrow to Gatwick National Express Coach Service here.
Journey time is approximately 80-105 minutes (plus any wait for the coach initially). Cost is around Cost is around £25 one way, £40 return
National Express timetables, services and fares

Coach via Central London
There are many reasons why you may want to do this journey via central London not least being to spend a few hours sightseeing if your transfer time allows. The second advantage is that this is the cheapest way to make the transfer between Heathrow and Gatwick.
Cost from Victoria to Heathrow is around £6
Cost from Gatwick to Victoria is from £6.50
Total journey takes around 105-175 minutes at a cost from £13

Train via Central London:
Take the Gatwick Express/Southern Railways train to Victoria train station. Take the District line tube out to either Earls Court or Hammersmith. Then switch to the Piccadilly line for the tube ride to Heathrow Airport (all terminals).
Gatwick to Victoria by train is around £19.90 (£17.75 online)
Tube fare to Heathrow is £5.7 per adult (£2.80 11-15 yrs)
Total journey takes around 90 minutes at a cost from £24.20.

Timetables for above connections:
Gatwick Express runs 24 hours, every 15 minutes peak hours down to hourly between 01.00 till 03.00
Piccadilly Line Tune runs:
Terminal 5: from 05.23 till 00.18. Sundays and Public Holidays 06.08 till 23.51
Terminal 4: from 05.03 till 23.54. Sundays and Public Holidays 05.47 till 22.33
Terminals 1,2 and 3: from 05.13 till 00.22. Sundays and Public Holidays 05.57 till 23.55

Note: its possible to reduce the above times by around 15 minutes taking a tube from Victoria to Paddington station and then using the Heathrow Express from Paddington to Heathrow Airport but this adds £21 (online), £21 (ticket machine), £26 (on train) to the cost.
Substituting the National Express Coach from Gatwick to Victoria for the Gatwick Express/Southern railways train reduces the cost by £10.90 (the coach is from £6.50 ) but adds up to 1 hour to the time.

Road:
Transfers between Heathrow and Gatwick by road are travelled via the M23/M25/M4 motorways. Leave Gatwick Airport and follow the signs for the M23/M25 North towards London. From the North Terminal head towards the South Terminal and then pick up the M23/M25 signs. Travel for around 10 miles Northbound on the M23 towards London and the M25. Pick up the M25 Clockwise section towards Heathrow and the M4. Stay on the M25 for around 30 miles until you see the sign for either terminal 4 or terminals 1,2,3 and the M4 at the next junction depending on which terminal you need.

Minicab
This option must be pre-booked. Expect to pay around £80 for a standard car for up to 4 passengers. Please note this figure can vary greatly between companies.
Our partner minicab company.

Taxi
Chequer Cars who operate out of Gatwick, both terminals with onsite offices.

Expect your journey by car/taxi/minicab to take 30-65 minutes.
Expect your coach journey to Gatwick airport to take 50-90 minutes.
The distance from Gatwick Airport to Heathrow Airport is 43 miles/69 km via the M25 or 24.7 miles/39.8 km in a straight line.
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