How to get from Heathrow Airport to Gatwick Airport :
For most people the first choice for transfers between Heathrow Airport
and Gatwick 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
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 £20 one way, £40 return
National Express timetables, services
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 to Victoria is around
Cost from Victoria to Gatwick is
from £8 Total journey takes around
105-175 minutes at a
cost from £14
>Train via Central London:
Take the London Underground into
via the Piccadilly Line. Make sure you are using the tube
network clearly signed Piccadilly line and NOT the Heathrow Express or
Connect services. At Hammersmith or Earls Court station transfer to the
District Line and travel out to
London Victoria Station
. Transfer onto
the Gatwick Express for the ride out to Gatwick Airport.
This is not based on a through ticket.
Tube fare is
Cash: £6 per adult (£3 11-15 yrs), Contactless £5.10 peak, £3.10 off-peak
to Gatwick is approximately
£19.90 (£17.80 online)
Total journey takes around 90 minutes at a
cost from £25.90
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
Terminal 4: from 05.03 till 23.54. Sundays and Public Holidays 05.47
Terminals 2 and 3: from 05.13 till 00.22. Sundays and Public Holidays
05.57 till 23.55
Heathrow Express runs approximately 05.30 till 23.45
TFL Rail service runs approximately 05.30 till midnight
Note: its possible to reduce the above times by around 15 minutes if
using the Heathrow Express to Paddington and then transferring to
Victoria but this adds
£22 (online), £22 (ticket machine), £27 (on train) to the cost.
National Express Coach
from Victoria to Gatwick for the Gatwick
Express/Southern railways train reduces the cost by £12 (the coach is
from £8 >)
but adds up to 1 hour to the time.
Transfers between Heathrow and Gatwick by road are travelled via the
On leaving Heathrow you pick up the M4 for a very small section before
connecting with the M25 South Bound Anti-clockwise section. You leave
the M25 at its junction 7 and travel south on the M23 for a few miles.
Conveniently you will find the journey well sign posted for the entire
To make this journey by train requires taking the London tube into
central London on the Piccadilly line, transferring to the Circle or
District line at South Kensington and then Transferring at Victoria
Station onto the Gatwick express. Not a really practical solution if you
have luggage. You could of course take taxi straight into Victoria
station and then making the transfer to the Gatwick Express. The train
goes into the South terminal and if you need the North Terminal you use
the free monorail service between terminals.
This option must be pre-booked. Expect to pay around
standard car for up to 4 passengers.
Please note this figure can vary greatly between companies.
Our partner minicab
A taxi is easily located outside of each terminal at the terminals dedicated taxi
rank. Heathrow actually has the worlds largest taxi rank. There is a main
rank on the Northern perimeter road which feeds all 4 terminals with
flow controlled by a computer system. All taxis are
licensed by the London public carriage office and are the distinctive black
taxi type vehicles. Costs vary greatly depending on factors such as traffic
and extras. Guide price of around
image of a London Taxi
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 Heathrow Airport to Gatwick
Airport is 43 miles/69 km via the M25 or 24.7
miles/39.8 km in a straight line.