run a high frequency service over 100 times a day
between Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport (North & South Terminals). Very
popular as a transfer option as there is no competing rail service.
The route taken is via the M25 which means there's some good and there's some
bad. The good news is that when the route is clear it means the airports are
linked by motorway without needing a journey through central London and its
almost a non-stop journey. The bad news is that the M25 has a reputation for
being one of the most congested motorways in the UK with seemingly never ending
roadwork's on one section or another. So this can leading to a wide variance
from advertised travel times. However something to note is that congestion is
more normally limited to working hours on weekdays between 8am and 6pm. It will
also vary greatly depending on your direction of travel. The National Express
coach from Heathrow to Gatwick via the M25 is an anti-clockwise journey while
the Gatwick to Heathrow leg is a clockwise journey. This is important to note
because congestion is heaviest in an anti-clockwise direction in the evening
(3pm to around 7pm) and in a clockwise direction in the morning (7am to 11am).
National Express to Gatwick operates from all 4 terminals and both Gatwick
terminals in the opposite direction. This means for Heathrow terminals 2 and 3you must make your way to the central bus station. Reckon on a 10 minute walk
using the underpass under each terminal and clearly signposted.
All coaches have an onboard WC and the 200 and 201 have NXTV.
Service operates close to 24 hours a day (02.30 till 00.30). The service from
terminal 4 is less frequent than from the central bus station and terminal 5
(part of the same route), up to every hour compared to ever 20 minutes from the
central bus station (terminals 1,3 and 5). You can use the Heathrow express to
get from terminal 4 to Heathrow terminals 2 and 3for free and it takes just a
Order of terminals visited:
Heathrow to Gatwick
Terminals 2 and 3(central bus station) > Terminal 5 > Gatwick North Terminal >
GATWICK South Terminal
Terminal 4 > Gatwick North Terminal > GATWICK South Terminal
Gatwick to Heathrow
The revere of the above routes.
210 as 201,
230 as 201,
240 as 201
700 every 15-20 minutes in the morning. After 12:00 the service
operates every 30 minutes until 22:30
707 as 201 run half hourly,
717 as 201 run half hourly
747 half hourly,
797 half hourly
Journey time is approximately 80-105 minutes (plus any wait for the coach initially).
Cost is around £20 one way, £40 return
that on the national express website under some options for Heathrow Airport it
will sat 'CBS'. this stands for the 'central bus station' and is the pickup
point for Terminals 2 and 3.
For the North terminal all coach services use the lower level for both pickups
For the South terminal all coach services use the lower for both pickups
National Express are the number one
operator for UK wide coaches.
online means you receive an emailed e-ticket. Emailed almost immediately so
very little time delay no matter where you are in the world.
Options to reserve a seat, but only when you specify the exact time of the
Big savings for return tickets.
One child under 3 years of age may travel free for each fare paying
Children 3-15 have reduced fares.
Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Luggage allowance is 2 medium sized suitcases up to 20 kg each and one item
of hand luggage.
Additional luggage is allowed (normally) but with a surcharge.
Heathrow - Gatwick - National Express timetable (correct at time of publication)