Transportation from LHR to LGW

2011/08/01 by Lassi A. Liikkanen

How to get from London Heathrow Airport to Gatwick Airport

For a transit between Heathrow and Gatwick airports, namely in London, you've got lot of options. The following alternatives are based on my experiences in July 2011 when I had a layover at Gatwick after arriving at Heathrow. The choice is up to saving either money or time, the trade-offs are pret


Expected duration

Price for a ride (adult)

Train (subway)

2.5 h

Under 15 pounds

Shuttle bus (National express)

1.5 – 2 h (terminal 5 – central station)

21 pounds


1 h

60-70 pounds

My recommendation for a business and more than one leisure traveller is to take a taxi. Covering the distance of about 40 miles from Heathrow to Gatwick (and thereabouts) is going to take you from terminal to terminal about an hour if you don't hit the traffic rush hours. .

The option I chose first is the National express shuttle bus which runs from all terminals, taking of from the central bus station (Terminals 1&3, 15 minutes walking underground). There are buses destined to Gatwick but also some lines taking stops at Gatwick on their way further. During day time, you should find a ride with a less than half an hour in waiting. It takes over 30 min to collect the remaining passengers from Terminals 4 and then rides in about 40 min to the North terminal of Gatwick airport in South Essex. The loops ends some 5-10 minutes later at the South terminal where the shuttles for airport hotels leave at irregular intervals. If you're going to a hotel, this could mean a trip time of over 3 hours after exiting Terminal 3.

Both airports are served by the extensive London area train network. Finding your way to the station and changing the line at the Victoria station is not quite trivial if you have lot of stuff. The trains run frequently, but going back and forth Victoria will take appr. 45 min each direction.

In short, if you are trying to connect or travelling for business, I would not recommend the public transports. If you've got plenty of time and less luggage, going to down town London might be a nice way to spend some time, but the comfort of the standard train service leaves much to be desired. The buses are quite nice and smooth, but the number of stops at the airports can cause annoying delays.

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