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Best way to get from Gatwick to Heasthrow

Old Jul 21st, 2006, 12:37 PM
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Best way to get from Gatwick to Heasthrow

Some flights I am looking at for a future trip show a terminal change in London. Is this difficult? Is there a shuttle? Thank you. Jane
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Old Jul 21st, 2006, 01:24 PM
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Terminal change or airport change.

Either way the Heathrow & Gatwick airport websites tell you how to transfer or something like londontoolkit will tell you which of the many options might be best for you.

The big question is - how much time do you have. If it's less than 5 hours ten there's a chance you'll miss your connection, doubly so if you have to checkin again & get another boarding card
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Old Jul 21st, 2006, 01:48 PM
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Many people will recommend that you give yourself 4-5 hours between these flights regardless of what mode you travel in, and they are right. When you arrive at either airport you first have to go through passport check, and it took us forever at Gatwick because there were so many travelers. Then you reclaim your bag and then get the bus or taxi. We bought a round trip ticket on the National Express bus line for 63 GBP so we didn't have to wait in line again on our return. We had an early trip and so it only took 50 minutes to get us to Heathrow but there we then had to recheck our bag and stand in line again and then do security! After that we had time for a snack before our flight. On the way back it was the same thing. We flew Paris to Heathrow and had to do the passport thing, get the bag, take the bus(this took longer this time because it was midday traffic), check the bag at Gatwick and then run through security. So, you see why you need the five hours to give yourself that comfort zone. You can check schedules and costs at www.nationalexpress.com for your needs. Maybe a taxi rider will give you some other information. Enjoy your travels.
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Old Jul 21st, 2006, 04:15 PM
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Thanks, Alan and turista, That's just what I needed.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 04:58 PM
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The easiest connection between the two airports are National Express bus. You buy the ticket from the information desk on the arrival floor. I agree it is safe to have 4-5hrs because of potential traffic.
I would not recommend taking a taxi--LGW is quite far out of London, and you'll run the risk of getting stuck on the traffic.
If you're familiar with London public transportation AND have only carry-on, you might consider Gatwick Express to Victoria, take a tube to Paddington, connect to Heathrow Express, but this would probably be more costly, and won't save much time.
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If you're familiar with London public transportation AND have only carry-on, you might consider First Capital Connect train to King's Cross Thameslink (46-51 minutes) and Piccadilly line to Heathrow (56). It's a five-minute walk from the Thameslink station to the Tube.

A train to Victoria (Southern is £5 cheaper than GX) might be marginally faster overall, but requires another train change at Hammersmith.
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