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crewe Jan 26th, 2006 06:54 PM

Gatwick to heathrow by bus ,limo,or train
 
Which is the best way to go from Gatwick to Heathrow .Arrive at 8-30 leave heathrow at 1-55.First time traveler

Tracey14 Jan 26th, 2006 07:19 PM

From the Gatwick airport website (www.gatwickairport.com):

"By Coach
Heathrow Gatwick
The National Express 700 runs every 15-20 minutes in the morning, from outside Terminals 1, 3 and 4. It takes approximately 70 minutes to Gatwick's North and South Terminals. The cost is £17.50. After 12:00 the service operates every 30 minutes until 22:30. Tickets can be purchased at the Bus and Coach information desks located in Terminals 1, 3 and 4 or on the bus itself; subject to availability. The coaches pick up at the arrivals level of Terminals 1, 3 and 4 and set down at the departures level. For Terminal 2, coaches pick up and set down at the departures level.

National Express coaches 707, 717, 727 and 797 also operate half hourly to Gatwick and the journey takes approximately 70 minutes. Coaches run from the central bus station at Heathrow for Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and from outside Terminal 4 arrivals. They set down outside Gatwick North and South Terminals. Adult fares are £17.50 single. Tickets can be purchased from the travel centre at the central bus station or from the Bus and Coach information desk on the forecourt of Terminal 4 arrivals."

I think it's the best way to go - I don't know about limo service, but by train, I think you need to take the Gatwick Express to Victoria, then get to Paddington to take the Heathrow Express, which means another tube ride.

peripateticgirl Jan 26th, 2006 07:40 PM

how much do you want to spend? if you're a first time traveler, do yourself a favor and pop for a cab or a limo. if you don't mind trains or tube, the expresses are efficient, clean and inexpensive, but traveling on the tube, tired, with luggage, really stinks. people are generally nice and helpful. one very nice man carried my huge suitcase up a flight of stairs i looked so pathetic dragging it. but really, if you're nervous, or tired, take a cab. you can also prearrange for a limo, but that can be a little pricey, fun and well worth it if you can afford it. it's great to have someone waiting to take you where you need to go so you can relax into your jet lag. good luck,
peri

WillTravel Jan 26th, 2006 07:53 PM

Don't go by taxi! This is a long distance in a heavily-trafficked area, and the fare will be shockingly expensive. You could arrange a car service which will still be expensive, but less shockingly so than a taxi. I see little advantage for that over the National Express, given they travel the same highways.

alanRow Jan 26th, 2006 11:12 PM

If going via London, get the Southern train service to Victoria, then get the Tube to Hammersmith & change for the Piccadilly line to Heathrow. It's as quick as the Gatwick Express / Tube / Heathrow Express and about half the price

flanneruk Jan 26th, 2006 11:27 PM

Sometimes there are unusual cases where it might just make sense to find an exotic way of getting to Heathrow.

But not in your case. Get the bus.

Simply look for the booking office as you come through customs. About an hour and a half later you'll be at Heathrow.

No other method makes sense. You won't get significant change out of £100 (yes, pounds. Real money) with a taxi, and it'll take as long.

There's a complicated train route that might shave a few minutes and a pound or two off, but it's not for novices - though it'll give you lots of exercise to get over your lag.

crewe Jan 27th, 2006 08:26 AM

Thank You, I guess it is the bus for Me.


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