All Bus and Coach services, apart from Speedlink, operate from the Airport's own Coach Station, situated adjacent to South Terminal at ground level. All coaches stop first at North Terminal to drop off and collect passengers. Information on coach services throughout the nation is available at both North and South Terminal Arrivals, and at the Coach Station itself. Tickets can also be bought at each of these places which accept cash, cheques and all major credit cards.
The Coach Station waiting room is open from 06:30 to 21:30 and offers toilets and refreshments as well as information and ticket sales. Information on coach services is displayed outside the waiting room. Follow the yellow signs to get to the Coach Station. Lifts (elevators) are available from the South Terminal short-term car park.
Virtually all the coach services that travel north from Gatwick call at the busy Coach Station at Heathrow Airport to provide their interconnections. This can prove to be something of a mixed blessing as, on the one hand, everything is geared to the needs of the airline passenger but, on the other hand, the hapless customer needs to endure the traffic conditions at two airports instead of one. The system does provide a clear choice for the coach traveller, however, and the relative merits of changing coaches at either Heathrow or London's Victoria Coach Station should be explored.
There are many factors that could affect the final decision, but one of the principal considerations must be the final destination. If you are heading for the East or North East, for example, then Victoria would be the better option to minimise hassle. For services to the West and the Midlands, however, the Heathrow option would almost certainly prove better. Cost comes into the equation too, of course, and if your budget will stretch a little then the best idea is probably to take the train to Victoria where transfer to the Coach Station is easy.
Some of the principal coach services from Gatwick are listed below, but the whole of the national system, which is generally fast, comfortable and relatively inexpensive, is easily accessible to the traveller via the link with Heathrow or London Victoria.
The major routes across the UK are shown on the map, and there is an abundance of information available from the Coach Information desks at Gatwick.
National Express runs express Airlink coach services to London Heathrow, South Wales, Bristol, the East Midlands, Yorkshire and the North East, as well as offering many other feeder services.
Jetlink offers services to Brighton (hourly), Watford Junction, Luton and Stevenage, which connect with rail and coach services to the Midlands, the North and Scotland.
Flightline 777 is a fast service direct to Victoria Coach Station, the hub of the British coach network, and costs £7.50 single or £11 return.
Oxford is catered for every 2 hours by the X80 and Cambridge every hour through Cambridge Coach Services.
Local Bus Services are operator ed by is London and Country, who can be contacted on 01293 414093.
There are some great deals available from many of the UK's coach operators for those who want to see something of Britain by road. Tourist information offices are good places to find details of these offers, and there are travel desks at Gatwick where you can obtain leaflets and other information.
Full details of all services can be obtained through the Bus/Coach Traveline 0990 747777
Travelling by coach is the easiest way to transfer from Gatwick to Heathrow, because you are taken directly from one Terminal to another. Transfer time is unpredictable because the journey is almost all spent on the notorious M25 motorway. On average, the journey time from Terminal to Terminal willi take between an hour and 90 minutes.
Note that the Speedlink coaches do not use the coach Station. Their ticket office and waiting room is between South Terminal and Ashdown House. You can also buy tickets for the Speedlink service from their ticket office in North Terminal, and board the coach there.
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