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Getting from Heathrow Airport to Gatwick Airport

When making the journey from Heathrow airport to Gatwick airport, you have three different transfer options; taxi, train or bus. Taking a taxi from Heathrow airport is by far the quickest option as it takes only 45 minutes. Taking the National Express bus is a great low-budget option. The least convenient option to travel from Gatwick to Heathrow is to take the train as there are no direct lines and the journey can take up to 1 hour and 52 minutes.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to London at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €80 45min 24/7 Book
Taxi €110 45min 24/7
Train €49.80 112min 05:00–22:44
Bus €55.32 75min 09:35–17:00

How to get from Heathrow to Gatwick airport by taxi

The fastest and easiest way to travel between Heathrow and Gatwick airports is by taxi. Taking a Heathrow airport taxi or a Gatwick airport taxi, if you’re travelling in the other direction, only takes 45 minutes. However, this is the most expensive transfer option.

Taxi fare from Heathrow to Gatwick

The cost of a taxi from Heathrow to Gatwick is calculated using a taximeter. The total fare will depend on the levels of traffic and the route taken but will be around €110. In order to secure a guaranteed price for your transfer at any time of the day, you can book your transfer from Gatwick to Heathrow (of vice versa) with Welcome Pickups.



Trip Duration

45 MIN

*Prices may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Heathrow airport

Where do I get it from?

You can find taxis at Heathrow airport outside of Terminals 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Simply walk out of the terminal and look for the taxi rank sign.


If you’re looking to save time and energy, taking a taxi from Heathrow to Gatwick airport is the best option. Not only is the journey time less than half of the public transport options, it also means your loved ones and belongings are close and safe.

Editor’s Note

Although taking a taxi is expensive, if you land after 22:00, it will be your only transfer option as all public services stop.

Useful Tips

Make sure your driver resets the taximeter to the correct fare before beginning your journey.
There's no additional fee for luggage in a London black cab.
You can fit up to 5 passengers in a London taxi.

How to get from Heathrow to Gatwick by train

Unfortunately, there’s no direct train from Heathrow to Gatwick or Gatwick to Heathrow. You will need to take the Heathrow Underground train to London Victoria station, then take the Gatwick Express train from there to Gatwick airport. The total journey time is almost 2 hours and the total cost one-way is €24.90.

How much is the train from Heathrow to Gatwick?

The total cost of the journey from Heathrow to Gatwick is €24.90 one-way. The cost of the Heathrow Underground to London Victoria is €5.30 and the cost of the Gatwick Express train from London Victoria to Gatwick airport is €19.60.

The cost of tickets can increase when bought on the day from ticket machines or during peak times.



Trip Duration

1 HR 52 MIN

There's a waiting time of 10 minutes for the Heathrow Underground train.

Value for Money

The Heathrow Underground runs 24/7, the Gatwick Express train runs from 05:00 to 22:44.

Where do I get it from?

The Heathrow Underground runs from the train station between Terminal 2 and 3 and the station located in the basement of Terminal 5. You can easily reach these stations via the pedestrian subway.

If you’re travelling from Gatwick to Heathrow, the Gatwick Express train leaves from Platform 3 at the train station in Gatwick Airport.


Taking the train from Heathrow to Gatwick is the least convenient transfer option. You will need to make a change in central London, which can be time-consuming and quite stressful if you have small children or lots of luggage.

Editor’s Note

If you have mobility issues, are using a pushchair or have a lot of luggage, the train routes are step free, so extremely friendly to wheelchairs and small children.

Useful Tips

Make sure to validate your tickets before entering the trains.
The Gatwick Express train doesn't run during major holidays.
The Heathrow Underground runs 24/7, but the Gatwick Express stops service before 22:44.

How to get from Heathrow to Gatwick by bus

How much is the bus from Heathrow to Gatwick

The cost for a one-way ticket from Heathrow to Gatwick airport or Gatwick to Heathrow is the same, €27.66. If you purchase your tickets in advance, they are always cheaper than on the day.



Trip Duration

75 MIN

There's a waiting time of up to 10 minutes for the bus.

Value for Money

The National Express bus runs from 09:35 to 17:00.

Where do I get it from?

You can find the National Express bus in the Coach station at the Heathrow Central Bus Station, located between Termial 2 and 3. Here they leave from stand 7-17.

The bus also makes a stop at Terminal 4 on the arrivals hall level at stand 12-14. In Terminal 5, the bus leaves from stand 13-15.


Although the National Express bus runs directly from Heathrow to Gatwick airport, it stops running at 17:00, so if you arrive after that time, you will have to look for an alternate mode of transport. Having said that, if you do arrive during the day and are travelling on a budget, this could be a great option for you.

Editor’s Note

If your plane lands between the hours of 09:00 and 16:00, taking the bus from Heathrow to Gatwick could be a great way to save money.

Useful Tips

There's WiFi available on the bus.
Make sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before your bus leaves.
If you don't want to walk to the bus station, you can take a free shuttle to the Terminal 5 bus stop.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in London. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

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Drivers are always on time

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Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Heathrow to Gatwick?

There are taxis available outside of Heathrow airport 24/7. The cost of a taxi will be calculated using a taximeter based on the time taken to reach Gatwick airport, but will be around €110. If you’d prefer a set-rate fee, book your transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups.

Is there a shuttle from Gatwick to Heathrow?

There’s a National Express bus that runs from Heathrow to Gatwick every 10 minutes. The cost of a one-way ticket starts at €27.66 and the journey takes around 75 minutes.

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