National Express Coaches to & from Gatwick Airport

National Express cover 98% of the UK including local stops in England, Wales and Scotland. They run services that can take you to and from Gatwick Airport throughout the day.

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They are also often running special offers or discounts and are one of the cheapest ways to get around. With cheap tickets on clean, comfortable and prompt coaches and friendly drivers, it’s a wonderfully affordable way to travel. In the future you may even want to consider taking one of their Eurolines coaches to your next European destination!

Using a dedicated coach service from National Express means that you will also save money on driving costs such as fuel and parking. This way you will be dropped of at the terminal door!

Your friendly driver will help you with your luggage while you board and make your way to your clean, comfortable and spacious seat. National Express coaches also have on board washrooms and have been designed to make your journey as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

Destinations & Departure Points

Whether you are looking to get between Gatwick airport and Heathrow or further out locations like Manchester, you will find a coach to suit your particular journey requirements at a great price!

A dedicated shuttle direct transfer between Gatwick and Heathrow is available at £25 for a one-way journey. A return ticket of this service is offered at a slightly discounted £40 return. There are also a limited number of transfers to Gatwick available at £6.50, plus a £1 booking fee, which are only available when booked online and the numbers are limited.

National Express offers the only direct airport connection and links all the four major London airports, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and Stansted airports. They operate 100 services a day between Gatwick and Heathrow which takes around 1 hour.

There are many local stops which you can book to and from, but some of the main destinations and departure points and the duration of the journeys are shown below.

Travel Between Journey Time Notes
Gatwick – Heathrow 1 hour Direct Service, 100+ trips per day.
Gatwick – Cambridge 3 Hours 40 Minutes Via Heathrow & Stansted.
Gatwick – London Victoria 1 Hour 30 Minutes Direct service departing every 15 mins throughout the day.
Gatwick – Brighton 1 hour Hourly throughout day.
Gatwick – Birmingham 3 Hours 45 minutes
Gatwick – Stansted 2 hours 45 minutes
Gatwick – Northampton 3 hours 40 minutes

Where to find National Express at Gatwick Airport

Pick up and Drop Off

Pick up an drop off points at Gatwick airport depends on the terminal you are arriving to or departing from. Please see below for pick up and drop off points at both the North and South terminals.

North Terminal:

  • Coach services arrive and depart from the lower level outside the international arrivals area.
  • There is a National Express coach ticketing office inside the terminal at international arrivals.
  • You can connect to the South Terminal easily with the free monorail transit train service which is clearly signposted from around the terminal.

South Terminal:

  • Coach Services will arrive and depart from the lower forecourt at stops 16 & 17.
  • There are ticket offices located in the arrivals travel centre and in the upper forecourt area.
  • You can connect to the North Terminal on the free transit train service which is clearly signposted.

Discounted & Concessionary Coach Fares

Over 60s

If you are over 60 years old, you will qualify for an automatic discount on coach travel with National Express. The Senior Coachcard saves you 1/3 on standard fares to hundreds of UK towns, cities and airports for just £10 (plus £1.50 p&p) a year. No restrictions on peak and off peak travel times, including public holidays, bank holidays and weekends. Buy a Senior Coachcard online and save money every time you visit your family and friends.Find out more and apply for a Senior Coachcard.

Family Discounts

Families can make great savings when travelling by coach to and from Gatwick airport, and across the UK. National Express have special concession cards for families called Coachcards and they cost just £8 or £16 for a whole year of discounted travel for children (aged 3-15) depending on the number of adults and children travelling. You can choose from their 1plus1 (£8 per year) or 2plus2 (£16 per year) Coachcards. 1plus1 allows one child to travel free when accompanied by a full paying adult, and 2plus2 allows 2 children to travel free when accompanied by 2 full paying adults. Under 3’s always travel for free on National Express coaches. Find out more and get your Family Coachcard discount card.

Eurolines Coaches

As an alternative to flying, why not take a coach trip with National Express Eurolines for your next European adventure? It will take a bit longer to get to your destination but the savings you can make are well worth the extra travelling time. You can even choose to get an overnight coach, sleep on the way and wake up in your chosen European location!
With prices starting at just £9 one way from £9 to Paris, Lille or Amsterdam, what are you waiting for!Eurolines are Europe’s largest regular coach network and are connected with many European coach and bus companies so they can offer the best prices across 500 destinations throughout Europe and Ireland!

National Express Eurolines offer “Funfares” which are the cheapest Eurolines fares to European cities, but you will need to book in advance to get hold of one. Funfares are also only available when booked online, as e-tickets so postal delivery and collection of the tickets are not possible.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint by Coach

Travelling by coach has been proven to be one of the most environmentally friendly forms of public transport. National Express are very proud that they are helping people to cut down on their carbon footprint and want you to join in with cutting down the UK’s carbon emissions, so have created an emissions calculator to enable you to see how big your carbon footprint is and how much you can cut that down by travelling by coach!