Getting there : navigating between London Airports

In my experience of international travel, the smoother (and more boring) the initial journey the easier it is ramp up enjoyment once you have arrived.

For those starting their journey in the UK it’s merely a matter of getting to the London Gatwick Airport from whence the flight departs for Thessaloniki.  For others who will be flying in from places overseas you will invariably arrive at London Heathrow, and will then be faced with the problem of getting to the other airport on the south side of the metropolis. What follows are some travel options & comments.

Travel direct from Heathrow to Gatwick : coach

Here, you’ll probably have arrived the previous day and will want to get directly to the hotel nearby the Gatwick Airport. Here, National Express coach is the way to go;  journeys take from 1 hr 5mins to 1 hour 25 mins  and cost from £20 to £25. You will be asked to book a specific time of departure — coaches run between 3 times an hour to 6 times an hour.  I’d suggest adding about 2 hours onto your arrival time to allow for Customs, Immigration and walking from the Terminal to the nearest Bus Stop. I would also strongly suggest adding in the ‘Flex option’ for an extra £5.00 so that you can change your departure time easily if necessary.

Travel into London & then onwards : train or tube

Train

  • Heathrow Express to Paddington Station — 15mins. Fare varies depending on time of day (ie rush hour), then
  • Gatwick Express from London, Victoria Station non-stop to Gatwick Airport. Journey time 30 minutes, fare from £17.70.

Tube (Underground)

I would strongly suggest booking travel tickets ahead of time especially if this is your first visit to the teeming metrolopis.