During short visit to London.

Is it possible to go from Gatwick airport to central London (Chiswell street ) by bus on Sunday morning at 10am?

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    Is there a reason why you want to use a bus for the whole way? Train+Bus is likely to be much quicker
    – Gagravarr
    Jan 17, 2015 at 17:44
  • I just wanted to see the city as mush as I can :) But if using bus Only will waste a lot of time , any other suggestions will be appreciated . Jan 17, 2015 at 19:19
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    @MohamedMosaad as per the link in my answer (tfl.gov.uk), you can enter in whatever method you'd like to find the route to anywhere in the greater London area. I'd recommend the faster overground trains to Victoria or change at Clapham Junction to Waterloo, and go exploring from there.
    – Mark Mayo
    Jan 18, 2015 at 10:16

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So, yes, although I recommend the trains, they're far more convenient.

However, if you do want a bus, you could either take a coach into Victoria Station with National Express or EasyJet's buses.

The trains are a LOT faster as well.

By bus, it'll take about 3 hours.

If you start at 10:00am:

10 mins walking - Walk to Gatwick Airport, A23 South Terminal

23 mins bus - 420 bus to Redhill Bus Station

41 mins bus - 405 bus to Whitgift Centre

1 hr 0 min bus - 468 bus to Elephant & Castle Station

18 mins bus - 35 bus to Liverpool Street Station

15 mins walking - Walk to 34 Chiswell Street, City

Arrival time: 13:10

If you're prepared to take other forms of transport, it's only about 1 hour and 15 minutes

  • Another good option. Really if it's bus he wants, it'll be the 3 hour option I guess, but if he's prepared to pay a few pounds, other options are faster.
    – Mark Mayo
    Jan 17, 2015 at 11:30
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    Erm, when he said "bus", I doubt he meant "strictly local TFL buses only, no coaches". Seems more likely he meant "scheduled buses, coaches etc". With all those changes, local buses wouldn't even be cheaper than coaches. Jan 17, 2015 at 17:09

Using the TFL route planner on http://tfl.gov.uk going from Gatwick Airport to Barbican (which is the nearest underground station) and only allowing buses and coaches and leaving on Sunday the 18th at 10am it suggests:

Depart 10:05

5 mins : Walk to Gatwick Airport, South Terminal Bus Station #nrc

1 hr 10 mins: Express bus ESB3 to Waterloo Station / York Road

11 mins : RV1 bus to Waterloo Bridge / South Bank

15 mins: 4 bus to Barbican station

Arrive: 12.06 - journey time: 2hr 1min

If you were to ignore coaches (which are really just a type of bus), you are given:

Depart 10:02

10 mins: Walk to Gatwick Airport, A23 South Terminal

23 mins: 420 bus to Redhill Bus Station

41 mins: 405 bus to Whitgift Centre

1hr 0 mins: 468 bus to Elephant and Castle Station

5 mins: Walk to Elephant and Castle / London Road

18 mins: 63 bus or 45 bus to Snow Hill (EC1)

10 mins: Walk to Barbican (London), Barbican

Arrive: 13:06 - journey time 3hrs 4 mins

Allowing all transport modes gives the following quick route:

Depart 10:03

49 mins: Southern train to London Victoria Rail Station

3mins: Underground Victoria Line to Oxford Circus Underground Station

5mins: Underground Central line to St Paul's Underground Station

9mins: Walk to King Edward Street (EC1)

11mins: 56 bus to Barbican Station

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