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I arrive into Gatwick from Nice at 12:30 pm on 9 May, 2016 and depart from Heathrow at 15:15 for Shannon. What is the most efficient transportation between the two London airports? Will the airline transfer my luggage to my final destination on Shannon? NCE | LGW | SNN

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Your best option would normally be the National Express bus that runs directly between Gatwick and Heathrow (Terminals 2/3, from where you can connect to the other terminals if needed). At that time of day it runs every 10-20 minutes, and takes a little over an hour.

Your baggage will not be transferred - you'll need to collect it at Gatwick, take it on the bus with you, and re-check it when you arrive at Heathrow.

However, 2 hours 45 mins is not a lot of time for that transfer. Allowing for getting to/from the bus that's at least 90 minutes, and you'll likely need to check your luggage at LHR at least an hour before your flight (airline dependent). That leaves you 15 minutes to get off the plane, go through immigration/customs and collect your bag.

Given that, I think your best option will be to take a taxi. It won't be cheap, but you don't really have time for any other option. Even with a taxi it's going to be tight...

  • The National Express bus (as per your link) goes via T5 and (most journeys) T4 before ending up at T2/T3, so no need to connect to the other terminals from there. – EdC Apr 25 '16 at 4:38
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The fastest form of transportation from Gatwick to Heathrow is undoubtedly a helicopter transfer.

HEATHROW TO GATWICK (or reverse)

UP TO 4 PASSENGERS | Flight Time: 00:25 (hh:mm) | Eurocopter EC120

£1,650 + VAT

Helicopter Transfers London

Alternative providers are Battersea Helicopters, Charter-A Ltd and Excel.

Transit time should be 15-25 minutes.

If price is a factor then you might want to consider a transfer from a site nearby to each airport rather than the airport itself (saves on landing fees):

However using Redhill save a vast amount of money on Gatwick airports landing fee and is only 10 minutes by road from Gatwick.

http://www.batterseahelicopter.com/html/_gatwick.html

London Heathrow Airport does charge a substantial landing fee, with this in mind we have secured a private take off site approx 10 minutes by road from Heathrow airport,

http://www.batterseahelicopter.com/html/heathrow.html

  • Once you've had to get in a car, drive to another airport, go in there, get on board, fly, get off, into next car and drive again, outside of times of heavy traffic the taxi/motorbike option looks quicker overall! – Gagravarr Apr 25 '16 at 15:28
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Since someone has already answered "what is the best", I will answer "what is the fastest". The answer used to be the Airlink helicopter transfer [15 minutes, £12 each way]. [Edit: apparently the answer is still the helicopter, but now the price is bigger.]

The fastest right now (without chartering a helicopter) is probably the Virgin Limobike. You won't be able to take much luggage (there is only a parcel box) and if you aren't used to riding on the back of a motorbike it might be uncomfortable. £150 each way, so also very expensive. And you need to pre-book, because they mostly operate in central London. But in heavy traffic, it's going to be the fastest.

The driver will provide you with a helmet and leathers, so you don't need to bring anything.

On FlyerTalk they compiled a complete list of different transport options, together with timings.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/british-airways-executive-club/1734568-heathrow-gatwick-transport-options-pictorial-guide.html

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    Expensive? Looks cheap compared to my option! ;) – A E Apr 25 '16 at 15:05
  • @AE You've also invalidated my answer. I didn't know they still ran helicopter transfers. I thought the airspace at Heathrow was too congested for it. I feel I should delete this answer. – Calchas Apr 25 '16 at 15:05
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    It would be a shame to delete your one, I think in all honesty it's more likely to be useful to the OP than mine... – A E Apr 25 '16 at 15:07
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    @AE The OP asked for "best" (we can probably ignore that as we don't know what they like) and "fastest" - which I don't think there is any contest about. Your answer is unquestionjably the right answer to the question. It's possible that the OP asked the wrong question however. – CMaster Apr 25 '16 at 15:09
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    @CMaster, I'm thinking it's possible a small jet might be faster than a helicopter... privatefly.com/private-jet-charter/… says 18 or 19 minutes for a small jet versus excelcharter.com/page/airport-transfers says 15 minutes for a helicopter, so there's not much in it.... probably depends on ATC and runway slots available on the day, I guess. – A E Apr 25 '16 at 15:15

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