Coach & bus

Gatwick is linked to more than 100 UK towns and cities by direct coach and bus services, and hundreds more with just one change. Many of these services run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

National express

Local buses serve the towns and villages close to the airport, as well as regional and national coach services to London and other destinations, including: Heathrow, central London, Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge and Norwich. The Airport Transfer Service buses drop off and pick up from local hotels and the airport terminals.

Bus stops

Most services operate from the lower South Terminal forecourt. Some also call at North Terminal (on the lower level outside international arrivals). Local buses, operated by Metrobus, depart from stops on the A23. 

Tickets

There are National Express ticket desks in the North and South Terminals. Tickets for most other services can be booked in advance with the coach operator or bought on board.

Accessibility

Nearly all coach services operated by National Express are wheelchair accessible. Step-free access to the coach is provided by a passenger lift in the main door of the vehicle. Customers can either travel in their wheelchair or transfer to a seat and put the wheelchair in the hold. However, due to the large variety of wheelchairs people use, National Express ask that you book at least 36 hours before travel so they can check that your wheelchair is compatible. 

Most services operate from the lower South Terminal forecourt. Some also call at North Terminal (on the lower level outside international arrivals). For more information please call the National Express Assisted Travel team on +44 (0)871 818178. Lines are open 7 days a week between 08.00 and 20.00.

Coach services from Gatwick

National Express services

The UK’s largest coach provider, National Express serve 70 destinations direct from both Gatwick terminals and offers connections to 900 across its network, including London Victoria. Tickets can be booked online or from the National Express ticket desks in both terminals.

National Express are currently running a reduced network, with plans to add to it regularly as demand grows. Because of this, the information on this page may differ depending on your travel dates and any regional restrictions.

For the most up to date information on active services and more, please visit our Route Map page or our timetables page.

National Express drop-off and pick-up at North and South Terminals from and to a range of destinations across the UK.

Gatwick North Terminal

Our coaches arrive and depart from the lower level, outside International Arrivals at Gatwick's North Terminal.
You can find the ticket office inside the terminal at International Arrivals and if you find you need to get to the South Terminal, simply hop on the transit train from the upper level.

Gatwick South Terminal

The National Express service arrives at and departs from the lower forecourt at stops one to five. Escalators, lifts, ramps and travelators make it easy to get between the forecourt and the terminal. Our ticket offices are in Arrivals and the lower forecourt area. Remember to book a coach which arrives at the terminal in plenty of time to check-in and clear security before your flight departs.

All National Express services or call +44 (0)871 781 8181

The Airline (Oxford Bus)

This service takes you directly to Oxford. With legroom, free Wi-Fi and power sockets, The Airline is the perfect way to start or finish your journey in comfort. Book your seat online or download their app for a hassle-free trip.

From Sunday 26th September 2021, The Airline slightly retimed the 04:00 service from Gatwick Airport, to allow it to run smoothly. No other changes affected our airline timetable.

Click here for the full timetable from 26th September 2021

From Friday 24th December 2021 until Saturday 1st January 2022, The Airline will operate to a special timetable - click here to view.

Group travel

All charter and group travel operators with vehicles of over eight seats, should use the Gatwick coach park which is located on the South Terminal ring road. 

More information about how to use the coach park