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Heathrow to Gatwick

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Heathrow to Gatwick

Flying Newcastle to Orlando and normally go elsewhere but for once would like to not have a long drive home so as there is no Newcastle to Gatwick flight we are looking at Newcastle to Heathrow and then Gatwick or Orlando. How long does it take to get from the Heathrow to Gatwick especially in rush hour? Would we have to collect our bags and check in again at Gatwick or would it be like any other flight with a connection within the same airports where at origin you check your bags through to destination and get all boarding cards? Would this be the case if we did a multi city flight and flew down in the evening and then flew out of Gatwick the next morning?

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1. Re: Heathrow to Gatwick

Be aware there are major roadworks on that route for the next couple of years - and it’s not known for being a fast route at the best of times.

You’d need to collect your own luggage - it won’t be transferred for you (BA won’t through check bags for a BA to BA flight anyway - that’s their company policy, assuming they’re BA flights).

I’d want 5-6 hours between flights if you have to change airports. But preferably don’t add this stress to your trip.

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2. Re: Heathrow to Gatwick

Could easily be 2hrs door to door during rush hour. I'd allow at least 4hrs from arrival at one to departure on the other.

You will need to collect bags and transfer them yourselves.

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3. Re: Heathrow to Gatwick

Comparing a transfer from LHR to LGW to the option of flying direct from MAN. EDI or GLA, if that’s what you have done before, I’d do the latter every time.

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4. Re: Heathrow to Gatwick

A LHR to Gatwick connection on the same day is something I would avoid at all costs - just too much stress and hassle.

If there are no alternative flights I'd fly to LHR or Gatwick the day before the UK to USA flight

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5. Re: Heathrow to Gatwick

Ok thanks for the advise! Looks like another trip to Edinburgh or Manchester. It was never so bad when the costs of direct flights were reasonable from those places but now it’s a travel to the airport and an indirect flight. The joys of having to go in school holidays and increasing costs.

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6. Re: Heathrow to Gatwick

Why don't you just take the train to London then to LGW. Very easy and most likely quicker than flying to LHR then changing airports.

Or fly Aer Lingus via Dublin with the advantage of pre-clearance or via AMS on KLM?

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7. Re: Heathrow to Gatwick

#1 <<BA won’t through check bags for a BA to BA flight anyway >> of course BA through check bags when bought on one through ticket. This can be on BA flights or flights with other airlines

BA like many airlines won’t through check bags on separate tickets, are you confused?

Edited: 10 September 2018, 03:52
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8. Re: Heathrow to Gatwick

What BA won't do in the specific case the OP was asking about is transfer bags between Heathrow and Gatwick, whether passengers hold one through ticket or separate tickets for each segment. It is the passengers responsibility to collect the bags from baggage reclaim at Heathrow , take them to Gatwick, and check them in again there. However Newcastle will issue the boarding passes for both flights if the passengers are on one through ticket.

Another vote here for train from Newcastle to London Kings Cross, go down to the lower level platforms (lifts and escalators provided) and catch a Thameslink train to Gatwick Airport station. Through tickets available, you aren't restricted to any particular train on the Thameslink section which is useful if the Newcastle train is late.

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9. Re: Heathrow to Gatwick

I don't think the transfer from LHR to LGW (or vice versa) is too bad. There are frequent busses door-to-door and the travel time is around 1 hour. The minimum connection time is 3 hours although I'd personally like a bit longer than that, especially coming back since you'll need to clear UK immigration at LGW.

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10. Re: Heathrow to Gatwick

Depending on when you are travelling it is worth considering the Aer Lingus flight Newcastle-Dublin-Orlando, you avoid London entirely and you clear US immigration in Dublin so you avoid the queues at Orlando.

There is a downside of this routing in that they only have the smaller Stobart Air aircraft between NCL and DUB which means the amount of hand luggage you can carry is restricted.

If you want to stick with BA there is a flight between Edinburgh and Gatwick or if you have not particular bond with BA then AA, Delta and United all have flights from there too which connect at hubs in the USA.

Edited: 10 September 2018, 13:09
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