LHR to LGW Transfer Time

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  1. Va Bene

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    Does anyone have some experience in the time it takes to get through Heathrow customs (in late Sept) then to Gatwick and the best method?
    QF29 arrives at 13:30 (if on time) and we were looking at a flight from LGW at 17:40. If this is too risky, we will take one the next morning.
    Thanks.
     

  2. NM

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    Note that according to one of the FA's in F on QF29 when I took it at the end of May, QF29 does not get a docking gate about 80% of the time. So most of the time you end up at a remote stand and take a b*s to terminal 4 for processing. Assume this will add up to 30 mins to the process.

    The immigration queue in May after arrival on QF29 was not long and I was outside the terminal about 60 mins after landing.

    Last time I took a b*s from LHR to LGW (was back in 1999 when it was a free transfer for QF/BA customers), the ride took 90 mins around the M25. Similar b*s services operate today, but you have to pay for it now.
     
  3. Dave Noble

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    The minimum connect time is 3 hours. Off peak , the bus ride from T4 to Gatwick is scheduled at 50 mins and runs every 15 minutes

    4 hrs 10 minutes would seem a reasonable connection to me

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  4. Commuter

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    Back in May this year, I took a b*s from LHR to LGW, and it was about 90 min as NM said. The traffic was relatively heavy then, although not chockablock.

    I found Clearing the immigration was less of a wait than the checked baggage. There was hardly any baggage coming off the flight I was on, even after I got through the immigration (probably about 20 min after pulling up at the gate). I think I waited about 45 min at the carousel to collect mine.

    So, it's do-able to catch a flight from LGW 4 hours later (allowing 1 hour prior to departure for check-in), but if you aren't in any hurry, I would play on the safe side and go the next day. It is a bit tight.
     
  5. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    at that time of the afternoon, I would expect it to be a perfectly ok connection and well over the min and that the bus ride wouldnt be more than an hour

    Also, if it is on a single ticketed itinerary, defiantely no reason to worry about it, if you did miss the connection they will put you on the next days flight anyway\

    Dave
     
  6. dot

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    If, however you need to collect a new boarding pass for your LGW flight, the lines there can be VERY long - esp if flying to the USA on a US carrier. If that's what you need to do, I think the time wil be tight, if you will already have your boarding pass then you should be ok.

    btw - my worst checkin experience (ever) was AA First class checkin at LGW. The lines for J and Y checkins were horrific - the F agent said the Y line was taking three to three and a half hours! I've also flown BA out of LGW and their checkin was much smoother.
     
  7. NM

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    My 90 mins b*s ride from LHR to LGW was following a QF9 early morning early morning arrival. So was probably leaving LHR around 8:00am, right in the morning peak on the M25.
     
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