Low-cost airport transfer coach operator, easyBus, will be the only direct public transport link from Gatwick’s North Terminal to London for a period of over seven months, commencing September 2009, when the airport’s terminal transfer transit is taken out of service for a major overhaul lasting well into the summer of 2010.
Passengers who might otherwise have used the rail service to London, which operates from the South Terminal building, can enjoy a massive fare saving too, if they take advantage of easyBus’ lowest online fare of 2 pounds Sterling, available to early bookers - a saving of nearly 15 pounds on the rail fare. BAA Gatwick are quoting connecting times of 20 minutes for the replacement bus service to the South Terminal, so there is no real time disadvantage to passengers opting to take the easyBus instead of the so-called express rail option. Journeys can take less than an hour to London, though slightly longer times can be expected during busier periods.
The new inter-terminal transit system at Gatwick Airport is being installed as part of the airport’s 1 billion pounds investment programme. From 28 September 2009 until May 2010, a replacement bus service will operate between Gatwick’s North and South Terminals. The service will run every three minutes during the day (04.00 to 18.00) and every six minutes at night. South Terminal passengers still wishing to take advantage of the cheaper easyBus fares can still do so by taking the airport’s bus shuttle to the North Terminal. BAA advise passengers to allow 20 minutes to transfer between terminals during this period.
Jonathan Crick, easyBus CEO, “Time is money, why waste it? Also, why pay over 30 pounds or more to get into London and back by train. Booking an easyBus return trip from 4 pounds online before flying will get you a guaranteed seat on one of our air-conditioned coaches.”
Tickets can also be purchased from the easyBus ticket desk located conveniently right at Gatwick North arrivals or, if travelling to the airport from London, from the easyBus driver at their Fulham Broadway terminus. easyBus have recently revamped online booking service and one of the quickest and simplest online booking processes takes about two minutes to complete. The best fares are available to early bookers and if your flight gets in late, you can hop on the next service with available seats. Services operate up to every 20 minutes from the stop which is just seconds from the arrivals hall in the North Terminal.