Finding your bus stop in Calcot opposite the lay-by really needs to be signposted or have some sort of recognition for national express! It was very difficult to find especially at an early hour of the morning.
When contacted, none of the three national express staff I had interactions with could tell me the correct stop location for reading as when I caught the bus I was told to wait in the wrong location, meaning that I ended running after my bus.
It is a great option and affordable. However about half the journeys I’ve booked have been 45 mins to an hour late without any notification. I book coaches well in advance if I have a flight because none of the Reading to Gatwick’s journeys I’ve booked have been on time. It has been due to traffic which is understandable, but it would be helpful to send an SMS to customers in advance if this happens - I was waiting an hour and 15 mins in the cold and dark for my coach last week, if I’d received a message that could have been different.
Otherwise the bus journey was very pleasant :)
there were no indication of what bus stop to wait at and the bus driver seemed very grumpy on the way there I expected to sit next to my partner and people took up two seats just for one person and the curtains weren't clean he wasn't very helpful when it came to knowing where we were and what stops we were doing but the following Thursday we had a lovely bus driver he was very helpful gave us an update on the microphone every time we stopped saying where we were how long until we were at our destination
Our case got taken by some other passenger or left at Gatwick's north terminal, meaning that we had to rush around to get our bag back from north terminal as we were in south. This made our journey more stressful than needed
The bus at 03:40am didnt stop to pick me up then after calling to emergency number i got second bus booked 1 hour later at 04:55am but it also didnt stop then i have booked a taxi to airport which cost me £65 i could not wait any longer for third bus because i would miss my flight, this was very stressful and inconvienent i didnt sleep all night not sure if i will use this service again, very dissapointed
Frequently asked questions on the trip Reading - Gatwick
Which bus companies travel from Reading to Gatwick?
When taking the bus from Reading to Gatwick, you can travel comfortably and safely with National Express, National Express.
What are the departure and arrival stations when taking the bus from Reading to Gatwick?
Buses travelling between Reading and Gatwick leave from Mereoak P&R or Bath Road and arrive at Gatwick London Airport (LGW) North Terminal, LGW Airport - South, Gatwick Airport.
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Bus Travel Tips
Make friends with the driver. They usually know a lot about your destination and may even recommend which side of the bus to sit on to get the best views on the road between Reading and Gatwick!
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Taking the bus creates the smallest carbon footprint compared to other modes of transport. Not to mention that buses will allow you to discover scenic gems from Reading to Gatwick that are otherwise impossible to come by with a plane.
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Did you know?
The bus driver with the longest career in the world drove more than 2,000,000 miles and is a happy World Record holder.
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