All you need to know about Gatwick Airport

Where is Gatwick Airport located?

Gatwick is an international airport located in the south-east of England. 

What's the postcode for Gatwick Airport?

The postcode for Gatwick Airport South Terminal is RH6 0NP, while the postcode for Gatwick North Terminal is RH6 0PJ.

What's the nearest town to Gatwick Airport?

The closest towns to Gatwick Airport are Crawley, Horley and Redhill. Brighton is just half an hour away from Gatwick by train.

In 1974, Gatwick Airport became part of the borough of Crawley, West Sussex.

What shops are at Gatwick Airport?

Gatwick Airport has a host of fantastic shops for you to browse ahead of your trip, so whether you need to stock up on last minute essentials or fancy a full on spree, there's something for everyone.

Label lovers can peruse the rails of Hugo Boss, Harrods and Ray Ban, while high end retailers Reiss, Victoria's Secret, Superdry, Jack Wills and Dune also take pride of place at the airport.

Favourites Cath Kidston, Accessorize and Fat Face offer a range of clothing, homeware and more, while Boots, WH Smith and Dixon's have all those last minute basics covered.

Of course, there's also World Duty Free too, to treat yourself to a new fragrance or that giant Toblerone everyone in the office will be desperate to get their hands on!

What restaurants are at Gatwick Airport?

Feeling peckish? There's plenty of choice for a pre-flight meal at Gatwick Airport, with something on offer for everyone. Check out our blog here to find out what you can eat and where.

You can also find all the best vegan options at Gatwick Airport here. 

How to get to Gatwick Airport

How to get to Gatwick by car

Gatwick Airport is well-connected to the UK's motorway network, located right off the M23 motoreway and the A23 London-Brighton road.

Exit the M23 at Junction 9 and follow signs for your desired terminal. 

Running short on fuel? Don't worry, there are 24-hour petrol stations at Gatwick's North and South Terminals.

How to get to Gatwick by train

Gatwick's official website boasts that it's the best rail-connected airport in Britain, so if you do choose to travel there by train, it should be a smooth journey.

Connected to 129 stations directly and more than 700 just one change away, Gatwick is served by four major rail operators - Gatwick Express, Southern, Thameslink and Great Western Railway.

If you're travelling to or from London, you can use your Oyster card or a contactless payment card. Non-stop trains run from Gatwick Airport and London Victoria every 15 minutes via the Gatwick Express, which takes just 30 minutes.

Where is Gatwick train station?

Gatwick's train station is at the South Terminal, which is a short walk away from departures and arrivals. You can reach the train station from the North Terminal too, via a free shuttle bus.

How far is Gatwick Airport from central London?

Gatwick is situated 28 miles south of London and links up to the capital directly via the M23 at Junction 9. You can reach the M25 in just ten minutes' drive, connecting passengers up to the rest of the UK.

What tube zone is Gatwick in?

It takes an average of 42 minutes to reach Gatwick Airport from zones 1 to 6 of the London Underground, with around 456 trains travelling there every day. The first train departs at 00.05 and the last train leaves London Underground zone 1-6 at 02.05. There are no direct trains to Gatwick from London Underground zones 1-6 - passengers must change at one of three London train stations - London Victoria, London Bridge and London Blackfriars.

Weekends and bank holidays can lead to fewer trains operating between central London and Gatwick Airport, so if you are travelling to Gatwick by train, make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to reach the airport to check in. 

What hotels are there at Gatwick Airport?

If you want to stay overnight before or after your trip, you're in luck, as Gatwick has plenty of hotels which offer accommodation for all tastes and budgets.

Check out our blog rounding up the best hotels at Gatwick here.

Does Gatwick Airport have WiFi?

Logging onto the free WiFi at Gatwick Airport is easy and users can enjoy 90 minutes of access, free of charge. 

You can access Gatwick's free WiFi by going to your list of available networks, choosing Gatwick Free Wi-Fi then clicking "get online now". From here, simply enter your email address and get ready to enjoy 90 minutes of free browsing!

Once your time is up, Gatwick's WiFi provider Boingo will offer you various price options if you wish to continue using the airport's network. 

Can I charge my phone at Gatwick Airport?

Yes, you can indeed charge your mobile at Gatwick and it couldn't be easier. The airport has plenty of free charging points located before and after you go through security, with seats next to them so you can relax and power up your phone ahead of your journey.

What liquids can I take in my hand luggage when travelling from Gatwick?

Like all major internation airports, Gatwick has strict rules surrounding liquids in hand luggage. All liquids (and don't forget, this includes creams, gels, pastes, aerosols and other types of spray) must be placed in one transparent plastic bag which can be resealed, measuring 20cm x 20cm in size. This bag should be removed from your hand luggage ahead of security, so you can place it in a tray to be scanned separately.

Make sure all of your liquid containers are no more than 100ml in size and remember, a maximum of 10 x 100ml containers is permitted. 

Is there assistance for the disabled at Gatwick Airport?

If you're travelling from Gatwick Airport and feel you would benefit from some extra assistance, help is at hand. Gatwick's team is there to make your journey as easy as possible, whether you struggle with mobility or hidden disabilities like Alzheimer's or ADHD. Contact the airport at least 72 hours before your trip to request special assistance during your time at the airport.

Some Gatwick passengers are disabled or have a hidden disability, but prefer not to request special assistance and this is absolutely fine, too. The airport offers a special lanyard to passengers in these circumstances, which will subtly alert staff to your situation and enable them to support you.

How does Gatwick Airport cater for autism?

Gatwick Airport became the UK's first nationally recognised autism-friendly airport back in 2016, and it's easy to see why.

The airport understands how stressful travelling can be for lots of people, so they are geared up to support all passengers as they travel through the airport.

An autism-friendly visual guide to travelling through Gatwick Airport has been produced to prepare and assist those with autism in the journey to and through the airport. Download it before your trip to make your journey an easy, stress-free and successful one. 

Gatwick Airport also operates a hidden disability lanyard scheme and staff are specially trained to help people with conditions such as autism to navigate the airport. You can pick up a lanyard in Gatwick's Assistance Reception area. 

Is Gatwick Airport open 24 hours a day?

Yes, Gatwick is open all and and all night! 

Does Gatwick Airport have a smoking area?

There are designated smoking zones outside Gatwick Airport - these are clearly marked. Once you pass security, there's nowhere for smokers to spark up. 

The smoking zones and bans apply to e-cigarettes, too.

How much is Gatwick Airport parking?

There's plenty of choice on offer for Gatwick Airport parking, so whether you're looking for the cheapest Gatwick car park or the most convenient, you can research and choose the right option for you.

The airport's official car park is right next to the terminal, but can be more expensive than other options available to passengers.

A number of park and ride providers operate around Gatwick - most run a shuttle bus service to transport you to the terminal. 

Meet and greet parking is a convenient choice, as drivers can pull up at the terminal and simply hand their keys over to a fully insured driver for safekeeping in a secure site, close to the airport. You can get a price and book meet and greet parking here.