How to get to Gatwick Airport
Your holiday is booked, your flights leave from Gatwick, but have you thought about how you’re going to get to Gatwick?
Despite its name, London Gatwick Airport isn’t in London; it’s actually situated about 30 miles from central London, and around 45 miles from London Heathrow Airport.
Getting to Gatwick is quite easy as it really does have excellent road and rail connections – it was the first UK airport to combine air, rail and road services – so there are many options for how to travel to Gatwick.
If you plan to drive to Gatwick, you’ll find the airport just off the M23, junction 9. To plan your route, use an online route planner, or SatNav: –
- the postcode for Gatwick’s North Terminal is RH6 0PJ
- the postcode for the South Terminal is RH6 0NP.
Always check for planned roadworks the day before you travel – use the Highways Agency’s website for advance notice road works and also for real-time traffic alerts.
Don’t forget to book your airport parking in advance to ensure you get the best possible price. If you’re using our Gatwick meet and greet parking service, use the postcodes above for your SatNav. If you’re using off-airport parking, make sure you get the correct postcode for the car park to ensure you don’t get lost.
Family or friends
Known as ‘kiss and fly’, enlisting the services of a friend or family member to take you to the airport can seem like a cheaper and easier option, but don’t forget Gatwick forecourts are drop-off-only zones, so anyone picking you up must use the short-stay car parks.
Although this may seem like a convenient way to get to the airport, don’t forget your ‘driver’ will need to make four journeys – two to the airport and two back home – so petrol costs will be double that of just driving to the airport and parking for the duration of your holiday. Also, if your flight is delayed, your poor driver could end up with an expensive short-stay car park bill.
National Express, the Oxford Bus Company, Gatwick Flyer and easyBus all offer regular coach services to Gatwick Airport. You will also find direct services between Heathrow and Gatwick. One thing to watch out for with coach travel is that, as with airlines, coach companies have luggage restrictions too so check luggage allowances before booking.
Metrobus offers frequent bus services to Gatwick Airport.
Gatwick train station is linked directly to the South Terminal and a free transit shuttle service operates between the South and North Terminals. Gatwick airport is only a 30minute journey from London Victoria Station using the non-stop Gatwick Express, or just 35 minutes using the regular rail service.
- Rail Services
Several train operators serve Gatwick and, with a vast train network, it’s possible to get a connecting service to Gatwick from almost anywhere in the UK. The National Rail Enquiries website has maps showing the complete rail network.
- Gatwick Express
The Gatwick Express is a non-stop service between Gatwick and London Victoria Station.
From Victoria Station, trains run between 03:30 and 00:30 daily, operating every 15 minutes between the hours of 05:00 and 23:45. Journey times take 30 minutes and 35 on Sundays.
From Gatwick, trains operate between the hours of 04:35 and 01:35 – trains depart every 15 minutes between 05:50 and 00:35.
There are dedicated bays in the car parks at Gatwick where motorcyclists can park. A word of warning though: motorbikes will be removed if not parked in the dedicated zones or parked in car parking bays.
Gatwick Airport’s official taxi provider operates a quoted fare system – you are quoted a fixed price at the time of booking. Fares can be paid at the time of booking or when you arrive at your destination. Taxi booking offices are available in both the North and South Terminals.
Although Gatwick has its own approved taxi company, any taxi company can pick-up and drop-off passengers at Gatwick, although only official taxis can pick up passengers on the airport’s forecourts.