To and From the Airport

London - Gatwick (LGW):

Location: London Gatwick Airport is 44 km/28 Miles S of Central London, 36 km/22 Miles N of Brighton & 5 km/3 Miles NNE of Crawley.
Website: Gatwick Airport
Airport Overview: There are 2 terminals at the Airport: The North Terminal & The South Terminal. These are connected by a free elevated train which runs frequently. The North Terminal is mainly for British Airways, Aer Lingus, Air France, American Airlines, Astraeus, Delta Airlines, Emirates, Etihad & First Choice. Most other flights depart from the South Terminal. There are bus stations at both terminals and a train station at the South Terminal only.
Driving Directions: Gatwick is directly linked to the M23 motorway at junction 9 and to the A23 London-Brighton road. Just a 10 minute drive away, the M25 further connects with the UK's extensive road & motorway network.


By Taxi
Regular Airport taxi: To central London £60-£90/60-90 mins. Traffic can be bad on this route.
Checker Cars: Tel 01293 567700. There is a freephone in the arrivals hall, just after immigration for contacting this company. Cost: to Central London ~£78.
British Airport Cars: Tel +44 (0)1634309660.
United Cars: Tel 01293 429429. To Crawley £5-6/10-15 mins.
CAT (Call Airport: Transfer) Based in West London. Tel 020 8898 9555. Prices for up to 4 people. Airport pick up service £5 extra (includes 30 mins waiting time). Hanworth £40, Twickenham or Teddington £42, St Margarets £44, Richmond £46, Ham £42 or Kingston £40.
Airport Express: Airport Express has set fares to and from this airport. Tel 020 8570 1234, 020 8570 8018 or 020 8577 3366.



By Local Bus:
General: Due to construction work at the North terminal, the bus stops have been moved: Exit arrivals and turn right. Follow the signs for about 200m. Bus stops are clearly marked.
Gatwick Flyer: Offers direct services to Southend. Please note this service is available from Gatwick South Terminal only. Further info 01708 730555 www.gatwickflyer.co.uk.
The Airbus A5: Route: runs from London Victoria to Gatwick.
MetroBus 10: 24 hr Service Runs from the North terminal via S terminal, Gatwick Road North, Manor Royal (Faraday Rd), Crawley Bus Station, Broadfield (Barton) & Bewbush (Dorsten Square). Roughly every 10 mins 0420-0000 and every 30 mins 0000-0420. 70p-£1.10 depending on distance.
MetroBus 20: Route: Southgate - Airport (N Terminal and possibly the S terminal too) - Horley - Langshott.
MetroBus 100: Runs on the route: to Maidenbower (Matthews Dr & Village Centre), Three Bridges (Station & Gales Dr), Crawley Bus Station, Northgate (Woodfield Rd), Manor Royal (Faraday Rd), Airport S Terminal, Airport N Terminal, Horley (Library/Vicarage Lane & Lee St), Salfords Church, East Surrey Hospital, Earlswood (Train station) & Redhill Bus Station. Runs ~every 20 mins 0500-2330. 70p-£1.10 depending on distance. Can connect to Trains at 3 Bridges, Crawley & Horley.
MetroBus 200: Runs on the Route: Bewbush (Dorsten Sq), Gossops Green (Medway Rd), Ifield (Shopping Parade), Langley Green (Parade), Gatwick Road North, Airport South Terminal, North Terminal, Horley (Waitrose then Kings Head and finally Wheatfield Way). Runs every 30 mins 0430-2330. 70p-£1.10 depending on distance. Some buses begin at Broadfield (seymour Rd).

By Hotel Bus:
General: Due to construction work at the North terminal, the bus stops have been moved: Exit arrivals and turn right. Follow the signs for about 200m. Bus stops are clearly marked.
Gatwick Hotel Hoppa: Gatwick Hotel Hoppa runs daily every 40 mins 0300-2350 on the route Quality Hotel - Travelodge - N Terminal - S Terminal - Ramada Hotel. Cost: £3.
Hotel Buses: Several hotels run buses to the terminals:
G1 & G3 Bus runs to Holiday Inn, South Terminal - North Terminal - Renaissance Hotel - Holiday Inn. Best Western Moathouse is close by. Runs every ~15 mins 0515-0010.
G2 Bus runs to South Terminal - North Terminal -Premier Travel Inn. Runs every ~20 mins 0400-2355.
G7 (Niteliner) runs at night, every 30 mins 0000-0525 to the Holiday Inn, Renaissance Hotel, S Term, N Term & Premier Travel Inn.
G23 Bus runs to Clarion Hotel, Travelodge & Ramada Plaza Hotel. Runs every ~40 mins 0321-2341
GH4 Bus runs to Europa Hotel Gatwick. Runs every ~45 mins 24 hrs a day.
H5 Bus runs to Travel Inn Gatwick, Copthorne Gatwick & Copthorne Effingham, Felbridge Hotel & Moat House Hotel. Runs every ~15 mins 0415-2225.
PT1 Bus runs to Russ Hill Hotel. Runs every 45-60 mins 24 hrs a day.

By Train:
General: Gatwick railway station at the South Terminal has more than 900 services daily to and from all parts of the UK. The rail station is directly linked to Gatwick's South Terminal and just a few mins away from the North Terminal via a free bus link. Rail info and ticket desks are in the arrivals areas of both the N and S Terminals. Tel National Rail enquiries 08457 48 49 50.
The Gatwick Express to London: Route: A non-stop service to Victoria Station in Central London. Timings: From Gatwick, services run daily as follows: 0435, 0520, 0550 then every 15 mins 0605-0050. Last service at 0135. From London Victoria daily at 0330, 0430, then every 15 mins 0500-2345, 0001 & 0030. Travel Times: ~30 mins. Cost: £16.90 one-way for adults, £28.80 return. A cheap day return is £17.10. First class tickets are also available. Contact: Tel 0845 850 1530 or +44 121 410 5015.
Alternatively Slower, stopping trains to Clapham Junction or Brighton and most of the rest of the UK.
South Central Trains: Services operate Southwards to Bournemouth, Southampton, Portsmouth, Worthing, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings and other south coast destinations. Services operate Northwards to East Croydon, Clapham Junction, Victoria and Watford Junction.
Connex South Eastern: Services operate to Redhill, Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells. Connex Customer Services 0870 6030405.
First Capital Connect trains to London: First Capital Connect offers services upto every 15 mins to Brighton, Redhill, East Croydon, London Bridge (for central London), Blackfriars, London St Pancras, Luton, Luton Airport and Bedford. Travel Time: To London ~30 mins. Cost: To any London Thameslink station (London Bridge, Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon & Kings Cross Thameslink) £8.90 one-way, £17 open return. First Capital Connect Info 0800 058 2844.
First Great Western Link: Services run to Reading via Redhill, Reigate, Betchworth, Dorking Deepdeene, Dorking West, Gomshall, Chilworth, Shalford, Guildford, Wanborough, Ash, North Camp, Farnborough North, Blackwater, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Wokingham, Winnersh, Winnersh Triangle & Earley. Change at Guildford for Portsmouth and at Reading for Oxford, London Paddington etc. Trains leave Gatwick Mon-Fri 0531-2318 once or twice an hour. Slightly less frequently at weekends. Tel National Rail enquiries 08457 48 49 50.
Southern Trains: Southern runs trains from Gatwick Airport to Brighton, Hove, Lewes, Eastbourne, Crawley, Horsham, Worthing, Littlehampton, Shoreham, Chichester, Havant, Arundel, Bognor Regis & Northwards to East Croydon, Clapham Junction, London Victoria, Wembley, Watford Junction, Hemel Hempsted, Tring, Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley & Milton Keynes. Trains run frequently.
South Eastern: South Eastern runs trains from Gatwick to Strood via Redhill, Nutfield, Godstone, Edenbridge, Penshurst, Leigh (Kent), Tonbridge (Change here for Tunbridge Wells), Paddock Wood, Beltring, Yalding, Wateringbury, East Farleigh, Maidstone West, Maidstone Barracks, Aylesford, New Hythe, Snodland, Halling & Cuxton. Tel 08706 03 04 05.
Virgin Trains Cross Country: Services operate to destinations including Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh.
Further Info: National Rail Enquiries 0845 7484950. To view train timetables click here to go to the Railtrack website. Journey times by train: London Victoria 30 mins, Clapham Junction 25 mins, Brighton 25 mins, Tunbridge Wells 45 mins, East Croydon 15 mins, Luton 1:15, Reading 1:40, Oxford 2:15 & Birmingham 3:15.

Airport to Airport:
To Heathrow Airport: National Express buses 717, 727 & 797 run to London Heathrow T5 and Central bus station from both terminals at Gatwick. Passengers for terminal 4 should change at Terminal 5 to the free buses 482 or 490. Buses from the North terminal depart from bus stop 2. Timings: Departures at least every hour during the day and less often at night. See Bus section above. Cost: £18 one way. Travel Times: Published at 65 mins. Note: There can be long traffic delays on this route.
By Taxi: ~£60/45-90 mins. Airport to Airport Transfers from Prestige Cars: To Heathrow Airport £46. Contact: +44 333 123 1818. Notes from a Traveller December 2010: My mum said their service was "exceptional". Good contact, pleasant driver who met them in the arrivals hall, brand new & clean BMW vehicle and a fast service. Plus they paid the driver directly. Hassle free.
To Luton Airport: First Capital Connect Trains run to Luton Airport. National Express buses (£19.50/2:40+).
Airport to Airport Transfers from Prestige Cars: To Luton Airport £96. Contact: +44 333 123 1818. Notes from a Traveller December 2010: My mum said their service was "exceptional". Good contact, pleasant driver who met them in the arrivals hall, brand new & clean BMW vehicle and a fast service. Plus they paid the driver directly. Hassle free.
To Stansted Airport: National Express buses (£24.50/2:40+).
To London City Airport: Take the train to Victoria. Then the Underground to Canning town or Canary Wharf. From there, shuttle buses run to the terminal.
To Birmingham Airport: National Express buses (£30/3:20). Trains also run to Birmingham International (for the airport).
To East Midlands Airport: National Express buses (£32.50/4:25). Buses leave Gatwick daily except Xmas day at 0640, 0855, 1200, 1445, 1755 & 2210.
To Southampton Airport: Trains run directly to Southampton Airport Parkway.

Rental Cars:
On-Airport Rental Car Providers: National/ALAMO, AVIS, Hertz, Dollar/Thrifty & EUROPCAR are all represented in the rental car buildings. These are separate from the terminal, opposite the arrivals level of each terminal. In the N terminal to reach the desks, go the the lowest level and cross the road. From the S terminal exit to the road and turn left. They are in separate buildings. There are freephones in the arrivals hall, just after immigration for contacting most of these companies.
Off-Airport Rental Car Providers: eSixT has a freephone in the arrivals hall, just after immigration.

Car Parking:
Short Stay: Recommended for stays up to 5 hrs. Both South & North terminals has its own short stay car park with a covered walkway just a few yards from the entrance. For any longer stays, you may prefer to choose the long stay car park. Prices: First 15 mins £1, 15-30 mins £2.40, 1 hr £3.90, 2 hrs £5.60, 3 hrs £6.90, 4 hrs £8.50, 5 hrs £9.50, 6 hrs £11, 9 hrs £13.20, 12 hrs £14.10, 18 hrs £17.40 & 24 hrs £20.40. Each extra 24 hrs £20.40. Operated by NCP 01293 569671. Special Weekend Rates are available. Tel 0870 000 1 000 (UK) or +44(0)121 410 5105 (from outside the UK).
Fast Track: Ideal for the business traveller who wishes to get to the terminals quickly. Located within the short stay car parks offering quality under cover parking and the fastest most convenient link into the terminal building. Both South and North terminals have their own dedicated Fast Track car parks. Fast Track car parks are charged for a minimum time of 12 hrs parking. Prices: up to 3 hrs £14.20, 3-12 hrs £21.70, 12-24 hrs £27. Each extra 24 hrs £27. For more details please contact the operator, NCP on 01293 569671.
Long Stay: Ideal for the holiday-maker or for those who plan a stay of a few days. Gatwick's long stay car parks offer secure parking and the convenience of a regular courtesy coach to the terminals, a journey which takes only a few mins. Prices: 1-4 days £7 per day, 5-16 days £6.80 per day 17 days & over £6.50 per day (extra 30p Public Transport Levy applies to the 1st day parking only). South Terminal: Transfer service to terminal every 7-10 mins. Transfer time from car park to terminal ~5 mins. Operated by: Parking Express (APCOA) 0800 626671. North Terminal: Transfer service to terminal every 7-10 mins. Transfer time from car park to terminal ~5 mins. Operated by: Flightpath (NCP) 0800 128128. Call 0870 000 1 000 (UK) or +44(0)121 410 5105 (from outside the UK). Cost: From £9 oper day.

Transfer Between Terminals: A free elevated train runs between the 2 terminals frequently.
Baggage Storage:<() Left luggage facilities are available in both terminals, operated by the Excess baggage Company. £5.50 per item per 24 hrs. In the N terminal they are next to BA check-in and open 0500-2100. Tel 01293 502 013. In the South terminal they are open 24 hrs a day and can be found in arrivals. Tel 01293 502 014.
Notes: Wireless Internet connections available at a cost in both terminals.


Airport Hotels:
At the Terminals: The only hotel at the south terminal is the Hilton London Gatwick Airport, Tel +44 (0)1293 518080. The only hotel at the north terminal is the Sofitel London Gatwick, Tel +44 (0)1293 567070.
Near the Airport: Many other hotels are close by, including Ibis Hotel London Gatwick 01293 590300, Pemier Travel Inn 0870 238 3305, Copthorne Hotel London Gatwick 01342 348800, Renaissance London Gatwick Hotel 01293 820169, & Arora International Hotel 01293 530000. The Yotel Pod Hotel is in the South Terminal. Tel +44 (0)20 7100 1100. Courtyard by Marriott has just opened within walking distance of the airport. Southbourne Guest House (B&B) has a free shuttle to the airport. Tel +44 (0)1293 771991. Menzies Chequers Hotel is 2 miles from the airport. Tel 01293 766 750.

Airport Tel No: Flight and travel info 0870 000 24 68.
Updated Jul14 ADV. Last Visit May12.