Trains to Gatwick Airport
Trains are the best way to get to Gatwick Airport. Gatwick train station is part of the south terminal, a 10 minute walk from check-in. A free monorail connects the north terminal to the south terminal in 2 minutes.
There is a choice of trains to Gatwick Airport. Gatwick Express trains from Victoria run every 15 minutes in the day and hourly at night. Journey time is 30 minutes. Local train services to Gatwick from Victoria (Southern/ First Capital Connect) take 30-45 minutes and are much cheaper.
Thameslink trains from Gatwick call at London stations (London Bridge, Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon and King's Cross) before travelling on to St Albans, Luton and Bedford. Journey time to King's Cross is 45 minutes.
Local and Thameslink trains will be busy with commuters during rush hours. Bicycles are permitted on the Gatwick Express. Cycling to Gatwick is safest on Route 21 of the National Cycle Network. Gatwick train times and information can be obtained from National Rail Enquiries.
Buses to Gatwick Airport
Buses are the cheapest way of getting to Gatwick Airport but are much slower. The coach station is at the South Terminal. Most Gatwick buses also call at the North Terminal.
National Express buses to Gatwick depart from London Victoria. Journey time is approximately 90 minutes but allow longer. Direct buses link Gatwick with Stansted, Luton and Heathrow airports. These services are also subject to delays on the motorway.
A Gatwick Hotel Bus Shuttle offers a flat-fare service to any London hotel. Gatwick coach tickets can be bought in the arrivals hall and at the coach station. Book Gatwick bus and train tickets in advance to avoid queues.
Driving to Gatwick Airport
London Gatwick Airport is 28 miles south of central London, at Junction 9 of the M23 motorway, and on the A23 London-Brighton road. Gatwick Airport is a 10 minute drive from the M25, which allows access to UK motorways nationwide.
It takes about 70 minutes to drive to central London, but times can vary considerably due to traffic congestion. If you are driving to Gatwick with satellite navigation directions you will need the postcode for Gatwick north terminal: RH6 0PJ, or South Terminal: RH6 0RN.
Consult the AA Route Planner for detailed Gatwick directions. You can book Gatwick taxis online and by phone. Gatwick transport options also include car hire, executive cars, VIP collections, chauffeurs and limousines.