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Travelling In and Out of Gatwick Airport


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London Gatwick AirportGatwick Airport has its own railway station attached to the South Terminal. Access to the North Terminal is via free transit from the North Terminal. Direct train services also serve many parts of the country.Airport to/from LondonGatwick Express operates a dedicated non-stop service every 15 minutes throughout the day to/from London (Victoria) and Gatwick Airport with reduced frequency in the eveningsGatwick Express operates a dedicated non-stop service every 15 minutes throughout the day to/from London (Victoria) and Gatwick Airport with reduced frequency in the eveningsSouthern operates frequent trains throughout the day between London Victoria and Gatwick AirportThameslink operate direct services throughout the day between Kings Cross Thameslink, Farringdon, City Thameslink, London Blackfriars, London Bridge and Gatwick Airport (generally every 15 mins).

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CoachGatwick Transit

Gatwick is connected to over 400 towns and cities across the UK by a variety of frequent, daily coach services. Most airport services are in air conditioned vehicles.

Some of the direct services available include those to Heathrow, central London, Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge and Norwich.

National Express and Oxford Bus Company coaches operate from the upper terminal forecourt (South Terminal). The majority of services also call at the North Terminal (on the lower level outside International Arrivals). The Heathrow-Gatwick National Express service drops passengers off right outside Departures at the North Terminal.

National Express

Operate the majority of nationwide services from Gatwick.

Tel: +44 (0)8705 80 80 80

Timetables and Booking

Oxford Bus (The Airline)

Link between Gatwick and Oxford, runs an hourly service during the day.

Tel: +44 (0)1865 785 400

Gatwick Flyer

Operates direct services to Southend (from South Terminal only).

Tel: +44 (0)1708 730 555


Gatwick is 28 miles (45km) south of London, directly linked to the M23 at Junction 9 and to the A23 London-Brighton road. Just a ten minute drive away, the M25 further connects with the UK's extensive road and motorway network.


If you are using a satellite navigation system here are some useful postcodes:

South Terminal: RH6 0RN

North Terminal: RH6 0PJ

Use the AA Route Planner for directions to and from the airport.

Petrol stations

There are 24 hour petrol stations at both North and South Terminals.

Drop off and pick up
For security reasons, private cars may not stop on the terminal forecourt roads for any purpose other than to set down or pick up passengers. Cars left unattended are liable to be towed away by the police and a fee charged for release.


The official Gatwick Airport taxi service is Checker Cars -

Other taxi services offering online reservations are:

Brief History of Gatwick AirportGatwick at sunset

Gatwick Airport is London's second largest airport and the second busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow. It is also the busiest single runway airport, and sixth busiest airport overall, in Europe in terms of passengers per year. It is located in Crawley, West Sussex (originally Charlwood, Surrey) 2.7 nm (5 km or 3 miles) north of the town centre, and 24.7 nm (46 km or 28 miles) south of London, and 40 km north of Brighton.

London Gatwick has a CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence (Number P528) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction.

In 2005, the airport handled over 32.6 million passengers [1], flying to around 200 destinations. Charter airlines are generally not allowed to operate from Heathrow and many use Gatwick instead as their base. Many flights to and from the USA also use Gatwick because of restrictions on transatlantic operations from Heathrow. The airport is a secondary hub for British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

In 1979, when the last major expansion took place, an agreement was reached with the local council not to expand further before 2019, but recent proposals to build a second runway suitable for large jets at Gatwick led to protests about increased noise and pollution and demolition of houses and villages. The government has now decided to expand Stansted and Heathrow but not Gatwick. Gatwick's owners BAA have published a new consultation which includes a possible second runway south of the airport, but leaves the villages of Charlwood and Hookwood intact, north of the airport.

Like many other airports, car parking is in limited supply at Gatwick. This is partly due to local planning restrictions. Facilities are often full to capacity in the summer months.


Both terminals at Gatwick offer a range of facilities for travellers. Business travellers are catered for by several executive lounges offering peace and quiet and modern business facilities. There is also a conference and business centre with meeting facilities and business services.South Terminal

Business Travellers are also offered Fast Track which enables an efficient car park to airport to check-in and then to flight service. Children are catered for with facilities for baby changing and feeding and there are play areas and video games to keep them amused. The airport also has Skyview in the South Terminal which offers views across the airfield and interactive activities, however this was closed to the public in 2004.

Disabled passengers can travel easily through Gatwick too with all areas being accessible and added special needs facilities.

There is a fairly standard range of shops and restaurants throughout both terminals at Gatwick, such as Starbucks Coffee shops and Boots.

The South Terminal includes a Pizza Express, McDonalds, several WH Smiths, Boots and a Hilton hotel. There used to be a Burger King in the south terminal, but it was replaced by a McDonalds after a minor cooking oil fire accident (BK staff did not follow fire procedures). [citation needed] Both terminals used to contain record shops. For many years these were Our Price stores. They closed in 1999 and reopened as Virgin records. Impulse record shops can now be found landside, in both terminals.


Gatwick Airport has Anglican, Catholic and Free Church Chaplains. There is a multi-faith prayer room and counselling room in each terminal. A daily service is led by one of the chaplains. The prayer room is open to all faiths and to prayer and devotion by all passengers.

Ground Transport

The Gatwick Airport railway station is located next to the South Terminal and provides fast and frequent connections along the Brighton Main Line to London Victoria and London Bridge stations, as well as Brighton to the south. The Gatwick Express service to Victoria is the best-known rail service from the station, but several other companies, including Southern, First Capital Connect, Virgin Trains and First Great Western Link, use the station as well. First Capital Connect provide direct trains to Luton Airport, and foot passengers with modest luggage can reach Heathrow Airport by catching an X26 Express Bus from East Croydon.

National Express operates coach services from Gatwick to both Heathrow and Stansted Airport, as well as smaller cities throughout the region.

Route 21 of the National Cycle Network passes under the South Terminal, allowing virtually traffic-free cycling northwards to Horley and southwards to Three Bridges and Crawley. A [goods-style] lift runs between the terminal and ground level (signed "Lift to Cycle Route"), near Zone L.

There are also at least two sets of stairs which foot-passengers can use to leave the South Terminal and get to ground-level (near the cycle route) from the vicinity of Zone L and the train-station area (steps are labelled Exit Q and Exit P on the ground). These are widely used by Gatwick workers and locals and allow access to bus stops for local services. There is a useful (but poorly signposted) footpath that leads to Crescent Way in the south of Horley.

The airport is near Junction 9 of the M23, and is on the A23 and at the southern end of the A217.

The airport has several long and short stay car parks, both at the airport and off-site.