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Gatwick Airport Guide and Information


London Gatwick Airport (LGW) Location.

Gatwick is located approximately 30 miles (that is about 45km) south of central London- Westminister (Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, Victoria Station) and after London Heathrow is the second busiest international airport in the United Kingdom.


Facilities at the Gatwick Airport.

Facilities at the airport include 4 bureaux de change at South Terminal and 3 at South Terminal.

It also has several ATMs: Barclays, Midland and Nationwide, AbbeyLink and American Express ATM at the rail station. There are airport information desks, hotel reservation and travel information desks.

There is no Post Offices in Gatwick but there are two post boxes- one in South Terminal and one in North Terminal.

Standard facilities include: lost luggage desk, Internet access caffes, showers, several public pay telephones and fax machines, shops, duty-free outlets, restaurants, cafes, bars and information centres.

Car hire is widely available in both terminals, from major rent-a-car companies(Alamo, Avis, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National and Thrifty.). Gatwick operates 24h/7 days a week, 365 days a year .


How big is the Gatwick Airport?

It is the second bussiest airport in the UK affter London Heathrow- in international passengers. LGW handles 35 million passengers every year (for comparison London Heathrow- 67 million in 2007).

There are around 80 airlines operating from Gatwick just to mension few: British Airways/ BA, EasyJet, Thomson Fly, Thomas Cook. These 90 airlines fly to 227 destinations (which is more destinations than Heathrow flies to).

It has ONLY ONE runway 3.3km long (nearly 2 miles), which makes Gatwick the busiest single-runway airport IN THE WORLD .

There are 2 terminals- Gatwick South Terminal and Gatwick North Terminal.


Transport to the city:

Variety of options available for connecting with Central London. The London Gatwick Express rail service is the best option for many, providing cheap and speedy transport, while taxis provide a more expensive but comfortable alternative.

The Gatwick Express (tel: 0870 530 1530) operates from Gatwick Airport Station with trains running every 15 minutes.

There is also Southern rail service to Victoria, slightly slower as it stops in East Croydon Station on its way to London Victoria.

You can buy tickets from the Gatwick Express desks or self-service ticket kiosks located at the station or above the station on the Airport ground level; tickets are also available for purchase on the train, for a premium, or online, with a 10% discount.

Thameslink trains run through London Bridge, Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon and King's Cross.


Gatwick Airport Taxi

Cabs and Taxis are readily available and cost from around £40-80 for a journey to London (depending on traffic conditions and time of the day). To book a taxi online click here: Gatwick Airport Taxi Booking


Buses to London

Airbus service, the A5, to Victoria coach station run a service called the "Airbus" It heads for Victoria station wh ich is in South Central London. Aibus leaves from Gatwick North Terminal every 50 minutes past the our and goes through Gatwick South Terminal (5 minutes) to pick up South Terminal Passengers There is reasonable room for lugage. Catching an Airbus into the Centre and then flaging a Taxi (anyone with it's light on is for hire) to take you to a specific place is a good way of reducing the cost of getting with large baggage into Central London The approximate jurney time is 90 minutes.


Underground/ SUBWAY:

There is no Underground/Subway connection available from London Gatwick.



Trains/ Railway

Number of trains operate directly from the airport to destinations around Britain.

The rail station is connected directly to the South Terminal, and is only a few minutes from the North Terminal by free transit train.

Gatwick Express

Gatwick Express is the fastest rail link between the airport and central London. Non-stop trains run to and from London Victoria every 15 minutes and the journey takes 30 minutes (35 minutes on Sundays).

For details of special offers and to book in advance, or ring +44 (0)845 850 1530 (UK only).

Other rail services

The following services call at Gatwick Airport station. You should buy tickets before boarding the train.

First Capital Connect

Trains run every 15 minutes to Brighton (via Mid Sussex) and to Bedford via East Croydon, London Bridge, St Pancras International and Luton.

There are services to King's Lynn, Peterborough and Cambridge from St Pancras International.


Northbound trains run to London Victoria via East Croydon and Clapham Junction, and to London Bridge via East Croydon.

Southbound services run to Brighton, Eastbourne, Portsmouth and Southampton.


Trains run to Redhill, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.

First Great Western

Services run to Redhill, Guilford and Reading. Money-saving are available.


Services run to Birmingham, and provide links to Northern England and Scotland.



  Last modified: May 2019