Article reviewed: 2013/01/13 | Next review due: 2014/08/01
Gatwick Airport is the second largest airport in the UK. In 2009, over 34 million passengers passed through it’s doors. Gatwick Airport is located 45 miles South of central London, and equidistant between central London and Bridgton. Located in the county of West Sussex, it is serviced by it’s own rail station and is closest to the town of Crawley.
Gatwick Airport has two terminals (North terminal and South terminal) and extends over 600 hectares. The airport services many regional and international airports, within Europe and beyond, with participating airlines including easyJet, British Airways, Flybe, etc.
Gatwick airport by train
A station located in the South Terminal of the airport, with trains going to many areas of London and South-East England (more than 900 departures and arrivals per day). The station is connected directly to London Victoria, London Bridge and King's Cross St Pancras.
The Gatwick Express between London Victoria takes just thirty minutes,, with trains departing from Gatwick station every fifteen minutes during peak hours. Tickets cost £25.90 for a return ticket, or £15.95 one-way. Prices quoted are from the Gatwick Express website (gatwickexpress.com) as they offer a discount for online bookings booked directly from their site.
Southern Train services also stop at Victoria Station via East Croydon and Clapham Junction. Trains are relatively frequent (2-4 trains per hour) and the faster trains can take just 5 minutes longer than the Gatwick Express. Return tickets can cost up to £25, but if you book up to three months in advance, this can reduce to around £15. One-way tickets will cost around £10.00, but again, if you book in advance you may be able to find a ticket for around £5-6.
With First Capital Connect, you can take trains going to London Bridge, Blackfriars and St Pancras International. There are up to four trains per hour and the journey time is between 30 and 45 minutes. The round trip ticket costs about £27, depending on availability.
Gatwick airport by bus
If you choose to use the bus, there are two companies available with routes to Gatwick: EasyBus and National Express.
Easybus has links from Fulham Broadway to Gatwick Airport. There are buses departing every 20 minutes, with the journey time being around 1hr 20 minutes, depending on traffic. A roundtrip ticket costs around £12, but depending on seat availability fares can cheaper if you book online in advance (bookings easybus)
Alternatively, you can also use the National Express which goes directly to Victoria Station. Buses leave every hour from Gatwick and the journey takes about 85 minutes. A return ticket costs £14, depending on dates and time of booking (National Express)
Gatwick airport by taxi
If you do not want to take public transport, you can also take a taxi from Gatwick airport. The cost will depend on your final destination, but expect a journey time of just around 65 minutes to get to central London.
Gatwick airport by driving
Gatwick International Airport is accessible from the Junction 9 on the M23.