Getting To London From Gatwick
There are many ways to get into and around London from Gatwick. Choose your method of transport from out helpful information below:Coach and Bus Train and Tube Travelling by Taxi Oyster Cards Travelling by Car Cycling in London
Coaches to London
Buses depart from Gatwick to London Victoria Station once per hour. The journey takes about 90 minutes and single tickets are available from £6.60.
To make sure you dont miss your plane, National Express advise that you plan ot arrive at the airport 1 hour before check-in. You are able ot take your luggage on the coach, however, as with airline travel there is a 20kg weight limit.
Direct hotel transfers between Gatwick Airport and Gatwick Airport hotels are offered by National Express.
National Express coaches depart every few minutes at peak times from outside the North Terminal arrivals and South Terminal arrivals, offering convenient access to Gatwick Airport hotels. The services serves Ibis Gatwick Hotel, Crown Plaza Gatwick, Ramada Plaza Gatwick and Travelodge Gatwick Airport. Prices start at just £3 for an adult and £2 for a child if booked in advance.
Buses Around London
Most buses around London are low floor, meaning that they lower to pavement level, making it easier to board the bus. You are now able to use Oyster cards on bus routes.
For more information on what buses to get and timetables for the buses, visit Transport for London.
Gatwick Express trains run every 15 minutes and the journey time is 30 minutes (35 minutes on Sunday). Standard tickets cost £16.90 single and £28.80 return. For more information, please call +44 (0)845 850 1530.
Southern service to London Victoria takes about 35 minutes and costs £10.90 one way. Trains run every 15 minutes during the day and every hour at night. (Please note that the times may vary in the first and the last hour of the day). For more information, please call Southern Customer Support on +44 (0)845 127 2920.
London Bridge / St Pancras
First Capital Connect trains run through London Bridge, Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon and St Pancras stations to St Albans, Luton and Bedford. There are four trains an hour during the day. The journey to St Pancras takes 45 minutes and tickets cost £10.90 one way. Please call First Capital Connect Customer Relations on +44 (0)845 026 4700 for more information.
The journey time to central London is approximately 60-70 minutes from Gatwick Airport. It will cost you approximately £70 to get into London.
Getting a taxi can take the hassle out of your journey. Choose a taxi to suit you and your passengers. From executive travel to minibus, and coach taxis. You can just sit back and relax, knowing you will be at the airport soon.
However, you could get a better price by booking your transfer in advance. Find a taxi company on our Gatwick Airport Taxis and Transfers page. Alternatively, follow the signs from each terminal for taxi ranks.
Getting an oyster card is generally the cheapest way to get around using public transport in London. You can get a pay as you go oyster car, meaning you don't have to worry about having the right change in your pocket.
You can use an oyster card on tubes, buses, DLR, trams, London overground and some National rail trains. For more information on where you can use your oyster card, visit TFL.
Just make sure you touch in with your card before boarding tubes and buses and Oyster will work out they cost of your journey at the end of the day. By doing this it means they can charge you less than the price of a day travelcard.
It takes approximately 60-70 minutes to get to central London from Gatwick. Gatwick Airport is at Junction 9 of the M23 motorway and on the A23 Brighton to London road.
If you are planning to park your car at the airport while your away then you may find cheaper quotes if you book online or by phone in advance. Take a look at our airport parking page to see prices, and compare car parks to find the cheapest deal for parking at Gatwick Airport.
Planning your journey once you arrive at Gatwick? Looking for car hire? Look no further, we have compared all the car rental companies at Gatwick airport to help you find the best deal to suit your trip. We also have their details if you wish to contact them directly.
Maps and Directions
London Gatwick is 28 miles south of London. Gatwick is directly linked to the M23 motorway at junction 9. You can also join onto the M25 within 10 minutes and from there you can access the UK huge network of roads and motorways. Journey time to central London from Gatwick Airport is around 60 - 75 minutes.
For a birds eye view map of how to enter and exit the Airport from the surrounding roads, take a look at our Maps and Directions page.
If you are driving to or from Gatwick Airport then you should make sure that your car is in a fit state to be driven, and reduce the risk of it breaking down. Take a look at our Top 10 Car Care Tips before you set off, to make sure your car gets you to the airport on time.
Driving in and around Central London means that you have to pay the Congestion Charge. You may be eligible to pay the congestion charge if you are travelling in central London between the hours of 7am and 6pm Mon – Fri. The charge is £8 daily, and you will be notified by signs when you are approaching CC zones, are within them and exiting them.
You can pay the congestion charge in a number of ways. By SMS, phone, online, at a shop and by post. For more information on how to pay the congestion charge, and where the congestion charge applies visit the Transport for London.
How does the congestion charge work? There are no physical toll booths or barriers, it is a network of cameras that monitor the entrances and exits of the congestion charge zones. If the camera recognises that you have paid to be in the zone then your image is automatically deleted from the database. If at midnight your image still exists an you should have paid the charge then a pentaly charge notice is produced and sent to the vehicle owner.
A fantastic way to reduce costs, pollution, congestion and parking is to lift share with someone who is making the same or a similar journey as you. You can then share a car with them, which is a great way to get to and from the airport. If you are interested in lift sharing with others who are making similar journeys then take a look at LondonLiftShare.
It's free to register and you enter your journey details and it will automatically display others who are making similar journeys on that day.
Once you have signed up, the system will send out an automatic email, and get in contact with those you may wish to share the journey with.
It will also calculate the CO2 and financial savings if you are to share a car, rather than driving alone.
Cycling in London
Bicycles are permitted on the London Underground, however, some lines only allow non folding bikes - outside of peak times. Folding bicycles are permitted on the underground at all times, free of charge. You are not allowed to take non folding bikes on moving escalators, at any time.
Overground trains will take folding bicycles, free of charge at all times, on all sections of the network. Non-folding bicycles may be allowed on some sections of the networks, outside of peak times.
London buses may allow folding bicycles, however, it is up to the driver. The same applies to pushchairs and large shopping luggage.
The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) accepts folded bicycles if they are in a container.
Tramlink will only accept folded bicycles, however, they do not have to be in a container.
There is bike parking available at most stations around London. To find out if a particular station has bike parking and for more information on cycling around London take a look at the Transport for London website.