Gatwick Transport - Rail, Coach and Bus
Gatwick airport is easily accessible from nearby London and the south east, by both private and public transport. Explore the options below to find out which method of getting to Gatwick is best for you.
You can often make big savings when you research which method of travel you would like to use and book your tickets online. Transport providers will cut prices to those who book early, so it is definetly worth sorting out all transport to and from Gatwick Airport in advance to save money and avoid hassle on your transfer.
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London Pass Travel Deals
The London Pass provides admission to London's most popular sites, bearing the holder entry to various attractions. They do also sell an additional London Travelcard, which grants free travel on all major public transport in London, with any London Pass purchase.
The London Travelcard permits unlimited travel on all London Underground, Buses, Trams as well as most over-ground Train routes within the city, within zones 1 - 6.
The costs for upgrading to include the Travelcard is £9 for a single day adult ticket and £4 for a child.
Find out how to save on your London Travel costs with the London Pass London Travelcard.
Transit Between Terminals
During July 2010 Gatwick opened their newly developed Inter-terminal shuttle service, linking their North and South terminals. The shuttle service cost £45 million to redesign and took 10 months to develop. The previous inter-terminal shuttle service was built in 1987 and the old monorail trains had travelled more than 2.5 million miles before they were replaced by the new shuttle service. For passengers at Gatwick Airport it now only takes 2 minutes to travel between the 2 terminals on the new shuttle service. The trains run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To get to the shuttle service, travellers in the North terminal should follow signs for the South terminal and passengers in the South terminal should follow signs for the North terminal.
Gatwick by Car
Travelling to Gatwick by car is a great option for most people. If you have your own car there are plenty of cheap airport parking options to choose from. If you have an early morning flight or would rather be closer to the airport the day before your flight the most hassle free option is to book an airport hotel.
This is a reasonably priced option and saves you the hassle of having to get up at the crack of dawn to travel for an early flight! Airport Hotel Shop offers great overnight hotel and long or short stay parking packages to save you money!
Gatwick Airport is easily accessible by car from the M23 which is connected to the M25 motorway and so to the whole country.
You can find out much more about directions, and view interactive transportation and terminal maps by visiting our Gatwick Maps & Directions page.
Gatwick Airport by Coach
Most of Gatwick's bus stops and coach stations are located on the lower forecourt of the South Terminal. There are also some buses that also stop at the lower level of Gatwick North Terminal, just outside the international arrivals lobby. Drop off is at the terminal door of either the North or South terminal
Passengers arriving at South Terminal but requiring North Terminal can take a free transit train between the 2 terminals. National Express also operates the only direct connection between Heathrow and Gatwick Airports with over 100 services a day.
Shuttle services between London and Gatwick Airport are running non-stop throughout the day and available 7 days a week. Buses depart pretty frequently with no more than a maximum 15-30 minute wait for passenger depending on the time of day.
You can also save money by travelling in a group with fares of £99 return for 4 passengers and just £24.75 for each additional adult on routes between Gatwick and Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Newport, Swansea, Warwick or Wolverhampton
Gatwick Airport by Taxi
Taxis are a great, hassle-free and convenient way to get to the airport. There are over 600 taxi companies serving Gatwick airport and the surrounding areas, many of which specialise in airport taxis and can offer great rates.
Find cheap airport taxis near you by checking out our featured Gatwick Airport Taxi Listings.
The listings include contact details and a description of each company's services to help you find and book a taxi that suits to your needs.
Gatwick Airport Hotel Transfers
hoppa is an airport transfer specialist that offer a door to door luxury airport shuttle service, and operates on journeys between Gatwick airport and central London hotels.
With exceptionally competitive prices, and significant discounts for groups and returns, hoppa is a cheap option for getting you to your London hotel. hoppa's shuttles provide a comfortable journey to the airport with plenty of leg space, and plenty of room for luggage.
National Express also offer bus routes to and from Gatwick Airport and the main airport hotels. Their routes cover trips to Ibis Gatwick Hotel, Crown Plaza Gatwick, Ramada Plaza Gatwick and Travelodge Gatwick Airport. The cost of the transfer service starts from as little as £3 for adults and £2 for children.
National Express buses are a more responsible travel choice as all shuttles comply with EU Emission and by sharing a single journey with up to nine other travellers this drastically reduces an individual’s carbon footprint.
When arriving at Gatwick airport, look for a National Express sign outside the arrivals hall of your terminal.
Services are running from 03:00 until 00:30, 7 days a week.
You can Book Online your Gatwick Airport hotel transfer with National Express.
Gatwick Airport to Central London
easyBus.co.uk ,the low cost London airport transfers service runs direct services to and from Gatwick Airport and London (Fulham Broadway tube station). With prices starting from £2 for those who book early enough if you want to get between London and Gatwick!
While easyBus offer some seats at £2 they only have a very limited amount of seats available online at this price and once they are sold they will move to a higher price (£4, £6, £8...) until they reach their capped rate of £12.99 for a return journey. You will need to book online and as early as possible to get hold of a cheaper ticket as it can often be very hard to get one for close to £2 . Prices correct as at 22.06.09.
Their buses are air conditioned. easyBus run a non-stop service every 20 minutes taking 1hour and 10 minutes to get you between Gatwick and Central London. From Fulham Broadway tube station you can connect to many overground and underground trains plus public buses, so your onward journey can be planned well from here. You could also look at getting a Gatwick taxi from Fulham Broadway to your final destination.
Drop off and pick up Gatwick is just outside the North terminal departures door. If you are travelling to the South terminal you will usually need to take the free monorail at Gatwick airport between terminals, however, this is now closed for refurbishment, so you will need to get the free BAA replacement bus service, and should leave around 20 minutes for your transfer between terminals. This is well signposted and will transport you between the North and South terminals.
You will need to take your luggage into consideration if you are planning to travel with easyBus as they have a policy in place which states that there are prohibited items that they will not carry. These are mostly large items, such as skis, non folding pushchairs, wheelchairs etc... but also include animals, weapons and drugs. It is best to check that your luggage will be permitted before booking by visiting their essential information page.
Gatwick Airport by Train
Gatwick railway station is directly linked to the South Terminal and is only a few minutes away from the North Terminal via a free transit train which runs every 3 minutes at peak times.
Rail information and ticket desks can be found in the arrivals areas of both the North and South Terminal.
You could save an average of 43% if you buy your train tickets to or from Gatwick Airport in advance with thetrainline. Booking online rather than waiting until you get to the station saves you time and hassle as well as a lot of money!
Thetrainline.com covers all the train companies in one place and has a unique fare finder to make sure you find the cheapest ticket available to you. They also have information on train times and routes to help you plan your journey.
Gatwick Flyaway is a one month return ticket that allows up to 4 adults to travel for the price of 2 to Gatwick Airport. Up to 4 children can then travel for £1 each when accompanying a group holding Flyaway tickets. This ticket is available from First Great Western Trains and is suitable for those travelling from destinations such as Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Oxfordshire, Thames Valley, amongst others. For more information call First Great Western Trains on 08457 000 125.
Trains to the rest of the UK are served by Southern, Southeastern, First Capital Connect, and CrossCountry.
Gatwick Airport by Gatwick Express
Gatwick Express is a non-stop service between London Victoria Station (Central London) and London Gatwick Airport which runs every 15 minutes. The journey takes 30 minutes (35 minutes on Sunday).
The train is modern and comfortable, with air conditioning, spacious carriages, and drinks and refreshments being served in both Express Class and First Class. First Class passengers will also have the advantage of large, reclining seats with tables plus complimentary refreshments and newspapers.
Prices start from just £16.90 for a single ticket and £28.80 for an open return ticket.
Prices for the Gatwick Express train can be found on their website Gatwick Express.
Tel: +44 (0)845 850 1530