London Gatwick (LGW) is the UK’s second biggest airport as well as being the world’s most efficient single-runway airport.
In West Sussex, 28 miles south of London, it’s within half an hour by train to London Bridge and London Victoria.
Driving to Gatwick Airport:
Gatwick Airport’s postcode for Sat Navs:
South Terminal - RH6 0NP
North Terminal - RH6 0PJ
Driving from the M23: On the M23, exit junction 9 for Gatwick Airport and follow the signposting.
Driving from the M25: The journey to the airport from the M25 takes about ten minutes. Exit at junction 7 for the M23 southbound towards Brighton, Crawley and Gatwick. Continue onto the M23 and at junction 9, leave the motorway for Gatwick A23 and follow signs to the airport.
Parking at Gatwick Airport:
Long Stay parking is best for week long ski holidays, and if you book yours online through the airport you can save quite a bit of money.
If leaving from the South Terminal, use the Long Stay South Terminal, which is just a 10 minute shuttle service from the terminal doors. The Long Stay North car park is equally convenient, only 5 minutes bus ride from the North Terminal. The parking has 24/7 security.
There’s Short Stay parking near both the north and south terminals, within a 5 minute walk of the check-in desks. There are dedicated bays in the short stay car parks for motorbikes.
Premium Parking is in a separate area, next to the terminal. Drivers benefit from bigger parking bays and extra security.
Often the airport has ‘Valet Winter Special Parking’ for skiers with lots of luggage like skis and snowboards. Drive to the Short Stay car park’s Valet area and give your keys in at reception – your car will be waiting when you return.
Public Transport to/from Gatwick Airport:
Gatwick Airport Buses:
Fastway 10: Gatwick, Crawley town centre, Broadfield, Bewbush
Fastway 20: Horley town centre, Langshott, City Place, Gatwick Road, Three Bridges, Broadfield
Route 100: Redhill, Horley town centre, Salfords, East Surrey Hospital, Northgate, Crawley Town Centre, Maidenbower
Gatwick Direct 200: Gatwick South, Langley Green, Ilfield, Horsham
Route 320: Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Worthing, Gatwick
Route 380: Hastings, Bexhill, East Grinstead, Gatwick
Route 400: South Terminal, City Place, Crawley, East Grinstead, Redhill, Caterham
Route 460: South Terminal, Redhill, Reigate, Tadworth, Epsom
Routes 526 & 527: South Terminal, City PlaceIfield, West Green, Horley, Smallfield.
Trains to/from Gatwick Airport:
Trains arrive at the South Terminal which is only a short, three minute shuttle from the North Terminal.
The fastest way from Gatwick Airport to central London is the non-stop Gatwick Express service to Victoria station, which takes 30 minutes and leaves every 15 minutes.
Southern Trains also run services to and from Victoria via Clapham Junction and East Croydon, as well as regular services to Brighton, Eastbourne, Southampton and Portsmouth.
First Capital Connect runs services to London Bridge, St Pancras, Luton Airport, Brighton and Bedford.
Taxis to/from Gatwick Airport:
Taxis can be booked directly through the airport or through a private minicab company.
Coaches to/from Gatwick Airport:
Easybus provides a much cheaper alternative to get to Gatwick, running day and night, seven days a week, sometimes from as little as £2. Buses leave from Earl’s Court or Waterloo every 20 minutes in peak times, and take just over an hour to get to both terminals.The Oxford Bus also runs hourly to and from Oxford, taking 2 to 2 and a half hours and bringing you to just outside the North and South Terminals.
Gatwick Airport facilities:
The Regus Express business lounge (South Terminal) has meeting rooms and showers as well as a comfortable sitting area. Both terminals also have Regus Express Workpods with instant access for a soundproof, secure and private space to work in – with print, charging and Wi-Fi facilities.
Gatwick’s award winning No. 1 Lounges (both terminals) have complimentary hot and cold food, a bar serving soft and alcoholic drinks, free Wi-Fi and games and TV screens.
My Lounge in the North Terminal is a more laid back area. The kitchen has meals and snacks, draft beer and wine as well as hot and soft drinks. The lounge has Wi-Fi, TV screens, iMacs, Playstation and charging points.
Aspire Lounge at the North Terminal has free Wi-Fi, drinks and snacks and charging facilities.
British Airways and Emirates premium passengers also have dedicated departure lounges.
Food and Drink:
For drinks and snacks, you’ll find the likes of Caffe Nero, Costa and Shake-a-hula. There are also restaurants like Nandos, Wagamama, Jamie’s Italian and Giraffe for sit down meals. For alcoholic drinks, you’ll find The Red Lion by Wetherspoon and Union Jacks Bar by Jamie Oliver.
Shops at Gatwick’s terminals include Harrods, Cath Kidston, FatFace, Joules, Mango, Superdry and JD as well as Boots, WH Smith and World Duty Free.
Travellers have 90 minutes of free Wi-Fi provided by myGatwick.
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