Getting to Gatwick Airport

All the information you’ll need for travelling in and out of London via Gatwick Airport
Located to the south of the city, Gatwick Airport is the second biggest and the second-busiest airport in the country, behind Heathrow. Over 40 million passengers pass through the airport every year travelling to 228 destinations across 74 different countries, making it one of the busiest single-runway airports in the world.
Gatwick is comprised of two terminals, the North Terminal and the South Terminal. If you’re flying in or out of the airport, make sure you know which terminal your airline uses. The most popular airlines from Gatwick include easyjet, British Airways, Norwegian Air, Thomas Cook, TUI and Ryanair. TUI and easyjet flights come in and out of the North Terminal, while British Airways, Norwegian Air, Thomas Cook and Ryanair all use the South Terminal. A full list of the airlines serving the airport and which terminal they use can be found here.

Getting to Gatwick by train
Gatwick is incredibly well connected by train. One hundred and twenty-nine stations are directly connected to the airport and a further 700 are reachable with only one change involved. The train station is located in the South Terminal, which is connected to the North Terminal by a free shuttle. Ticket machines are located in the train station, or you can buy tickets in advance online. You can also use Oyster or contactless payment cards to travel to and from Gatwick.

The Gatwick Express is the quickest way to get between Gatwick airport and central London. The journey between the airport and London Victoria station takes half an hour and trains leave every 15 minutes at peak times. From Victoria, you can get the tube (Victoria or District and Circle Lines) to other parts of London. The Gatwick Express service also connects the airport to Brighton twice hourly at busy times.

Regular train services are also operated from the airport to many other parts of London (including London Bridge, Clapham Junction, Farringdon, St Pancras and East Croydon) and other parts of the UK (including Reading, Brighton, Southampton and Portsmouth). There is also a direct train that connects Gatwick Airport and Luton Airport Parkway.

Getting to Gatwick by coach
You can easily get to Gatwick by coach or bus directly from over 100 towns and cities around the UK. Coach services connect the airport with Heathrow Airport, central London, Brighton, Bristol, Oxford, Norwich and Cambridge. Most coach services operate to and from the South Terminal, but some also call at the North Terminal. The airport is served by easybus, Megabus and National Express coaches. There are National Express ticket desks in both terminals or you can buy tickets for all services online. 

Getting to Gatwick by car
Gatwick is just under 30 miles from central London via the M23. It’s around a 10-minute drive to the M25 which then connects to motorways serving the rest of the UK. There are long and short term car parks at the airport or you can hire cars from most major car hire companies in the terminals. If you’re using satnav to get to Gatwick, the postcode for the South Terminal is RH6 0NP and the North Terminal is RH6 0PJ.
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