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Gatwick Airport (South)

London, GB

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Professional airport transfers

Blacklane - Available at Gatwick Airport

Book a ride with our professional drivers and skip the stress of public transit. All airport pickups include 60 minutes of complimentary wait time, and your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall to greet you, even if your flight is delayed. Our all-inclusive rates are confirmed prior to booking, with no hidden surprises. Miles & More members earn 1 mile for every euro spent with Blacklane.


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Getting into London

Take the local train over the Gatwick Express

Gatwick Airport is quite far from central London, but is well connected by train.

Train

While the Gatwick Express is heavily marketed and is the more comfortable option, the Southern train is only a few minutes slower and about half the price for a return ticket. For all trains, you should go the Gatwick Airport station at centre of the South Terminal, Platforms 1 and 2. It's well signposted. If you arrive at the North Terminal, you'll need to take the Sky Train Shuttle to the South Terminal.

Southern: Takes you to Victoria station, via Clapham Junction, in 30-40 minutes. This service can be crowded in rush hour, and you may need to queue at the vending machines in the station when buying tickets.

Cost: GBP 15.30 one-way (40-minute service), GBP 19 one-way (30-minute service), GBP 16.20 return (off-peak)

Gatwick Express: The Gatwick Express non-stop service takes you to Victoria station in 30 minutes. Trains run every 15 minutes from 05:00-23:45, with additional trains at 03:30, 04:30, 00:01 and 00:32. You can buy tickets on the train, at vending machines, ticket desks, currency exchanges or online (cheaper). At peak times, the train runs to Brighton.

Cost: GBP 19.90 one-way (GBP 17.70 online), GBP 34.90 return (GBP 31.05)

Thameslink: Goes to London Bridge, which is a handy station for the City if you're in town on business, and St Pancras International, handy for North London and the Eurostar. Journey time is 29 minutes.

Cost: From GBP 9.40 one-way, GBP 10.60 return

Taxi

Only for those with big wallets and plenty of time. Journey time is typically 1 hour 20 minutes to central London. You can pre-book cars, which can be cheaper, but not all companies are reliable.

Cost: GBP 110 or more

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Getting around the airport

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Gatwick Airport is the second busiest airport serving London, after Heathrow. It lies around 45km south of central London, in the county of West Sussex. It's a fairly manageable airport, but has been known for its queues at passport control and slow baggage claim. Its biggest user is EasyJet.

The airport consists of two terminals in separate buildings:

  • North Terminal: Serving all flights starting with the number '8'. Landside, 'The Avenue' area contains plenty of shopping and dining facilities. Check-in is on Level 1.
  • South Terminal: Serving all other flights. Contains the airport's train station, accessible via an extension bridge. 'The Village' contains its dining and shopping facilities. Check-in is on Level 2.

Shuttle between terminals

A driverless shuttle train takes you the 1.2km distance between terminals in two minutes. You'll need to use it to get to the South Terminal if you arrive in the North Terminal and want to travel into London by train.

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A collection of world foods

Giraffe, located before security in the South Terminal, combines world food with a relaxed environment that is fun for the whole family. 

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15% OFF total bill WonderTree

Located upstairs at International Departures

WonderTree is a colourful world food restaurant perfect for the whole family.

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Save on Your Car Rental

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All major rental car companies are located in the car hire center.

  • Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Sixt, Budget, National, Alamo, Enterprise
    Location: South terminal, Car hire center, ground level, next to the bus waiting area

 Budget, Enterprise and Hertz are also represented at the north terminal.

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Asian, fresh, and delicious

Wagamama

Wagamama is one of London’s beloved chains—pan-Asian dishes, cooked fresh to order and reliably delicious. You can get a full English breakfast or try okonomiyaki, a Japanese omelette.

North Terminal, after security
Hours: 04:00-22:00 daily 

South Terminal, after security, upper level departures, to the left outside the lifts
Hours: 04:00-22:00 daily

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Local ingredients, healthy dishes, great drinks

Grain Store Café and Bar

The award-winning Grain Store has opened its first off-shoot in Gatwick Airport. Chef Bruno Loubet’s healthy dishes made from locally sourced ingredients are airport favourites. Enjoy tasty sandwiches, burgers, and soups, as well as innovative cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. 

South Terminal, after security, upper level departures, to the left outside the lifts
Hours: 04:00-22:00

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Time to spare

Visit Brighton

If you have six hours or more to spare, hop on the train to Brighton. GBP 9.50 return. Trains go every 15 minutes all day long from Gatwick Airport, platforms vary. The ride takes about 30-35 minutes via the beautiful, rolling South Downs and Sussex countryside.

Brighton has lots of quirky stalls and shops to explore. Vibrant sea air mixes with surroundings, plenty of young Londoners down by the sea. Great Victorian pier, Royal Pavilion, and much more to enjoy. Best fish and chips in the country!

Particularly recommended in the summer where you can get the full benefit of a nice day on the beach.

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Private layover rooms

At the Bloc Hotel

For a layover space right in the heart of the airport go to the Bloc Hotel. Amazing location: entrance just before Departures on Level 3, South Terminal. Helpful and polite staff. Step out the front door and you're at airport security in seconds. Open 24 hours a day, walk-in. Prices from GBP 68 a night without window, GBP 73 with window; single/double same rate.

Each room has a comfortable king-size bed, and a tablet built into the wall, from where you control the lights, blinds and air-conditioning. Monsoon showers. Highly convenient when your flight is just too early to drive up on the day. Cleverly designed spaces, with room for a couple of suitcases.

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Short excursion

Visit Horley

Make the most of your layover and explore another, quieter side of England.

Head for Gatwick Airport station, Platform 1, buy a ticket (GBP 2.60 return fare) and take the 3-minute train ride to sleepy Horley. Trains all day long, every 15 minutes.
Once there, grab a bite at the New Curry Bengal, around the corner from the station. Friendly staff, always a warm welcome. If you were depressed about your flight being delayed, this place will cheer you up! Garlic chicken’s excellent. Then grab a pint at one of several excellent traditional English pubs. We like Ye Olde Six Bells on Church Road.

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Airport hotel

Spend the night at Yotel

Yotel offers very small but nicely designed cabins at affordable prices (between GBP 70 and 100/night).

Yotel is located in the public area, before security, at the SOUTH Terminal. This means you need to enter the UK and can't stay in the security (airside) area. 

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Newspapers and magazines

Free throughout airport

Gatwick Airport passengers are provided with free newspapers and magazines. They’re available at clearly marked pick-up points en route to the gates, as well as in several restaurants. The London Evening Standard is available each weekday afternoon, along with a wide selection of popular magazines.

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Your Own Private Workspace

Regus Express Workpods

If you ever feel the need to get some work done in a quiet and focussed atmosphere then the four workpods at Gatwick airport could be for you. The small booths offer a comfortable sitting and standing desk, computer monitor, phone, printer and WiFi to get your work done around the clock. Every half hour runs at GBP 12.

Locations: 

  • South Terminal, airside, between Gate 31 and 38 at Pier 3
  • North Terminal, airside, between Gate 104 and 105 at Pier 6
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Showers

Free Shower in South Terminal

There is a free shower facility in the South Terminal. It is located landside on Departures Level 3, opposite of the Beehive bar. Towels are also available for free.

Another shower is located within the Regus Express Business Lounge in the arrivals area of the South Terminal.

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Sit back

The London Bar

This bar serves wine, beer, cocktails, and delicious anti pasti in a modern, sleek setting. You’ll be able to sit back and relax in style while you wait for your flight.

South Terminal, after security, upper level departures, to the right of the escalators
Hours: 04:00-22:00

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English luxury lifestyle brand

Aspinal of London

Aspinal of London stitches old school English luxury into all of their pieces. Browse their collection and men’s and women’s bags, luggage, and other leather accessories. Monogramming and gift-wrapping are available as well.

South Terminal, after security, lower level departures, opposite lifts
Hours: 04:00-22:00

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Stylish

Ted Baker London

The airport outlet of Ted Baker London offers men and women’s clothing, as well as accessories with that quintessential British flair.

North Terminal, after security, lower level departures, in front of Moneycorp Bureau de Change

South Terminal, after security, lower level departures, across from walkway to gates 1-5

Hours: 04:00-22:00

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THE department store

Harrods

Harrods at Gatwick offers luxury fashion and accessories, with an emphasis on British heritage brands. A great place to pick up a Paddington Bear before you go! 

North Terminal, after security, lower level departures, in front of Moneycorp Bureau de Change

South Terminal, after security, lower level departures, near walkway to gates 10-95
Hours: 04:00-22:00

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Outdoor clothing and equipment

Snow + Rock

Heading somewhere cold? Snow + Rock, the UK’s number 1 outdoor retailer, is a great place to grab winter sports equipment and clothing at airport prices before you go.

South Terminal, after security, lower level departures, near walkway to gates 10-95
Hours: 04:00-22:00

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Power outlets

Throughout the airport

There are many power outlets in the public areas of both Gatwick terminals.

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Lounges

More Options In The North

There are several lounge options in both Gatwick terminals:

North Terminal:

  • No.1 Gatwick - North Terminal
    Spanning 10,000 sq ft of cool marble floors and gorgeous interiors, you can enjoy the best runway views, watch a film or enjoy meal from the Bistro Menu at No.1 Gatwick. Complimentary food is included in the lounge entry, with hot dishes available. Drinks from the bar, including wine, beer and spirits, are also complimentary.
    Cost: GBP 28 for three hours
    Location: North terminal, airside, departure level, after passing through security follow the signs for 'Airport Lounges'
    Opening hours: 04:00-22:00 daily
  • My Lounge
    My Lounge by No1 Lounges offers the benefits of lounging without the formality. Inspired by loft-style living with cool, contemporary sofas, TV den and games room.
    Cost: GBP 20 for three hours
    Location: North terminal, airside, follow signs for Airport Lounges to the lounge pavilion, My Lounge is on the left side
    Opening hours: 06:00-20:00 daily
  • London Gatwick North Aspire Lounge
    The lounge provides a wide range of hot food items. The lounge also boasts a fantastic range of snacks and treats available throughout the day. The Aspire lounge contains a wide range of complimentary premium brand wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks which are available throughout the day.
    Cost: GBP 17.99 for three hours
    Location: North terminal, airside, follow signs for Airport Lounges to the lounge pavilion
    Opening hours: 04:00-21:00 daily

South Terminal:

  • No.1 Gatwick - South Terminal
    Freshly renovated in february 2016, this light airy space is a tranquil retreat to spend time in ahead of your departure – perfect for groups and solo travellers alike.
    Location: South terminal, airside, follow signs for No1 Lounges – the entrance is via the corridor between Dixons and JD Sports
    Cost: GBP 28 for three hours
    Opening hours: 04:00-22:00 daily
  • Regus Express Business Lounge
    This is a very modern and charming place to relax and get some work done. They offer a shower, working desks, meeting rooms, free WiFi and many more office amenities.
    Location: South Terminal, Ground Floor, Arrivals area
    Opening hours: 07:00-18:00 (Mo - Fr)
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Power Outlets

And keep it safe

Gatwick Airport offers charging points before and after security where you can sit and charge your mobile device. You can use these free of charge. Want to charge while you shop or shower? ChargeBox kiosks in the departure lounges let you charge your phone securely. These secure lockers are equipped with charging leads for most handsets. Just plug in your phone and follow the easy instructions. Charging costs GBP 1.50 for 30 mins. Each locker key is unique, so your phone is secure while you’re away. ChargeBox kiosks are located in the departures lounges of both terminals.

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Kids Eat Free at WonderTree

Located upstairs at International Departures

WonderTree is a colourful world food restaurant perfect for the whole family.

Kids eat free when an adult main meal is purchased from the main menu, only with FLIO, available all day.

To claim your discount, simply unlock the offer below and present your FLIO code at the time of ordering.

To unlock this benefit download FLIO App

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