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Gatwick Airport (South)

London, GB

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All major rental car companies are represented at Gatwick:

South Terminal

You'll find these companies in the car hire centre: Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Sixt, Budget, National, Alamo and Enterprise.

Location: Car hire centre, ground level, next to the bus waiting area 

North Terminal

You'll find Budget, Enterprise and Hertz at the north terminal.

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Blacklane

Professional airport transfers, available at Gatwick

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 Southern over the Gatwick Express

Gatwick Airport lies a lengthy 45km south of London city centre, but is well connected by train. While the Gatwick Express is heavily marketed and is the more comfortable option, the Southern and Thameslink trains are only a few minutes slower and a lot cheaper.

Train

All trains leave from the Gatwick Airport station in the centre of the South Terminal. It's well signposted. If you arrive at the North Terminal, take the Sky Train Shuttle to the South Terminal.

Southern: Takes you to Victoria station, via East Croydon and 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, so leave plenty of time. 

Cost: From GBP 15.70 one-way (prices vary a lot depending on day of the week, time of day, and how often the train stops)

Thameslink: Some go London Bridge, which is handy for the City if you're in town on business. Journey time is 30-40 minutes. Others go to St Pancras International, which is good for north London and the Eurostar. Journey time is 1 hr 9 mins.

Cost: From GBP 9.50 one-way to London Bridge (prices vary a lot depending on day of the week, time of day, and how often the train stops)

Gatwick Express: The Gatwick Express non-stop service is a good option if you want more comfort, and don't mind paying a bit extra. It takes you to Victoria station in 30 minutes. Trains run every 15 minutes from around 05:45-23:20. Due to engineering works, there are no services during the night at the moment.

You can buy tickets on the train, at vending machines, ticket desks, currency exchanges or online (10% discount). At peak times, the train also runs to Brighton. First-class tickets are available. www.gatwickexpress.com

Cost: GBP 19.90 one-way (GBP 17.80 online), GBP 35.50 return (GBP 31.60 peak, GBP 27.20 off-peak online)

Tip: If you travel a lot, it's worth buying a 10-ticket carnet. Buy 10 tickets, only pay for eight. GBP 159 for standard class, GBP 232 for first class.

Taxi

This is only an option for those with big wallets and plenty of time. Journey time is typically 1 hr 20 mins 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

Two terminals and a shuttle train

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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Lounges

More options In North Terminal

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, after security, Departures level, after passing through security follow the signs for 'Airport Lounges'
    Opening hours: 04:00-22:00 
  • 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, after security, follow signs for Airport Lounges to the lounge pavilion, My Lounge is on the left side
    Opening hours: 06:00-20:00 
  • 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, after security, follow signs for Airport Lounges to the lounge pavilion
    Opening hours: 04:00-21:00 

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, after security, 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 
  • 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 Wi-Fi and many more office amenities.
    Location: South Terminal, ground floor, Arrivals area
    Opening hours: 07:00-18:00 (Mon-Fri)
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15% OFF total bill at Giraffe

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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Wagamama

Fresh and delicious Asian food

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

Locations:

North Terminal, after security
South Terminal, after security, upper level departures, to the left outside the lifts

Opening hours: 03:00-22:00 

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Grain Store Café and Bar

Local ingredients, healthy dishes, great drinks

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: 03:00-22:00

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Time to spare?

Visit Brighton

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

Brighton has plenty of quirky stalls and shops to explore, mixed with vibrant sea air, and many young Londoner commuters and daytrippers. Visit the Victorian pier and the Royal Pavilion, and eat the best fish and chips in the country. Then get back to Gatwick in time for your flight.

This trip is recommended in the summer where you can get the full benefit of a nice day on the pebble beach (but it can be crowded in sunny weather).

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Bloc Hotel

Private layover rooms

For a layover space right in the heart of the airport go to the Bloc Hotel. You'll find helpful and polite staff, and when you're ready to leave, just step out the door and you're at airport security in seconds. Open 24 hours a day, walk-in. Highly convenient when your flight is just too early to drive up on the day. 

The rooms are cleverly designed spaces, with room for a couple of suitcases, a comfortable king-size bed, and a tablet built into the wall, from where you control the lights, blinds and air-conditioning. They're also equipped with refreshing monsoon showers. 

Cost: From GBP 68/night without window, GBP 73 with window (singles and doubles same rate)
Location: South terminal, entrance just before Departures, Level 3

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Horley

Good for a short trip

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

Head for Gatwick Airport station, Platform 1, buy a ticket (GBP 2.60 return fare) and take the three-minute train ride to sleepy Horley. Trains run all day long, every 15 minutes.

Once there, grab a bite at the New Curry Bengal, around the corner from the station. You'll find friendly staff, always with a warm welcome. If you're upset about your flight being delayed, this place will cheer you up. The 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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YOTELAIR

'Where innovation meets comfort'

YOTELAIR offers very small but nicely designed cabins at reasonable prices. It calls it 'affordable luxury'.

It's in the public area of the terminal so you need to enter the UK before you can stay here. 

Location: South Terminal, before security, next to international arrivals
Cost: GBP 70 and 100/night

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Newspapers and magazines

Free throughout airport

As a passenger at Gatwick Airport, you get free newspapers and magazines. They’re available at clearly marked pick-up points after departures, 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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Regus Express Workpods

Your own private workspace

If you ever feel the need to get some work done in a quiet and focused atmosphere, 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 Wi-Fi to get your work done around the clock. 

Cost: GBP 12 per 30 mins

Locations: 

  • South Terminal, after security, between Gates 31 and 38 at Pier 3
  • North Terminal, after security, between Gates 104 and 105 at Pier 6
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Showers

Free shower in South Terminal

There are two shower options in the South Terminal:

  • Free facility located before security on Departures Level 3, opposite of the Beehive bar. Towels are also available for free.
  • Another located within the Regus Express Business Lounge in the arrivals area of the South Terminal. This costs GBP 20 for shower only, GBP 25 for shower and one hour in the lounge, or GBP 30 for shower and two hours in the lounge.
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The London Bar

Sit back and relax

This bar serves wine, beer, cocktails and delicious antipasti 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: 03:00-22:00

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Aspinal of London

English luxury lifestyle brand

Aspinal of London stitches old school English luxury into all of their pieces. Browse their collection of men 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: 04:00-21:00

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Ted Baker London

Stylish loungewear

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

Location:
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

Opening hours: 04:00-22:00

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Harrods

The best department store in town

Harrods at Gatwick offers luxury fashion and accessories, with an emphasis on British heritage brands. A great place to pick up a Paddington Bear for the kids and posh chocolates for dad before you head home. 

Locations:
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

Opening hours: 04:00-22:00

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Snow + Rock

Outdoor clothing and equipment

Heading somewhere cold? Snow + Rock, the UK’s number one 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

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.

ChargeBox kiosks in the departure lounges let you charge your phone securely, up to 90 minutes. These secure lockers are equipped with charging leads for most handsets. Just plug in your phone and follow the easy instructions. Each locker key is unique, so your phone is secure while you’re away. 

Cost: Free
Location: Departure 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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Duty free online shopping is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Shopping before you fly, has never been easier

You'll find a wide range of exquisite products to choose from.

For more information and great online offers, visit www.highlifeshop.com

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