Gatwick Airport - LGW

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Car rental

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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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Getting into town

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.


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 16.20 one-way to Victoria (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 9.80 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 to get in the city quicker, 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 at vending machines, ticket desks, Gatwick Connects desks (baggage reclaims halls), currency exchanges such as Moneycorp, Airport Concierge or online (10% discount). At peak times, the train also runs to Brighton. First-class tickets are available. 

Cost: GBP 19.90 one-way (GBP 17.80 online), GBP 35.50 return (GBP 32.70 peak, GBP 28.10 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 245.50 for first class. You can also pay for your rail travel with your Oyster or Contactless card with starting fees of GBP 8 in off-peak periods. An Oyster card can be bought at the station or from the Transport for London desks.


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

Average taxi fares when booking online:

From GBP 22.50 from Gatwick to Central London From GBP 22.50 from Gatwick to Heathrow From GBP 37.50 for London tours

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Airport pick-up

No parking outside the airport

Be aware that Gatwick North doesn't allow parking for pick-up. To avoid paying for parking: 

  • Ask your taxi driver or friend to wait at a nearby petrol station until you call them
  • Get picked up in a hotel drop-off zone
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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: serves all easyJet flights. 'The Avenue' area, located before security, contains plenty of shopping and dining facilities. Check-in is on Level 1.
  • South Terminal: serves 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 to London by train.

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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 a 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.
    Location: North Terminal, after security, departures, 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.
    Location: North Terminal, after security, follow signs for Airport Lounges to the lounge pavilion, My Lounge is on the left side
    Opening hours: 05:00-17:00 
  • 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.
    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
    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
    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 
    Opening hours: 07:00-18:00 Mon-Fri
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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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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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'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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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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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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