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  Gatwick Airport was the first airport in the United Kingdom to combine a Rail service directly to the capital and those early links have now expanded to provide a comprehensive Rail & road network to and from the airport.

Gatwick Rail & Coach links ...

Various different options for travelling to Gatwick Airport using public transport are available such as coaches, trains and buses.

More information on these different public transport options connecting the rest of the UK to Gatwick Airport is listed below.


Gatwick Express Rail Link to London ...

Gatwick Express is a high speed rail link between Gatwick Airport and central London, with a 30 minute journey time.  The trains are non stop and depart every 15 minutes throughout the day.

Ticket prices start at £15.90 for an Express Class Single and £26.80 for an Express Class Return

NB: Prices correct at time of going to press and subject to change without notice.

For ticket details, up to date costs, special offers or to pre-book tickets, visit the Gatwick Express website:

  Gatwick Express Contact Details
  Telephone  0845 850 1530 (UK only)  

National Rail Links from Gatwick Airport ...

The Gatwick Airport railway station is directly linked to the South Terminal, which is accessible from the North Terminal via a free transit train link. 

Rail information, train times and ticket desks are located in the railway station and within the arrival areas of both the North and South Terminals.
  National Rail Contact Details
  Telephone 08457 484 950 (UK Only)  

Rail Journey times from Gatwick Airport ...

Below is a table giving indications of how long it will take to reach the listed destinations from Gatwick airport. Bear in mind that these times are all based on Express or direct trains.
  Rail Journey Times
  London Victoria 30 minutes  
  London Bridge 30 minutes  
kings Cross (Thameslink) 50 minutes
Birmingham 3 hours 30 minutes
Brighton 25 minutes
Clapham Junction 25 minutes
Eastbourne 50 minutes
East Croydon 15 minutes
Luton 1 hours 15 minutes
Reading 1 hours 40 minutes
Tonbridge Wells 45 minutes

Rail Service Providers ...

The UK Rail Network is run and managed by a number of different consortiums and private rail companies. If you need to get in touch with any of these providers please use the numbers below.
  Rail Providers
  Thameslink 0845 330 6333  
  Southern 08451 272 920  
South Eastern 0870 603 0405
First Great Western Link 0845 330 7182
Virgin Trains Cross Country 08457 222 333

The London Underground ...

The London Underground or Tube as it is more commonly known, can be the quickest and easiest way to get around the City. 

There are 275 tube stations in and around London so visitors will never be far from an easy mode of transport.

The underground trains run every few minutes between 5.30am and 12.30pm Monday to Saturday (7.30am – 11.30pm on Sundays).

Tube maps can be collected from all train station ticket offices, or alternatively, downloaded from The Transport for London website:

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Coach Travel from Gatwick airport ...

A frequent bus service is available from Gatwick Airport to over 400 towns and cities in the UK.

Some bus routes are direct services, such as London Gatwick Airport to Heathrow Airport, London, Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge and Norwich.

The National Express and Oxford Bus Company both operate from the South Terminal Upper Forecourt, however, the majority of services will also stop outside the lower level of International Arrivals at the North Terminal. 

The National Express Heathrow-Gatwick drops passengers off outside North Terminal Departures.  The service runs 12 times a day between Gatwick and Heathrow, and a normal journey without delays will take approximately 80 minutes.

National Express ‘Airport’ also connects the UK's main airports, with over 100 services every day between Heathrow and Gatwick, as well as Luton and Stansted.

The Oxford Bus Company run an hourly service during the day between Oxford and Gatwick North and South Terminals, and every 2 hours through the night.  All coaches have air conditioning as standard.

The Gatwick Flyer is a pre-booked scheduled passenger service operating between South Essex and Gatwick Airport.  12 services are operated throughout the day and home pick ups / drop offs are available in most areas at no extra cost.

The National Express ticket desks can be found in Arrivals of the North and South Terminals at Gatwick Airport.  A ticket desk and covered waiting area can also be found in the South Terminal coach station.

Tickets for most coach services to and from Gatwick Airport can be booked in advance.   For more information regarding destinations, timetables and fares, contact the coach operators using the details below.

In case of delays, passengers should leave a minimum of one hour between the coach arrival time at Gatwick Airport and their flight check-in time.

The coach services will allow passengers to take two medium sized suitcases (weighing no more than 20kg each) and one piece of hand luggage.  Most coaches are air conditioned.

Most coach services are not wheelchair accessible, however, wheelchairs can be stored on board for passengers who are able to board the vehicle unaided.
  National Rail Contact Details
  National Express +44 (0) 8705 80 80 80  
  Oxford Bus +44 (0) 1865 785 400  
Gatwick Flyer +44 (0) 1708 730 555

Bus services from Gatwick airport ...

Local bus services run direct to and from the North and South Gatwick Airport Terminals into Crawley, Horley and Redhill, as well as other local destinations.  Follow signs for ‘Local Buses’ to find the bus stop.

The four main services running to and from Gatwick are Fastway 10, 20, 100 and 200.  More information on the Fastway routes, timetable and tickets can be found on the Metrobus website:
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