Gatwick Airport Guide

Gatwick Airport North Terminal - © Mary and Angus Hogg

The Gatwick Airport Guide contains a wide range of traveller related information and practical resources for both holiday and business travellers. The guide contains information on Gatwick airport, including details on how to get to the airport, car hire & airport car parking, airport maps, weather and other useful information & resources relating to foreign currency & airport lounges. Gatwick is among the world’s busiest airports with domestic, short haul and long haul flights across the world. Travellers that are more familiar with the facilities available at an airport and those that have some useful knowledge of the airport can help to ensure they are likely to enjoy a better experience when travelling through the airport.

Information on Gatwick Airport

Airport Name: Gatwick Airport

Address: Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, RH6 0NP, United Kingdom

Airport Code: LGW

Telephone: +44 (0)870 000 2468

Website: Gatwick Airport

Lost Property Number: +44 (0)1293 503 162

Check in Times:

Usually 3 hours prior to departure for Worldwide Flights.

Usually 2 hours prior to departure for European Flights.

Usually 1 hour prior to departure for UK & Ireland flights.

Flights: Internal flights to other destinations in the UK & to a wide range of short haul destinations in Europe. There are also long haul flights to destinations all over the world in Africa, Asia, Oceania & the Americas. Gatwick is the second busiest airport in the UK.

Terminals: Two

Tips & Advice: When travelling by air, check Traffic Updates well in time to check for any delays or incidents. It also advisable to arrive at the airport well in time factoring in to your journey time possible delays due to traffic and unforeseen circumstances etc. to ensure you catch your flight. See our guides with Tips for Travellers for further information.

Baggage Rules: Baggage rules and regulations are subject to change & alteration at short notice, it is recommended you check exactly what is allowable, weight limits and any other concerns with your airline. Being aware of the latest rules & regulations can help ensure you pack your bags accordingly to comply with the regulations. For more information please see: Baggage Rules

Travel Checklist: See our Holiday & Travel Checklist for a checklist guide travellers can use to help ensure you pack everything you need. There are also useful reminders and tips contained in the checklist.

Getting To Gatwick Airport

By Public Transport


The Gatwick South terminal has a rail terminal that regularly services the airport. There is a dedicated Gatwick rail, the Gatwick Express that goes from central London (Victoria train station) to Gatwick airport every 15 minutes, the journey time is 30 minutes. It is the fastest way to get to Gatwick airport from central London, tickets are around £17 single & £29 return. For further information and resources on planning a train journey to the airport please see: Gatwick Express

See Gatwick Airport Rail Journeys To book Rail Journeys to & From Gatwick Airport.

There are a number of other train services operated by train companies such as Southern, First Capital Connect & South Eastern that also take passengers to Gatwick, the journey times may be a bit longer than that for the Gatwick Express but the fares are cheaper & are a good option to consider.

Bus & Coach:

Metrobus runs a number of bus services taking passengers to and from Gatwick airport to the surrounding areas that include Crawley and Redhill. The services are Fastway 10, Fastway 20, Route 100 & Gatwick direct 200, the frequency ranges from once every 8 minutes to once every half an hour.

For more information on Gatwick airport buses & timetables please see: Metrobus

There are also a number of coach services taking passengers to and from the airport, National Express operates services to Gatwick airport from a range of destinations including from central London at Victoria station. For more information on National Express Gatwick coaches & timetables please see: National Express Coaches

There is a low cost option of the easyBus service from Gatwick to central London, there is plenty of frequency and the services run from 06.00 to 23.00 7 days a week. For more information please see: easyBus

The Oxford Airline coach takes passengers to and from Gatwick to Oxford every hour (two hours at night), with fares from £22. For more information please see: Oxford Airline Coach

By Car

Gatwick is located in West Sussex, 28 miles to the south of London and is linked to the M23 motorway at junction 9 and the A23 London to Brighton road. The airport is around 10 minutes by car to the M25 junction 7 that links to many major roads and connections across the region. If you are driving from the M23 follow the airport sign from junction 9 to the airport. If you need the M25, drive from the M23 junction 9 for around 10 minutes until junction with the M25 appears (it is signposted), the M25 at the intersection is junction 7 from here you are on London's orbital motorway.

Airport Car Hire

Search for great value Car Hire deals for a range of different vehicles from small cars to family cars to luxury and sports cars.

Airport Car Parking

Gatwick airport has facilities for both Short Term & Long Term Car Parking. Short term There is a minimum cost of £1 for short term parking of up to 15 minutes. The cost for up to 5 hours parking is approx £10. There is a facility at the short term car park to park for up to 15 minutes for no cost, this is ideal for those dropping someone off at the airport or picking them up after they are out of the terminal building. The short term parking charges start from £0.60 pence and are around £5-£6 for 2 to 4 hours.

Long Term parking is available on a number of secure car parks around the airport. Car parks include the Long Stay South Terminal, Summer Special Parking Gatwick in the South Terminal. In the north terminal car parks include the Gatwick NCP Flightpath & Gatwick Holiday Packing for more information. Cheaper prices & discounts are available if you book earlier, if you do need long term airport parking it is well worth booking in advance rather than on the day to both guarantee a parking space and save money on parking costs.

To book Gatwick Airport Car Parking please see: UK Airport Parking for further information.

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