Gatwick Airport (LGW) is the second busiest airport in the city and one of the busiest in Europe. It is located 45 kilometres south of central London. It has two terminals with catering services and shops, and also has lockers and exchange offices. Many low-cost airlines operate there.
For those who want to use private transport, from Gatwick Airport, you can make transfers with coaches, taxis or minicabs or rent a car.
You can rent a car yourself. The duration and price will depend on different factors. You can find in Gatwick many car rental companies like uk.getaround.com/ for instance. The minimum prices are about £20 per day if it is rented well in advance.
Coaches and buses
There are various services that connect Gatwick to more than 400 cities in the United Kingdom, including London, Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge and Norwich. It takes about 30 minutes to get to London.
Most services leave from the South Terminal and, to a lesser extent, from the North Terminal. Local buses, operated by Metrobus, depart from the airport’s A23 station.
EasyBus offers buses every 15 minutes between 4am and 1am every day for £2. You can go from the North Terminal to Earls Court / West Brompton and London Victoria Bus Station.
Megabus offers services to various cities such as Cwmbran, Cardiff, Bristol and Heathrow Airport from both terminals. Rates start from £1.
National Express also operates both terminals at different locations in the United Kingdom, such as London, Heathrow and Brighton. It costs about £8.
With the Gatwick Express, it takes you about 30 minutes to get to Victoria Station. It’s a direct train. It circulates every 15 minutes from 5am to 11:45pm. The price for adults is £19.90 and for children £9.95.
The other companies operating between Gatwick and London are Southern Railway and First Capital Connect. Both go to Victoria Station, but also to London Bridge or City Thameslink. Those whose destinations do not have a good connection with Victoria Station or are close to them may be a good option. Prices range from £11 to £15.
There are taxi services that take you from Gatwick to where you want to go. Going from the airport to central London costs £22.50 per person, if you are 4 people in a taxi. In short, it will cost you at least £85 to £110 in total.
During rush hour, it can take more than an hour to get to the city centre. You can also choose the service offered by Uber.