Located in West Sussex County, London Gatwick Airport is just south of London, nearby to the town of Crawley. If you’re flying in, you might want to consider taking the bus to your final destination to save on costs.
Gatwick has two terminals: North Terminal and South Terminal. National Express service Gatwick Airport, making it easy to get to where you need to go. Buses run direct to London, Oxford, and many other major British towns and cities.
Read on to learn more about the different buses, including how frequently and what time buses run, and where they run to.
Using Trainline, you can book cheap bus tickets from London Gatwick Airport to UK destinations in just a few clicks. This will save you money on taxis, which is great if you’re on a tight budget after your holiday. We recommend that you book tickets well in advance to get the cheapest fares.
National Express runs direct and low-cost services from London Gatwick Airport to over 70 locations in the UK. They also have a service that runs every 30 minutes to London Victoria Coach Station from Gatwick Airport. This departs from both Gatwick North Terminal and Gatwick South Terminal, so it doesn’t matter which terminal you arrive at. The journey takes between 65 and 85 minutes, depending on traffic, and tickets can cost as little as £8 if you book in advance.
If your flight arrives late, you can stay in the small YOTELAIR, just inside Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal.
If you want to kill a bit of time after you get off the plane, there are several noteworthy attractions near Gatwick Airport.
Crawley is a large nearby town, accessible by the number 10, 22, 100, 400, or 460 local buses from Gatwick Airport. Right on the edge of the Heald Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you can take a walk through the countryside and stretch your legs after a long flight. Just north of this is Tilgate Park which contains a nature reserve and a Go Ape experience for the more adventurous. Crawley also has a mall for shopping or and a museum where you can explore the town’s history.
Alternatively, for those who want to delve further into the area’s history, Horley is a quaint local town close to Gatwick Airport with pubs you might find in the books from the Brontë sisters. Underneath a railway line archway, there’s also a 95-seat theatre, and if you’re lucky, you might catch one of the ten shows produced every year. You can reach Horley via the 20 or 100 bus from London Gatwick Airport.
If flight history is your thing, Gatwick Aviation Museum is also nearby, with a collection of British aeroplanes from the post-war era to the 1970s. The museum is in Charlwood, reachable via the Route 22 bus or by taxi. Note, you might need to book in advance.
Looking for other ways to travel from London Gatwick Airport? You can also get the train from London Gatwick Airport.