Trains from Gatwick Airport
If you have a flight into London Gatwick Airport, getting the train to your final destination is often a cheaper and more convenient option. You’ll fly into one of two terminals: Gatwick North Terminal or Gatwick South Terminal. South Terminal is only 2-minutes’ walk away from Gatwick Airport train station. To get quickly from Gatwick North Terminal to Gatwick South Terminal, you can take the free shuttle bus.
Gatwick Airport is in West Sussex county just South East of London. From there, London city centre is only half-an-hour’s train journey away. From London, you can easily connect to Cambridge, Canterbury, Oxford and other cities in South East England. The trains are operated by Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Southern. They run from London Gatwick Airport to London every 15 minutes, 7 days a week.
Read on to learn more about buying train tickets, timetables and possible connections.
Getting from London Gatwick Airport to London
Trainline allows you to purchase cheap train tickets from London Gatwick Airport to stations across the UK. You don’t have to pay out for taxis or airport parking, which is good if you’re on a tight budget after your holiday. Gatwick Airport train station is just outside the South Terminal. A shuttle bus runs every 3 minutes from the North terminal and the journey takes 2 minutes.
Booking well in advance using Trainline will allow you to find the cheapest fares. You can also use National Railcards for extra savings: adults save 1/3 and kids save 60%. The Gatwick Express takes you directly from Gatwick Airport station to London Victoria station in 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take either a Southern train to London Victoria or a Thameslink train to London St Pancras.
Southern trains also run from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria and Thameslink trains from Gatwick Airport to London St Pancras. Once you arrive in London, you have access to the entire London Underground network. This allows you to connect directly to most major cities in the UK. Direct trains also run from Gatwick Airport to London Luton Airport, Guildford, Reading, Brighton and Portsmouth.
If your flight arrives late, you can stay at the Block Hotel or the YOTELAir within London Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal.
Useful travel tips
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Things to do in London
Victoria Station is Britain’s 2nd busiest train station, so there’s plenty of places to eat, drink and shop. You can drink coffee at Starbucks, Caffe Nero or Costa and grab a bite to eat at Burger King, Pret a Manger or Sainsbury’s Local. There’s also a shopping mall behind the station with a food court on the top floor.
From Victoria station, you can get to the major tourist sites via the London Underground. Westminster station is only two stops away on the Central or District line. From Westminster you can visit Big Ben, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the River Thames.
It’s an hour’s leisurely walk from Westminster to the Tower of London. If you cross the Thames and then follow the river north then east, you’ll pass the National Theatre, the Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London Bridge and Tower Bridge. The Tower of London is just after that. We recommend that you buy an Oyster travel card from any London Underground station. This will give you cheap access to London public transport.