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Gatwick Airport to London by train

It takes an average of 50m to travel from Gatwick Airport to London by train, over a distance of around 24 miles (39 km). There are normally 907 trains per day traveling from Gatwick Airport to London and tickets for this journey start from $15.03 when you book in advance.

First train

02:38

Last train

02:21

Departure station

Gatwick Airport

Arrival station

London

Journey time

From 29m

Distance

24 miles (39 km)

Frequency

907 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $15.03

Train operators

Gatwick Express, Thameslink, Southern

How to travel from Gatwick Airport to London by train in less than 30 minutes

Flying to the capital and need more information about the train journey from Gatwick Airport to London? You’ve come to the right place! 

Generally, the journey from Gatwick Airport to London by train takes around 48 minutes, although the fastest services take just 28 minutes. As there are around 935 direct trains on this route every day, you don’t need to make any changes during your journey.  

On this route, you’ll board a train at Gatwick Airport station operated by either Southern, Thameslink or Gatwick Express. No matter who you decide to travel with, you’ll enjoy onboard amenities such as comfortable seating, generous luggage storage and free WiFi on most services. If you’re traveling with Southern or Gatwick Express, your train will arrive at London Victoria station. However, with Thameslink, you can get off the train at London Bridge station or London Blackfriars station. Check out our guide to traveling from Gatwick Airport to London for more details.

Once you’ve left the station, you can start to explore some of the city’s most iconic attractions. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide to the 14 best things to do in London, including a trip to Buckingham Palace and the Victoria and Albert Museum.  

If you are hoping to save money on your train tickets, try traveling at Off-Peak times – tickets tend to be cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours on weekdays. Also, keep an eye out for Advance tickets, they are normally released 12 weeks prior to the departure date and are usually a lot cheaper.  

Ready to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Gatwick Airport to London in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. For more information, continue reading for train timetables, FAQs and tips on booking cheap tickets.

FAQs for Gatwick Airport to London

Want to know more about your journey from Gatwick Airport to London? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Gatwick Airport to London take?

The average journey time by train between Gatwick Airport and London is 50 minutes, with around 907 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Gatwick Airport and London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Gatwick Airport to London is 29 minutes.

How much does the train from Gatwick Airport to London cost?

Train tickets from Gatwick Airport to London can start from as little as $15.03 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Gatwick Airport to London?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Gatwick Airport to London without having to change trains. There are 907 direct trains from Gatwick Airport to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Gatwick Airport to London leave?

The first train from Gatwick Airport to London leaves at 02:38. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Gatwick Airport to London leave?

The last train from Gatwick Airport to London leaves at 02:21. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Gatwick Airport and London by train?

Trains travelling from Gatwick Airport to London cover a distance of around 24 miles (39 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from London to Gatwick Airport.

Cheap train tickets from Gatwick Airport to London

Train tickets from Gatwick Airport to London start at $15.03 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Gatwick Airport to London is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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What are my ticket options for this journey?

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