It takes an average of 44m to travel from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria by train, over a distance of around 23 miles (38 km). There are normally 190 trains per day traveling from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria and tickets for this journey start from $16.08 when you book in advance.
23 miles (38 km)
190 trains per day
Direct trains available
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Usually, the train from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria takes around 45 minutes, although the fastest services can get you there in just 30 minutes. With around 216 direct trains running on this popular route each day, you don’t need to worry about making any changes.
If you’re traveling on this route, you’ll board a train at Gatwick Airport station operated by either Southern or Gatwick Express. Whichever service you end up traveling on, you’ll enjoy onboard amenities such as luggage storage, comfortable seating and free WiFi on most services. In just half an hour, you’ll arrive at London Victoria station.
Once you’ve stepped off the train, you’re well positioned to start exploring everything London has to offer. From the station, you can take the tube or bus to some of the city’s most famous landmarks. Not sure where to start? Find inspiration in our guide to the 14 best things to do in London, including St Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace.
Hoping to take advantage of the cheapest train tickets? Try traveling during Off-Peak hours, when tickets tend to be cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours on weekdays. To save even more money, keep an eye out for Advance tickets – they are usually released 12 weeks prior to the departure date and tend to be cheaper than purchasing tickets on the day of travel.
Keen to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. To find out more information about the journey, keep reading for train timetables, tips on booking cheap tickets and FAQs including first and last train times.
The average journey time by train between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria is 44 minutes, with around 190 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria is 29 minutes.
Train tickets from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria can start from as little as $16.08 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria without having to change trains. There are 190 direct trains from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria leaves at 02:48. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria leaves at 02:20. 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.
Trains travelling from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria cover a distance of around 23 miles (38 km) during the journey.
If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport.
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 Victoria is right for you.
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Getting to Gatwick Airport station
Gatwick Airport station is located in the South Terminal. As I landed at the North Terminal, I had to take the free shuttle bus available at the airport to get to the South Terminal and board my train back home. The shuttle service runs 24 hours every day and takes about two minutes to travel between the two terminals.
Boarding the train
Having already booked my digital ticket with Trainline, I had a quick look at the departure boards to check where my train was departing from. I showed my ticket to the railway staff, got through the ticket gates, and queued for about 5 minutes before getting on board. I stored my luggage away and headed to my window seat I had reserved online.
After spending almost half a day between airport transfers, check-in and the flight itself, all I wanted to do was to get back home quickly, that’s why I took the Gatwick Express – it took me about 30 minutes to get to London Victoria, as the train runs all the way to Victoria without stopping. I made use of the free WiFi available on board throughout the journey, as well as the power socket at my seat to keep my phone charged.
Once I hopped off, I headed towards the underground station entrance and took the District Line back home. The Gatwick Express is definitely the quickest and best option to travel from Gatwick Airport to London, I highly recommend it!
Paola is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.