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Gatwick Airport Station is situated at the South Terminal and is also easily accessible via a free shuttle from the North Terminal. The station was originally constructed in 1891 for the purpose of carrying passengers to Gatwick Racecourse. Racing ceased in 1940 at the beginning of WW2 and was never restarted. During the early 1950s the nearby Tinsley Green airport expanded and acquired the former racecourse and in 1958 the rebuilt station was opened and given its present name. A £53 million redevelopment, completed in 2014, has produced considerable improvements in the station and provided a host of benefits to passengers flying in or out of the airport and requiring on-going trains to and from Gatwick Airport. A redevelopment project worth a further £120 million is due to start in 2017. Gatwick is the best-connected UK airport by rail, with fast train services to London, and direct services to 129 stations around the UK.

Gatwick Airport is a well-supplied station, with 2 different train companies providing daily services, plus the dedicated Gatwick Express, with these trains arriving every 15 minutes. The Gatwick Express runs between London Victoria and Brighton, providing a quick link to the capital as well as the south coast. Also stopping here is Southern trains, giving those in the south an easy route into the airport, as well as Thameslink, which brings in passengers from north of London such as Bedford and Luton, while also providing a non-stop link between Gatwick and London Luton Airport.

London Gatwick Airport is Britain’s second busiest airport. For ease and to save on costs, many travellers take the train to get there. Gatwick Airport is situated South East of London, in West Sussex county. It’s only a thirty minute train journey away from London city centre. From there, it’s easy to get further trains to Cambridge, Canterbury, Oxford and many other cities and towns in South East England.

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Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
EverydayOpen 24 hours
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageAvailable
Left Luggage Websitehttp://www.left-baggage.co.uk/locations.php
Shops noteWide range of shops
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Food outlet (Seating available)
ATM notes
Located outside the station as well as on concourse
Bureau de ChangeAvailable
Tourist Information OfficeAvailable
Baby changeAvailable
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
24 hours a day 7 days a week
Customer Service notes

Information desk located on station concourse adjacent to airport exit, manned 07:00-19:0, plus all Platforms and Ticket Office manned 24 hrs

Customer help pointsUnavailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
EverydayOpen 24 hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorAPCOA Parking
Car parking spaces1900
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£593.00
Cycle storageUnavailable
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Step-free accessWhole station
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

taxi rank outside main station entrance

A major upgrade due to commence in 2017 is designed to make further improvements and introduce enhanced access to all parts of the station; including installing more lifts and escalators. The Gatwick Airport Station ticket office is located above the train platforms. Gatwick Airport train timetables are also available online. Gatwick is only 28 miles from Central London where there is plenty to do and see and train times Gatwick Airport to London are excellent – the express train takes just 30 minutes to London Victoria Station. Alternatively, the lovely seaside town of Brighton is likewise a short, half-hour train trip away.

Departures and arrivals from Gatwick Airport

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Gatwick Airport station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to BedfordThameslink01:461On time
to BrightonThameslink01:582On time
to Three BridgesThameslink02:312On time
to BedfordThameslink02:461On time
to Three BridgesThameslink03:312On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Three BridgesThameslink01:451On time
from BedfordThameslink01:562On time
from BedfordThameslink02:302On time
from Three BridgesThameslink02:451On time
from BedfordThameslink03:302On time
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