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 a two 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.
Find out more about trains from Gatwick Airport
The average journey time by train between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria is 47 minutes, with around 321 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 28 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria can start from as little as £12 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria without having to change trains. There are 321 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 03:13. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria leaves at 02:30. 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.
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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.