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London to Gatwick Airport by train

It takes an average of 49m to travel from London to Gatwick Airport by train, over a distance of around 24 miles (39 km). There are normally 995 trains per day travelling from London to Gatwick Airport and tickets for this journey start from £12 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 27m
PriceFrom £12
Distance24 miles (39 km)
Frequency995 trains per day
First train02:32
Last train02:29
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationGatwick Airport
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsGreat Northern, Gatwick Express, Thameslink, Southern

London to Gatwick Airport train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Gatwick Airport for Thursday 17th June 2021 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
00:08 On timelondon victoria01:03 On timegatwick airportPlat. 10 southern PeakGet tickets55m, direct
00:32 Exp. 00:38london blackfriars01:20 Exp. 01:26gatwick airportPlat. 1 thameslink PeakGet tickets48m, direct
01:02 On timelondon blackfriars01:56 On timegatwick airportPlat. 1 thameslink PeakGet tickets54m, direct
01:40 On timelondon blackfriars02:30 On timegatwick airportPlat. 1 thameslink PeakGet tickets50m, direct
02:40 On timelondon blackfriars03:30 On timegatwick airportPlat. 1 estimatedthameslink PeakGet tickets50m, direct
03:10 On timelondon blackfriars03:56 On timegatwick airportPlat. 1 estimatedthameslink PeakGet tickets46m, direct
03:40 On timelondon blackfriars04:30 On timegatwick airportPlat. 1 estimatedthameslink PeakGet tickets50m, direct
04:10 On timelondon blackfriars04:57 On timegatwick airportPlat. 1 estimatedthameslink PeakGet tickets47m, direct
04:30 london victoria05:12 gatwick airportPlat. 13 estimatedsouthern PeakGet tickets42m, direct
04:35 london victoria05:28 gatwick airportPlat. 17 estimatedsouthern PeakGet tickets53m, direct

Trains from London to Gatwick 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 30 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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Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from London to Gatwick Airport? 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 London to Gatwick Airport take?

The average journey time by train between London and Gatwick Airport is 49 minutes, with around 995 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 London and Gatwick Airport by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Gatwick Airport is 27 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from London to Gatwick Airport 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.

Is there a direct train from London to Gatwick Airport?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Gatwick Airport without having to change trains. There are 995 direct trains from London to Gatwick Airport each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from London to Gatwick Airport leaves at 02:32. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from London to Gatwick Airport leaves at 02:29. 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 London and Gatwick Airport by train?

Trains travelling from London to Gatwick Airport 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 Gatwick Airport to London. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from London to Gatwick Airport.

Cheap train tickets from London to Gatwick Airport

Train tickets from London to Gatwick Airport start at £12 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, and even tell you when the prices are likely to increase with Price Prediction.

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 London to Gatwick Airport 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.

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