Gatwick Airport has the best rail connections of any airport in Britain, linking passengers to 120 train stations directly and over 700 within just one change.

Gatwick is served by four train operators and directly connects you to 120 stations in the UK:

  • Gatwick Express provides a direct, premium service to London Victoria, departing every 15 minutes in peak periods and taking around 30 minutes. Two trains per hour extend to Brighton at peak times. You can save 10% if you book in advance. For tickets, visit Gatwick Express. 
  • Southern provides services across London and the South-East, including London Victoria, London Bridge, Clapham Junction, Brighton, Southampton, Eastbourne and Portsmouth, as well as many local stations. 
  • Thameslink connects Gatwick to the south coast at Brighton, central London through London Bridge, St. Pancras International and Farringdon, and north to Bedford. Thameslink also provides a direct train to Luton Airport Parkway. 
  • Great Western Railway runs an hourly service between Gatwick Airport and Reading, via Redhill, Reigate and Guildford. 

Trains to London

There are fast and frequent trains between Gatwick and London and it’s never been easier to use your Oyster or contactless payment card.

Gatwick Express offers a non-stop rail service between the airport and Victoria in central London. Trains run every 15 minutes and take around 30 minutes (35 minutes on Sundays).

For details of prices and to save 10% by booking in advance, visit the Gatwick Express website.

Thameslink runs services to London Bridge, St Pancras International and Luton Airport.

Southern operates services to London Victoria via Clapham Junction and East Croydon. 

Tickets

You can buy tickets for any rail service at the station or the rail ticket desk in the Onward Travel area in South Terminal. Some airlines sell Gatwick Express tickets on-board, so you can skip the queues once you arrive. You can also buy Gatwick Express tickets from the Moneycorp bureaux and Airport Concierge desks across the airport, as well as Gatwick Connects desks in the baggage reclaim halls.

You can skip the queues by paying for your rail travel with Oyster or Contactless card by tapping in at the station, with fares from as low as £8.00 in off-peak periods. You can buy Oyster cards from the station or from the Transport for London desks in both terminals. 

Gatwick is linked to more than 100 UK towns and cities by direct coach and bus services, and hundreds more with just one change. Many of these services run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Local buses serve the towns and villages close to the airport, as well as regional and national coach services to London and other destinations, including: Heathrow, central London, Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge and Norwich. The Airport Transfer Service buses drop off and pick up from local hotels and the airport terminals. 

Bus stops

Most services operate from the lower South Terminal forecourt. Some also call at North Terminal (on the lower level outside international arrivals). Local buses, operated by Metrobus, depart from stops on the A23. 

Tickets

There are National Express ticket desks in the North and South Terminals. Tickets for most other services can be booked in advance with the coach operator or bought on board.

Accessibility

Nearly all coach services operated by National Express are wheelchair accessible. Step-free access to the coach is provided by a passenger lift in the main door of the vehicle. Customers can either travel in their wheelchair or transfer to a seat and put the wheelchair in the hold. However, due to the large variety of wheelchairs people use, National Express ask that you book at least 36 hours before travel so they can check that your wheelchair is compatible. 

Most services operate from the lower South Terminal forecourt. Some also call at North Terminal (on the lower level outside international arrivals). For more information please call the National Express Assisted Travel team on +44 (0)871 818178. Lines are open 7 days a week between 08.00 and 20.00.

Coach services from Gatwick

easyBus

A low-cost frequent airport transfer service non-stop from London (Chelsea) and Gatwick with prices from £2. Buses depart every 15 minutes at peak times and run from 04.00 to 01.00. 

easyBus runs seven days a week except Christmas Day and can be used by any airline passenger.

megabus.com

Known for their great value travel across the UK, megabus.com operates daily services from Cardiff, Bristol and Heathrow Airport to and from both North and South Terminals at Gatwick. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi*, on board charging points*, extra legroom, air conditioning and tables* aboard their mobile airport lounge coaches. 

*Subject to availability.

National Express services

The UK’s largest coach provider, National Express serve 70 destinations direct from both Gatwick terminals and offers connections to 900 across its network, including London Victoria. Tickets can be booked online or from the National Express ticket desks in both terminals. 

All National Express services or call +44 (0)871 781 8181

Oxford Bus (The Airline): The Airline to Oxford is a day and night airport coach service, taking you directly to Oxford. With legroom, free Wi-Fi and power sockets, The Airline is the perfect way to start or finish your journey in comfort. Book your seat online or download their app for a hassle-free trip.

Gatwick Flyer: direct services to south east London, Kent, Essex and Stansted Airport (from South Terminal only). Timetable and booking or call +44 (0) 1708 730 555

Group travel

All charter and group travel operators with vehicles of over eight seats, should use the Gatwick coach park which is located on the South Terminal ring road. 

Gatwick has better cycle accessibility than other London airports with a national cycle route running right through the airport. There are also loads of great walking routes around the airport, so there’s no excuse not to get those steps in!

Walking

We have created new route maps to show you how to get around Gatwick on foot or by bicycle that pinpoint key landmarks. Walking is a great, easy way to do your body good, aiding heart health, weight loss and a general feeling of energy and wellbeing. Why not skip the shuttle and take a stroll between terminals next time you visit Gatwick?

Cycling

Gatwick welcomes cyclists. National Cycle Route 21 (NCR 21) goes right past the South Terminal and the transit to North Terminal. The route runs from Greenwich in London, through Horley and Crawley (where it meets NCR 20), to Groombridge, Eastbourne and Pevensey.

To get into the terminal from NCR 21, please use the cycle lift under South Terminal. The train station is also located in South Terminal and you can easily reach North Terminal via the transit.

If you are planning on catching the train from Gatwick, remember that only fold-away bikes are allowed at peak times and no bicycles can be taken on rail replacement buses. 

In South Terminal, cycle parking is available on the southbound side of the A23, next to NCR21 and the shuttle. On the opposite (northbound) side of the A23, more cycle parking is available next to the terminal building. There’s also cycle parking next to the train line, under the terminal building directly off NCR21. 

In North Terminal, cycle parking is available on the forecourt under the shuttle. 

Please ensure that all cycles are left in designated locations.

Cycles are left entirely at your own risk and Gatwick Airport Ltd cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to cycles or equipment left on site.

If you leave your cycle at the airport cycle parking facility, we recommend that you take appropriate security precautions:

  • Use a good quality lock (e.g. D-shackle or multi-braided cable with “Sold Secure” or similar rating).
  • Lock both wheels and the frame to the bike stand. Ideally use more than one lock.
  • Take removable parts with you where possible.