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Gatwick Airport (LGW)
Avoid the stress of getting to and from the airport by prebooking a Gatwick transfer. Private and shared airport transfer services include pickup at arrivals and drop-off at Central London hotels, or at cruise ports, such as Southampton Cruise Port and Dover Cruise Port.
Private transfers offer more flexibility and comfort—drivers will often track your flight number online, so they’ll know if you’re delayed—and can transport passengers between Gatwick and other London airports, including Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, and London City airports.
Things to Know Before You Go
Passenger amenities at Gatwick include a chapel and prayer room, currency exchange, and luggage storage facilities.
Gatwick offers free charging ports and 90-minutes free Wi-Fi.
Shops and restaurants can be found in both North and South terminals and are open from early morning until about 10pm.
An inter-terminal shuttle service carries passengers between the two terminals.
How to Get There
Gatwick Aiport (LGW) is situated around 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Central London. London black cab fares can be high; save money by prebooking transfers. The easiest way to get into Central London is to ride the Gatwick Express Train from the station near the Gatwick South Terminal to London Victoria. Trains leave every 15 minutes from approximately 6am until just after 11pm. The journey takes about 30 minutes.
When to Get There
London Gatwick is a busy airport and lines can form during peak travel times (i.e., the summer months of June, July, and August, and over the Christmas holiday). Busy periods include weekends (Friday–Monday). Midweek, the busiest times are morning and early to midevening. Arrive three hours in advance for international flights.
Things to See Near Gatwick Airport
If you find yourself in Gatwick for a short layover and don’t want to make the journey into London, you might want to take the short trip to Gatwick Aviation Museum, just a 5- to 10-minute drive from the airport. It houses a collection of British aircraft and displays documenting Gatwick’s history. If you have more time to spare, you may want to journey to the seaside town of Brighton, about a 25- to 45-minute train journey away.
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