OverviewGetting to/from LGW Airport by train or bus - or transferring to either Heathrow, Stansted or Luton Airports:
For National Rail information call +44 (0)845 746 4950 or contact: Gatwick Express at: www.gatwickexpress.com; for other trains www.nationalrail.co.uk; or National Express at : www.nationalexpress.com
NOTE: As of Dec. 2015, National Express launched new 24/7 service between the Airport & Kent, taking about an hour. Pickup & dropoff points include Canterbury, Catham, Gillingham, Maidstone, Margate, Boardstairs & Ramsgate.
The North Terminal has a train station (passengers need to take the temporary shuttle bus to it).
The Gatwick Express trains to London Victoria run every 15 mins and take half an hour.
First Capital Connect runs every 15 minutes to Brighton (via Mid-Sussex) and to Bedford via East Croydon, London Bridge, St. Pancras International and Luton.
'Southern' runs northbound trains to London Victoria via East Croydon & Clapham Junction, and to London Bridge via East Croydon. Its southbound service runs to Brighton, Eastbourne, Portsmouth & Southampton.
The Heathrow Express departs from Paddington every 15 mins and takes 15 minutes to Heathrow Central & 21 mins to Terminal 5, while Terminal 4 passengers should change at Heathrow Central.
To get to the Croydon station, take the X26 Express bus.
Travel between Victoria & Paddington stations can be done via bus, taxi or the Underground (District & Circle Lines).
NOTE: The 'Gatwick Gateway' Airport Station is under redevelopment. Its first phase - the new Platform 7, enabling fast trains from both London Bridge and London Victoria to travel more quickly through the station - has been completed. New Gatwick Express trains will start in 2016, while the Thameslink trains start 2018.
National Express Coaches serve Heathrow Airport and nationwide.
Oxford Bus runs to Oxford.
EasyBus minibuses from both terminals serve Earls Court / West Brompton.
Metrobus & Fastway, a guided bus rapid transit system, runs from both terminals to Crawley, Horley, Rdhill, Horsham, and on.
Airport to Airport Transfer: To transfer to either London Heathrow (75 mins), Stansted (3 hrs), or Luton (2.5 hrs), take the National Express, which offers a non-stop service between Gatwick & Heathrow, and some direct services to Stansted & Luton airports. Both North & South terminals have a ticket desk for National Express, or you can call +44(0)871 781 8181.
NOTE: New trains are to deliver more seating and rail capacity through Gatwick will double, while a train will depart the Airiport for London every 3 minutes:
By 2016 service of
(a) the new Thameslink trains on the Brighton to Bedford line start service Spring 2016.
(b) the Gatwick Express trains to London Victoria every 3 mins will be available early 2016.
By 2018 Thameslink trains will also operate direct services to Peterborough & Cambridge.
By 2019 A train will run between LGW & central London every 2.5 minutes
By 2020 Rail rail capacity will have doubled, and trains into London leave every hour.