Gatwick airport

Gatwick North terminal

London Gatwick airport (LGW) lies 30 miles (48 km) south of central London. It is smaller than Heathrow with just two terminals.

Left luggage: 0129 350 2013 (5 AM–9 PM)

Gatwick South terminal

Left luggage: 0129 350 2014 (24-hour)

Check-in desks at Victoria

People flying with BA and American Airlines can take advantage of the check-in facilities at Victoria train station.

Lost property

If you lose something inside the airport, then try ringing 0129 350 3162. If an airline loses your bags, then you should liaise with the airline direct.

Terminal transfers

Gatwick Transit: The Gatwick Transit is a free monorail service which links the North and South terminals. Trains run every 3–4 minutes, and take just under 2 minutes to reach their destination.

How to get there

Gatwick Express: The Gatwick Express is a high-speed train that takes you into Victoria station. The journey takes around 30–35 minutes, and runs every 15 minutes between 5.50AM–12.35AM (30 minutes at night). Trains from Victoria start at 5AM and finish at 11.45PM. Telephone 0845 850 1530, or visit gatwickexpress.com.

Southern Trains: Southern operates between Gatwick and central London. The service operates every 15-30 mins until midnight, and then every hour until 4 AM. Telephone 0845 745 4950, or visit southernrailway.com.

Thameslink: Thameslink operate between Gatwick and central London, stopping at King’s Cross, Farringdon, Blackfriars and London Bridge. The journey takes around 40–60 minutes, depending on where you get off. Tele 0845 748 4950 or visit thameslinkrailway.com.

National Express: National Express runs a coach from Victoria coach station to Brighton, stopping at Gatwick on route. The journey takes between an hour to an hour-and-a-half, and operates from 7 AM to 11.30 PM. From the airport they run from 5.15 AM to 10.15 PM. Telephone 0870 580 8080, or visit nationalexpress.com for details.

Taxi-cab: A taxi to central London takes 60-70 mins and costs from £90 to £120.

Car: If you’re planning on driving down the M23 then you should get off at junction 9.

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