London Gatwick Airport – the city’s most exciting airport hub


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London’s Gatwick Airport houses the world’s busiest single-use runway, and latest figures show that 38.1m passengers travelled using Gatwick last year. By size and by total number of passengers, London Gatwick is second only to London Heathrow in the UK.

Gatwick operates across two terminals, North terminal and South terminal.

Where is London Gatwick?

A commonly asked question is “is Gatwick airport actually in London?”.

The honest answer is “no” but it’s not that far either.  London Gatwick is located just 29.5 miles from Central London and to the south of the UK’s capital, in the town of Crawley in West Sussex.  By air traffic, it’s the second largest in the UK after Heathrow.

Getting to the airport

Using Gatwick Express

The fastest way to cover that 29.5 miles distance is by using Gatwick Express, a non-stop Gatwick-London train service that runs every 15 minutes.  Travel time is approximately 30 minutes direct into London Victoria station, beating any alternative mode of transport, including coach, taxi or piggy back!

Gatwick Airport Transfers

Of course what that fast method doesn’t necessarily give you is the level of comfort and privacy of a taxi or minicab service (see London Gatwick airport transfer services).  You’ll find easy access just outside the building to an array of black taxi and Gatwick minicab services but our favourite by far is the quick and queue-beating Uber service.  Simply download the Uber app, and you’ll be able to book your cab simply by picking the nearest one as shown on your smatphone in real-time.

Parking at London Gatwick

Many people find it easier to drive themselves to Gatwick and park nearby. There are many Gatwick parking facilities available, some based within the airport boundaries, and others based just a short distance away.

In most cases, parking nearby will be cheaper than parking within the airport itself, however parking literally at the airport provides instant access to the terminals without the need for a shuttle bus service that runs between the terminals and nearby long-stay parking areas.

Looking for hotels at London Gatwick?

There are many options for accommodation around Gatwick airport, with many major hotels running complimentary coach services from the South terminal direct to the hotel.

Take a quick look at our Gatwick hotels section for some great deals on stays at some of the most popular hotels in the area.  With such a selection there is going to be something for every taste, whether you’re here for business or pleasure or just to stay that one night before your flight through Gatwick the next day.

Looking to hire a car on arrival at Gatwick?

As a major London airport, you would expect to find as many car hire services as any other air traffic hub, and you would be right in expecting this. Gatwick will not disappoint. Located within both the north and south terminals, you will find ten of different car hire providers on site.
These include Alamo, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, National, Avis, Budget and Enterprise.
It is a good idea to book with car hire providers in advance of you requirement as early booking gives you much favourable rates, rather than arriving and walking into one of the on-site offices, where you are a captive customer with immediate needs.