Avoid the road
Take the train
Gatwick Airport is located 45.7 km (28.4 miles) south of Central London.
If you are planning to travel by car, coach, or taxi, bear in mind that it takes approximately 60-90 minutes to get to central London from Gatwick Airport.
The roads between Gatwick and Central London are not motorway/freeway standard but wind through the suburbs with traffic lights making for a tedious stop, start journey.
A taxi or coach transfer from Gatwick Airport to Central London is not very popular with passengers. The roads as such that the fastest transfer takes one hour, often much, much more.
Transfers by vehicle will be highly variable in time and is highly dependent on traffic congestion and destination in Central London. 60-90 minutes is typical.
Gatwick Express train is much faster and cheaper.
Taxi fares for London Gatwick Airport
Estimated fare from London Victoria Station to Gatwick Airport – (travelling at 18:00)
Distance: 45.52 km. | Duration: 1 hr. 14 min.
|First 310.4 meters||£2.20|
|45.21 km. x £1.70 per km*||£78.80|
|Waiting in traffic (~35 min.)*||£17.40|
|On a weekend it would be||£98.00|
London Congestion Charge
Driving in and around Central London means that you have to pay the Congestion Charge. You may be eligible to pay the congestion charge if you are travelling in central London between the hours of 7am and 6pm Mon – Fri. The charge is £8 daily, and you will be notified by signs when you are approaching CC zones, are within them and exiting them.
Airport car parking
If you are planning to park your car at Gatwick Airport while your away then here are some indication on fares:
North and South Terminal short stay prices
|First 15 minutes||£1|
|15 minutes - 30 minutes||£2.50|
|30 minutes - 1 hour||£5.00|
|1 - 2 hours||£8.00|
|2 - 3 hours||£11.00|
|3 - 4 hours||£14.00|
|4 - 5 hours||£17.00|
|5 - 6 hours||£20.00|
|6 - 12 hours||£25.00|
|12 - 24 hours||£30.00|
|24+ hours (or part thereof)||£30.00|
Take luggage into consideration
If you are planning to travel with a bus or coach, some of them have a policy in place which states that there are prohibited items that they will not carry.
These are mostly large items, such as skis, non folding pushchairs, wheelchairs etc... but also include animals. It is best to check that your luggage will be permitted before booking.
All Gatwick Express trains offer:
- Free porter service at London Victoria and Gatwick Airport stations
- Spacious, conveniently placed luggage compartments
- Easy-to-reach overhead racks
Gatwick Airport by Gatwick Express
At Gatwick Express, we know that for most air travellers ‘some journeys are simply more important than others’ and that the consequences of a delay can be significant.
Gatwick Express is designed to take the hassle out of transferring to and from Gatwick Airport - and with the air traveler in mind.
Gatwick Express is the fastest and most reliable way to travel between Central London (Victoria station) and Gatwick Airport. Services depart every 15 minutes and take just 30 minutes non-stop.
Whether travelling for business or pleasure the emphasis is on comfort. Gatwick Express provide attentive staff, a calming and spacious air-conditioned environment and a refreshment trolley service for customers to make the most of their time whilst travelling to or from Gatwick Airport.