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Planning a journey

Got a question about planning your journey on Gatwick Express? Find the answers here...

How can I plan my journey?

There's never been more ways to plan your rail journey and keep informed while you're on the move.

You can download timetables, plan future journeys at or get the latest live running updates straight from our control centre.

You can also register for automatic alerts to deliver updates on your journey straight to your mailbox - free of charge.

If you have an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet, you can download our Gatwick Express app - the easiest, fastest and smartest train assistant available. 

Can I travel earlier or later than booked?

If you need to travel earlier or later than planned there's no need to worry. Anytime Day Return tickets give you complete flexibility around when you travel from London Victoria and Gatwick Airport and back, provided it's on the same day.

If you’ve booked an off peak ticket your travel plans can still be flexible. Off-Peak tickets are valid for travel on trains that arrive into London Victoria after 09:50 on weekdays and there are no time restrictions if you’re travelling from Victoria towards the airport. There is no restriction anytime on weekends and bank holidays.

Can I buy tickets in advance online?


You can also collect your tickets from any ticket vending machine.

Can I take my bike on a rail replacement bus?

Most buses aren't designed to carry bikes and it's not possible to predict how many passengers are likely to turn up for a particular replacement service. Passengers and their safety must come first, so the national guidelines state that bikes can't be carried on rail replacement bus services.

Folding bikes can be put in the luggage area if there's enough room.

We understand that being refused will be inconvenient and disappointing for cyclists, but we hope this helps explain why.

How do I get help to travel on your services?

We want to make sure all our passengers enjoy a good journey with us, including those with special travel needs or who just need a helping hand. We run an assisted travel scheme for passengers who need help using our services.

More on arranging assisted travel

What are the times for peak and off-peak travel?

The morning peak is generally from the first train of the day to those arriving in London before 10:00. In the evening it is generally between 16:30 and 19:01 for services leaving London.

What time do your station ticket offices open?

You can look up the standard opening times for a ticket office in our station information section.

London Victoria station information

Gatwick Airport station information

Occasionally an office won't be open due to staff shortages - but most stations have ticket vending machines available.

Are your trains and stations accessible for people with disabilities?

You can find more information about our trains and stations here:

Accessibility on the train

Accessibility at the station

You can check our station information section to see what access and facilities are available at each of our stations.

What transport is available from Victoria at night (after the London Underground closes)?
Victoria station is conveniently located to provide access to local bus and taxi services. There are 2 taxi ranks at the station, one directly above the Gatwick Express platforms, and the other, just outside the front of the station. Local buses also operate from the front of the station and a selection run throughout the night.
Will engineering work affect my journey?

Network Rail has a programme of planned engineering work to improve the rail network. Most of the planned work is carried out overnight or at weekends, but it can mean that we have to make changes to some of our services.Sometimes unforeseen problems such as damage to tracks and signals also mean we have to make changes.

You can check if engineering work will affect your journey using our engineering calendar to check for future planned works.

We also put up posters in advance at stations showing the work that will be affecting our network.

Please bear in mind that work shown on a section of track can mean timetable revisions for the whole of the line.

National Rail Enquiries at or on 08457 48 49 50 can give travel advice for the whole of the UK rail network.

Unfortunately you can’t take non-folding bicycles on rail replacement bus services.

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