Gatwick is the best rail connected airport in Britain, linking passengers to 129 train stations directly and over 700 within just one change. These rail links mean that Gatwick Airport is just 30 minutes from central London by train, with links across the city.
The railway station is located at the South Terminal, just a short walk from both departures and arrivals. The station is easily accessible from the North Terminal by a free shuttle. You can buy tickets at the station or at the rail information desks located in arrivals at both terminals.
Gatwick is served by four train operators:
- Gatwick Express provides a direct, premium 30-minute service to London Victoria, departing every 15 minutes in peak periods. Two trains per hour extend to Brighton at peak times. You can save 10% if you book in advance. For tickets, visit Gatwick Express.
- Southern provides services across London and the South-East, including London Victoria, London Bridge, Clapham Junction, Brighton, Southampton, Eastbourne and Portsmouth, as well as many local stations.
- Thameslink connects Gatwick to the south coast at Brighton, central London through London Bridge, St. Pancras International and Farringdon, and north to Bedford. Thameslink also provides a direct train to Luton Airport Parkway.
- Great Western Railway runs an hourly service between Gatwick Airport and Reading, via Redhill, Reigate and Guildford.
If you are travelling by train you can plan your journey and buy tickets in advance via National Rail Enquiries.
Trains to London
There are fast and frequent trains between Gatwick and London and it's never been easier to use your Oyster or contactless payment card.
Gatwick Express is the fastest rail link between the airport and central London. Non-stop trains run to and from London Victoria every 15 minutes and take 30 minutes (35 minutes on Sundays).
For details of prices and to book in advance, visit the Gatwick Express website.
Southern operates services to London Victoria via Clapham Junction and East Croydon.
You can buy tickets for any rail service at the station or the rail ticket desk in the Onward Travel area in South Terminal. Some airlines sell Gatwick Express tickets on-board, so you can skip the queues once you arrive. You can also buy Gatwick Express tickets from the Moneycorp bureaux and Airport Concierge desks across the airport, as well as Gatwick Connects desks in the baggage reclaim halls.
You can skip the queues by paying for your rail travel with by Oyster or Contactless card by tapping in at the station, with fares from as low as £8 in off-peak periods. You can buy Oyster cards from the station or from the Transport for London desks in both terminals.