Gatwick Airport has the best rail connections of any airport in Britain, linking passengers to 120 train stations directly and over 700 within just one change.
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 and directly connects you to 120 stations in the UK:
- Gatwick Express provides a direct, premium service to London Victoria, departing every 15 minutes in peak periods and taking around 30 minutes. 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.
Work is underway to deliver a £150m upgrade to Gatwick Airport station to increase capacity, improve accessibility and transform the experience for our passengers. More than 21 million air travellers and passengers use the station every year, up from 14 million in 2010.
The project is being managed by Network Rail in partnership with the Department for Transport and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR). Gatwick Airport Ltd and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership are co-funding the project with £37 million and £10 million respectively and GTR, the train company that operates Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Southern services will operate a dedicated timetable during the project.
- Improved accessibility: eight new escalators, five new lifts and four new stairways will be installed to support passengers with reduced mobility, the elderly and those travelling with a pushchair or luggage. Platforms 5 and 6 will be widened to reduce crowding and improve accessibility
- A better journey experience: the rail station concourse will double in size to provide more space and better facilities for passengers. Connections to the airport terminals and passenger wayfinding will be upgraded to improve passenger experience
- Improved train performance: widened platforms, new escalators, lifts and stairways will allow passengers to board and alight trains more quickly. This means trains spend less time on platforms, reducing delays and supporting a more reliable service.
Work is due to be completed in September 2023.
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 offers a non-stop rail service between the airport and Victoria in central London. Trains run every 15 minutes and take around 30 minutes (35 minutes on Sundays).
For details of prices and to save 10% by booking in advance, visit the Gatwick Express website.
Thameslink runs services to London Bridge, St Pancras International and Luton Airport.
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 Oyster or Contactless card by tapping in at the station, with fares from as low as £8.00 in off-peak periods. You can buy Oyster cards from the station or from the Transport for London desks in both terminals.