This is the 2nd busiest airport in UK after Heathrow. Also known as London Gatwick, the airport serves 90 airlines and links 200 destinations all over the globe. It’s got two terminals and has the busiest single-use runway worldwide. It is located 28 miles from South of London.
The airport has various facilities including shops, restaurants and hotels all accessible even to the disabled. There are also play areas for kids, baby changing and feeding facilities, and a lounge room offering entertainment. There’s also a wide range of hotels you can choose to stay in close to Gatwick.
Access to Gatwick
There’s the Gatwick Express that runs every 15 minutes to Central London. It’s the fastest way to get you to London Victoria station. This non-stop service takes 30 minutes.
Thameslink is another company that also provides train services. It focuses on links from the airport to Farringdon City, Thameslink, Blackfriars and St Pancras International. These trains leave the station every 15 minutes.
Southern service also provides trains to London and they take about 35 minutes. However, these trains only leave four times in a day and they go through Clapham Junction and East Croydon.
One of the companies providing these services is the National Express. Victoria Couch Station is the main destination from Gatwick, and the journey time is about an hour and 20 minutes. Couches have service stops at cities such as at Hooley, Mitcham Junction, Wallington.
EasyBus also offers low cost, coach services and its destination is West Brompton/Earls Court. However, EasyBus services don’t accommodate direct stops and take just slightly over an hour.
Taxis are always queuing at the airport waiting for customers. They provide the flexibility of easily moving around the city at your convenience. You can pick a black cab on arrival but it’s preferable if you make your booking online in advance before you land. Various reputable companies provide these transfer services including AirportsFirst Ltd.
If you’re planning on staying in London for a day or more, then you’ll benefit from visitor oyster cards. They are normally delivered to your home before your arrival in London and make an easy way of getting around London. It’s a pay-as-you-go smartcard specifically suited for paying all public transport means and you’d even get discounts for them. You could also buy one at the terminals.