Transportation to and from London Gatwick Airport

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What is the distance from London Gatwick Airport to the centre of London?

Through the M23 and A23 it takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach the city centre. The distance between London Gatwick Airport and the centre of London (Charing Cross) is 47 kilometres / 29.2 miles.

From LGW Airport to London City centre by Car
47 km
1H15

Public transport

Gatwick Express to London (Victoria Station)

London Gatwick Airport has its own train station at South Terminal, where you can catch the Gatwick Express to London Victoria Station. This train service is particularly popular with business travellers, because Gatwick Express is the fastest travel option between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria in the southwest of London’s city centre. Travel time between both stations is only 30 minutes and trains depart every 15 minutes.

Tickets
Tickets are relatively expensive, however you can save money by buying a single ticket, return ticket or ‘Web Duo Anytime Return’ online (10% discount). The latter ticket can be used by two adults or one adult and one child, the price for a return is £ 45.50.

Cheaper alternative
Southern Railway is the alternative to London Victoria if you do not want to spend that much money. Unlike the Gatwick Express, this service does not operate directly, but via East Croydon and Clapham Junction.

For a single journey with Southern Railway you pay £ 15.70, the journey time is around 35 minutes. This means that Southern Railway is almost as fast as Gatwick Express, in addition these trains run regularly to and from London Gatwick Airport. Please consult website Gatwick Express and website Southern Railway for more information. You can book tickets quickly, easily and securely for the Gatwick Express train to the city centre via GetYourGuide.

Prices Anytime Day Single Anytime Return
Adults £ 19.90 £ 35.50
Children, 5 up to 15 years £ 9.95 £ 17.75

Thameslink to London (St Pancras International Station)

From the train station at South Terminal you can also get on the Thameslink to St Pancras International Station, with stops at East Croydon, London Blackfriars, City Thameslink and Farringdon. The train service is cheaper than the trains Gatwick Express and Southern Railway that run between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria. With Gatwick Express (non-stop) and Southern Railway you will need 30 to 35 minutes to London Victoria, the second largest train railway station in London.

A train ride with Thameslink to St Pancras International takes 50 to 55 minutes. Sometimes the train also stops in Redhill, Merstham, Coulsdon South and Purley, then in takes you 65 to 70 minutes. A train journey from St Pancras International to the airport takes up to an hour. Every 15 minutes or 30 minutes a train leaves in both directions.

Tickets
Tickets can be purchased at the airport and through the website of Thameslink, the second option is easier and sometimes cheaper. An Anytime Return ticket is valid for one month. A short distance from St Pancras International railway station is King’s Cross St Pancras metro station. London Bridge Station and Luton Airport Parkway Station at London Luton Airport are directly accessible from London Gatwick Airport with the Thameslink. Please consult website and timetable Thameslink for more information.

Prices Anytime Day Single Anytime Return
Adults £ 10.40 £ 19.80
Children, 5 up to 15 years £ 5.20 £ 9.90

Do you want skip-the-line tickets for London’s busiest attractions London Eye and Buckingham Palace, then the London City Pass is worth considering. It includes a free airport transfer to the city centre and a 24h Hop-On Hop-Off bus ticket!

Thameslink to Brighton

Do you want to visit the popular seaside resort of Brighton, then London Gatwick Airport serves as ideal airport. Thameslink trains run between the train station at South Terminal and Brighton Railway Station, located in the city centre of Brighton. The train departs from and to the airport several times an hour, the journey time is on average 30 minutes.

Tickets
You can buy tickets at the airport and through the website of Thameslink. An Anytime Return ticket is valid for one month. If you want to travel to Crawley, travelling by bus is a better choice, with Metrobus Fastway 10 it takes approximately 15 minutes. This bus service departs every 6 minutes at weekdays, a ticket costs £ 2.40. Please consult website and timetable Thameslink for more information.

Prices Anytime Day Single Anytime Return
Adults £ 8.50 £ 17
Children, 5 up to 15 years £ 4.25 £ 8.50

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