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How to get from Gatwick Airport to London:
Note: Gatwick Airport station is part of the National Rail Network. The London tube/underground network does not extend as far as the airport. The Station does however link with the tube service via the trains running into London.

Gatwick to Victoria

Gatwick Express
The most popular service running from Gatwick is the Gatwick Express. This is a non-stop high speed service into London Victoria. Trains run at 15 minute intervals and the journey time is 30 minutes and 35 minutes on Sundays. First train runs at 4.35 or 5.20 and last train is either 00.50 or 01.35.

2018 Fares:
Return tickets are valid for one month and cost less than two single tickets
Ticket Name Adult Fare Child Fare Online Adult Online Child
Anytime Single £19.90 £9.95 £17.80 £8.85
Anytime Return £35.50 £17.75 £31.60 £15.80
First Class Anytime Single £29.70 £14.85 £26.50 £13.20
First Class Anytime Return £57.50 £28 n/a n/a
Anytime Day Return*
Off-Peak Day Return**
£27.20 £13.60 £24.20 £12.10
First Class Off-Peak Day Return £35.40 £17.70 £31.50 £15.75
Carnet (10 for 8) £159 n/a n/a n/a
First Class Carnet
(10 for 8)
£237.60 n/a n/a n/a

* Anytime Day Return tickets are only available from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport. First Class Anytime Day Return tickets are not available.
** Off-Peak Day Return tickets are only available from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria. Valid after 09.35 on weekdays, and anytime on weekends and Bank Holidays.

Southern have staff at the train ticket desk located just outside the arrivals area of the South Terminal.
To Victoria and South London
Southern started a very attractive alternative to the Gatwick Express in 2006. The service stops at East Croydon and Clapham Junction in South London before terminating at Victoria. Very useful if your destination is actually South London.
Route to Victoria
Three Bridges > Gatwick Airport > Horley > Redhill > East Croydon > Clapham Junction > London Bridge > London Victoria

The journey takes an average of 35 minutes (33-42 minutes) and tickets are around £15.70 for an adult standard single (advance fares from as little as £12) . The service is up to 15 minutes intervals connecting out to London Victoria. Hourly service at night. From 01.05 till 23.53 Monday to Saturday and 01.20 till 23.47 on Sundays.

To South London, West London, North London and Watford
Their other service from Gatwick goes through west and north London terminating at Watford just North of greater London (with a transfer at Clapham Junction).
> Clapham Junction > Imperial Wharf > West Brompton > Kensington Olympia > Willesden Junction > Wembley Central > Harrow and Wealdstone > Watford Junction
Time for full journey is around 85 minutes at a cost from around £24.20

view the Southern Railways website

First Capital Connect
First Capital Connect run a service through South London and Kings Cross and further out to Luton. It actually terminates at Bedford. The full route is:
Gatwick Airport Station > Redhill > EAST CROYDON > SUTTON > Carshalton > Hackbridge > Mitcham Junction > Mitcham Eastfields > West Sutton > Sutton Common > St Helier > Morden South > South Merton >
Central London Stops:
Wimbledon Chase > WIMBLEDON > Haydons Road > Tooting > Streatham > Tulse Hill > Herne Hill > Loug > borough Junction > Elephant & Castle > LONDON BRIDGE > LONDON BLACKFRIARS > City Thameslink > MOORGATE > Barbican > Farringdon > ST PANCRAS INTERNATIONAL > Kentish Town > West Hampstead Thameslink > Cricklewood > Hendon > Mill Hill Broadway >
Further Stops:
Elstree & Borehamwood > Radlett > ST ALBANS > Harpenden > LUTON AIRPORT PARKWAY > LUTON > Leagrave > Harlington
Flitwick > BEDFORD
Trains run up to every 15 minutes at peak during the day. First train 02.30, last train 00.15.
Typical standard fares and times

Gatwick to London Bridge: about 30 minutes at a cost from around £9.50
Gatwick to St Pancras: 50 minutes at a cost from around £8
Gatwick to Luton Airport Parkway: 80 minutes at a cost from around £19.30

First Capital Connect (often abbreviated to FCC) have the useful service connection of£West Hampstead Thameslink Station on the Finchley Road. This is a useful stop for North West London destinations. This requires one change at Blackfriars Station unless you go via the St Pancras Station route. Whether the run is direct or not will depend on the time of the train.
Gatwick to West Hampstead direct take around 55 minutes while stopping at Blackfriars means a total time of around 65 minutes.
Cost is around £11.70

Gatwick Airport to Kings Cross/St Pancras

With the Eurostar terminal now located at St Pancras travellers will often be looking to make the transfer from Gatwick to this station. This is a straight forward transfer from the airport as the two stations are directly connected with no change of trains required. Simply book a through journey on a single ticket.
Total Time Required: Around 50 minutes
Total Cost: Around £8


National Express
National Express have ticket facilities in the arrivals area of both terminals at Gatwick and an additional ticket desk in the South Terminal coach station.
SH025 service:
GATWICK AIRPORT, South Terminal > Horley, Surrey > Coulsdon, Brighton Road, nr South rail stn > Wallington, Woodcote Rd, nr Stafford Rd > Mitcham Junction (Nr Tram & Rail Stn.) > MITCHAM, London Road > Streatham, High Road > Stockwell > Victoria coach station
most runs also stop at Pimlico
NXA3 service:
Gatwick North Terminal > Gatwick South Terminal, London, Lower Kingswood, Brighton Rd > London, Belmont, Rail Stn, Brighton Rd > London, Sutton - Rail Stn > London, Sutton - St. Nicholas Way > MITCHAM, London Road (Nr Downe Rd.) > Streatham, High Road > London, Stockwell, South Lambeth Rd nr Tube Stn > London, Vauxhall, South Lambeth Rd > Victoria Coach Station
The journey takes approximately 65 to 105 minutes at a cost of from £8
First coach is 4.30 weekdays and last coach is 01.50 weekdays and they run at up to every 45 minutes at peak and hourly off-peak.
>>>Detailed Information for National Express London Routes
National Express timetables, services and fares

There are 3 routes. One to Waterloo, another to Victoria (via Streatham High Road, Stockwell Tube Station, Vauxhall Park) and a third to Earls Court/West Brompton
Cost: £1.95 - £11
Journey Time: 65-95 minutes to Victoria, about 60 minutes to Waterloo, about 70 minutes to Earls Court

Booking and full details here

How you will travel into London will depend on where in London you need to get too. Wherever you are going to on leaving Gatwick you will follow the signs for the M23/M25 North bound Towards London. If you are leaving from the North terminal head towards the South Terminal and then follow the signs. Don't actually go into the South terminal, you will see the sign for the M23 at the roundabout at the entrance to the South Terminal. Head North along the M23 towards the M25 and London.
At the point you hit the M25 you have several options. The straight route into central London is to remain on the M23 until it merges with the A23 dual carriageway. Following this road for 15 miles will bring you into Kennington. Following the signs for Vauxhall Bridge and crossing the bridge will take you into the Vauxhall Bridge Road which runs up to Victoria station.
This route is very dependent on traffic conditions. In normal weekday conditions expect it to take 50 to 85 minutes.
A popular alternative is to to take the M25 Clockwise off of the M23 towards Heathrow and the M4. After about 4 miles take the A217 off of the M25 and travel North towards London. After around 4 miles bear left onto the A240. After around another 10 miles take the A3 dual carriageway North towards London/Kingston. After around 6 miles take a left turn onto the A306 towards Putney and Hammersmith Bridge. Cross Hammersmith Bridge and follow the signs for the A4 West bound towards central London.
This route normally takes between 50 to 65 minutes.
For North London a popular route is to stay on the M25 towards Heathrow until coming off at the M40. Head along the M40 West bound towards London. You can either stay on this road as it changes to the A40, do not come off at Shepherds Bush but stay on this straight road into Marylebone Road at the top of Baker Street. You can also come off the A40 at the A406 North Circular Road and Head North towards Hendon and Wembley for North London.
For East London and the City of London use the first option and come in on the A23 and continue all the way till you hit the Elephant and castle roundabout. From here you can take either the Blackfriars Bridge, Southwark Bridge, London Bridge or Tower Bridge depending on exactly where you are going.

A minicab is a private vehicle that can only be hired by being pre-booked. You can contact our partner minicab company here. Minicabs are nearly always cheaper than London taxis for medium to long journeys.
As a general guide expect to pay around £75 into central London from Gatwick for up to 4 passengers. Charge varies between companies and does not include extra waiting time or larger than standard vehicles.

Taxi Cab
Traditional Black London Taxis do not pickup from Gatwick Airport although they do drop off there. London black cabs are licensed to operate within the London area only. Gatwick is in West Sussex and outside this specified zone.
Private Hire Vehicles can be hired directly at the airport. Cars are operated by a local firm.
They have an office in the North Terminal arrivals area and also in the northern entrance building leading to the South Terminal and these desks are signposted. They also have a main office at the Gatwick Taxi Feeder park.
Checker Cars at Gatwick have a fixed fare policy and all destinations are quoted before your ride.
Cost into central London is around £100 plus the congestion zone charge if travelling in the controlled zone.
phone: 01293 567700

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Expect your journey by car/taxi/minicab to take 50-90 minutes.
Expect your coach journey to Gatwick airport to take 65-105 minutes.
The distance from Gatwick Airport to London is 40 miles/64.3 km via the M25 or 25 miles/40.2 km in a straight line.
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