Trains to Gatwick Airport: Gatwick Express and Southern Railways, plus other cheap train options. Travelling to Gatwick Airport is very easy by train. Gatwick Airport is about 26 miles from Central London and has a variety of different train operators to get you to the airport on time. Gatwick Airport Railway Station is directly in the South Terminal and just a short transit ride to the North Terminal.
From London Victoria Train Station
There are quite a number of stations in London to get you to Gatwick Airport. However the most popular option is from Victoria Station. Two train operators travel to the airport from here, Gatwick Express and Southern.
Gatwick Express is the direct rail-air link from London and has the advantage of being a frequent service. Most trains are non-stop and usually have an at-seat refreshment service. Gatwick Express trains also sell tickets onboard and have a large amount of space available for luggage. It is advisable to check online in advance of travel, as there can be discounts by using their automated booking and collection options. However, Gatwick Express do charge a premium for these services, so if cost is an issue, check out the alternatives.
Southern Railways also start their journeys in Victoria Station and again provide a frequent service to Gatwick Airport. These are the regular passenger trains so there is less luggage space available, this can make things difficult during the main peak travelling hours. Southern Railways (who’s parent company owns Gatwick Express) charge about £5 less to travel on their services, so it is worth checking out prices carefully.
From London St Pancras and Brighton
First Capital Connect Railways provide frequent services from Bedford through London St Pancras to Gatwick Airport and southbound to Brighton. These services are the normal commuter trains and again offer limited luggage space. Group rates can often be obtained from stations or in advance.
From the South Coast by train
There are frequent train services to the Airport from many towns and cities within Sussex and parts of Hampshire. Depending on the location, some are as frequent as every 15 minutes, but again times vary depending on the day of the week and time of day. Always check in advance for times, in case of any engineering works planned.
There are a few other train operators that also have services to the airport from other destinations. Most local railways stations are happy to help with enquiries. Most train services within the UK allow you to use railcards to reduce the cost, so it is always worth asking.
Passengers are also served well with frequent coach services from National Express and other operators. Information on these is available from the airport web site.