London Gatwick Airport is actually 40 km south of London and is nearer Brighton than London. Despite this, there are very good transport links between Gatwick Airport and Central London. The Gatwick Express train connects Gatwick Airport to London and National Express also provide links to Gatwick's north and south terminals. Gatwick has bus stations next to the terminals with easy access by escalator or lift to the lower levels at Gatwick. The journey to central London is direct and takes approximately 1 hour and 30 / 50 minutes depending on the traffic. The lowest advanced fare costs 7.30 GBP for an economy single and 13 GBP return although a 50% discount is offered between Gatwick Airport and London to those over 60 years old see the - discount leaflet. To book in advance and avoid having to wait at the airport just use the search form below to check timetables and prices:
(Please note: If you buy a bus ticket using the form above for a specific time and you are delayed, the ticket will still be valid for any bus between Gatwick and London for 24 hours from the original departure time.)
Buses depart from Gatwick Airport to London from both Gatwick North and South terminals (calling at the North Terminal last). All the buses from Gatwick to London terminate at London's Victoria Coach station.
The Gatwick express rail service operates from a train station directly beneath Gatwick airport which is accessible from both the North and South terminals. The trains run directly to Waterloo every 10 minutes or less for as little as 5 GBP for an advanced single.
For trains between Gatwick and London it is advisable to book in advance to get the best fare. Tickets can be delivered to your door next day or you can pick up your tickets from an automated machine at most stations.
Also note it is often cheaper to buy two single tickets than a return ticket for some trips. To check live availability and advanced train ticket prices click on the button below:
If you are travelling to London by car it is a straight forward drive from Gatwick to London up the M23 motorway. Be aware that if you are travelling to central London you will have to pay a congestion charge from Monday to Saturday.
Use the button below to check availability and rental prices.
If you have a very early flight from Gatwick you may wish to spend the night before at a hotel near Gatwick Airport rather than spending the night on a bus!
The Notting Hill Carnival
(Sat 26th Aug, 2017)
Held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe. Every year the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe’s biggest street festival.
(Thu 14th Sep, 2017)
The Mayor's Thames Festival takes place annually in mid-September. Activities take place over a weekend on the River Thames, the riverside walkways, roads, bridges, docks and public open spaces from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond.
Lord Mayor's Show
(Fri 10th Nov, 2017)
The Lord Mayor's Show is an annual parade of various London based groups and societies. It is one of the longest established and best known annual events in London and dates back to 1535.