Today we tell you how to get from Gatwick to London! The capital’s second largest airport behind Heathrow Airport, located some 45 kilometres from central London.
Of the options that we explain to you to go from Gatwick to London, we could say that the train is the most popular option, the private transfer the most practical, the taxi the most expensive and the bus only recommend it if you go very fair budget.
If you want to complicate, you are several people or your accommodation is far from the train or metro stops, we recommend you hire the private transfer, pick you up at the airport and take you to the hotel without problems.
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Here we go with our guide on how to get from Gatwick to London!
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1. Train, the fastest option to go from Gatwick to London
Gatwick airport has two Terminals North and South, connected by a free monorail that takes 5 minutes to make the journey, the train station is located in the South Terminal.
There are three companies making the journey from Gatwick to London:
Depending on the location of your hotel you may be better off with one or another company.
Remember that if your flight arrives at the North Terminal, in 5 minutes with the free monorail you arrive at the South Terminal.
Gatwick Airport, London
1.1 Gatwick Express, the fastest option to Victoria Station
It is the fastest option but also the most expensive train journey (about 20€ per person), that does leave us at Victoria train station in 30 minutes, without stops.
Trains run from 5:41 a.m. to 11:11 p.m. every day and every 15 minutes approximately.
Once in Victoria station we can travel by bus or subway to our destination, has very good connections.
You can buy tickets at the station itself, in advance on the Gatwick Express website in pounds with support in English, or on the civitatis website in euros and with support in Spanish.
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1.2 Southern Railway, the cheapest option to Victoria Station
Southern Railway is also a good option for getting from Gatwick to London.
It makes some stops before arriving at Victoria station but it takes only five minutes more than the previous one, it is also cheaper in general (I say in general because sometimes they put offers and one can go out better than the other).
You can buy the tickets at the station itself and also on its website: Southern Railway.
1.3 Thameslink Railway, another economical option
Thameslink trains do not stop at Victoria Station but make stops at other stations that may be of interest to you to get from Gatwick to London.
The fare varies according to the destination and depending on the anticipation with which we buy the ticket.
It makes stops at the following train stations:
London Bridge en 31 minutos-> Conecta con el metro
London Blackfriars en 38 minutos -> Conecta con el metro
City Thameslink en 40 minutos
Farringdon en 42 minutos -> Conecta con el metro
London St Pancras en 47 minutos -> Connects to the subway
Like the previous trains, you can buy the ticket at the station itself or online at its website: Thameslink Railway.
All options to get from Gatwick Airport to London
2. Bus from Gatwick to London, the cheapest option of all
It is undoubtedly the cheapest option of all but takes three times longer than the train, we do not recommend it unless you want to save on this part of the trip to London.
The company that makes the journey from Gatwick to London is National Express, stops at both terminals, if you choose this option we recommend you buy the ticket online to ensure the seat.
It takes 1 hour and 35 minutes and makes 8 stops before arriving at Victoria Bus Station, has plenty of room for your luggage and the price varies from £6-10£ depending on how far in advance you buy your ticket.
You can see info and prices on the National Expres website and you can also book through Get Your Guide and pay in euros.
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3. Private transfer to hotel, the most convenient way to get to London from Gatwick
It is cheaper than the taxi and of course the most comfortable option of all.
Although the train takes only 30 minutes, after the most probable thing is that we will have to take another means of transport until arriving at our hotel, hiring the private transfer they leave us in the door of our lodging.
If you go with a lot of luggage, your flight arrives too late or you just don’t want to complicate your life, this would be your best option.
Also if you are a little overwhelmed by the idea of taking different transports before arriving at the hotel or the language throws you back.
In this way the driver waits for you on arrival and drops you off at the door of your hotel.
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4. Taxi, the most expensive option
Another convenient and practical option to get from Gatwick Airport to London is the taxi, but it is also the most expensive of all.
There are taxi ranks at both terminals and the price is around £90 – £120 depending on our destination.
You can book the taxi through the airport website and see the exact fare you will be charged.
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We hope that after reading this mini guide you will now have a clearer idea of how to get from Gatwick to London! And if you have any questions, we look forward to hearing from you!
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