London Gatwick Airport
By Kirsty Henderson
Gatwick Airport is located about 45 kilometers south of Central London and is the city's second
largest and second busiest airport after Heathrow, despite only operating with one runway. Gawtick Airport is
popular with charter airlines and many Londoners take cheap flights to Europe from here. The two major
airlines operating from Gatwick Airport are British Airways and easyjet. Aer Lingus, Norwegian Air Shuttle and
Passengers arriving into Gatwick will find a variety of options for getting into Central London
as the airport is well serviced by many forms of transport. Don't forget to read about Gatwick Airport history and what to do at Gatwick Airport when you have time handy.
Several trains run between Gatwick and London, the most well-known and fastest being the Gatwick
Express. This service runs direct with no stops in between and takes about 30 minutes. A train departs every 15
minutes between 4:30am and 1:30am. For a cheaper option you could take trains operated either by First Capital or
Southern. First Capital send 2 to 3 trains per hour and Southern operate up to 8 an hour. Both services terminate
at London Victoria but make stops in between which means the trip takes longer.
National Express operate transfers to Heathrow or
Stansted airports and to towns and cities in the region but they no longer run a service into Central London (this
ceased in 2008). However, Easybus have started a service to London Victoria and fares can be as cheap as £2 one-way
if you book in advance online. The earlier you book, the better chance you will have at a cheap fare.
Taking a taxi is the most expensive option and, depending on traffic, it could also be very time
consuming. The official taxi company operating at Gatwick is Checker Cars. You can take one of these cabs by
lineing up in the queue in front of the airport. You could also opt for a Black Cab but you will need to leave the
airport and flag one down if you would prefer their services. Taxis only become economical if you are sharing with
If you arrive with a bike you are in luck because Stansted Airport is located on Route 21 of the
UK's National Cycle Network. This network connects many of Britain's cities and towns with thousands of kilometers
of trails, both on and off the road. In this case you can cycle northwards to Horley, virtually traffic-free. The
journey onwards to London probably won't be as laid back, however.
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