London Gatwick Airport is an international airport of the largest city in and the capital of England. It's located about 47.5 km south from downtown. More than 46.6 million travellers pass through London Airport per year (recorded in 2019). London Gatwick Airport is the hub for British Airways and Norwegian Air Shuttle. It is also the base for easyJet, TUI Airways, Virgin Atlantic.
The Minimum Connection Time (MCT) needed in an airport is important to note if there is a connecting flight in the route. It is always better to check it before booking a flight. When claiming for compensation for a missed connection, a passenger should know the MCT. Below you can see the MCT for connecting flights in London Gatwick Airport.
Between domestic flights: 40 min.
Between domestic and international flights: 75 min.
Between international flights: 75 min.
London Gatwick Airport terminals
Airport terminals are the separate sections which enable travellers to move between ground transport, gates, and the plane. It's important to check which terminal you are departing from or travelling through, because terminals in bigger airports could be a long distance from each other and passengers require additional time to get to the necessary one. London Gatwick Airport has 2 Terminals.
Terminal 1 (North) – Aeroflot, Air Canada, EasyJet, Emirates, and others
When it is the very first time travelling to a destination, it might be difficult to know the best way to get to the centre of the city. Public transport is not always accessible immediately at the airport and taxis might be expensive. Our recommendation is to check all transport alternatives prior to the flight to make sure you choose the most suitable for your trip.
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Gatwick Airport train
Gatwick Express Direction: London Victoria Travel time (approx.): 30 min. Operating hours: more information here
Gatwick Airport bus
National Express Direction: Victoria Coach Station Travel time (approx.): 1 hr. 20 min.
Gatwick Airport taxi
Pick up point: outside the Terminals Travel time (approx.): 1 hr. to the city centre Approximate price: 98 EUR
Where to have a rest in London Gatwick Airport
You might face a prolonged layover between flights, for instance if you have a delayed flight or your next flight leaves the following day. When this happens, it is essential for travellers to be familiar with where they can rest and pass their time between flights.
Gatwick Airport lounges
Airport lounges give travellers the benefit of waiting for their flight in a comfortable environment and provide services such as food and drinks, WIFI, zones to unwind in, and showers.
No1 Lounge Location: South and West Terminals Price: 37 EUR
Clubrooms Lounge Location: South and West Terminals Price: 44 EUR
My Lounge Location: South and West Terminals Price: 28 EUR
Club Aspire Lounge Location: South and West Terminals Price: 31 EUR
Hotels near Gatwick Airport
When your flight leaves the next day or the lounges are not so relaxing, you can opt for staying in a nearby hotel. Some airports have hotels onsite, while in others you might need to leave the airport area to reach the closest hotel. We have chosen a selection of hotel options in case you decide to stay overnight before your flight.
If travelling, it's necessary to have enough food and drink. Whether you need a simple breakfast before an early flight, an unhurried lunch during a long layover, or to just get something to eat while on board, we have various choices for you to ensure you don’t become hungry during your journey.
You can find the full description of places to eat in London Airport here.
Caffé NERO Description: pastries, sandwiches, coffee, snacks Location: South Terminal, before security
Starbucks Description: coffee, drinks, desserts, sandwiches, snacks Location: North Terminal, after security
Nando's Description: Portuguese cuisine Location: South Terminal, after security
Pret a Manger Description: coffee, sandwiches, wraps, breakfasts, hot food Location: South Terminal, after security
Costa Coffee Description: coffee, warm and cold drinks, desserts, sandwiches, and salads Location: several locations in both terminals
Wagamama Description: traditional English breakfasts and Japanese menu Location: North and South Terminals, after security
London Gatwick Airport shops
If you are that type of traveller who typically leaves your holiday souvenir purchasing to the last possible minute, or simply need to spend some time before your flight, then it’s a good idea to visit the airport shops. The guide below shows a selection of shops at the airport.
World Description: Duty Free Location: several locations in both terminals
Harrods Description: British department store Location: North and South Terminals, after security
Whittard of Chelsea Description: tea, coffee, and cocoa Location: North Terminal, after security
Hamleys Description: toy store Location: North and South Terminals, after security
Cath Kidston Description: vintage accessories Location: North and South Terminals, after security
Car rental: Gatwick Airport
Sometimes you must travel by car, or it may be the most enjoyable mode of transportation for your trip. This list of car rental companies will make it easier for you to choose the most suitable option for your trip.
Hertz Location: Airport area Opening hours: 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM, daily Contact: +44 843 309 3030
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