If you are taking an early flight from Gatwick, one of the easiest and least stressful options for getting there on time is to find a nearby hotel that also offers parking. It is a convenient option as you can arrive the night before your flight, park up your car, get a good night’s sleep and either walk or catch a shuttle to the airport. You can wake up fully refreshed with a Gatwick parking and hotel package and avoid the stress of getting up ridiculously early and being at the peril of train schedules and traffic delays.
There are plenty of Gatwick hotel and parking options available with something suitable for every budget. For ultra-convenience you can opt for one of the hotels attached directly to one of the airport terminals or for the budget conscious, consider parking at a hotel a few miles away and catching a shuttle in and out. With so many options available, you will have no trouble finding the option you are looking for, especially if you make sure to book in advance.
With our quick guide below, you can easily find a great accommodation and Gatwick parking deal.
When choosing your Gatwick hotel and parking package, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. The most important of which, in terms of price, is whether the transfer from the hotel to the airport is included in the price. Some hotels that are a bit further away from airport do not provide their own transfers and you will need to catch a taxi instead. Other hotels have partnerships with off-site airport parking providers, such as Holiday Inn Express and APH Parking, with transfers included. This usually works out as the cheaper option and is much easier as you do not have the hassle of booking a taxi.
If you are primarily looking for convenience, then you will want to choose your hotel and parking Gatwick options based on the distance from your terminal. There are 4 hotels within the airport grounds within walking distance of the terminals. This includes the Hilton at the South Terminal and the Premier Inn, Sofitel and Hampton by Hilton at the North Terminal. From these hotels it is just a short walk to the terminal building and you can leave your car parked in their car park. It is also worth keeping in mind that there is a free monorail connecting both terminals that takes just 5 minutes. This allows you to stay and park at any of these conveniently located hotels and travel from either terminal.
|Hotel||Price per night||+ 1 week's parking||Distance||Transfer Type||Transfer Cost|
|Europa Hotel ***||£44.00||£52.00||15 mins||Taxi||£10.50|
|Russ Hill ***||£38.00||£54.00||15 mins||Taxi||£10.50|
|Copthorne Effingham ***||£41.16||£58.50||15 mins||Shuttle||£5.00 p.p.|
|Best Western Skylane ***||£49.00||£64.00||10 mins||Taxi||£10.00|
|Cambridge Hotel ***||£53.00||£68.00||6 mins||Shuttle||£3.00 p.p.|
|Airport Inn ***||£52.00||£82.00||4 - 7 mins||Shuttle||£4.00 p.p.|
|Holiday Inn ****||£59.52||£92.00||5 - 10 mins||Shuttle||£4.00 p.p.|
|Courtyard by Marriott ****||£70.00||£113.00||2 or 10 mins||Taxi or Walk||£9.00|
|Hampton by Hilton ***||£111.00||£140.00||2 mins||Walk||N/A|
|Sofitel ****||£116.00||£149.00||3 mins||Walk||N/A|
|Hilton Hotel ****||£78.00||£150.00||3 mins||Walk||N/A|
Prices are based on travel in March 2021 booked 6 months in advance for 2 people sharing a double room.
This budget hotel just over 3 miles from Gatwick offers simple rooms at a great price. There is a large pool, a sauna, a gym, a bar open until midnight where children eat half price and a continental breakfast served daily. You can park in any space at the hotel and will need to hand in your keys when you check-in. There is no transfer included in the price and you will need to book a taxi to the airport for a cost of £10.50. This is a great family option!
Another great budget option just under 4 miles from the airport, Russ Hill offers clean and cheerful rooms with free Wi-Fi in public areas. There is a restaurant serving a 3-course carvery, a continental and hot breakfast, the Garden Lounge Bar serving pub grub and relaxing lounge areas for guests. You can park your car in any space and hand over your keys at reception. It is approximately a 15 minute drive to the airport and you will need to reserve a taxi at the hotel reception.
This relaxed hotel is set in 40 acres parkland and offers classic spacious rooms with wood furnishings. There is an all you can eat full English and continental breakfast available, a sports bar, lounge bar, a small gym and tennis courts. You can park in the car park next to the hotel and hand your key in at the hotel reception. There is a shuttle costing £5.00 per person with children under 14 travelling for free with two adults. The shuttle takes around 15 minutes to reach the airport and runs every 15 minutes between 4:15am and 10:15pm. You will need to catch a taxi back to the hotel on return at a cost of around £13.00.
This big chain hotel offers guests convenient access to the M23 with a stylish interior, a great restaurant and a popular sports bar. You can expect a cosy en-suite room which includes free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. When you arrive, you can park in the car park and hand over your car keys at reception. Your car will then be moved to a secure area of the car park by a member of staff. You will need to book a taxi transfer to the airport at the hotel reception. Taxis take around 10 minutes and cost £10.00 each way.
A great Gatwick hotel and parking option, Cambridge Hotel, is a three-star property just a 6-minute drive from the airport. It is housed in a large Victorian house and offers classically styled rooms with all the facilities you could need. To park your car simply choose a space in the car park and hand in your keys when you check-in. The shuttle to London Gatwick runs every 30 minutes and costs £3.00 per person each way. You can purchase a ticket at the reception.
Located only 1 mile away from Gatwick Airport, Airport Inn is a fantastic budget hotel choice. It offers comfortable rooms and there is free table-football and other retro games for the children. Harriet’s bar and restaurant serves delicious classic dishes, as well as light snacks in the bar with a range of different drinks available between 3pm and 11pm daily. You can park your car in any space when you arrive and hand in your keys when you check-in at reception. There is a shuttle to both the North and South Terminals and it costs £4 for adults with children under 15 travelling for free. You will need to pay on the bus. Buses leave every 15 minutes between 4am and 11pm and every 30 minutes between 11pm and 4am.
Another large chain hotel located just a mile from London Gatwick, the Holiday Inn offers comfort and ease in their modern fully-equipped rooms. The Traders’ Restaurant serves classic British meals and children under 12 eat for free. There is also a bar serving light snacks open between 7am and 1 am. For parking, you will need to head to the back of the hotel car park where you can choose a space. Hand in your keys at the hotel reception and book your spot of the airport shuttle. It costs £4 per adult and £2 per child and takes around 10 minutes to reach the airport. The bus runs every 15 minutes between 3am and midnight and every 30 minutes between midnight and 3am.
If you are looking for Gatwick hotel and parking south terminal, then the Courtyard by Marriott is a top choice. This four-star hotel offers you spacious, sound-proofed rooms with comfortable furnishings, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. There is a popular grill restaurant, a bar and breakfast is both full English and continental. You can park your car in any bay outside the hotel and check-in your vehicle at the Maple Manor desk inside the hotel. Hand over your key and your car will be parked securely off-site for the duration of your trip at the Maple Manor car park. To get to the South Terminal it is either a 10-minute walk or a 2-minite taxi ride costing around £9.00. For travellers from the North Terminal you can walk to the South Terminal and catch the frequent free monorail which takes just 2 minutes or take a short taxi ride.
This three-star hotel is directly connected to the North Terminal by a covered walk-way, offering you the ultimate convenience for flights from this terminal. The rooms are large and bright with blackout curtains to ensure you get a good night’s sleep. Breakfast is included in the price and there is both hot and cold options available. There is also a stylish bar serving burgers, curries and pizzas with both hot and cold drinks. The parking package is a partnership with Purple Parking, an off-site car park. You will need to drive there and drop-off your vehicle before hopping on the free shuttle to the North Terminal and then walking 2 minutes to the hotel. If you need to transfer to the South Terminal, you can walk 2 minutes to the North Terminal monorail station and catch one of the regular trains.
The most luxurious hotel at the airport, this is the go-to Gatwick hotel and parking North Terminal, if you want to rest and relax in style before your trip. Rooms offer triple-glazing with runway views and all the comforts you would expect for a four-star hotel. There are 3 delicious restaurants, one serving traditional dishes, an award-winning French brasserie and an Asian restaurant. There are also two bars serving light snacks and a variety of hot and cold drinks. For parking you can choose a space in the hotel car park and take a ticket. You will need to hand in your keys at reception and your car will be moved to the secure off-site Maple Manor car park if you are away for more than 4 days. Transfers are not necessary from Sofitel as it is directly connected to the North Terminal by a covered walkway. You can transfer to the South Terminal via the monorail in just 5 minutes.
Another luxury option is the Hilton Hotel directly connected to the South Terminal by a walkway. Rooms are modern and well-equipped with soundproof windows, air-conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel has offers plenty to keep you entertained with a buffet restaurant, Amy’s restaurant and two bars. Parking is offered in partnership with Purple Parking, an off-site Park and Ride provider, and you will need to park here before you arrive and take the free shuttle to the South Terminal and the hotel. The walk to the South Terminal is just 3 minutes and from there you can also transfer to the North Terminal in less than 5 minutes via the monorail.
Does the hotel have its own car park?
Most hotels at Gatwick offer parking within their own car parks, especially if they are off-site. Some hotels, however, particularly the ones at the terminals, such as the Hilton, offer parking through an off-site Gatwick Airport parking partner. Some customers also opt to use the parking facilities provided by the airport at an extra cost.
Will my car stay in the hotel car park the whole time I am away?
If the hotel offers parking within its own car park then your car will be kept in that car park until you return. It may be moved to for good management of the space during busy times and it may be moved to a nearby overflow car park. If the hotel has a partnership with an off-site parking provider, your vehicle will be kept at their secure compound for the duration of your trip and returned to the hotel car park when you return.
Is the hotel car park secure?
All the hotels mentioned above have security measures in place to ensure your vehicle is kept safe. This may include CCTV, regular patrols, gated entry and exit. If your vehicle is parked with an off-site provider while you are away, make sure that they have a Park Mark security accreditation. This award is recognised by the Police and means that the car park has excellent security facilities in place.
Can I keep my car key?
In most cases it is not possible to keep your car key when opting for a Gatwick hotel and parking service. The hotel or parking service needs to be able to move your car to manage the space, especially during busy periods. However, it will only be moved if strictly necessary and will not be driven long distances.
If you are concerned about leaving your key, you can check out our Park and Ride guide for services where you can keep your key with you.
Will I need to arrange a transfer to the airport?
If you choose a hotel and parking offer a few miles from the airport, chances are you will need to arrange a separate transfer to and from the airport. This can usually be easily arranged at the hotel reception when you check-in and depending on the service can be a shuttle provided by the hotel or a taxi service. You will need to pay separately for these types of transfer as they are not included in the hotel and parking package.
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