Trains to Gatwick
As Gatwick is the country’s best-connected airport by train, opting to travel by rail is a popular choice. Trains to Gatwick are frequent and if you book far enough in advance, tickets are cheap with one-way travel to London starting for as little as £10. You have plenty of choice when it comes to destinations too, with direct connections to 120 stations from Gatwick train station and a variety of providers, such as the Gatwick Express and the Thameslink. However, there are downsides too, as trains often encounter delays, it can be difficult to board with lots of luggage and for families and large groups it is not always the best value option.
Parkhero is dedicated to helping travellers find the best transfer options to and from Gatwick Airport. In this quick guide, we will show you what your train options are from around the country, the services available, the sort of ticket prices you can expect, where to purchase your tickets and the pros and cons of taking the train to Gatwick Airport.
Trains to Gatwick Airport
As Gatwick is so well-connected, you have a great variety of choices and can easily reach the airport with no more than 1 change from most parts of the country. In the table below you will see a list of the most popular routes for trains to London Gatwick.
|Routes||Single price||Return price||Journey Time*||No. of Changes|
|London Victoria to Gatwick Airport||from £12.00||from £24.00||30 minutes||N/A|
|London Bridge to Gatwick Airport||from £11.40||from £22.80||30 minutes||N/A|
|Brighton to Gatwick Airport||from £9.30||from £18.60||43 minutes||N/A|
|Cambridge to Gatwick Airport||from £36.50||from £61.70||2 hours 19 minutes||N/A|
|Peterborough to Gatwick Airport||from £18.90||from £51.55||2 hours 30 minutes||N/A|
|Southampton to Gatwick Airport||from £5.00||from £10.00||2 hours 4 minutes||N/A|
|Portsmouth to Gatwick Airport||from £5.00||from £10.00||1 hour 35 minutes||N/A|
|Oxford to Gatwick Airport||from £15.60||from £34.10||2 hours 18 minutes||N/A|
|Reading to Gatwick Airport||from £20.30||from £40.60||1 hour 30 minutes||N/A|
|Birmingham to Gatwick Airport||from £11.00||from £31.00||4 hours 33 minutes||1 to 3|
|Bristol to Gatwick Airport||from £12.00||from £28.00||3 hours 21 minutes||1 to 3|
|Sheffield to Gatwick Airport||from £26.00||from £59.20||4 hours 44 minutes||1 to 5|
|Manchester to Gatwick Airport||from £42.00||from £90.50||6 hours 30 minutes||1 to 5|
|Leeds to Gatwick Airport||from £38.20||from £76.40||5 hours 26 minutes||1 to 4|
*These are the average journey times for this route
The prices above are based on bookings made a month in advance for Standard class with return prices based on leaving and returning in a week in October 2020. All information was sourced from www.thetrainline.com.
Where to buy tickets
Where and when you buy your ticket for trains from Gatwick can have a big influence on how much you pay.
Tickets purchased online in advance can score you big savings on train tickets, as many companies will charge more the closer to the date you buy your tickets. To find the best prices, you will need to book your train as soon as you have booked your flight. Train tickets are generally released 3 months in advance and from this time you can access the cheapest Super Advanced tickets. You can book on the train company website directly or use a third-party website, such as thetrainline.com. When you book online you will need to either download your ticket onto a mobile device, print it out or collect your tickets at a self-service machine at a train station.
You can also book a ticket on the day at the train station at the self-service machines or at a manned service desk, where available. At Gatwick, you will find ticket machines in the Onward Travel area of the South Terminal and at Gatwick Airport train station just a 2-minute walk from the South Terminal. However, it is recommended that you book your tickets ahead both to save money and time at the airport.
Taking the train – Pros and Cons
If you are looking for trains to Gatwick, it is a good idea to think about the pros and cons of the service. This will help you gauge whether taking the train is good value for money and whether it is convenient when compared with other forms of transport, such as driving or taking the bus.
- Gatwick Train Station is located directly at the airport at the South Terminal
- Great value access to and from central London for as little as £12.00 in 30 minutes
- Sit back and relax with no need to drive yourself after a long flight
- Reduce your impact on the environment
- Can be difficult to travel with a lot of luggage, especially during busy times
- May need to change trains during the journey
- Trains are often delayed requiring you to arrive earlier as a precaution
- Not all services run around the clock making arriving for early morning flight difficult
If you are looking for further advice on taking the train to Gatwick, you can explore our blog with information on the Gatwick Express, the Thameslink and everything you need to know about the airport train station. You can also explore coach options from the National Express for a full view of your transfer options or even consider taking a taxi.
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All train prices mentioned serve as a guide only. Travellers should ensure that they check the price of their proposed journey with the service provider before booking. Please note that the information above is provided for reference only, and does not constitute as travel advice. For the most recent and relevant information about Gatwick Airport, you should check the official website at: www.gatwickairport.com.View informative-posts View all blogposts