Transfer Options from Gatwick Airport to City Centre

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How to get from Gatwick Airport to City Centre

When travelling from Gatwick airport (LGW) to the downtown area of London, you can use 3 different modes of transport: Taxi, Train and Bus. The most convenient method to get to the city centre is by hiring a London airport taxi. A taxi ride will cost around 68€ (60£) and it will take just over an hour to reach your desired destination. Taking the train is the fastest option. Train tickets cost 22.50€ (19.90£) and the journey to the city centre of London will take only 30 minutes. A cheaper, but slower alternative is the bus. The price of a bus ticket is only 8€ (7£) and the trip takes approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 1PASSENGER
OPTION PRICE TIME AVAILABLE
Welcome Pickups 68 60min 24/7
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Taxi 68 60min 24/7
Train 22.50 30min 05:51 - 23:54
Bus 8 95min 24/7

Route 60 min

How to get from Gatwick airport to city centre by taxi

London airport taxis can provide the most convenient and stress-free services when it comes to travelling from Gatwick airport to the city centre of London. Keep in mind that Gatwick airport is very busy and you might have to wait in line to get a cab. When the traffic flow is moderate, a taxi ride to central London takes approximately an hour.

White plates at the back of the car and a sticker displaying the license are the signs of a reputable taxi.

Taxi fare from Gatwick airport to city centre

Since Gatwick airport taxis do not offer a fixed price for the trip from the airport to central London, your taxi fare will be calculated by a taximeter, based on distance. Additional charges may apply to your trip, including tolls, surcharges, or other fees. However, the estimated cost of the journey amounts to 68€ (60£).

If you book your ride in advance you might get a better a price.

London
Taxi prices
day time
(05:00 - 24:00)
night time
(00:00 - 05:00)
time
FROM LGW - TO HOTELS IN CITY CENTRE
€68
€68
60 MIN
FROM LGW - TO CITY CENTRE
€68
€68
60 MIN
FROM LGW - TO HEATHROW AIRPORT
€180
€180
50 MIN
FROM LGW - TO OXFORD
€207
€207
1H 45 MIN
FROM LGW - TO CAMBRIDGE
€234
€234
1H 50 MIN
FROM LGW - TO BRIGHTON
€72
€72
40 MIN
FROM LGW - TO COLCHESTER
€201
€201
1H 50 MIN

Where do I get it from?

Taxis can easily be located lined up just outside of each terminal.

Pre-booking a taxi

You can pre-book a taxi at the same price as a regular cab from the line with Welcome Pickups. In addition to a comfortable ride you also will get:

  • Personal attention by polite and professional local drivers.
  • No hidden fees. The taxi price includes absolutely everything.
  • Flight monitoring, so you do not have to inform or worry about flight delays.
  • Best price guarantee and full refund in case you have to cancel.
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Convenience

Hiring a taxi for your transfer is ideal if you do not want to wait around at a busy airport after a long flight. Moreover, you can always find a taxi waiting for you since they run 24/7.

Editor’s Note

Even though taxi services are very convenient, they tend to be quite costly. However, there are cheaper alternatives such as train and bus transfers.

Useful Tips

Taxis in London can fit up to 3 people with 3 pieces of luggage.
Never accept taxi services from random individuals.
Ask the driver for a price estimate of the journey.

How to get from Gatwick airport to city centre by train

The direct trains of Gatwick Express connect Gatwick airport with a major downtown station, London Victoria train station. Moreover, Gatwick Express trains provide the fastest services and they run between the two locations up to 4 times per hour. The average travel time is only 30 minutes and tickets cost 22.50€ (19.90£) per person.

There are other train companies, such as Southbound and Thameslink, that operate the route from Gatwick airport to the city centre of London. However, their services are slower and less frequent.

Cost

22.50€

Trip Duration

30 Min.

Waiting time is around 15 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money
Gatwick Express trains run to London Victoria train station from 05:51 a.m to 23:54 p.m.

How much is the train from Gatwick airport to city centre?

One-way regular tickets from Gatwick airport to London Victoria train station cost 22.50€ (19.90£).

Tickets can be bought online or from the ticket counters and automated ticket machines at Gatwick airport train station, which is located just next to the South Terminal.

Where do I get it from?

Gatwick airport train station is a 5 minute walk from the South Terminal. Just follow the signs for the train station after exiting the customs.

If you arrive on the North Terminal, you will have to take the free shuttle train that travels between the terminals 24/7 every 15 minutes. Travel time is only 2 minutes.

Convenience

The train journey from Gatwick airport to the city centre of London is much cheaper and faster than the taxi one. In addition, Gatwick Express trains provide to their travelers free TV and Wi-Fi.

Editor’s Note

London Victoria is one of the major train stations of London. Once you get there, you will have access to multiple bus and underground lines.

Useful Tips

You can buy cheaper train tickets if you book them online in advance.
Children under 5 years of age travel for free.
The direct journey from the airport to the city centre takes around 30 minutes.

How to get from Gatwick airport to city centre by bus

National Express buses provide the cheapest services when it comes to travelling from Gatwick airport to central London. However, they are rather slow. Bus tickets cost only 8€ (7£), but the travel time can be longer than 95 minutes since the roads of London are congested most of the time.

Cost

8€

Trip Duration

95 Min.

Waiting time is around 30 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money
National Express buses run 24/7 from Gatwick airport to London Victoria Coach Station.

How much is the bus from Gatwick airport to city centre?

Regular one-way bus tickets cost only 8€ (7£).

You can buy your tickets online or from the automated ticket machines and ticket desks at the arrivals hall. The ticket desks operate on a daily basis from 06:00 a.m to 22:00 p.m.

Where do I get it from?

National Express buses can be found right outside of each terminal's exit doors.

Convenience

Bus journeys from Gatwick airport to London Victoria Coach station may be inexpensive, but the trip can be long and tiring for travelers who want to get to their accommodation as soon as possible.

Editor’s Note

The only real reason to choose the bus services over the train ones is that they are cheaper.

Useful Tips

You cannot buy a ticket straight from the bus driver.
Children under 6 years of age travel free.
If you miss the bus, your ticket is also valid for the next one.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Gatwick airport to city centre?

The average price of a taxi ride from Gatwick airport to the city centre of London is 60£ (57€). Without traffic, the journey will take approximately 60 minutes.

How much is a train ticket from Gatwick airport to city centre?

Regular train tickets from Gatwick airport to Victoria Train Station cost 19.90£ (25€). Tickets can be bought at Gatwick Airport Station from the ticket desks and ticket machines, or online.

How far is it from Gatwick airport to the city centre?

The distance between Gatwick airport and the city centre of London is approximately 45 km.

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