There are a number of options that will let you get between Gatwick Airport and Central London — buses, coaches, trains and of course, if you are flush, taxis.
Note, if you use public transport operated by TfL, then prepaying for travel by purchasing an Oyster Card will save you both time, and a lot of money. All underground trains and red buses use the Oyster card, and it is also used on a number of mainline train services.
The most popular way to get from Gatwick to London is by train. The airport has its own railway station, and there are fast trains to three major stations in London — Victoria, St Pancras and London Bridge.
Gatwick to Victoria
Victoria station is right in the heart of central London, and offers good connections to the rest of the city.
The fastest trains are the Gatwick Express, which run every 15 minutes into London Victoria station. The journey takes 30 minutes, and as the trains are aimed at airport customers, they have lots of luggage space on board.
However, trains operated along the same line by Southern are not much slower, and often considerably cheaper. But best to avoid if you have lots of luggage.
Gatwick to London Bridge
There are regular trains operated by Southern Rail which run between the airport and London Bridge station, from where it is easy to get into the City or East of London and Docklands.
Gatwick to Kings Cross St Pancras
The Thameslink service offers regular journeys which run through the middle of London, stopping at convient stops such as Blackfriars, Farringdon and St Pancras, then heading out to the north of the city.
The tube trains don’t reach Gatwick, so you need to take a mainline train into London, then catch the tube to your destination.
Coaches and Buses
The National Express has a regular service running from Gatwick to central London’s Victoria Coach Station, from where it’s a short walk to the nearest tube and railway stations.
It’s slower than a train, with journeys averaging 1 hour and 30 minutes, and coaches leave usually every half hour.
Some services will be direct to London, but some are slower stopping services, so check which you need.
A cheaper option is provided by low-cost bus operator, easyBus, which runs between Gatwick and Earl’s Court. The journey takes around an hour and the service runs 24 hours a day.
Black cabs, the main taxi operator in London can take you to almost anywhere in the city, but for a price. The typical cost of a taxi from Gatwick to London is £45-£70 per trip. Naturally, you can fit several people into a single taxi, so the fare per person is cheaper.
You’ll find black cabs lining up outside each of the airport terminals. All of the taxis working at Gatwick will have wheelchair access.
Alternatively, you can book a minicab, which will be cheaper, but these have to be arranged in advance. In London, only the black taxis are allowed to collect passengers without prebooking.
Also, minicabs are usually just ordinary cars, and wont be disabled friendly.