Gatwick Transfers to Central London
To move between Gatwick and London, there are different options: here are the best ones
London Gatwick (LGW) is the second largest airport in London and is about 46 kilometers north of the city. Although there is a train from Gatwick to London, the most comfortable and direct way to get there is by private or shared transfer.
1. The best transfers between Gatwick and central London
If you want to save time and invest in comfort on your arrival in London, it is best to book a transfer (you can choose between private or shared option) to ensure a smooth journey from door to door.
- Shared transfer from Gatwick airport to London, From $ 43.
- Shared transfer from London to Gatwick airport, From $ 50.
2. Shared transfer between Gatwick airport and London city center
This shared car transfer service between Gatwick and the center of London is the most comfortable: your driver will be waiting for you at any time upon your arrival at Gatwick airport and will take you to the door of your hotel. In my opinion, the value for money is very tight, because despite being a fairly premium service, the fact of sharing the vehicle with more travelers makes it more affordable. Its price starts at almost 22 pounds per way and person.
How does the shared transfer from Gatwick airport to central London work?
The first thing you should know is that the service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which makes it especially practical for the first and last flights of the day. The shared vehicles can carry a maximum of 15 passengers and their drivers speak Spanish, English and Portuguese, so you will find it very easy to communicate with them, and they will also take care of your luggage.
As it is a shared car, each passenger is only allowed to carry one suitcase and one handbag. If you are traveling with more or bulky luggage, please inform them when booking the service, as this may incur additional fees. The vehicles are equipped with safety seats for small children and wheelchairs, provided that the chairs are folding.
Shared return transfer from central London to Gatwick:
The car sharing service between London and Gatwick is the same there and back, so it works in the same way. At the time of booking you will have to select at what time you want the pick up and you can get to Gatwick airport from your hotel in about 30/40 minutes, (depending on traffic it can be up to 60 min) and making no more than 3 stops on the way.
Pick up points for your return transfer
If instead of waiting for the driver at your hotel you prefer to spend the last hours sightseeing around the city, there are also different points around the city where they can pick you up:
- London Eye Pier
- Thames Clippers
- Westminster Bridge Rd
- South Bank
- Any central London hotel
Timetables of the shared private car transfer service between Gatwick and London
- Every day of the year
- From Monday to Sunday: from 01:00 to 23:30
Other details of interest the shared transfer service from Gatwick to London
- You will receive an immediate confirmation and your ticket in electronic format after booking your service.
- From the moment your flight lands, the driver will give you a waiting time for disembarkation and baggage collection of up to 60 minutes for European flights and 90 minutes for flights from outside Europe.
- Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag. Oversized or oversized luggage may be subject to certain restrictions.
- Transfer time is approximate as it will depend on time of day and traffic conditions.
- Child seats available.
- Capacity for up to 15 passengers.
Vicky's Traveller Tip
If you are traveling with a large suitcase or special luggage such as sports equipment or large musical instruments, please write an email to inform us and ask if there are any additional fees.
3. Private transfer between Gatwick Airport and central London
For an even easier and faster arrival at your hotel, there is the possibility to book a private transfer service from Gatwick to your hotel that you will not have to share with other travelers, but will be available exclusively for you and your group. As with the shared transfer, you will specify your flight number and arrival time and the driver will be waiting for you at the airport exit.
Duration of the trip
The duration of this trip will be, if possible, shorter than the shared transfer, since you will not have to make intermediate stops to drop off other travelers at their hotels. From the moment you leave the airport, you will go directly to the door of your hotel.
Each traveler can bring one suitcase and one handbag or backpack, although it is true that as the vehicle will be at your total disposal, if you are traveling alone, you can bring more luggage. In any case, if you are traveling in a group and you plan to carry more luggage than recommended, it would not hurt to contact via email when booking to check the maximum capacity of the vehicle.
Private return transfer from your hotel to Gatwick
You can also select the private transfer service for the return trip from your hotel to Gatwick and the operation is exactly the same. Once you have made your booking, you will be asked to specify the pick-up address and the time you would like to be picked up. My advice is to calculate the pick-up time adding enough time to get to the airport in case you encounter traffic jams on the way.
4. Other ways to move between Gatwick and London
There are also other ways to get to central London from London Gatwick Airport. I leave you a comparative table where you can compare times and prices of each transport, where you can see how much it costs and how long it takes to get there:
- Private or shared transfer
- From 22 Euros approx.
- Duration: 45 minutes
- Destination: your hotel
- Gatwick Express Train
- From 20 euros
- Duration: 45 minutes
- Destination: Victoria Station
- Easybus bus
- From 3 euros
- Duration: 2 hours
- Destination: London Victoria
- From 70 euros
- 45 minutes
- Destination: personalized
5. The train between London and Gatwick Airport
There are different train lines available between Gatwick and central London. Depending on which is your destination stop, you should consider one company or another. Here are the most important options.
Gatwick Express. The fastest
The Gatwick Express is the fastest train that connects Gatwick Airport with London Victoria Station and does it in half an hour. Trains run from 5.00 to 23.45 and depart every 15 minutes. I recommend you to buy your ticket online as it is cheaper than at the ticket office: about 20 euros per person (one way) and about 35 euros per person (round trip). Once you arrive at Victoria Station, you can move around London by subway or city bus.
The Souther Railway train is cheaper than the Gatwick Express because it is not as fast, covering more stops. You are especially interested if you are heading to the southeast of the city, as well as stopping at stations in central London, it also stops at various points in the area: London Victoria, London Bridge, Clapham Junction, Brighton, Southampton, Eastbourne and Portsmouth. The journey can take between 30 and 60 minutes.
6. The bus between Gatwick Airport and London
The cheapest option to travel between Gatwick Airport and central London is to travel on one of the two private bus lines available, National Express and EasyBus, all of which arrive in central London, but with the disadvantage that the transfer may take longer as there are stops in between.
Going by Easybus from Gatwick airport to London and vice versa is the cheapest transfer option of all as your ticket costs from 3 to 14 euros, depending on the offers available and the time in advance with which you buy it. Their buses go direct, in just over an hour if there is not much traffic, to the Earl's Court/West Brompton area, with connection to the subway.
They run every 20 minutes, 24 hours a day, all year round and luggage allowance is limited to one large suitcase per person and one handbag.
The main advantage of the National Express company is that, although it is slightly more expensive than Easybus, between 10 and 14 euros, it has no luggage restrictions. With National Express you can get to and from the central London Victoria station every 30 minutes, although their buses do not make direct journeys like Easybus, but make several stops, which makes the journey much longer.
7. Other options: Uber or cab
For about 45 euros each way you can go from Gatwick airport to London and vice versa in a VTC like Uber. Although sometimes the ride can cost you up to 75 euros, depending on the exact place of destination or origin. This option can be profitable if you go with a small group of people and divide the price of the Uber among several.
Keep in mind that the larger the size and needs of the vehicle, the higher the price of the Uber will be. However, it will always be better than taking a cab, whose prices can range from 100 to 150 euros, being the most expensive option of all.
8. Transfers between other airports and central London
If you have not yet bought your flight and you are hesitating to which airport to arrive, do not worry because all London airports are well connected to the center. I leave here the practical guides I have written about the other main airports so you can see which is the best way to get around in each one: