Gatwick Airport is London’s second airport and the UK’s second busiest situated just under 50km south of the center of London. The airport ranks as Europe’s eight busiest with annual passenger traffic exceeding 43 million people. Gatwick Airport has seen considerable growth in recent years and is on course to continue expanding and increasing its annual number of passengers served.
Terminals at Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport is comprised of two passenger terminals, South Terminal and North Terminal, which are around 1.2km from each other. Getting from one terminal to another is easy as they are connected by a 24 hour inter-terminal shuttle. This shuttle only takes two minutes and runs very frequently, so you won’t be waiting long to transfer.
South Terminal was the first terminal open at the airport inaugurated in 1958, while the North Terminal is relatively newer having been constructed in the 1980s. North Terminal recently benefited from the completion of Pier 6 which boosted its capacity and is also notable for having the world’s largest passenger bridge.
Facilities at Gatwick Airport
In both terminals at Gatwick Airport passengers can look forward to a wide selection of amenities and facilities. You won’t be short on options for places to eat and drink as the airport boasts a large range of restaurants and cafes. If you’re going to be staying at the airport in the early hours then there are 24 hour cafes and supermarkets open in both terminals.
Both terminals also offer a variety of places to shop whether it’s the latest fashion brands or travel essentials that you’re after. There is also extensive duty free shopping available at the airport 24 hours a day if you need to pick up some last minute goods. Basic convenience and book stores are also available if you need some reading material for your flight.
Passengers traveling with children can visit the airport’s children play areas in either terminal to keep the kids occupied whilst you wait for your flight, while baby care facilities can also be found for those traveling with infants. Additional amenities at the airport include free Wi-Fi for a period of up to 90 minutes as well as airport lounges in each terminal which can be entered by paying on the door.
Gatwick Airport Travel Information
Getting from Gatwick Airport into central London is possible in a number of different ways as the airport benefits from extensive transportation links. The fastest way to reach central London from Gatwick Airport is by train to London Victoria, with the journey only taking 30 minutes. There are also trains running to a number of other destinations in London and across the UK.
If you prefer to travel by bus there are many local buses leaving from both terminals to many destinations in the area. You may also consider hopping on a National Express coach, with services running to cities and towns all around the country.
If you’re not sure about public transport and simply want to get to your destination directly, it is easy to flag down a taxi right outside either terminal. Private vehicle owners will find extensive parking facilities available at Gatwick Airport whether it’s short or long term parking you need.
*This information is correct as of April 2017