How a London Local Commutes to Gatwick Airport
These are several ways to get to and from London’s 5 Airports. Most tourists will arrive in London with out much of an idea of there onward journey and typically settle for the most obvious advertised route. But there are a few tricks that can make the journey considerably cheaper although less convenient.
Gatwick is probably London’s second most convenient airport in terms of transfer mostly due to the train station being owned by National Rail ans is a major stop over for train coming from Brighton. This mean you can buy an ordinary rail ticket and any 16-25, Family & Friends, Senior car you have can be used. You will need to keep in mind that the quickest is not necessarily the quickest over the total length of your journey and it depends on where in London your final destination will be. Here are some of your options ranked form most expensive to cheapest
- Uber. As Gatwick Airport is quiet far from London in terms of miles, your Uber ride will be quite pricey and not advised. Estimated at £60 to £80 with UberX. It can still be cost effective if you are many passengers.
- Gatwick express. At the most expensive costing £27 for an off peak single it is also the quickest taking just 40 min to London Victoria.
- Southern Rail or Thameslink service. These trains run to London Bridge or Blackflairs station and can take as little as 50 minutes. Tickets cost from £8 for single one way. A local insider tip. You can now use an oyster card from Gatwick Airport costing only £8 to central London. The trick here is to get off at Clapham junction as you don’t need to touch out at this station and can get directly on the Underground/Overground network so you will only be charged for one journey. At other London Stations you you will need to touch out and so will be charged for 2 journeys.
- National Rail Bus. These cost around £12 one way and often stop in Stratford which can be a convenient if your final destination is in East London.
- EasyBus. The cheapest option and tickets start at just £2. Prices vary depending on the time of day but the earlier you book the cheaper it will be.
The station and bus terminal are easy to find and are clearly marked with signs. Note that is you arrived at the north terminal you will need to to the free shuttle to the south terminal. Safe travels.