Despite being initially known as nothing more than overflow for Heathrow airport when flights couldn’t land, this airport has quickly gained a stronger standing as a key airport of choice for millions of passengers. Despite being a single-runway airport, it’s also the world’s busiest, operating two terminals and holding passenger numbers just shy of Heathrow. If you’re travelling to Gatwick, here’s what you need to know.
Getting To And From Gatwick
Call us biased, but we truly believe that an airport taxi is one of the easiest ways to get to and from Gatwick airport. While the airport is accessible by car, rail, coach or bus, hiring a taxi for your journey is often the most cost-effective and stress-free option available for those travelling alone or with groups. We offer luxury cars at affordable prices, with different vehicles available for the number of people or the amount of luggage being carried along. We offer door-to-door pickup, ensuring you’re dropped off as close to the terminal as possible.
Gatwick does have their own parking provider, but cars are left at the owner’s risk. The parking facilities themselves are secure and while Gatwick Parking does offer deals and discounts on some occasions, the prices can be high, dependant on the length of your stay.
Where To Stay
Gatwick has a number of hotels available, but one of the most popular with travellers looking for a quick stay in the Yotel, located right of the South Terminal. This particular hotel is known for its pod-like system, with free tea, coffee and bottled water included in the price. If you’re travelling alone or in a pair, the Standard and Premium Queen rooms can accommodate two people, but the latter is the more comfortable option for two. If you’re travelling as a couple with a child, the premium twin can provide a comfortable place to stay, with full ADA accessibility. There’s WiFi, power sockets and hour-by-hour booking available.
Things To Do
If shopping is your cup of tea, then there’s plenty for you to dip your toes into. There are a number of designer and highstreet brands around, including Accessorize, Ann Summers, Bobbi Brown, Dune, Hamleys, Harrods, Skinny Dip, Superdry, The Harry Potter Shop and, of course, World Duty-Free.
For a bite to eat, Gatwick certainly isn’t short on places to eat, either. You can stop for a coffee at Caffe Nero, Costa, Starbucks, Jamie’s Coffee Lounge or Joe’s Coffee House, or indulge in a full meal at one of the three Wetherspoons, Yo! Sushi, Wagamama, Jamie Oliver’s Diner or Jamie’s Italian, Nandos, Giraffe World Kitchen, and more.
Gatwick Airport offers a range of different airport upgrades to make the flight experience a little more stress-free for passengers, all from £5 or more. For £5, you can get book Premium Gatwick Security to speed up the process a little more, or for £9.99, you can indulge in fast passport control. Their airport lounges are also available for around £21 or above, with complimentary food, drink, magazines and WiFi.
Gatwick is home to two terminals – the North Terminal, and the South Terminal. The two are connected by an automated passenger mover that stretches over 1.21km and runs both ways. Typically, the North Terminal hosts flights through easyJet, Emirates, TUI and Virgin Atlantic, while the South Terminal hosts British Airways, Norwegian Airlines, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, Turkish Airlines and Vueling.
Due to the size of the airport, there are also shuttle buses in place to move passengers to the right terminal for their flight.
For additional information, you can visit Gatwick’s website. Alternatively, if you’re looking to book a seamless airport transfer service from door to door, contact our team, today.