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Gatwick Express Airport Trains To London Victoria

Quickest Most Hassle Free Transfer From Gatwick Airport Comes At A Price - But There Are Worthwhile Discounts

Gatwick Express Train At London Victoria Station

Gatwick Express Train At London Victoria Station

The Gatwick Express is a dedicated rail express link into Central London's Victoria station. London in 30 minutes, every 15 minutes is what's on offer for the 30 miles into London.

The Gatwick Express is the fastest and most comfortable and stress free way to transfer between London Gatwick Airport and central London. Running non-stop between London Victoria station and London Gatwick Airport this dedicated airport train is both speedy and frequent. However, its also the most expensive transfer - if you pay full fare.

The Gatwick Express is much faster than a taxi into London while at the same time being much cheaper and much more comfortable than a taxi. Luggage is only limited by what you can carry.

Promotional Codes On The Gatwick Express

When you book a ticket on the Gatwick Express web-site on-line you will see a promotional code option. For some people this triggers a frantic search on the internet looking for that elusive code. Unless the Gatwick Express radically changes its marketing strategy in the future its not worth wasting your effort.

Promotional codes are rarely if ever used by UK railway companies, instead nearly all discounts are straight offers and almost without exception going to be obtained through the official Gatwick Express web-site. On the recent occasions the Gatwick Express has used a promotional code it would be found on the Gatwick Express offers pages as part of a limited promotional fare.

Gatwick Express Ticketing & Discounts

You can buy tickets on the day at dedicated Gatwick Express ticket offices at both Gatwick and Victoria railway stations. All major credit cards are taken. However if you buy on-line you avoid any queues and fares are cheaper than on the day.

There are no reserved seats on the Gatwick Express. There is always a train on the platform waiting for you to board at both Gatwick and Victoria.

Return tickets are valid for one month.

Purchasing Gatwick Express tickets on-line is always cheaper - you can either print out the ticket sent to you by email, have it sent to your mobile or pick the ticket from a machine at the station.

Oyster Cards & Contactless Credit Cards

From January 2016 you can now use London's Oyster Cards and contactless payment options to pay for fares on the Gatwick Express. However on the Gatwick Express Oyster is not a particularly good buy.

You will probably get a better fare than Oyster buying your Gatwick Express tickets on-line in advance or purchasing one of the many promotional tickets from Gatwick Express listed below.

At the moment there is no ticket machine at Gatwick where you can cancel your Oyster and get any cash left on the Oyster refunded, which for vistors from outside London is a real issue.

Oyster Cards & Contactless Credit Cards - Full Details

10% On-Line Discount On Standard Fares

Gatwick Express - What To Expect

Gatwick Express have always rewarded on-line purchases with a straight discount. At this moment in time the discount is 10%

Web Duo - 35% Discount Fare For Two People Buying Return Fares

Another long-running on-line exclusive fare is the Web Duo. A straight on-line discount for two people purchasing return tickets. However this ticket is only available for Victoria - Gatwick - Victoria routings and is not available for those arriving at Gatwick Airport.

Small Group Discounts - 4 Travel For Price of 2 ...

Save up to 50% discount with a group ticket offer between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria. Groups of 4 or 3 people can travel for the price of just 2 people. There must be at least 2 paying adults if children (5-15 years) are included in this offer.

There is also a 5 for 3 ticket option, in case you are travelling in a group of 5 (on the basis of 3 adults paying).

These group offers are NOT available to purchase on board the train.

Gatwick Express ticketing

UK Railcards - 33% Discounts

If you are from the UK or you are a visitor planning on using the trains in the UK regularly then Railcards are worthwhile. There are various railcards targeted at different markets, seniors, families, youth and just frequent travellers. The broad proposition is that you pay an annual fee which gives a typical discount of 33% on all fares including promotional fares.

You can use these Railcard discounts on the Gatwick Express.

Railcards - More Information

Railways 2 for 1 Sightseeing Promotion

A very worthwhile promotion is the railways 2 for 1 promotion. In summary with a return Gatwick Express ticket you qualify for the 2 for 1 sightseeing promotion. As its name suggests, one person pays admission, the other gets in free. Effectively half price.

The scheme is supported by many of the major London attractions as well as many you won't have heard of. Perennial supporters of the scheme have been the Tower of London. Madame Tussaud's, London Zoo, Kensington Palace, Churchill War Rooms and the London Dungeon. Others like the London Eye have drifted in and out of the scheme.

Railways 2 for 1 Sightseeing Promotion - More Information

Gatwick Express Train Tickets
Gatwick Express Standard Fares 2016 (Children* Half Price)

Gatwick Express On-Line Ticketing

Tickets can be purchased
on-line or at the station.


At Station

First Class - One Way



First Class - Return †



Standard - One Way



Standard - Return †



Web Duo - Return (2 people)



Payment By Oyster Card or Contactless Payment

Oyster Card or Contactless Payment - One Way



* Child Fares (half price of adult fares) apply to 5 - 15 years olds only. Under 5's travel FREE.

† Return travel must be made within 30 days of the outward journey on return tickets

~ Price is for 2 adults or 1 adult plus one child

Logistics Of Using The Gatwick Express

Gatwick Express 1st Class Carriage

1st Class Carriage

Gatwick Express 2nd Class Carriage

2nd Class Carriage

At Gatwick Airport the train station is integrated into the South Terminal of the airport. From exiting customs into Gatwick Station is about 100 yards.

If you are flying into the North Terminal a free monorail link shuttles between the North and South terminals every few minutes and is free of charge. At the South Terminal its terminus is adjacent to the train station.

If you are flying into the North Terminal a free monorail link shuttles between the North and South terminals every few minutes and is free of charge. At the South Terminal its terminus is adjacent to the train station.

Gatwick Express do provide a free porterage service at both Gatwick and Victoria though it is unusual to actually see it being used. Invariably you board the train carrying your own luggage with you and find a seat on a first come first served basis. There are no reserved seats, its a grab a seat that is available when you board arrangement.

There are dedicated luggage racks within the passenger cabin and a small parcel shelf above you. There are also aircraft style washrooms.

Carriages are air conditioned and a refreshment trolley comes to you during the journey.

Victoria Station is a major transport hub in Central London, close to many of the major sights. Buckingham Palace is only 5 minutes walk, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben ten. A couple of the major west End theatres are opposite Victoria Station.

It is also a major hotel district with accommodation for all budgets. If you are flying into and out of Gatwick then Victoria is a good place to benchmark your accommodation needs against.

At Victoria Station there is a small visitors centre and the London Underground station is beneath the railway station.

Gatwick Express - The Difference Between 1st and 2nd Class

On every Gatwick Express train there is a first class carriage, normally in the centre of the train.

The main benefit you get from travelling first class is much more room. Compare the images above and on the video clip link further up the page. It should be said that 2nd class carriages are not uncomfortable and are more comfortable than the alternative commuter trains which are often standing room only and often have five abreast seating without any luggage racks.

The other big bonus with first class is complementary access to one of the airport lounges at Gatwick Airport

In first class you also get complementary coffee. tea or water when the refreshment trolley comes around and a newspaper subject to availability.

London - Gatwick Airport Comparison of Fares 2016


Standard Adult Fare*



Bus/Coach Options

National Express Bus To Victoria

from £5.00

from £10.00

easyBus To West Brompton / Waterloo



Train Options

Southern Train To Victoria (Train Ticket)



Southern Train To Victoria (Oyster)



Thameslink Train To St Pancras (Train Ticket)



Thameslink Train To St Pancras (Oyster)



Gatwick Express Train (Ticket on day)



Gatwick Express Train (Advance on-line)



Gatwick Express Train (Oyster)



Gatwick Express Train (Web Duo on-line)



Shuttles & Private Cars/Coaches

Hotel Van Shuttle



Saloon/Sedan Car (2 People)



Small Bus (12 People)



* Standard adult ticket. Return leg within one month.

† On line only return ticket for 2 adults.

~ Cheapest Off Peak and Anytime fares

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