Gatwick Express: The Quickest Option Between London and Gatwick Airport

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About Gatwick Express

Gatwick Express has been running direct train services from London Victoria Station to Gatwick since 1984. It is considered the fastest train service to Gatwick Airport from Central London, and is the only non-stop option available. The Gatwick Airport railway station first opened in 1958, and was a stop on the line from London to Brighton only. However, as air travel increased in popularity and the need for train transport to London Gatwick increased, faster services became a priority. It is currently run by Govia Thameslink Railway.

Gatwick Express: Most Popular Train Routes

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Trains from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport
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Trains from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria



Gatwick Express: Ticket Types

All Gatwick Express tickets are offered as singles or return. Pre-purchasing Gatwick Express tickets online and in advance often allows passengers to take advantage of further discounts and promotions. Frequent travel Carnet tickets, offering 8 journeys for the price of 10, as well as season tickets, are also available.

Express Class Tickets

Express Class offers the best value with air conditioned cars, comfortable seating and a refreshment trolley stocked with drinks and snacks. Travellers looking for the cheapest Gatwick Express tickets should book these.

First Class Tickets

First Class offers plush, reclining seats, complimentary tea, coffee and water as well as an in-seat refreshment service, and a complimentary copy of The Telegraph. Passengers who book their First Class Return tickets online also have the opportunity to access the No.1 Airport Lounge in either terminal at Gatwick.


These tickets are more limited as travellers can only travel during certain times of the day, but are usually considerably cheaper than the Anytime tickets. The type of train does not affect the ticket, only the time of day. Travellers should check with Gatwick Express, or at the station that they are travelling with the right ticket before starting their journey.

Off-Peak Ticket

Valid for travel on trains that arrive into London Victoria after 09:50 on weekdays, and anytime on weekends and bank holidays Valid for travel from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria Also available for First Class travel.

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Gatwick Express - FAQs

  • How much are Gatwick Express tickets? Gatwick Express single tickets for adults cost £19.90 at the station. A return for adults costs £35.50. Child tickets cost exactly half the price. An online discount of 10% is available.
  • When does Gatwick Express start? The first Gatwick Express service of the day from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport is at 5:00 a.m. The first Gatwick Express service of the day from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria is at 5:51 a.m.
  • When does Gatwick Express stop? The last Gatwick Express service of the day from London Victoria to Gatwick train station is at 11:30 p.m. The last Gatwick Express service of the day from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria is at 12:20 a.m.
  • Which terminal does Gatwick Express go to? Gatwick Express trains stop at Gatwick Airport station, which is located at Gatwick South Terminal.

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