London Gatwick Airport is located 28 miles south of London, at J9 of the M23 which is just a few minutes drive from the M25. The Gatwick Express provides a direct rail link from the South Terminal to London Victoria.
London Gatwick is the UK's second largest airport and is busy every day of the year. Despite currently having only one runway, the airport facilitates flights to over 200 destinations in 90 countries. Gatwick Airport provides around 21,000 on-airport jobs and serves over 39 million passengers a year.
London Gatwick has 2 terminals, North Terminal and the South Terminal. If you find yourself in the wrong one, there is a shuttle train running between the two every few minutes, 24 hours a day.
If you are driving to the airport, you have plenty of options for airport parking. There are short stay, premium and Meet & Greet car parks next to each of the terminals. There are also on-airport long stay car parks as well as nearby off-airport car parks, all providing courtesy shuttles to your required terminal building. Due to the volume of passengers, shuttles run almost continuously and whichever type of airport parking you opt for, pre-booking is pretty much essential.
Facilities located before and after security in both terminals include 90 minutes free WiFi, ATMs and 24 hour currency services, internet kiosks with printing facilities, toilets and baby changing. After security, in both terminals, there are free magazines and newspapers, mobile charging points, 24/7 soundproof work pods and a kids play zone.
Both terminals have a two storey mini shopping centre after security with designer brand names such as Superdry, Ted Baker, Boss, Lacoste, Jo Malone, Kurt Geiger, FatFace, Cath Kidston and Joules. Of course there is also the World Duty Free shops and high street stores such as Boots, WH Smith (London News), Ernest Jones, Accessorize and Dixons.
In both terminals, the food outlets are located on the upper level. Choose from Nandos and Frankie & Benny's in the South Terminal or Jamies Italian, Garfunkels and Wagamama in the North Terminal. Both terminals have coffee shops, bars and cafes including Pret a Manger (both) Starbucks, Armadillo and Eat (North), Costa and WonderTree (South), Union Jacks Bar (North) and The London Bar (South).
If you want to escape from the plethora of shops and the bustle of the departures lounge, you can book one of the premium lounges (pre-booking advised). Whether you want to catch up on business or occupy your children with a film or playstation game, there is a lounge to suit.