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Make your journey to Gatwick Airport less stressful by sitting back and relaxing on the train with us.

We operate direct services from five central London stations – London Bridge, City Thameslink, Blackfriars, Farringdon and St Pancras International – averaging 35 minutes journey time.

With regular, convenient services throughout the day and hourly services during the night, take the train whatever time your flight is.

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Journey times and great value fares 

We provide a fast, direct and frequent service to Gatwick Airport with the following table highlighting some examples:

From Average journey time Price*
London Bridge 29mins £19.00
London Blackfriars 37mins £19.00
St Pancras International 48mins £19.00
St Albans 1hr 9mins £40.60
Luton 1hr 22mins £53.00
Bedford 1hr 47mins £72.60
Brighton 32mins £16.40

*Prices shown refer to Anytime Return tickets, valid for travel at any time of day with return valid within one month

Remember, for groups of 3, 4 or 5 passengers, our 'Anytime Small Group' fare offers a 25% discount on the fares shown above so please ask at the ticket office.

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Getting to Gatwick Airport

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Gatwick Airport station is on our Thameslink route so from the north take any train to Brighton and from the south any train to Bedford.

If travelling from the Great Northern route, we strongly advise using the improved, step free interchange between King's Cross and London St Pancras stations.

The train station is conveniently located in the South Terminal building with a short, free train transit to the North Terminal.

Rail information and ticket desks are located in the rail station and within the arrival areas of both terminals.

To make it even easier for you, we have screens in the baggage reclaim areas this summer telling you when your next train to London is, so while you're waiting for your bags you don't have to worry about planning your journey home!!

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Making your journey easier

We know that sometimes flights are delayed or your journey plans change at the last minute so we want to make sure you find up-to-date information from us on the move.

We have an excellent mobile website with live journey information and our dedicated Twitter team (@FirstCC) will be happy to help if you need to ask them how to get to the airport or they can also provide you with the latest travel information updates.

You can also set up travel alerts to learn if there are any delays to your train service.

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At the airport

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Airlines recommend arriving at the airport well in advance of your departure time but please check your ticket or contact your airline before travelling. 

You can find out which terminal your flight leaves from using the link below.

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Have an early morning flight? Choose from budget to luxury hotels at the airport allowing you a relaxing start to your holiday.

Arrive early to take advantage of the wealth of shopping and eating options available both before and after security ensuring that whether you're arriving, departing or simply meeting friends or family, there's something for everyone.

To find your check-in desk, look at the flight information screens at the entrances to the terminals.

If you have already checked in online and only have hand baggage you may go directly through security to the departure lounge. 

Information screens in the departure lounge show flights, boarding times and gate numbers. Boarding usually begins around 45 minutes before departure. 

Please note that no flight calls are made at Gatwick, so watch the screens closely.

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