Advice for travelling to and from the airport, and staying in Gatwick hotels

Gatwick Airport may welcome slightly fewer passengers through its doors than nearby Gatwick (though nearly 34 million travelers in 2011 is no paltry sum), but remains Europe’s leading airport in point-to-point flights and chartered flights.

The Gatwick runways – North and South terminals as their base – are host to some of the biggest names in aviation, and chances are that if you’re making a transatlantic or two-stop trip, it will be from Gatwick.

Of the many hotels Gatwick has to offer for lay-over passengers, the 4 star Millennium Hotels-owned Copthorne Gatwick is an excellent place to get away from airport culture for a night and feel like you’re in the heart of the British countryside.

Gatwick is a much prettier area to stay than Heathrow – close to Brighton and the south coast, as well as near woodland and greenery of Reigate and Surrey. One of the great advantages of staying in hotels such as the Copthorne is the opportunity it allows to completely absorb oneself in the 100 acres of woodland surrounding the property. You could also visit some of the best markets to try in London while you are there.

Travel to and from Gatwick is also easy and well-connected. Driving from London or a surrounding area, Gatwick is most easily reachable by the M23, which connects to the M25 motorway. There are myriad other travel options for those who are looking to use public or chartered transport.

For those who want to save some pennies and can commit to booking in advance, try the National Express coach or easyBus can cost as little as £2 – departing from central London, they’ll take about 75 minutes to reach central London. The easyBus option is very attractive but the cheapest seats do go quickly so you need to really be prepared in order to get the cheapest option.

For those travelling to Gatwick by train, the Brighton to London Bridge service serves Gatwick Airpot both ways; you can also hop on the Gatwick Express from Victoria – a non-stop service between central London and the airport, which will have you at the terminal in half an hour.


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