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London Gatwick Airport

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The police were lovely they even bought me a coffee.

Recent Review

London Gatwick South Terminal (wikipedia)
South Terminal, Zone K, Source: Dbx54 / Wikipedia

by kiwikate
Based on reviews on this side we decided to stay at gatwick before out 7:30am flight rather than fight London traffic. Reviews are totally true, would have been a great place to sleep as there were no hassles from security, shops open 24 hours and comfy couches. However, they are currently doing construction (and will be for another year or so) so the noise and dust were a major problem. On the plus side, the constructin guys were really friendly and advised us where the quietest place would be but there were jackhammers and lights all night and not a lot of space in the quieter places. Also, no announcements so once the constuction is finished it would be fairly quiet. In saying that, we managed about 4 hours sleep so it wasn't too terrible. Just thought these reviews needed an update!

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Gatwick Airport Guide

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at London Gatwick airport either by purchasing a day pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • No.1 Lounge Gatwick - Location: South Terminal, Airside, Mezzanine Level. Hours: 4:00AM - 10:00PM. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Book Online (£25.00) • Priority Pass.
  • Aspire Lounge by Servisair - Location: South Terminal, Airside, Upper Level. Hours: 4:00AM - 10:00PM. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Book Online (£18.99) • Priority Pass.
  • No. 1 Lounge Gatwick - Location: North Terminal, Airside. Showers are available. Hours: 4:00AM - 10:00PM. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Book Online (£25.00) • Priority Pass.
  • Aspire Lounge by Servisair - Location: North Terminal, Airside, Level 1. Hours: 4:00AM - 9:00PM. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Book Online (£15.99) • Priority Pass.
  • My Lounge - Location: North Terminal, Airside. Hours: 4:00AM - 8:00PM. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Book Online (£16.00) • Priority Pass.
  • Regus Express Business Lounge - Location: South Terminal, Arrivals Concourse, Ground Floor. Hours: 6:00AM - 6:00PM (Mon - Fri). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (£39.00).

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at London Gatwick Airport for 45 minutes. For additional time, Boingo offers different plans. McDonald's offers Free WiFi (South Terminal, Airside). Additionally, Surfbox provides internet kiosks and printing facilities before and after security. Rates: 10p per minute for internet access and 50p per page for printing.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the London Gatwick Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels in and near the airport....

  • Bloc Gatwick - a budget hotel located inside the South Terminal on the Arrivals Floor.
  • Hilton - connected to the South Terminal by a covered walkway. Day rooms are available 9am-6pm.
  • Yotel - located in the airport in the South Terminal. Day rooms / hourly rates (from 4 to 24 hours) are offered.
  • Sofitel - connected to the North Terminal by a covered walkway. Day rooms are available 9am-6pm.

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Gatwick Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Cash machines are available in both terminals, airside and landside.
  • Luggage Trolleys - Available for a refundable deposit of £1, €1 or US 25-cent coin.
  • Car Rentals - Alamo • Avis • Dollar • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • National • Thrifty. Location: Car Rental Facility across from the North Terminal.
  • Chapel / Prayer Room - Locations: South Terminal, Landside, near Caffè Nero • North Terminal, Landside, beside International Arrivals. Hours: open 24 hours.
  • Children's Play Areas - The airport's "Kids Zones" provide a separate area for kids to play and watch TV. Location: South Terminal, Airside, opposite Cafe Rouge and behind Boots • North Terminal, Airside.
  • Currency Exchange - Moneycorp has exchange desks and ATMS located throughout both terminals. Hours: open 24 hours.
  • Family Services - If you are travelling with small children, the airport offers Family Assistance Lanes, Kids Zones and baby changing facilities.
  • Food & Drinks - There are several 24 hour food and beverage concessions available:
    »North Terminal: Starbucks (Airside)
    »South Terminal: Caffe Nero (Landside) • Costa Coffee (Arrivals) • McDonalds (Airside) • Pret a Manger (Airside) •
  • Games Rooms - GameGrid provides arcade entertainment including air hockey, table football and computer games. Locations: Airside and Landside
  • Kid's Zones - Special kid's areas offer play areas and tv lounges for your children, as well as seating for grown-ups. Locations: North Terminal (Airside, behind Boots) and South Terminal (Airside, upstairs, opposite Cafe Rouge).
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Location: Arrivals Level in North and South Terminals. Rates: £8.00 per item per day. Hours: open 24 hours
  • Mobile Charging - If you don't have your mobile charger, you can charge your phone at Chargebox. Locations: North and South Terminal departure lounges. Rate: £1.50 for 30 minutes
  • Pharmacy - Boots has locations in the North Terminal (Landside & Airside) and South Terminal (Arrivals and Airside).
  • Showers - Showers are available. Location: South Terminal, opposite the Beehive Bar and restaurant and North Terminal, No. 1 Lounge.
  • Take a Walk - If you want to get out and enjoy the fresh air, there is a national bicycle path that leads to the airport. According to a site visitor "the path led quickly off the site and wound through a pretty wooded suburban area".
  • Work Pods - Regus Express has installed soundproof work pods that come equipped with free WiFi and mobile charging. Locations: North Terminal, Airside, Gates 104-105 • South Terminal, Airside, Gates 31-38. Rate: £10 per 30 mins. Hours: open 24 hours.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Getting Around

There is a 24 hour terminal shuttle that runs every few minutes.

Airport Maps

Download terminal maps for the North Terminal and South Terminal.

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Last Updated: 23 February 2015

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