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London Gatwick Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our London Gatwick Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

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Airport Overview

What to Expect

  • Gatwick Airport is made up of two terminals: North and South.
  • Some shopping and food are open 24-hours.
  • Free WiFi is available. However, it is said to be slow and inconsistent. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Before security: there are sleep-friendly armchairs and soft benches without armrests in the South terminal. In the North Terminal, there are some comfortable seats on the lower level, near the coffee shop.
  • After security: there are some benches without armrests where it would be possible stretch out.
  • Bright lights and noise should be expected. Be prepared and take a sleep mask and earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones. A blanket will also come in handy.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, several hotels are located inside or near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class travelers can buy a pass and relax in one of the airport lounges.. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

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Gatwick Airport Information

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 lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

North Terminal

South Terminal

» Buy a Lounge Pass

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Gatwick Airport for 90 minutes. Connect to the “Gatwick Free wi-fi” network and follow the steps to sign up. After first session is over, additional time can be purchased by reopening your browser and connecting to Boingo hotspot. Additionally, self-service Surfbox internet stations are available throughout the airport. All Surfbox kiosks have mobile charging capabilities, and the landside Surfboxes also have printing facilities. Prices are clearly displayed, and payment is by coin or credit card.

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Airport Hotels