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Gatwick Express Train

The Gatwick Express (GX) is perhaps most known for shuttling travelers back and forth between central London and Gatwick Airport. However, the train’s route map also extends south of Gatwick to include trips to Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Hassocks, and finally, the seaside resort town of Brighton.

Because Gatwick Express trains offer a quick, easy and inexpensive means of getting to the airport, most travelers prefer it to taking a bus or taxi. After all, it’s only a 28-minute trip between the Gatwick Airport station and London Victoria station, with train departures just 15 minutes apart. From the airport to Brighton, it’s an even shorter, 23-minute commute. To ride the entire length of the Gatwick Express line between London and Brighton: a mere 54 minutes!

Gatwick Airport

London Gatwick is the 2nd-busiest airport in Britain and the 8th-busiest in Europe. Its actual location is in the county of West Sussex, approximately 45 kilometers south of the English capital. Gatwick operates as a single-runway airport with two terminals: the North Terminal and South Terminal. It is regarded as the UK’s best-connected airport by train, providing fast and frequent services to London plus direct services to 129 stations across the territory.

The train station

The Gatwick Airport railway station can be found in the South Terminal, which is accessible from the North Terminal by way of a free shuttle service. The station features a number of convenient facilities, including:

  • Public WiFi
  • A ticket office
  • Pay phones
  • ATM machines
  • A currency exchange bureau
  • A tourist information desk
  • Various restaurants and shops
  • A car park
  • Car rental services
  • Restrooms with showers and baby changing stations
  • Waiting rooms
  • Assistance and accessibility for disabled passengers

Ticket fare options for travel

When booking your Gatwick Express train ticket, you’ll notice there is one general travel fare available:

  • Ticket ONLY on Departure - Anytime
    These tickets are fully flexible. There are no time restrictions, so you are free to travel aboard any train, even during peak hours. Seat reservations are not included.

Travel classes:

Children between 5 and 15 years of age can save on the adult ticket price. Children under the age of 5 travel for free.

  • Second Class
    Offers economical travel in a comfortable, quality seat.
  • First Class
    Offers an upgraded travel experience in quieter, more relaxed atmosphere. Seats are larger, providing superior comfort and plenty of extra elbow and leg room.

Discounts:

Children between the ages of 5 and 15 receive a discount on the adult ticket price. Children under 5 years of age travel for free.

Ticket purchase conditions and delivery:

Tickets may be booked up to 3 months in advance. Refunds and exchanges are not permitted. Receive your ticket collection reference number by email, which can be used to collect your physical train ticket from a self-service ticket machine anywhere in Britain.

Rail passes:

If you are looking to purchase more than one train ticket, consider a rail pass instead, as it may be cheaper and offer more flexibility.

On board the Gatwick Express

Most Gatwick Express services are supplied by British Rail Class 387/2 Electrostar trains. Boasting a maximum speed of 177km/h, these modern high-speed commuters are designed for passenger comfort as well as travel efficiency.

Train services and amenities:

  • Air-conditioned, smoke-free coaches
  • 2x2 seating arrangement
  • Large panoramic windows
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Courtesy reading lamps
  • Power outlets
  • Work tables
  • Priority seating for elderly and disabled passengers
  • Wheelchair-accessible facilities
  • Restrooms with baby changing stations

Luggage:

Every Gatwick Express coach has dedicated luggage racks. Storage spaces can also be found under each seat. A same-day luggage delivery service is available through the company’s partnership with “AirPortr”.

Bicycles:

Passengers can carry their completely folded or encased bicycle on board free of charge at all times. Non-folded bikes are also permitted, but not during peak hours due to space restrictions on the train.

Animals:

Up to 2 pets per passenger are allowed to travel at no cost. Additional animals will be charged a fee. Dogs must be kept on a leash and properly restrained throughout the trip.

Accessibility:

GX trains are accessible for passengers with reduced mobility and special needs. If travel assistance is required, the company should be contacted at least 24 hours before the train departure time.

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