Gatwick Airport Terminals
There are two main Gatwick Airport terminals, a north terminal and a south terminal. Both are well equipped and have all the amenities you'll need for your travels. On the two sections below you'll find specific advice for each terminal.
Gatwick’s newest terminal has modern facilities and a range of services for all types of travellers, whether you’re flying premium or economy. Find out about Hotels at Gatwick so you can ensure that you’re on time and prepared for your flight. It pays to remember too that Gatwick Airport doesn’t have flight announcements, so you need to keep an eye on the information screens for your boarding time and gate number.
Is your trip is for a weekend or a week? Gatwick Airport’s long stay or short stay parking is a safe and secure place to store your car no matter how long you’re away. Of course, with the convenient Gatwick Express you don’t even need to bring your car, the train drops you directly at South Terminal and you just need to catch the inter-terminal monorail to the North Terminal Level 1. Go upstairs to the check in facilities on Level 2 where you can find services such as:
- Bureau de Change counters
There are two levels to the departures area, with most of the retail stores on the lower level, the upper area has cafes and restaurants. Travel services such as Bureau de Change and cash machines are on the lower level along with public phones and a dedicated kids zone.
The North Terminal has several airport lounges catering to both business and leisure travellers. Offering a place to relax before your flight, charge your devices or simply enjoy a meal or a drink, these can be either pre-booked in advance or you can just pay as you go.
You can read more about the lounges available at the North Terminal with the link below.
Gatwick Airport North Terminal Lounges
After clearing customs and immigration (all straightforward if you have the correct documentation and no goods to declare) you’ll be greeted by a range of transport options and services to get you into London quickly and easily. There are also hotels both in the airport and within walking distance if you need accommodation.
- Taxis and buses are in the terminal forecourt.
- Car hire rental is in the building across the forecourt.
- Trains in the South Terminal are accessed via the inter-terminal monorail.
- Inter-terminal monorail is well signposted and found on Level 1.
Hotels at Gatwick Airport
North Terminal Car Rental
Gatwick’s largest terminal is where you’ll depart from or arrive into if you’re flying low cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair as well as many other European or international airlines. The South Terminal is Gatwick’s busiest terminal but thanks to its recent upgrade has more space and modern facilities to accommodate large numbers of travellers.
Once you’ve dropped your car at Gatwick Airport’s long stay or short stay parking or accessed the airport by train or bus, then you’ll be ready to check-in. Some airlines offer self service check-in kiosks and also online check-in, which will save you time so you just need to drop your luggage off and enjoy the rest of your time in an airport lounge or duty free shopping.
Near the check in desks you can find such services such as:
- Bureau de Change counters
Gatwick Airport Terminals - South Departures Facilities
Before your flight you can enjoy three levels of duty free shops, travel services, cafes and restaurants as soon as you clear security. If you know you will arrive early or your flight is delayed, consider one of Gatwick’s airport lounges. There are several available at the South Terminal for all classes of passengers and airlines (and some dedicated to certain airlines like Virgin Airlines’ V-Room). The beauty of airport lounges is that they can be pre-booked in advance (or you can just drop in and pay the entry fee) and some may offer fast access through security.
You can read more about the lounges available at the South Terminal with the link below.
Gatwick Airport South Terminal Lounges
Gatwick Airport Car Rental South Terminal
After clearing customs and immigration (all straightforward if you have the correct documentation and no goods to declare) a range of transport services await you in arrivals, or you may be stopping overnight in one of Gatwick’s excellent hotels, to find out more information visit our Hotels at Gatwick page.
- Taxis and buses in street level forecourt
- Car rental hire desks beyond the Meeting Point
- Train station entrance, well signposted and near the departures area
- Inter-terminal monorail, well signposted and near the train station.
Best Hotel Deals
International Airports Guide | Home