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Going to London? Here’s How to Make the Most of Gatwick Airport’s Features.

Traveling to London offers many exciting opportunities for you to see some of its most famous regions and hear a bustling urban area full of life. Besides these usual places, I already suggested a number of spots where you can squeeze more out of the city.

However, for you to truly enjoy the whole experience, everything starts and ends in a place where hellos are some of the sweetest, and goodbyes are particularly painful. In other words, an airport, such as London Gatwick, helps you begin your trip on the right foot and conclude it on a high.

Going to London? Here’s How to Make the Most of Gatwick Airport’s Features

Gatwick in Crawley, West Sussex, London is Europe’s leading airport in terms of point-to-point flights and is the busiest single-use runway in the world. From day-trippers to business travelers, people love the convenience this landing field brings inside and out. With that, here’s a rundown of Gatwick Airport’s features and how you can make the most of them.

Commuting and Parking at Gatwick Airport

For solo travelers and/or day-trippers going to London, the Gatwick Express is still the go-to option, as booking promos including four-for-two and three-for-two. Families benefit from this service, especially with free rides for children as long as there are two paying adults. Besides, there’s also a cheaper yet longer alternative: the 65-minute ride aboard an easyBus. On the other hand, even with the chaos of an active airport like Gatwick, business travelers and locals savor the ease of finding parking spaces, thanks to an efficient system.

While North Terminal has long stay and summer special, South Terminal has long stay and long stay plus. UK-based experts, Parking4Less, also point out Gatwick’s award-winning short-stay car park that’s fittingly situated between the two terminals.


Improvements inside the South Terminal reflect the ease of passengers as you go through minimal queuing even at peak hours, as well as a spacious and technologically advanced lounge area. Terminals also have dedicated family-friendly security lanes, including the left-hand side of South’s main security area and on the right of North’s security entrance. Furthermore, note that some airline carriers at Gatwick allow you to check-in bags a day early.

Dining and Relaxing

When it comes to satisfying your taste buds, London Gatwick covers all the bases. Amongst the favorites are South Terminal’s Giraffe, Frankie & Benny’s, and Shake-a-Hula, and North Terminal’s Jamie’s Italian and Jamie’s Bakery. But according to Telegraph, the ideal food option would still be Marks and Spencer Simply Food outlets located in both terminals.

During your downtime, South Terminal passengers can relax for free on the upper level of the departure lounge. Here, you’ll have comfortable seats with leg rests at your disposal. You can also shell out a little extra and hang out at the No. 1 Traveller Lounge.

Alternatively, if you’re traveling from the North Terminal, you’ll have access to a cozy mini-cinema that has a pool table and a small soft-play room. Moreover, if you have more time to spare, you can get a first-hand view of airplanes as they pass through underneath a glass-sided bridge on Pier 6.

Have a nice trip to London!

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Hi there! My name is Silvia and after 15 years between the Paris Opera and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia I now run a boutique hotel in Cinque Terre, deal with tourism management and blogging, sail, horse-ride, play guitar and write about my solo trips around the world. For more info about me and my travel blog check my full bio.