Gatwick rail services face severe disruption this Christmas

Anyone flying from Gatwick over the Christmas and New Year period should seriously consider their transport options to the airport, particularly if they had planned to travel by rail.

Extensive engineering works taking place near Gatwick Airport during the Christmas and New Year period have already resulted in the cancellation of all Gatwick Express services from 25 December until 2 January.

Who can blame them? After all, it’s called an Express service for a reason: it’s the fastest rail service between London and Gatwick Airport, and you can hardly offer an Express service when the state of the rail lines means your service is going to take 90 minutes! That’s right, rail services between London Victoria and Gatwick stations are going to take around 90 minutes over the festive period due the closure of some lines and the use of rail replacement buses.

Services to Gatwick from London Victoria will travel via East Grinstead. At East Grinstead, passengers will board buses to take them the rest of the journey to Gatwick Airport.

For more details of Southern Rail’s services to Gatwick, check their website.

If the thought of spending 90 minutes on the train and bus to travel, what is normally a 30-minute journey, fills you with dread, why not consider the following options:

Car
Gatwick is located just off the M23, junction 9. Set your SatNav to RH6 0PJ for Gatwick’s North Terminal, and RH6 for the South Terminal.

The above postcodes work for on-airport parking and Gatwick meet and greet but, if you’re using one of the off-airport car parks, check the company’s website, or your booking confirmation, for details of their postcode.

Coach
The following companies offer regular coach services to Gatwick Airport: National Express, the Oxford Bus Company, Gatwick Flyer and easyBus.

Bus
Depending on where you live, you may be able to use the services of Metrobus, which offers frequent bus services to Gatwick Airport.

Taxi
It’s worth getting a quote for a taxi to take you to the airport.

Most companies, if booking in advance will quote you a fixed price at the time of booking. On your return, you may find Gatwick Airport’s official taxi a more convenient option as they are permitted to pick-up from the airport terminal, however, they can be significantly more expensive than booking other taxis, which can only pick up passengers in the short-stay car parks.

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