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Find out about your transport options for getting to UCL from Gatwick airport.

You can find the main ways of travelling to the UCL campus from Gatwick airport below:


Gatwick Express train

Directions

  1. The station for the Gatwick Express train is in the South Terminal. If you are in the North Terminal, follow signs to South Terminal - transferring between terminals at Gatwick is very easy. The inter-terminal transit shuttle service operates 24 hours a day between North and South terminals and takes just two minutes.
  2. Once you’re in the South Terminal, follow signs for the train station.
  3. Once you’re at the station, and before you board a train, purchase your ticket. You can also do this online beforehand on the Gatwick Express website.
  4. You will then need to board the Gatwick Express train to London Victoria.
  5. Once you get to Victoria, you will need to take the London Underground (the Tube), for the rest of the way.
  6. Before boarding a train, you will need to purchase a ticket. Fares are considerably cheaper with an Oyster Card, and you’ll certainly make use of your Oyster Card throughout your time in London, so it is probably a good idea to get one straight away. More information can be found on the Transport for London (TfL) website.
  7. You can purchase Oyster Cards from ticket machines or the ticket office and you will need to load some money onto it. You will need to pay a £5 deposit. If you load £10 on to start with, that will be plenty for this journey. If you have a contactless debit card, you can also use it for your journey in the same way as an Oyster.
  8. Tap your Oyster card on the yellow pad at the ticket barriers, and head for your platform.
  9. You'll need to look for the Northbound platform for the Victoria Line (light blue line).
  10. Once you're at the platform, board a Tube and stay on until you get to Warren Street station.
  11. At Warren Street station, get off the Tube and make your way to the exit.
  12. Touch your Oyster card at the barriers when you exit the station.
  13. Warren Street is a short walk from UCL’s main Gower Street site. Put the address (UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT) into your phone for easy walking directions from the station.

Please note that there are many trains departing from Gatwick Airport for other areas of central London, such as London Bridge or St.Pancras International, which may have different fares. These guidelines provide information on how to reach the UCL main campus, but you are advised to plan your journey beforehand as other train routes may also suit your travel plans and bring you closer to your own final destination.

Cost

For up to date fares please visit the Gatwick Express website.

For up to date Tube fares please visit the Transport for London (TfL) website.

Duration

  • The Gatwick Express journey takes 30 minutes to get to Victoria.
  • The Tube journey from Victoria takes 6 minutes.
  • The UCL Gower Street campus is a 5 minute walk from Warren Street station.
  • Total journey time: approximately 40 minutes.

Tips

  • If possible, try to avoid the peak periods of 8.00 to 9.00am and 5.00 to 7.00pm as the Tube is very busy during this time.
  • Bear in mind that you may have to carry your luggage up/down some stairs.
  • The first Gatwick Express train is around 4.30am and the last one is around 1.30am. If you will be arriving very early in the morning or late at night, check the Gatwick Express website to make sure it is running. Visit the Gatwick Express webpages for more information.
  • The Tube starts at around 5.00am and closes around midnight, with the exception of some lines on the weekend that run 24 hours. If you will be arriving very early in the morning or late at night, check the Travel for London (TfL) website for exact times to make sure the Tube is running. Visit the TfL webpages to plan your journey.

National Express coach

Directions

  1. From Gatwick North Terminal, coaches arrive and depart from the lower level, outside International Arrivals at Gatwick's North Terminal. The ticket office is inside the terminal at International Arrivals. Buy your ticket there or online beforehand (it’s cheaper to buy in advance). Visit the National Express website for more information.
  2. From Gatwick South Terminal, coaches arrive and depart from the lower forecourt at stops 1 to 5. Escalators, lifts, ramps and travelators make it easy to get between the forecourt and the terminal. The ticket offices are in Arrivals and the lower forecourt area. Buy your ticket there or online beforehand (it’s cheaper to buy in advance). Visit the National Express website for more information.
  3. National Express coaches stop at a variety of destinations in London. It is easiest if you get a coach to Victoria Coach Station, then continue your journey by London Underground (the Tube), from there.
  4. Once you've bought your ticket, board your coach and get off at London Victoria Coach Station.
  5. Victoria Coach Station is about a 300 metre walk from Victoria Underground station - follow signs for London Underground or Victoria Station, or ask a member of staff if you are unsure.
  6. Once you get to Victoria Underground Station, and before boarding a train, you will need to purchase a ticket. Fares are considerably cheaper with an Oyster Card, and you’ll certainly make use of your Oyster Card throughout your time in London, so it is probably a good idea to get one straight away. More information can be found on the Transport for London (TfL) website.
  7. You can purchase an Oyster card from ticket machines or the ticket office. You will need to pay a £5 deposit and load some money on for your journey. If you load £10 on to start with, that will be plenty for this journey. If you have a contactless debit card, you can also use it for your journey in the same way as an Oyster.
  8. Tap your Oyster card on the yellow pad at the ticket barriers, and head for your platform.
  9. You'll need to look for the Northbound platform for the Victoria Line (light blue line).
  10. Once you're at the platform, board a Tube and stay on until you get to Warren Street.
  11. At Warren Street station, get off the Tube and make your way to the exit.
  12. Touch your Oyster card at the barriers when you exit the station.
  13. Warren Street is a short walk from UCL’s main Gower Street site. Put the address (UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT) into your phone for easy walking directions from the station.

Please note that there are many coaches departing from Gatwick Airport for London Victoria and other areas of central London, which may have different fares. These guidelines provide information on how to reach the UCL main campus, but you are advised to plan your journey beforehand as other coaches may also suit your travel plans and bring you closer to your own final destination.

Cost

For up to date fares please visit the National Express website.

For up to date Tube fares please visit the Transport for London (TfL) website.

Duration

  • The coach journey takes around 1 hour and 35 minutes - but this can be significantly longer if there is heavy traffic.
  • The Tube journey from Victoria station takes 6 minutes.
  • The UCL Gower Street campus is a 5 minute walk from Warren Street station.
  • Total journey time: approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes (in good traffic).

Tips

  • If possible, try to avoid the peak periods of 8.00 to 9.00am and 5.00 to 7.00pm as the Tube is very busy during this time.
  • Bear in mind that you may have to carry your luggage up/down some stairs.
  • National Express services run throughout the day and night. Check the National Express website for timetables.
  • The Tube starts at around 5.00am and closes around midnight, with the exception of some lines on the weekend that run 24 hours. If you will be arriving very early in the morning or late at night, check the Travel for London (TfL) website for exact times to make sure the Tube is running. Visit the TfL webpages to plan your journey.

Taxi

Directions

  • Taxis stop at the ranks outside the Gatwick terminal. You just need to go outside, approach the driver and provide the address of your destination (for UCL - Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT).
  • Alternatively, you can book a private hire minicab which will offer a fixed price to your destination. All private hire minicabs will need to be pre-booked online or by telephone and the drivers should meet you from your flight in the arrivals area, but confirm this with them at the time of booking. A pre-booked minicab can be significantly cheaper than taking a taxi from the ranks at the airport.
  • Transport for London (TfL) has a list of suggested mini-cab firms.

Cost

This varies depending on the taxi company, the time of day you travel and how much traffic there is. Roughly, you can expect your journey to cost between £80-£120 but this could be significantly higher if there are delays or heavy traffic. If you book a taxi in advance, they should provide a fixed quote for your journey.

Duration

This varies depending on traffic, but it should take approximately 70-90 minutes.