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Gatwick Arrivals

Collecting loved ones from the airport? To help make things easier for all you Pick Up Heroes, we've put together a guide with lots of handy information about Arrivals at Gatwick, including details on Gatwick Pick Up parking.

London Gatwick Arrivals Guide

Planning your trip to Gatwick Arrivals
Gatwick North Terminal Arrivals
Gatwick South Terminal Arrivals
Facilities at Gatwick Arrivals
Gatwick Arrivals Pick Up Parking
Gatwick Flight Arrivals - FAQs
Gatwick Departures

Before Arriving at Gatwick

Before you head off to collect your passengers, save yourself any last-minute stress and find out which Gatwick terminal their flight is arriving into. If they haven't told you these details in advance, you'll be able to find this information on the airline's website or on the official Gatwick Arrivals page.

Top Tip

Have you thought about the dreaded D word: Delays? If you're on Pick Up duty it's definitely something worth keeping in mind. To reduce the risk of you arriving at the airport, only to find out your loved one's flight has been delayed, which then disrupts all your plans, we highly recommend using a flight tracking website, such as Flightradar24. You'll be able to track planes in real-time and see live predicted arrival times, helping you to plan like a pro and avoid lengthy waiting times.

Gatwick Arrivals North Terminal

From the direction of London or Brighton, exit the M23 at Junction 9 and follow signs for Gatwick Airport. At the following roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Airport Way, following signs for the North Terminal. Top tip: don't make your way to the North Terminal forecourt as Pick Up parking isn't permitted here. Instead, make your way to either the Short Stay or Long Stay car park (more information below). The Arrivals Hall is situated on the ground floor at the North Terminal.

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Gatwick South Terminal Arrivals

Exit the M23 at Junction 9 following signs to Gatwick Airport. Use the filter lane and turn left at the first roundabout (J9a) following signs to the South Terminal. From here, follow directions for either the Short Stay or Long Stay car park (more details on parking below) as parking at the forecourt isn't permitted. The Arrivals Hall can be found on Level 2 in the South Terminal.

What to do in Arrivals at Gatwick?

If you arrive at Gatwick a little early, or your passenger's flight is delayed, there are facilities available in the Arrivals area at both terminals - toilets, free Wi-Fi, Costa coffee, M&S and a handful of other eateries. Check out our North Terminal and South Terminal guides for lots more information.

Gatwick Airport Arrivals Parking

For security reasons, you cannot park and wait at the North or South terminal forecourts. So, when it comes to Gatwick parking, you have a choice of two car parks:

  • The Express Pick Up area in the Short Stay car park (both terminals)
  • Or the Long Stay car parks (both terminals)

Gatwick Arrivals Pick Up Parking - Short Stay

The Short Stay car parks are perfect if you're looking for speed and convenience - pre-booking isn't required and it's just a 5-minute covered walk to the terminal.

Where to find Gatwick Short Stay parking

Short Stay Parking at the North Terminal can be found at Car Park 5 and 6. For the South Terminal, it can be found in Car Parks 1, 2 and 3. Both car parks have pay-on-foot machines that accept cash and card payments.

Gatwick Short Stay Charges
Duration Price*
Up to 30 minutes £5.00
30 minutes - 1 hour £8.00
1-2 hours £13.00
2-3 hours £15.00
3-4 hours £19.00
4-5 hours £22.00
5-6 hours £26.00
6-12 hours £40.00
12-24 hours £45.00

Gatwick Arrivals Pick Up Parking - Long Stay

The other option is to park at one of the Gatwick Long Stay car parks. Parking is FREE for the first 2 hours or £25.00 for 24 hours. A shuttle bus will take you to and from the terminals - transfers are FREE, run 24/7 and take between 10-20 minutes to reach the North Terminal and 7–12 minutes to reach the South Terminal.

Directions to Arrivals at Gatwick

Gatwick Airport is at Junction 9 of the M23. Take a look at our directions to Gatwick Airport where you can enter your location for a tailored map and list of personalised directions from your starting location.

Gatwick Airport Arrivals - FAQs

How long does it take to get through Arrivals at Gatwick?

It will take on average 1 hour to get out of the airport after landing, although times will vary depending on how busy it is. You'll need to account for time collecting luggage, getting through customs, passing the security checkpoint and walking to your gate.

Where do Arrivals come in at Gatwick?

Wondering where you need to head to meet your loved one? If they're flying into the North Terminal, the Arrivals Hall is on the ground floor. For the South Terminal, make your way to Level 2.

Is there a Pick Up point at Gatwick?

All Pick Ups should take place in the Short Stay car parks, located a 5-minute walk away from the terminal, or at the Long Stay car parks, located a quick and easy 10-minute bus ride away.

How much is Pick Up parking at Gatwick?

Gatwick arrivals parking is FREE at the Long Stay car park for 2 hours. At the Short Stay car parks, prices start from £5 for 30 minutes.