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Drop off passengers like a pro with our handy Gatwick Drop Off Guide

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We've put together all the need-to-know Gatwick drop off information so all the Drop Off Heroes can have a simple and stress-free trip. In this guide find out where to drop off, car park prices, how to pay and lots more.

Gatwick Drop Off Charge Summary

Gatwick drop off options and charges
Car Park Duration Price*
Terminal drop off zones 10 minutes
Each extra minute up to 20 mins
30 minutes
Gatwick Short Stay Up to 30 minutes
31 - 60 minutes
1 - 2 hours
Gatwick Long Stay Up to 2 hours FREE

Where is the Gatwick airport drop off point?

If you're looking for the quickest and easiest place to drop off your passengers, the designated drop off zones outside the terminal buildings is where you'll want to go.

Where is the North terminal drop off location?

You'll find the North terminal drop off zone on the lower level between the Sofitel hotel and the multi-storey car park.

Where is the South terminal drop off location?

The South terminal drop off zone is located on the lower level near the Short Stay car parks and is signposted from the approach roads.

What is the Gatwick drop off charge?

Prices for Gatwick Airport Drop Off Zones
Duration Price*
10 minutes £5.00
Each additional minute up to 20 minutes£1.00
30 minutes£25.00

Blue Badge holders are exempt from Drop Off charges, as long as you register your number plate in advance.

How do I pay the Gatwick drop off charge?

You'll need to pay by midnight the day after you use the drop off zone. If you're late paying or don't pay at all, you'll receive a Parking Charge Notice and nobody wants that! It's a £100 fine or £60 if you pay within 14 days, so it's best to get it ticked off as soon as you can. Don't worry though, paying your charge online is quick and easy. The buttons below will take you to the official Gatwick website to pay. There's also an automated payment line if you'd prefer to pay by phone: 0330 174 4503.

Is there a free drop off Gatwick?

The good news is yes, there is a free drop off point at Gatwick if you don't mind parking a little further away from the terminal. The Long Stay car parks at Gatwick offer 2 hours free parking and a free, 5-minute shuttle bus to and from the terminals.

Are there any other Gatwick airport drop off options?

If you want to be within easy walking distance of the terminals but don't want to pay the premium Terminal drop off prices, we'd recommend parking at the Gatwick Short Stay car park. Stay for up to 30 mins for £5 or up to 60 mins for £8. In comparison the Terminal drop off zone charges £25 for 30 minutes, so there's a decent saving to be had!

How do I avoid drop off charges at Gatwick?

The best way to avoid drop off charges is to park at Gatwick Long Stay. You'll be able to park for free for 2 hours..

*All prices on this page are correct at time of writing and subject to change.