Which terminal?

All Virgin Atlantic flights depart from and arrive at the North Terminal.

Do I need a visa?

Check out our Visa information pages for every country that we fly to.

Visa information

Connecting flights

Got another flight to catch? Virgin Atlantic customers may use the free GatwickConnects service for a quick and stress free way to connect to your next flight.


When does my flight depart/arrive?

Unsure of your timings? It's best to be safe than sorry. Check your departure and arrival time with our handy Flight status tool.

Flight status

Online check in

The best way to check in is online where you can pick your seat and print your boarding card. If you’re travelling with carry on baggage only, you can print off your own boarding pass and we’ll see you at the gate. Alternatively, you may use our automated self service kiosks at the airport. You'll find them in Zone A and they're open between 05.30 and 22.30.

Check in online now

Travelling with kids?

Gatwick airport has a family room equipped with amazing soft play areas and games rooms available for free, so you can let the kids enjoy themselves whilst you sit back with a well-deserved cuppa.

More about flying with children

What time should I arrive at the airport?

Leave those last-minute airport dashes to the big screen! We recommend that you arrive at least two hours before your flight is due to leave.

Counter check in and bag drop

You’ll find our desks in Zone A of the North Terminal. Check in starts from four hours before departure. If your flight is in the early hours, you may drop your bags off the night before. All passengers will need to be present for this option. Twilight check in is available from 17.00 to 21.00 - please note, there is no dedicated Premium desk.

Baggage allowance

Arriving at LGW

Check out this handy guide for some useful tips on how to prepare you and your party for passing through UK borders.

Let's go

Gatwick Airport's facilities

Gatwick has a wide range of pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from.
Places to eat
Grab that last-minute souvenir from one of Gatwick's selection of shops.
Our team are always on hand to help make your journey go smoothly.
Find out about Gatwick's accessible facilities.
Accessibility services

Getting to and from the airport

By road

The airport is linked directly to both the M23 motorway and also the A23 from London to Brighton.

By taxi
Airport taxis are available in arrivals.

By bus and coach

National Express services connect the airport with destinations around the UK from the North Terminal bus station. Metrobus provide services to local destinations.

By train

Gatwick Airport railway station has regular trains to London and destinations in the south east, including the faster Gatwick Express.

Remember: If you're travelling to the airport by train, the railway station is connected to the South Terminal. As our flights leave from the North Terminal you'll need to catch the inter-terminal shuttle. This takes just a few minutes and runs 24/7.

*If you prefer, you can swap your chauffeured transfer for a First Class
ride on the Gatwick Express. To arrange your ground transfers call
Upper Class Reservations on 0344 579 1111.