How early to arrive at Gatwick?

For parking at Gatwick we advise you to be at least 2,5 hours to 4 hours in advance at the parking lot or at the departure hall. Gatwick airport advises you to always check with your ticket for check in times. The general rule is:

  • International flights: Check-in 3 hours prior to departure

  • Domestic and Ireland: Check-in 2 hours prior to departure

We advise the extra 0.5/1 hour to get from your parking lot to the airport. That way you always make sure you are on time for your flight.

Park and Ride 

If you have opted for Gatwick Park and Ride, you can almost immediately board a shuttle bus to Gatwick airport. Upon arrival at the parking lot a shuttle bus will be ready to take you to the airport. Most parking lots work with private shuttles. This means that the shuttle will be reserved exclusively for you and your party. If this is not the case it will always be clearly stated on our website. Most parkings are located within 10-15 minutes of the airport. Waiting time will be 20-30 minutes maximum. 

Meet and Greet 

If you have opted for Gatwick Meet and Greet, we recommend that you be at the agreed terminal 2.5-3.5 hours in advance depending if your flight is international of domestic/Ireland. The parking employee wants to check your car for any damage and prepare the necessary paperwork. This will take about 10 minutes depending on crowds. By arriving well in advance you can travel with confidence.

International flights

If you are flying to a destination outside of The United Kingdom or Ireland, Gatwick advises you to be at the check-in counter 3 hours in advance. We therefore recommend that you arrive at the car park at least 4 hours before your flight. That way you’ll have enough time to get to the checkin counter in time. If you have opted for Meet and Greet parking please take an extra 30 minutes in account to have enough time to make sure that the transfer of the car is going well. 


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