Best Free Parking Near Gatwick Airport In 2022


Updated: 7th January 2022

So you’re going on a trip away, and are hoping to save some money on parking, so you have more to spend on Sangria. Well, we have looked into all the options to make this possible for you and have put it all in order for you here. So,

Free Parking Near Gatwick Airport, UK – 2022

Where is there Free Parking nearest to Gatwick Airport? Here are some streets with free parking nearest to Gatwick Airport:

  • 2-hour free parking in the Airports long-stay car parks
  • The Coronet
  • The Close
  • Haroldslea Close
  • Haroldslea Drive
  • Balcombe Gardens
  • Avenue Gardens
  • Silverlea Gardens
  • Fairlawns
  • Aurum Close

Read on, as even though google maps says it’s only a 22-minute walk from roads with free on-street parking to Gatwick airport. In reality, even though it may be possible, it would be a very unpleasant walk. This is due to dual carriageways not having pavements for pedestrians. So although I would not recommend it, there is a solution. The solution is the trains.

That’s right, trains, and I have researched the best 4 train stations that are nearest to the airport and has free parking opportunities. These are Horley, Salfords, Balcombe & Ifield. All of the options given below are between an 8 and 24 minutes walk and train journey combined. Please note, this does not include the waiting times. Please allow enough time before your flight.

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What to Know about Parking for Free Near Gatwick Airport, UK

Most of the suggestions we have made for free parking nearest to Gatwick Airport are residential roads near to the nearest train stations to the airport, such as Horley, Salford, Ilfield, and Balcombe train stations. There are a few things to keep in mind when parking on residential roads near Gatwick Airport, and these are:

  • Do not block anyones driveway
  • Do not block entrances or doorways with your car
  • Park near the kerb
  • Make sure your vehicle is locked
  • Check the signage before leaving your vehicle
  • Make sure you feel happy to leave your vehicle in the location you have chosen, if not, MOVE!

Nearest Free Parking to Gatwick Airport via Horley Train Station

You may not be able to walk from these Horley streets to the airport, but for just £2 for a standard single ticket, it is only a 4-minute train journey one stop from Horley to Gatwick Airport station. Now, let’s take a new look at these roads and put them in order of the nearest to Horley railway station.

Free Parking for Gatwick Airport
via Horley Train Station

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Walking
Time
Total Walk,
Plus 4 min
Train Time
Fairlawns4 mins8 mins
Aurum Close4 mins8 mins
Crewdson Road6 mins10 mins
Saint Georges Close7 mins11 mins
Balcombe Gardens7 mins11 mins
Silverlea Gardens8 mins12 mins
Haroldslea Drive9 mins13 mins
Avenue Gardens10 mins14 mins
The Coronet11 mins15 mins
Meadowcroft Close13 mins17 mins
The above times are estimations only

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Closest Free Parking to Gatwick Airport via Salfords Station

The second great option we have for you is Salford, Surrey. It is just an 8-minute train ride, and a couple of stops to Gatwick, costing just £2 for a standard single ticket. (Buy your tickets here)

Free Parking for Gatwick Airport
via Salfords Train Station

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Walking
Time
Total Walk,
Plus 8 min
Train Time
Southern Avenue1 min9 mins
Westmead Drive2 mins10 mins
Mead Avenue3 mins11 mins
Honeycrock Lane5 mins13 mins
Salbrook Road5 mins13 mins
Dunraven Avenue9 mins17 mins
Park View Road9 mins17 mins
Park Avenue12 mins20 mins
The above times are estimations only

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Closest Free Parking to Gatwick Airport via Ifield Station

You may be wondering why we’ve chosen Ifield, one stop on from Crawley and not mentioned Crawley at all. This is simply because there is no nearby free parking to Crawley train station and lots near Ifield station.

For the same £3.80 single standard fare, (click here to purchase your ticket now) you have just saved yourself an extra 10 minutes walking time, by choosing to park by the Ifield station instead.

See the chart below for time estimates and use the map below for Google directions.

Free Parking for Gatwick Airport
via Ifield Train Station

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Walking
Time
Total Walk,
Plus 13 min
Train Time
Craigans2 mins15 mins
Ifield Drive2 mins15 mins
Tangmere Road2 mins15 mins
Treyford Close3 mins16 mins
The Croft3 mins16 mins
Hillmead4 mins17 mins
Shipley Road4 mins17 mins
Nurserylands4 mins17 mins
Gossops Green Lane4 mins17 mins
Highams Hill5 mins18 mins
The above times are estimations only

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Free Parking in Balcombe for Gatwick Airport

Our 4th option for pay zero parking for Gatwick airport is Balcombe. Although Balcombe is 2 minutes closer by train to Gatwick Airport station than Ifield, we have put it as our 4th option due to its ticket price.

A standard single train ticket from Balcombe to Gatwick is £4.50 (You can buy your ticket from here). This is 70p more than the Ifield ticket for just 2 more minutes on the train, (you could say it’s a £21 per hour saving)

Free Parking for Gatwick Airport
via Balcombe
Train Station
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Walking
Time
Total Walk,
Plus 11 min
Train Time
Newlands3 mins14 mins
Bramble Mead3 mins14 mins
London Road
Between Bramble Hill & Westup Road
5 mins16 mins
Bramble Hill5 mins16 mins
Jobes6 mins17 mins
Stockcroft Road9 mins20 mins
Foxwells11 mins22 mins
Troymede13 mins24 mins
The above times are estimations only

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Cheapest Car Parking for Gatwick Airport

We have also sourced the cheapest long stay car parks, nearest to Gatwick airport for you to compare. This also acts as a great excise to just how much you can save from using our free parking tips above in this article.

The below chart is based on a 3-day stay and shows the price of parking as well as the walking distance to the airport. Shuttles may be included in some of the below prices.

Cheapest 3 Day (36 hr)
Car Parking
by Gatwick Airport
PriceApprox time
to Gatwick
Victoria Road Car Park£16.5047 min walk
4 min by train
NCP Horley Station£21.0040 min walk
4 min by train
Travelodge Gatwick Airport Central£45.0033 mins
Gatwick Airport Long Stay South£65.0028 mins
Gatwick Airport Long Stay Plus
Ring Road South
£65.0032 mins
Gatwick Airport Long Stay North£65.0038 mins
Gatwick Airport Valet Parking North
(Car Park J)
£79.0019 mins
Gatwick Airport Valet Parking
Westway
£79.0022 mins
Hampton by Hilton
London Gatwick Airport
£129.0022 mins
Gatwick Airport Short Stay
Gatwick North Terminal
£135.0014 mins
The above info has been sourced from Parkopedia

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That only leaves me to wish you a safe drive, park, and an enjoyable trip. Keep safe, and remember to think of Road trip heroes whenever you’re visiting a new town.

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Charlie

I do this because I love helping save you time and money, by searching for free, or at least the cheap places to park.

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