After departing your flight when returning from a getaway, it is a common feeling to wish to get home as soon as possible. When travelling as a group, you may have to hire a coach or minibus service to transport you home safely. Some coach hire companies will work to simplify the homeward travel for you and collect you from a pick-up point within the airport grounds, close to your exit point. Being aware of the possible collection points will be important for you to locate your driver and board your vehicle in good timing.

Pick-up points

Within Gatwick, there are multiple pick-up points, some free of charge, and some that require a fee. However, if you are being collected by a minibus or coach with more than eight seats on board, your driver will have to meet you at the designated coach park facility which is located on the South Terminal ring road. If you have landed at Gatwick’s North Terminal, you will have to board the inter-terminal shuttle. This service runs every few minutes for 24 hours a day and has a total journey time of 2 minutes.

The purchase of a ticket is necessary for your coach or minibus driver to gain access to the coach park. Your driver will be able to remain there for up to three hours whilst collecting from either the North or South terminals. The charge of this ticket is £16.75. For every additional hour, the cost of fees will increase.

One additional hour – £7.50

1-2 additional hours – £12

2-3 additional hours – £18

3-24 additional hours – £20

Over 24 hours – £25 per 24 hours

Choosing your coach hire service

When it comes to selecting a reliable coach hire service to collect you from Gatwick airport, it is important to take the time to research and observe reviews or recommendations. You will require an experienced coach service that is experienced in Gatwick airport transfers and knows of the coach park conditions. You may also like to discuss the cost of parking before agreeing to confirmation of hire and whether this will be included in your hire charge. It is worth remembering that flights do not always run like clockwork, and it is common to experience delays to your arrival time. Some companies will run a contingency service that will wait on standby for 24 hours a day. You will be able to inform the booking team of your delay and prevent the additional costs of your vehicle awaiting your arrival in the coach park.

Here at City Circle, our coach and minibus hire service is bespoke to you. With coaches of 27, 36 and 53 seats, as well as additional luggage room, no collection at arrivals is too much for us to handle. We will also allow you to rely upon our 24-hour contingency service should you experience any flight delays.

If you would like to find out more about our coach hire services and what we can offer you, get in touch with our friendly City Circle bookings team who will be happy to assist you. Give us a call at our London branch on 020 8561 2112 or at our Edinburgh branch at 01313332700 or, alternatively, drop us an email at go@citycircleuk.com where we will get back to you within 24 hours.