Where are the London Gatwick designated waiting spots for Uber?
As you might know, every airport is a bit different from the other. While Heathrow has already a dedicated private hire “ranking” place, referred to as the AVA or Authorised Vehicles Area where you can rest, visit the loo or have some vending machines food at most other London airports you are on your own when driving for Uber. I have personally lost a few hours of waiting here and there due to the utter laziness and refusal to read a bit before deciding to wait at an airport. Especially at Gatwick airport, I have been waiting all at the wrong spots and Uber have never sent me a job there just yet.
You have to be at a designated place to get a fare.
The most up to date information about each and every airport waiting areas can be found in the Uber leaflet. There is no other way around it. Yes, the app might show you that you are in the queue and countdown to the next trip, but it will never actually come. It will just sit there in the 0-10 minutes forever or until you furiously decide to give up and head to central London or home, which I did both times. I live in NW London, so I rarely get the chance to drive anyone towards Gatwick, so I didn’t bother to read the Uber leaflet about it beforehand. I thought it’s a bit like Heathrow, so I just waited at a local petrol station for the countdown, but I was there for over an hour in the 0 to 10 minutes zone. It never came. Well, I used the time to type a blog post or two, but I would still rather be driving and make money when I’m outside the comfort of my house rather than cramped in the car with my laptop.
So here are the Uber designated spots for London Gatwick airport:
London Gatwick Uber Waiting Areas
There used to be two separate locations that included some food and lavatories in close vicinity, but now Uber changed that. The only official waiting areas are Horley public pay and display car parks. There are three separate car parks listed on the Uber leaflet, but there are no postcodes or any directions. Typical for Uber customer support to not care very much about how people can find those spots. So here they are, listed in no particular order:
Victoria Road Public Parking. SatNav Postcode RH6 7AS
High Street Horley Public Parking. SatNav Postcode RH6 7BN
Central Public Parking. SatNav Postcode RH6 7BB
All of them are pay and display car parks. I was there the other day and got a trip request from the parking lot of Horley’s Waitrose so that might work OK as well.
Gatwick Airport Pickups
Gatwick, just like all the other London airports, has struck rules about picking up and dropping off passengers. You can only pick up at the designated spots as outlined below. Any other attempt might get you a hefty fine, so please follow the rules. Uber doesn’t play when it comes to dodgy behaviour, so it is always better to be safe rather than sorry. Gatwick has two separate terminals, so depending on the request you have to drive either to the North or the South terminal to pick up your passengers. Here are the designated areas:
1. North Terminal – RH6 0PJ
At the North Terminal, you have to pick up passengers at Car Park 5, Level 3 – Row B. The Uber charge for the passengers is £4 to cover your parking fee on the way out.
2. South Terminal – RH6 0PJ
At the South Terminal of Gatwick airport you have to pick up your passengers at the Orange Park, Level 3 – Row B. The surcharge is the same as the North Terminal – £4 to cover the parking charge. It is included in the fare the rider has to pay at the end of the trip.