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Top 5 Tips for Travelling in Covid-19

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Like many of us, you’re probably eager to get away as soon as it is safe to do so, but we understand that you may be a little nervous too. In an attempt to settle your travel anxieties, and help you feel safer, our Gatwick Airport hotel has put together some top travel tips. 



Bring plenty of supplies with you


Whether you’re travelling by car, train or plane, it’s important to bring plenty of supplies for your journey. In addition to your suitcase, you should look to bring a small carry-on bag with you that’s filled with plenty of hand sanitiser, masks and disinfectant wipes. Remember, if you are travelling on public transport, such as train or coach, masks are mandatory, not optional.


Hand sanitiser and mask


Practice safe social distancing


Although lockdown measures have been eased, social distancing guidelines must still be followed. The UK government has advised that you stay at least 2 metres away from those in a different household to you unless you’re in a social bubble. When travelling be sure to keep this in mind when on public transport, visiting local attractions and even when you’re just walking about exploring the local area.


Girl on train with mask


Download relevant travel apps


No staycation is complete without taking in the local culture and that includes visiting popular attractions. However, due to coronavirus, some of those attractions may have limited opening hours, restrictions or may even be closed until further notice. Apps like TripAdvisor have helpful tourist advice, such as which attractions are open and which aren’t to assist you on your visit.


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Limit interaction


With the ability for coronavirus to spread through droplets, it comes as no surprise that limiting human interaction is absolutely necessary. There are a number of easy ways, most of which require little effort, to reduce human interaction. From contactless payments to booking train and attraction tickets online, all these things will enable you to be faster, safer and more hygienic.


Contactless payments


Avoid crowded places


It may be that you wanted to visit a certain attraction or area, and whilst we hope you can be prepared to keep your plans flexible. Some of the more popular attractions are likely to be busy once they re-open, which could result in long queues and crowds. Therefore, you should always have a Plan B. Discover the lesser-known areas and hidden gems, which are likely to be quieter and more relaxed.


People sat outside in a park


Our hotel near Gatwick Airport can’t wait to welcome you again soon. We wish you a safe journey when you do come and stop with us. Your wellbeing remains our top priority and we have put measures in place to protect our staff and guests.

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Holiday Inn Express Gatwick Crawley Reviews



Absolutely fantastic hotel... Booked it as a package, a very economical package with Purple Parking via Holiday Extras on our way to California via Gatwick Airport. One of the cleanest, hassle free hotels I have ever stayed in and I completely, 100% will recommend them to anyone travelling via Gatwick and will certainly use this hotel again myself. Breakfast was awesome, just what we needed to set us up for our 10 hour flight.



Very comfortable stay. Breakfast very good and staff very attentive. Easy to find and great value for money. Very welcoming and nice quiet hotel. Staff great could not fault anything. Nice and handy for Gatwick.



We stayed here before our flight to Crete and got a Hotel & Parking package. It was easy to find, the staff were very efficient & friendly and we had a ground floor room, which was lovely & clean. Overall a nice relaxing stay before our trip, we would definitely stay again.



This hotel was lovely and had a lovely vibe as lots of the holiday customers were excited . The hotel staff were very chatty and friendly. We arrived at the hotel too late for food but were told we could get sandwiches made up. However, we were shattered so we didn't bother taking up this generous offer. Our room was lovely and had complementary free WiFi so the kids were happy. We left our car at the hotel for a week which was secure and looked after. When we returned at 2am the following week, the staff were just as lovely and helpful. We were very happy with the service and we look forward to doing it all again next year.



Just stayed in the Holiday Inn Express at Crawley before flying out of Gatwick Airport. We booked our stay via APH car parks. We had a really good stay and the hotel had nice, clean and modern rooms with a good comfy bed. We had the added bonus of a breakfast included & check in was nice and simple with overnight parking. Well worth it to be nice and fresh for the airport.


Buckie, Scotland

Stayed at Holiday Inn Express Crawley for 3 nights during an in-between London/Brighton break. The breakfast was good and had a variety of foods on offer. The hotel was very clean as were the bathroom/bedrooms!


Amsterdam, Netherlands

The hotel, the breakfast, the rooms, staff are great! Hotel is located near the centre of Crawley and offers various services! We were here with a large group and the service were great! Breakfast was fine and offered several things!



We stayed at Holiday Inn Express Crawley and paid for the Stay & Park package as we had an early flight the next day. I have stayed here on business before, however I forgot how good it was. Quick check in and everything was clean. We had dinner at the bar and the food was excellent, I could not fault a thing. Worth every penny!



We originally booked for one night but decided to extend our stay for another night. The staff were extremely helpful and only charged us the same rate for the second night as the first. The Hotel reception and lounge (where breakfast is) is lovely and modern. The rooms are clean and well designed and we couldn't hear any noise from the airport or roads. Breakfast was good and it wasn't too busy. Overall a nice hotel that's good value for money.


Cardiff, Wales

We picked this hotel again to park the car during our holiday and stay overnight when we got back as our flight did not arrive until early morning. 1st class service, excellent value and very helpful staff. Would highly recommend this hotel.

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