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Arriving Heathrow - departing Gatwick the next day

Arriving Heathrow - departing Gatwick the next day

Mar 28th, 2008, 05:09 AM
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Arriving Heathrow - departing Gatwick the next day

We are arriving Heathrow on a Sunday morning in May and leaving Gatwick on Monday morning for Barcelona. Since originally we were arriving at Gatwick (we can thank American Airlines for the change), we have a pre-paid room at the Sofitel at Gatwick. We would like to see London for a few hours, but since we will have luggage (we're going on a cruise), we are in a quandary what to do. I don't think there's any way we could manage the tube with luggage. Can someone give us our options. We would like to leave luggage at Victoria Station and take the train to Gatwick that evening. So how to we get from Heathrow (American Airlines terminal) to Victoria Station without spending an arm and a leg with without dragging luggage around? Any advise would be appreicated. This change of airports has really screwed us up.
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Mar 28th, 2008, 05:25 AM
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can you not ask AA to compensate you for the pre booked room as they have changed the airport?
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Mar 28th, 2008, 05:52 AM
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I would think the best way is to get the airport bus from heathrow to gatwick, there are lots of buses between airports. Leave your baggage at hotel, they will look after it even if your room is not ready. Then get the train from gatwick to victoria and the rest of the day is yours in london. I have stayed at the sofitel previously and you would be better off eating in london as the restaurant is quite pricey.
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Mar 28th, 2008, 05:53 AM
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A private car service would serve you well. Many Fodorites recommend www.justairports.com. There is a sizeable discount for paying cash.
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Mar 28th, 2008, 05:57 AM
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National Express runs very frequent serices into Victoria Coach Station from the airport's central bus station. It takes about 50-55 minutes on an express service. Victoria Coach Station is a few yards from Victoria Railway Station. You can buy your tickets at the airport bus station.

If you wish, you could then travel to Gatwick by coach.

You can leave your luggage at the coach station or the railway station.
Mar 28th, 2008, 07:27 AM
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If you want to save money, follow Annette's suggestion of taking a National Express coach from LHR to Victoria coach station. The fare is only £4.
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Mar 28th, 2008, 08:55 AM
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Don't take your luggage to central London. Do as already suggested. Take the National Express bus from LHR-LGW, check in at the hotel, leave your luggage, and then purchase a r/t on Southern Train from Gatwick to Victoria station and enjoy the day.

Do not take the Gatwick Express from/to Gatwick. It cuts 5 minutes of travel time but it costs almost twice as much as Southern train.
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Mar 28th, 2008, 09:14 AM
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We use Southern Railways DaySave passes - gives unlimited travel all over their network all day for £10 per adult, 4 for £20.

On Sunday, there are no peak restrictions, so you can head out early from the Sofitel and see LOTS of England (not just London - think Brighton or Portsmouth, for example).

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Mar 28th, 2008, 10:42 AM
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If you follow Robespierre's suggestion for DaySave passes, be sure to carefully read the link he gave you. You must buy them online a minimum of 14 days in advance.
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Mar 28th, 2008, 10:47 AM
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Whatever you do, don't get the bus from Heathrow to Victoria Coach Station. Those "few yards" to the railway station are in reality HALF A MILE and will feel a lot further still if you're luggaged up for a cruise.
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Mar 28th, 2008, 03:51 PM
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If you can get to Victoria Station from Heathrow, I would suggest asking the Thistle Victoria if ( it is attached to Victoria Station) if they would keep your luggage. I am sure with a tip they would do this. You could call or email them and ask.. it won't hurt to ask and your luggage and you will at least be in the same city, and you will be at Victoria Station.
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Mar 28th, 2008, 04:03 PM
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I see no reason to schlepp your bags in to London and then down to LGW. I agree w/ some of the others - just take the regular Nat'l Express LHR/LGW bus and leave your bags at the Sofitel. Then take the Southern train up to Victoria and you'll have all day/evening to explore London luggage-less and can roll back to LGW as late as you want.
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Mar 29th, 2008, 03:02 PM
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Many thanks for all your suggestions. Cheers.
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Mar 29th, 2008, 03:22 PM
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Judging by what has happened in the last 48 hours, you will probably spend all of your time awaiting your luggage. The new terminal 5 seems to be the greatest airport shambles of all time.
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Mar 29th, 2008, 03:25 PM
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the op is flying AA, so it's terminal 3, nothing to do with the new terminal 5.
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Mar 30th, 2008, 07:56 AM
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almcd - only BA (not AA) use T5, and it's only for SOME BA flights
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Mar 30th, 2008, 09:22 AM
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It's definately not as far as half a mile from Victoria Coach Station to the Rail Station. Anyway, you can leave your bags at the left luggage in the coach station. If you go outside, onto Buckingham Palace Road, you can get a number 11 bus to Parliament Square etc.
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