Gatwick to hotel

Jan 23rd, 2008, 06:33 PM
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Gatwick to hotel

Has anyone used the National Express Dot2Dot from their hotel to Gatwick?
We are staying near Hyde Park in April and I entered all my inform. and they will pick us up at the hotel, take us to Victoria Station, escort us to the correct platform to catch the National Express train, meet us at Gatwick and get us to our correct airline, all for 20 BPs. Does this seem correct to everyone?
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 07:03 PM
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Where near Hyde Park - it is a big swath through the center of London and abuts many different neighborhoods.

Just a few comments - w/o yet knowing where you are staying - you do not need an escort to the Gatwick Express train. It is very well marked and not the least bit confusing. At the Gatwick end you get off the train and you are AT the terminal. So basically you are paying £4 for a bus ride to Victoria.

Not outrageous or anything. More than the tube or a bus on your Oyster card - but probably less than a taxi for two of you.
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 07:37 PM
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We are staying at the Barry House on Sussex. We are two brothers, a young 64 and 68, with one suitcase and backpack each. We are using Delta, it is at the North Termial, the train stops at the South Terminal. So, if they help us on and off the train it should be a big help and worth the 20Bp. The fare for just the train is now 16.90 Bp.
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 08:44 PM
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Are you doing this both ways? The website says London to Gatwick is 24 GBP one way. Transferring between the terminals at Gatwick is quite easy - there's a shuttle train, and there will be a board telling you where to go to check in when you reach the terminal. Make sure you have a pound coin as a deposit for a luggage trolley - you'll get it back when you return the trolley.
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 09:30 PM
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I have never used this service and perhaps I'm wrong but I doubt very much there will be a person to guide you at the airport but for the price it's not a bad deal.

In case there is nobody at the airport to lead you, don't worry. The terminal change is very simple to do it on your own. After you exit the real train, follow the signs to a terminal train. The ride takes few minutes and you're there. No different than most trains at any airport in the world. You really don't need anybody to lead you.

btw, there is no NationalExpress train. It's either Gatwick Express (more expensive) or Southern Train (cheaper but makes couple of stops, still only about 5 minutes longer ride overall)

Have a great trip!
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Jan 24th, 2008, 01:04 AM
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It sounds as though you wouldn't have too many problems - if you chose to - taking the cheapest option, which would be the tube and the Southern (not Gatwick Express) train from Victoria. With an Oystercard for your London travel, that would come out to something like £12 per person; but there would be steps and corridors in various places on the tube, and you'd best buy the train ticket in advance to avoid queueing at Victoria at the last minute.

Up to you as to how much more you want to pay for door-to-door convenience.
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