Gatwick to London: cheapest way?

Old Jan 26th, 2006, 04:38 PM
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Gatwick to London: cheapest way?

What's the absolute cheapest way (besides walking) of getting from Gatwick Airport into London?
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Old Jan 26th, 2006, 04:39 PM
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Probably the National Express bus.
http://www.nationalexpress.com

However, someone might well post a yet cheaper method.
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Old Jan 26th, 2006, 05:27 PM
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Find three people who are buying a Southern Trains "4 adults for £20" fare and ask if they'll get a fourth for you.
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Old Jan 26th, 2006, 10:08 PM
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A single trip on the shortest trip to central London (1hr20min) on National Express bus seems to be about 6.5 pounds. I would prefer to pay double (12 pounds) for the 30 Min Gatwick Express train to Victoria Station.
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Old Jan 27th, 2006, 12:09 AM
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Or pay £9 on Southern Trains to get to Victoria a few minutes later than on the Gatwick "Express"

Of course it assumes that OP is staying somewhere in the Victoria area, it might be preferable for them to get another train - Thameslink to London Bridge for example
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It depends on the ages of the travelers. Southern Trains offers a Daysave fare of £1 for children 5-15.

If two or more adults: one group fare for £20 + one child for £1 = £21.

If one adult and four children, then one adult for £10 plus four children for £1 each = £14.

This ticket is valid for unlimited travel for one calendar day all over the Southern network. Restrictions apply. southernrailway.com
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Old Jan 27th, 2006, 08:28 AM
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Thameslink trains Gatwick - London (London Bridge, St Paul's, Kings Cross) cost 10 pounds (or 9.80 pounds for off-peak travel after 9:30am or so)
Gatwick Express costs 14 pounds
Southern Trains as mentioned above 9 pounds. Via Thameslink fare you could change at London Bridge to reach Waterloo or Charing Cross at same 10 quid price. Bus could take much longer and just save a few quid. Take the train to the plane! Except for Gatwick Express, which runs non-stop to Victoria (soon to include one stop at Three Bridges however) are roomy and rarely crowded - better for baggage - all over trains probably come from elsewhere being getting to Gatwick and can become very crowded as they stop at 2 or 3 stations before Victoria or London Bridge. Cheapest is not always the best. with your train ticket on any line it seems you get the '2 for 1' offer in conjunction with a train ticket for many London sights.
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I assume that ecorunner's party is the family of five traveling to the Olympics in Italy via London and Paris. If that is the case, then the Southern Daysave group ticket is the most economical.

The train direct to Victoria is probably the easiest to understand, although you could also change at Clapham Junction or East Croydon and do something else. As indicated above, the Daysave ticket is good for the whole day.

You might be able to check your luggage at Gatwick and take a day trip to the south coast. You can get to Brighton in a half-hour, Hastings in one and a half, or Dover in two. There's a map you can download from http://www.southernrailway.com/stati...etwork_map.pdf
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