Gatwik to London by train

Old Jan 8th, 2004, 11:49 AM
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Gatwik to London by train

I am sure there are numerous options, but I have only flown in and out of Heathrow. Any suggestions on getting to Victoria Station. Speed train??
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Old Jan 8th, 2004, 11:57 AM
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There is a Gatwick Express train to Victoria , the same as the Heathrow Express to Paddington
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Old Jan 8th, 2004, 07:14 PM
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Thank you very much for the reply.
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Old Jan 9th, 2004, 02:19 AM
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check out

http://www.gatwickexpress.co.uk/

hth!
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Old Jan 9th, 2004, 04:37 AM
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Returning to Gatwick from London is even easier. I told the taxi driver we were going to Victoria station, he asked if we were going to Gatwick. He dropped us at a special entrance, walked about 5 steps, down an escalator and to the waiting Gatwick Express. Could not have been easier.
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Old Jan 9th, 2004, 04:52 AM
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Just to add, the Gatwick Express platform is very accesible once out of customs. The cost is about $12/pp and you can buy the ticket in advance (there is a train ticket booth immediately after you exit the flight) or or pay on the train (they take credit cards). Once at Victoria Station, you can walk on to the local Metro lines or take a taxi to your hotel.
 
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If you want to save money, take a South Central train rather than the Gatwick Express. A single ticket is 8 GBP and the ride is a little under 40 minutes (30 minutes on the Gatwick Express).
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If you are out of Gatwick at the right time and are staying in Kensington, Gloucester Road, or South Kensingtin, you can take trains from Gatwick at 0552, 0937 and hourly and go straight to Kensigton Olympia, with cross-platform changes to underground trains for your destination.

At any time, you can take Thameslink trains from Gatwick to Kings Cross Thameslink station, for busses or taxis to hotels in Kings Cross, Bloomsbury or Euston.

Before 0640 and after 0840 you can take Thamelink trains to London Bridge, stay on the same platform, and carry on to Charing Cross, for hotels on the Strand or in Covent Garden.

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Old Jan 9th, 2004, 11:18 AM
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But be warned, you can buy tickets on the Express but not on the South Central train.

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Old Jan 9th, 2004, 11:32 AM
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I agree with Keith, so at the airport you should get some English banknotes and coins, and use the ticket sales machine to buy your South Central or Thameslink ticket to London. An easy way to get the notes and coins is to buy Time Out, the weekly listings magazine.

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I'm not sure about this but I've calculated the train versus a car to the hotel in Kensington. The Express from Gatwick for two people (dragging bags around)is approx. 10 pounds per person and then a taxi from Victoria Station is around 10 pounds. My calculations in Cdn funds is approx. $74. A car from Gatwick is approx. 40 pounds (that's the lowest I have found) which is $98 or $100. Is this not worth the extra not to drag bags down an escalator, etc. Maybe I'm missing something because we are not youngsters any more!
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All depends on how much junk you pack and transport.
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Old May 12th, 2004, 12:37 PM
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The train may be much faster than a car.

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"The train MAY be much faster than a car."

keith is being conservative here -- the train WILL be much faster than a car. LGW is more than 30 miles south of central London and you'd have to drive through some very congested areas.
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We used justairports.com from Gatwick to our hotel on the Aldwych (off the Strand), and it took an hour and a half. From our hotel to Gatwick, it was about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Maybe less traffic heading back, but it was a long ride, but quite convenient.
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