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Getting to London Gatwick or London Luton Airports from Heathrow?

Getting to London Gatwick or London Luton Airports from Heathrow?

Mar 3rd, 2015, 07:22 PM
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Cowboy1968. Thanks for the good tips! If I choose option one, I will see if my bags will be checked through to Lyon. The whole trip from Calgary to Lyon is on one ticket. Also knowing that I may have to check my regular carry-on on a smaller plane is something I'll look into.
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Mar 3rd, 2015, 07:46 PM
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Hi again Sarastro. You sure have a lot of knowledge about my issues! You mentioned to be sure I go through the correct train station in Lyon if I choocse that option-so why would I choose one over the other?

It must have been the way I formed the sentence, but I meant 2 hrs.40 mins. is how long the train trip is from Paris to Avignon. I found that Captainetrain website but not the other so I'll check it out and make sure I book ahead of time. Thanks for telling me that I would need 3 hrs. between schedule flight arrival and train departure.

Now I'm concerned about getting to St. Remy in one day as you mentioned. It seemed a stretch but doable to me as I often have to get flights with at least one stop and I considered glitches. However maybe now we'll stay in Paris or Lyon upon arrival. Thanks again!
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Mar 3rd, 2015, 10:44 PM
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Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV is at the airport. Lyon Part-Dieu station is in Lyon. If I were arriving at the airport and wanted to continue by train, my first choice would be trains that departed Saint-Exupéry, not Part-Dieu.

It is not necessarily that you definitively need 3 hours between scheduled flight arrival and train departure, but having at least 3 hours increases the chances of a successful connect. At each stage of your travel, and you have quite a few segments, something can go wrong; there can be delays and various unknowns.

If you made this trip to St Rémy 10 times, how many do you think would go exactly as planned? I would say you would not make them all, maybe most of them, maybe half. I like to stack the odds in my favor by contingency planning and allowing for surprises or the unanticipated.

Give yourself every chance for success.
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