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goingtomiami Feb 15th, 2006 01:54 PM

London - What is the best way to get from Paddington stn to Gatwick at five o'clodk in the morning?
We feel a taxi would be too expensive. What should we do? We have to fly out of Gatwick at 7.45 am. Thanks.

janisj Feb 15th, 2006 06:57 PM

You need to be at LGW by about 06:00 or a bit before and have to travel all across central London and then down to LGW. You can take the Gatwick Express - the first one is around 04:30 - so you'd just need to take a cab or a bus to Victoria, not all the way to the airport.

But why Paddington? Even IF you are staying there for the rest of your stay, staying at Paddington the night before a very early morning flight out of LGW isn't very practical.

If I had that early a flight I'd stay the night at a hotel either next to Victoria or at LGW.

djkbooks Feb 15th, 2006 08:10 PM

alanRow Feb 15th, 2006 11:01 PM

Why are you staying in Paddington at all.

Paddington, by central London standards, is "out in the sticks" and is one or two Tube/Bus rides from anything significant to do in London.

Find yourself a hotel near Victoria instead

Intrepid1 Feb 16th, 2006 12:51 AM

The first GEX trains leave Victoria at 3:30 and 4:30 AM as Janis has pointed out
I agree that paying for a private transfer is probably not worth it at that hour.

goingtomiami Feb 16th, 2006 11:28 AM

Thanks for the feedback. I am staying with freinds, and they live near Paddington stn. I don't mind spending on an airport hotel or a hotel near Victoria stn the night before I leave. Any hotel suggestions? Thanks.

TimS Feb 16th, 2006 12:10 PM

Even during the night there is frequent bus service. For example, with one change you can get from Paddington to Victoria in as little as eleven minutes. Use the Journey Planner at for the timetables.

Intrepid1 Feb 16th, 2006 12:14 PM

Hotel near Gatwick which abuts the Crawley rail platform (and therefore easily reachable by rail from London.)..the Arora; they have a free shuttle service to the airport; Thistle Victoria sits on top of Victoria station.

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