Train from Gatwick to Edinburgh

Old Jul 24th, 2000, 06:37 PM
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Betty Ann
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Train from Gatwick to Edinburgh

Arriving at Gatwick at 8 AM on a Wednesday. What is the best/easiest way to travel by train to Edinburgh. Is it necessary to go into and then out of London or is it possible to bypass London? (We are two adults who have learned to pack light, so we will not be loaded down with luggage, but I'm sure we will be tired.) Thanks so much for your help.
 
Old Jul 24th, 2000, 07:09 PM
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Hi, Betty Ann,
It may be possible with some weird routing like via Oxford or Reading, but it probably would take forever, compounding your fatigue. Better I think to take the express train to Victoria, taxi or tube to Kings Cross, onward to Edinburgh. Fast, fast.

FYI, though, there are lots of cheap air possibilities these days for intra-Britain travel; combined with the surface transport cost from LGW to and across London, and the time, you might consider flying instead. Watch out for carriers operating out of Luton or Stanstead airports, your fatigue would be cosmic in those cases.
 
Old Jul 24th, 2000, 07:25 PM
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I would suggest a slight modification to John's answer. Take the Thameslink train to Kings Cross Thameslink, walk about 200 metres to Kings Cross mainline station to catch the train to Edinburgh, thus avoiding the tube or taxi across central London from Victoria.
 
Old Jul 25th, 2000, 01:36 PM
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Definitely fly. Lowcost. Quick change of terminal. Saving on hours of stress and travel. Checkout Go; buzz; ryanair;They all have websites
 
Old Jul 25th, 2000, 07:27 PM
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Sheila, I checked out your suggested airlines. Ryanair's only service between England and Scotland is London Stansted(STN) to Prestwick (PIK). Buzz only flies from London to the continent. Go does fly from STN to EDI. I am not sure that I would characterize a 2 hr+, 60 mile journey costing a minimum of 25 GBP between LGA and STN as a "Quick change of terminal"! Unless you have other suggestions, rail still looks better to me.

Ron
 
Old Jul 25th, 2000, 07:29 PM
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pardon me, LGW; LGA is LaGuardia which is an even tougher connect!
 
Old Jul 27th, 2000, 08:50 AM
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Thank you everyone for your help. I think we will take the Thameslink train.

Sheila - Thanks so much for your e-mail. Looking forward to more info from you.
 

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