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Get the 4am Southern train service from London Victoria, gets you into Gatwick at 4.46am There's also a 4.30am Gatwick Express that'll get you in at just gone 5am, but tickets are bit more on that. See http://traintimes.org.uk/london+victoria/gatwick/04:00/tuesday for examples for tomorrow (well, that URL will always work for the coming Tuesday, but the ...


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You can get an Oyster card from the airport. However, it's not available on the trains yet. You'll have to buy a ticket at the station (there are machines on your right as you walk into the train station at the airport). If you want to go to Monument, you'll only have to change once, and you won't need to buy a new ticket. Buy a ticket at Gatwick to ...


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The most straightforward way would be taking the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station (the journey is about 30 mins). The Gatwick Station is a 5 mins walk from the South Terminal. From the North Terminal it's a bit further and you need to take a bus. Trains leave every 15 minutes. From Victoria Station you have no less than three options: take the ...


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I realise that this an older question, but I've done this journey many times, and the easiest way in my opinion is to take the Thameslink service, as stated in the other answers, but to remain on until Farringdon. Farringdon is a much easier change when you have luggage as the railway lines run in parallel with the underground. It also has a shorter journey ...


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I would suggest the cheapest route would be to get a Thamelink train to London Bridge (not Gatwick Express, this is an unnecessary expense in my opinion) this takes 28 mins. Then get the Westbound Jubilee Line (Grey Line) to Baker Street. Cross the platform to the Bakerloo line (quick interchange) Northbound 3 stops to Paddington.


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You can use your Oyster card within the Greater London area on busses, trains, underground, overground and the DLR. Outside of the Greater London area there are some places where you can use your Oyster card, but they are also close to London and usually within the M25. Gatwick is much further away to London, so you won't be able to use your oyster from ...


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Each airline has different rules for checking in, so you need to confirm the final time that they allow for this, for long haul flights this is often more than short haul. For Gatwick at that time in the morning I would think that you should be OK with that amount of time - you may have to Queue for the check in, and then at Gatwick security the lines can ...


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If it helps, this once happened to me in Kazakhstan, I needed to exit through immigration to re-check my bags. However, I didn't have a visa and couldn't get one on arrival. My understanding is that this is fairly common, and an airport staff member I spoke to was VERY helpful, went out, found my bag and re-checked it for me. I picked it up again happily in ...


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You could also consider sleeping overnight. I've done it at Gatwick, Luton and Stansted and can assure you Gatwick is a nice airport to spend time in. Luton has the bottomless coffee, but Gatwick has a Wetherspoons pub in departures with wifi and pancakes ;)


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Another option is to train out to Gatwick the night before and stay at a hostel, hotel or B&B. I have seen places on hostelworld for as cheap as £13 and some of the more expensive ones offer a free pick up / drop off service. if you're in luck you can get a room at the travel lodge or premier inn for £39. This option does cost more but it removes the ...


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The website I prefer for UK train timetables is traintimes.org.uk. One of it's handy features is being able to look up the last train of the day, for example the last train on a Tuesday from Gatwick to Cambridge. As Roflcoptr pointed out, the last weekday train at the moment is the 22:35, which gets you into Cambridge at 01:22 (via a cross London transfer ...


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Going by road from Gatwick Airport into central London is always a stressful and time consuming journey. Depending on your actual destination (there is no single point that classes as "London downtown"), take the train either Southern (not the overpriced Gatwick Express) to Victoria, or change at Clapham Junction for Waterloo. or Thameslink to ...


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That should be more than just adequate. I have taken a passenger to LGW and she caught her international flight despite arriving at the (by then closed and near deserted) check-in counter less than ten minutes before scheduled departure (pre 911!). But in this case I would recommend the earlier train. The problem is that others, perhaps for similar reasons, ...


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Railcards Assuming you actually mean a railcard as in the discount card, according to the how to buy page for railcards (in this case the 16-25, but you can switch to the others from the menu), they can be bought online or by phone with a UK driving license or passport (which I assume you don't have) or at any station with a manned ticket office. You can ...


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The inter-terminal shuttle at Gatwick is airside, and will take you to the other terminal without clearing border control. The shuttle takes about two minutes and will add nothing significant to your transit time. So the change of terminals makes no difference. However you say you have to collect bags. I presume from this that you bags are not checked ...


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Technically he is allowed to only check in his own luggage. So there is the possibility that if there is a limit on how many checked bags a person can have, he might have to pay excess baggage since all bags would be under his name. Another issue that may effect your plan would be document verification. His documents would be verified when he drops the ...


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Using the TFL route planner on http://tfl.gov.uk going from Gatwick Airport to Barbican (which is the nearest underground station) and only allowing buses and coaches and leaving on Sunday the 18th at 10am it suggests: Depart 10:05 5 mins : Walk to Gatwick Airport, South Terminal Bus Station #nrc 1 hr 10 mins: Express bus ESB3 to Waterloo ...


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So, yes, although I recommend the trains, they're far more convenient. However, if you do want a bus, you could either take a coach into Victoria Station with National Express or EasyJet's buses. The trains are a LOT faster as well. By bus, it'll take about 3 hours. If you start at 10:00am: 10 mins walking - Walk to Gatwick Airport, A23 South ...


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At Southend Airport, you main public transport option is the train station basically outside the terminal. From there, there's a train every 20 minutes for most of the day to London, with stops at Stratford and Liverpool Street, journey time just over an hour. For Heathrow Airport, you've two options. One is train to Stratford, Central Line to Lancaster ...


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Starting from London City airport, assuming you're travelling with hand luggage only, it's possible to be standing on the DLR platform 10 minutes after wheels down! It's not a big, slow airport, it's a small and quick one. From LCY, your main public transport is the DLR (Docklands Light Railway), though there are also taxis etc (see this FlyerTalk FAQ post ...


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Probably it depends if you arrive on a working day or on the weekend. But the site to check such stuff is http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/. It seems that you're a lucky and you can still make it to the train leaving at 22:35 from Gatwick Airport. Then it takes only 2:35 to travel to Cambridge. Also the fare (28 pounds) seems reasonable for me, but I'm not ...


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Before continuing, you should probably read up on the different kinds of tickets offered on the UK rail network. This looks to be a fairly comprehensive list. The things you'll especially want to take note of are the general kinds of times they apply to, and the rules around Break Of Journey (which affect if you can stop and continue, eg to go to your ...



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