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With a US passport, you can enter the UK without a visa (for up to 180 days--well more than your 7-hour stay), so that's no problem. The problem will be that Gatwick is far from the city. Fortunately, the Gatwick Express makes transportation into the city fairly easy, and you can buy a round-trip ticket starting around £31.05. The trip to Victoria Station ...


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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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Since January 2016 you can use your Contactless or Oyster card to travel from Gatwick to London on both normal rail services, and the Gatwick Express. The prices for single fares on normal services can be found in the Single Fare Finder, and based on it a trip from Gatwick to East Croydon costs £5.20 peak / £3.00 off peak, to London Bridge (or other ...


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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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As flimzy pointed out, it's going to take a while to get through the airport and to and from London. In my opinion, spending about 40 pounds to see a glimpse of london for 2-3 hours really isn't worth it. Remember that the parts you want to see may be quite a way from London Victoria and London Bridge stations. Getting to London bridge is sometimes actually ...


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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 directly connected to the South Terminal. From the North Terminal it's a bit further and you need to take the automated shuttle train. Trains leave every 15 minutes. From Victoria Station you have no less than three ...


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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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Yes, US citizens are welcome to enter the UK without advance notice. When you arrive at Gatwick, simply follow the signs for "Arrivals" / "Passport control" / "Baggage claim" / "Exit". Do not follow the purple signs for Flight Connections. Once you enter the departure area after security, it is not easy to leave again. Your luggage (if you have any) will ...


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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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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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The possibly cheapest transfer wasn't mentioned yet, or is introduced only recently. National Express offers transfers to Gatwick from more than 90 pick-up points (02/2016). The following connection as example: 3:30 (London Victoria) 4:40 (North Terminal) 4:45 (South Terminal) for as little as £7 (including service charge). Mid 2016, it will increase ...


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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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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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Is there a single ticket I can buy at Gatwick that would cover the whole shebang? Yes. When you arrive at Gatwick, for £105.70 you can get a Gatwick Airport to London Travelcard Zones 1-6 Standard Class Adult 7 day Season Tickets (Travel is allowed via any permitted route.) This allows you unlimited travel on any train (including Gatwick Express), ...


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If you have a suitable contactless debit or credit card, the easiest would be to buy a return ticket from Gatwick to London, then use your contactless card for bus and tube travel. You can either opt for the expensive Gatwick Express service into London Victoria, or save a few quid and take the Southern service from Gatwick to Victoria. The Southern service ...


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OK, the other answers have addressed the visa issue - which is fine - I'm going to add a warning and a suggestion. The warning first: it's not likely, but if there were some critical incident or failure on the public transport system then you might be unable to get back to Gatwick in time. Travel time from central London to Gatwick by car is over an hour ...


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Google Maps appears to show a Jamie's Italian and a seafood place called Caviar House & Prunier landside. If you look carefully at the directory you'll see that there are two Jamie's Italians: a "van" landside and a restaurant airside. (In the right column, under Location, it says Before security or After security). The seafood place, however, claims to ...


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No. Your luggage will not be transferred as you are connecting on the ground between two different airports. If you are travelling on a single ticket, you will still be protected and able to rebook in case of any inbound delays. British Airways - by far the largest carrier serving both airports - for example has the following to say: You must collect ...


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Your best option would normally be the National Express bus that runs directly between Gatwick and Heathrow (Terminals 2/3, from where you can connect to the other terminals if needed). At that time of day it runs every 10-20 minutes, and takes a little over an hour. Your baggage will not be transferred - you'll need to collect it at Gatwick, take it on the ...


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The fastest form of transportation from Gatwick to Heathrow is undoubtedly a helicopter transfer. HEATHROW TO GATWICK (or reverse) UP TO 4 PASSENGERS | Flight Time: 00:25 (hh:mm) | Eurocopter EC120 £1,650 + VAT Helicopter Transfers London Alternative providers are Battersea Helicopters, Charter-A Ltd and Excel. Transit time should be ...


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Looking at google maps, it appears to be possible to go from the airport to the train station, and take a footpath North West towards Riverside Garden Park. Switching to google streetview, there is a footpath along the North East side of London Road which can be followed to the North West towards the Travelodge at the junction of London Road and Povey Cross ...


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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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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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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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Since someone has already answered "what is the best", I will answer "what is the fastest". The answer used to be the Airlink helicopter transfer [15 minutes, £12 each way]. [Edit: apparently the answer is still the helicopter, but now the price is bigger.] The fastest right now (without chartering a helicopter) is probably the Virgin Limobike. You won't be ...


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The travel lodge looks a little far away to me, however having recently dropped off my car for parking directly outside the Premier Inn I can confirm that both the Premier Inn and the Sofitel are onsite and easily accessible from the terminal by foot (I was using the North Terminal but it's also pretty easy to get between terminals on the inter-terminal ...


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Travelodge runs shuttle buses. Fares are £3.00 per adult, one way and £1.50 per child (5-15 years old), one way.You will have to call up the hotel to let them know that you are waiting at the pick up point. It is a long way from the airport, not a walking distance by any standards especially when you have luggage. Getting a taxi would be cheaper if you are ...


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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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