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I am the OP. This is what I did: Called and emailed easyjet, they said I should rebook Called the LGW airport immigration. The officer was very polite and helpful by the way. He said I can't stay too long in the airport as securities might be asking questions Emailed the UK Embassy in Singapore, since they're not processing Visa here and need to send it to ...


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Lingering in the passageways (or disappearing into the toilets) at Gatwick for 1.5 hours is a naive idea, it's called "suspicious behaviour" in the contexts of both security and attempting to evade immigration control. For them, it means someone deplaned but did not reach one of the other control points and they will check where the leakage occurred with ...


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The sterile corridors at Gatwick before immigration are open even at night, as there are a number of nighttime arrivals, so in theory you could go to the toilet and wait until midnight before heading down to immigration (although you'll likely be noticed by the cameras and have to explain why you're doing this - in this case be honest) In practice, it is ...


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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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The officer might have wondered if your documents are genuine or a (good) forgery. That can sometimes be gauged by asking a couple of rambling questions and see if the answers are coherent. That starts with "what is your birthdate" even if they have the passport directly in front of their eyes and goes from there. In that sense yes, he questioned your ...


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The short answer is no, and this answer provides good references with more details. In answer to the supplementary question that you raised in the comments section, airport security do not require any ID, so they will not be asking for a passport either. In the case of Gatwick, if your flight isn't leaving the UK, they will take your picture as you enter ...


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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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You stated you were arriving from Zurich. The officer asked you a destabilizing question: why do you have a Swiss debit card? Such questions are meant to gauge your reaction and the consistency of your story. A legitimate holder would react, naturally, just as you did: "uh, because I said I live/study in Zurich, Switzerland." A non-legitimate holder (one ...


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I think the "Buying in advance ..." blurb on Thetrainline's timetable search is one they display on all their result pages; I get it for all other station pairs I've tried, even short ones such as Duddeston to Aston (2-3 minutes on a suburban train) where there are most assuredly no advance fares to get. The best way to find out whether there are advance ...


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The roads are the M25 and M23 and early on a Sunday are quite likely to be deserted. There are no significant road works on either at present. Your transit time should be about 45 minutes. With heavy traffic it can take just over an hour. The distance is 38 miles, according to Google Maps. At the moment The AA is showing 57 minutes as there is some delay ...


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Turned comment into answer per @Gayot Fow suggestion You can consider yourself extremely lucky, if the was the weirdest question you ever got at immigration. Immigration officers are supposed to ask some off beat questions to gauge your reaction. See http://www.statewatch.org/news/2007/jan/uk-ho-immig-decision-making-study.pdf


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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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Domestic flights Some airlines accept photo driving licences and other forms of ID for domestic flights, but many don’t so check your airlines website when you book your flights. If you turn up with the wrong type of ID you will not be able to fly and you are unlikely to get your money back. Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority British Airways If ...


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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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Take the Thameslink, towards Bedford, to St Pancras International. Get out of the station(which is on the lower level) and walk to the upper level. Once you are on the upper floor you can see signs to follow towards King's Cross Station. If in doubt ask any of the personnel present, they will be happy to guide you. From King's Cross station you can get a ...


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This site says that you can buy Visitor OysterCards at the GatwickExpress ticket office, and also pre-order them and have them delivered. The Gatwick Express site says that the ticket office at Gatwick is open 24 x 7. You may not need an Oyster Card at all if your debit card does contactless payments. Gatwick trains now accept contactless payments This ...


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[Before January 2016]: 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 ...


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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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Last time I travelled from Gatwick was a couple of years ago, but I remember that tickets purchased at Gatwick right before travelling were the same price as I saw online a couple of days in advance. I did some research now... Looking specifically at Gatwick to Brighton tickets, I checked on Southern Railway website, which serves this itinerary. I ...


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In general with rail tickets in the UK it is not so much about where you buy them as when you buy them and what restrictions you are prepared to have. "advance" tickets can be significantly cheaper than "off peak" or "anytime" tickets but they must be bought in advance and they lock you into a specific train. They are also not available on all routes and ...


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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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So much rep for a copy paste job, thanks! Gatwick to Heathrow: Gatwick Express trains to London Victoria depart every 15 minutes from South Terminal and take 30 minutes. The Heathrow Express service departs from Paddington every 15 minutes. Terminal 4 passengers should change at Heathrow Central. Heathrow Connect services operate between ...


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British Airways states that your baggage will not be transferred between Heathrow and Gatwick and that you must do this yourself. Your baggage will not be automatically forwarded so please collect all your bags before leaving Heathrow or Gatwick airport. When you check in at Mumbai your bags will be checked to Heathrow. You will need to collect them at ...


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Since the earlier Answers were posted, direct trains between Gatwick and Cambridge (no changes, no going into London Underground) are now available. A quick look at the National Rail look-up site shows a dozen or more trains each day.


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According to this Tripadvisor post: London Airports: Heathrow Underground station and Gatwick Express station sell Oyster Also stated on Gatwick Express's site: You can purchase a Visitor Oyster Card online or you can simply visit the ticket window when you arrive at Gatwick Airport Train Station. Also from visitlondon: You can also buy an ...


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Stranded at Gatwick Airport: 5 Things to Do When Your Flight is Delayed: There are spare power sockets throughout both terminals that you should be able to use surreptitiously without anyone minding. Gatwick’s cafes and bars also usually have free power points. Don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness. If you must spend money, Chargebox operates ...


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As from now, there is a direct rail service from Gatwick Airport to Cambridge station. At the moment (March 2018) that is one train per day at 12:03 pm, but it will be extended to eventually four trains an hour soon. These are Thameslink trains, and will be both the fastest and most convenient way to make this journey.


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As an EU citizen I once tried to travel intra-UK with only my UK driving license, which the check-in clerk did not want to accept at first (they told me that a driving license is only valid if I'm a UK citizen), and it took around 10-15 minutes of arguing, showing them their website on approved IDs, and them calling up their manager so they could finally ...


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At Luton airport a few years ago a police officer stopped me and asked to see my passport. I said "I don't think I need it", he said "yes you do", but when I mentioned I was flying to Glasgow he let me pass. (Why exactly there were police stopping random people is something I don't know, nor what good it does if anyone can just say they are going to take a ...


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You'd have to be extremely lucky to make this and I strongly recommend against this. Some public options are here https://www.heathrow.com/transport-and-directions/travel-between-airports Basically you can take a direct bus or go through London using the Gatwick Express to Victoria, tube to Paddington and Heathrow Express to Heathrow. The trains are most ...


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