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Train from Gatwick & Taxi from Victoria

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Train from Gatwick & Taxi from Victoria

I am arriving early in the morning (around 7:30 a.m.) at Gatwick. I am deciding whether I should hire a car or take the train into Victoria Rail and then take a taxi to my hotel near Paddington. (Too much luggage to take the Tube.) Last year, I had a hired car & it took 2 hours to get to my hotel.

My main question is: will I have difficulty getting a taxi at Victoria Rail Station at 9 a.m.?

All opinions and offers of advice appreciated!

Thank you in advance.

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1. Re: Train from Gatwick & Taxi from Victoria

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2. Re: Train from Gatwick & Taxi from Victoria

what day of the week?

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3. Re: Train from Gatwick & Taxi from Victoria

Is this on a weekday or weekend, what date is this on?

If the former you could wait until after 9.30 to catch a train when it should be quieter with less commuters.

There will be taxis lined up on the rank at Victoria, the problem may be the traffic that may cause delays.

Depending on how much luggage have you considered the Thameslink train services to Farringdon and change for the Circle or Hammersmith & City line to Paddington, lifts at all stations.

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4. Re: Train from Gatwick & Taxi from Victoria

>>> My main question is: will I have difficulty getting a taxi at Victoria Rail Station at 9 a.m.? <<<

The answer ti your main question: No. There will be loads waiting on the taxi rank which is by platform 1 and signposted within the Station.

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5. Re: Train from Gatwick & Taxi from Victoria

There is a taxi rank at Victoria and there are always cabs there. However at 9am there may be a queue, as it's the prime time for business travel. No one can predict how long the queue will be or how long you'll have to wait.

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6. Re: Train from Gatwick & Taxi from Victoria

When you say 'hired a car' do you mean a self drive rental or you used a car service? Car hire usually means car rental here in the UK.

I was just looking at itineraries like this in post 3;

"Depending on how much luggage have you considered the Thameslink train services to Farringdon and change for the Circle or Hammersmith & City line to Paddington, lifts at all stations."

That would also be my suggestion, using trains other that the Gatwick Express which many tourist seem to go for, though it costs more.

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7. Re: Train from Gatwick & Taxi from Victoria

Yes, I meant that I had a car and driver. Thanks for letting me know about the correct terminology.

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8. Re: Train from Gatwick & Taxi from Victoria

I am arriving on Wednesday, May 2.

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