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Stay in Gatwick or train to London?

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Stay in Gatwick or train to London?

Any thoughts about staying 2 nights in Gatwick and commuting to London for sight seeing or just biting the bullet and staying in London for 2 nights?

We arrive approximately Noon on a Wednesday. How long will it take us to get to central London by train? And approximate cost for 3 adults?

Thank you,

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1. Re: Stay in Gatwick or train to London?

No, don't stay at the airport. Stay in London.

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2. Re: Stay in Gatwick or train to London?

Hotel costs around Gatwick are pretty steep and if you stay in London you will avoid the 30 - 40 minute train journey and also the cost of it.

Standard one way fare to London's Victoria station is £14.40 on Southern Railway, £19.90 on the non stop Gatwick Express which is a whole 12 minutes quicker.

But London has many stations and direct trains from Gatwick go to a lot of them. Check a map and then go to www.nationalrail.co.uk for the times and prices for the best one for you.

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3. Re: Stay in Gatwick or train to London?

There are some cities where staying out by the airport is a legitimate option. London is not one of them, especially when the airport is Gatwick which is a really long way away from anything you want to see or do.

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4. Re: Stay in Gatwick or train to London?

Staying at Gatwick when you want to visit London is like booking a hotel in Nanaimo when your destination is Ucluelet.

Let us know when you plan to arrive and depart, whether your departure will be from Gatwick, another London airport or by rail, and your budget in pounds for a hotel. Let us know the time of day your flight will arrive at Gatwick, as travelling to the city before 1000 on a weekday is usually not recommended. Let us know as well if you wish to book one room or two.

Victoria, Canada
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5. Re: Stay in Gatwick or train to London?

Thank you all for your quick responses, especially the comparison Nanaimo/Ucluelet, had to laugh out loud to that.

I will rethink my options and keep scouring the forums for more info.

Cat

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