As a large metropolis and one of the great cities of the world, London can be an intimidating place to visit. Boasting multiple airports, the uninitiated are forced to choose where they want to land – not just which airline they’d like to fly.
Disclaimer: I’m not a London expert, but I recently used two forms of transport to get to and from Gatwick, so I’d like to share my experience.
This bus, run by the airline EasyJet, operates service to Waterloo Station, Victoria Station, and Earls Court. I traveled to Earls Court, and the price was £10 one-way, purchased from the driver at the start of the trip. It took roughly an hour, and it was a pleasant enough ride in a van that could hold about 10-15 people. During peak times, buses come as often as every 15 minutes.
Purchasing tickets online in advance can significantly lower the price (starting from £2).
The only real downside was that I expected to be dropped off in front of an underground station, but I was on the opposite side of a massive exhibition center, so it took a little walking to find the station I wanted. There was a closer tube stop, but I didn’t use it because my pre-written directions were written from the other one, and I was too lazy to recalculate.
Overall Recommendation: I would this method if you plan ahead and don’t have too tight of a schedule.
On my way out of London, the rainy weather motivated me to take the more expensive train. The Gatwick Express runs from Victoria station, and it has its own ticket window and platform (which makes it very easy to use). They have multiple ticket options, and booking online gets a 10% discount. Again, I didn’t plan ahead, and I paid at the ticket office. Fortunately, my student ID earned me a 25% discount, so my one-way ticket was £15 pounds (from the normal rate of £20).
The train only takes about 30 minutes, and one departs every 15 minutes.
Overall Recommendation: I would use this method if you don’t have as strict of a budget, or if you’re more pressed for time.