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Getting from Gatwick Airport to London Waterloo Station

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Getting from Gatwick Airport to London Waterloo Station

I am flying to London (my first visit) in Sep, arriving at Gatwick and need to find the best/cheapest option to get to London Waterloo station. I will be staying near Part Plaza Westminister Bridge Hotel. What is the best option for me?

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1. Re: Getting from Gatwick Airport to London Waterloo Station

Via Train go from

London Gatwick to Clapham Junction

then get a train from

Clapham Junction to London Waterloo.

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2. Re: Getting from Gatwick Airport to London Waterloo Station

Thanks Jacob, what's the best way to purchase the tickets? is there a website that I could use?

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3. Re: Getting from Gatwick Airport to London Waterloo Station

Buy them on the day, just say you want a ticket to Waterloo or use an Oystercard or use a Contactless Card

Edited: 16 August 2017, 20:16
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4. Re: Getting from Gatwick Airport to London Waterloo Station

You can check the train times for the date you arrive at www.nationalrail.co.uk

The normal route is as per previous posts, you should arrive at Clapham Junction on platform 12, sit towards the rear of the train.

There are stairs and lifts up to the overhead walkway, then go to platform 10 for the trains to Waterloo.

All this will depend on the date and time you are due to land at Gatwick.

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5. Re: Getting from Gatwick Airport to London Waterloo Station

Thanks!

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6. Re: Getting from Gatwick Airport to London Waterloo Station

Wouldn't be simpler to just through to Victoria then get the District Live to Westminster the walk across the bridge. It still looks like quite a walk from Waterloo.

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7. Re: Getting from Gatwick Airport to London Waterloo Station

The closest would be St. Thomas' Hospital Country Hall (Stop E)

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8. Re: Getting from Gatwick Airport to London Waterloo Station

St Thomas's Hospital County (NB not Country) Hall is a bus stop. The hotel is equidistant between Waterloo station and Westminster tube. But travelling by rail via Victoria/Westminster involves stairs whereas it's step free via Clapham Junction/Waterloo (so long as you use the lifts up to the footbridge at Clapham Junction). It's a level walk of about 700-800 yards/metres or 2100-2400 feet from Waterloo if you use the exit opposite platform 11 and turn left, then left again onto York Road, though there are a couple of roads to cross. Alternatively go through the exit opposite platform 11, turn left and take bus no 211 or 507 for 2 stops to County Hall. Here's a bus map:

…tfl.gov.uk/bus-route-maps/county-hall.pdf

There's a weird and wonderful variety of train fares from Gatwick. My recommendation would be to go to the rail ticket office at Gatwick on arrival and buy a Travelcard, specifying that you want to travel by the Southern service to Clapham Junction and change there for Waterloo. That should cost £30.10 peak (before 0930 on a working weekday), otherwise £16.60. It will give you the journey from Gatwick to the outer boundary of the London travel zones plus unlimited travel within Zones 1-6 on the day of arrival. Here's a map of routes and zones:

projectmapping.co.uk/Reviews/…202017.pdf

Others may recommend using an Oyster card from Gatwick but it can end up costing more than a paper Travelcard, see for instance:

oyster-rail.org.uk/when-not-to-use-oyster/

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9. Re: Getting from Gatwick Airport to London Waterloo Station

There's a desk at Gatwick at which you can get the train tickets and Oyster cards. It might not be obvious, just ask on arrival and you'll be fine.You may have to line up for 5-10 minutes.

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10. Re: Getting from Gatwick Airport to London Waterloo Station

Is it me, or is it the 501 bus the better option from Victoria, as I thought it went straight to Waterloo and terminated. Or get a normal stopping train from Gatwicik to London Bridge and then the Jubilee Line.

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