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Gatwick transport into London - with kids!

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Gatwick transport into London - with kids!

I need to find out what is the least hassle for a family (2 adults, 2 kids),traveling into London from Gatwick airport. Although I understand the Gatwick Express is the method of choice, I am concerned about hauling luggage, along with two tired kids, onto a train after an overnight flight. Any other suggestions? Are there shuttle buses that go to hotels in the city (as there are in the US?). Even paying a bit more will be preferable to hauling cranky, tired kids. Not the way I want to start our vacation!

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1. Re: Gatwick transport into London - with kids!

Not sure why you think hauling luggage and kids onto a train would be worse than a 'bus' (we'd call it a coach here), I think there is one to Victoria but with 4 of you a car service will be better anyway.

Search for airport transfers in the London forum, the same few companies come up time after time and people seem happy with them, IIRC expect to pay about £50-£60 into central London.

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2. Re: Gatwick transport into London - with kids!

The GEX is a dedicated train, so all it does is go back and forth from Victoria to LGW. The carriages have a bit more room for pax and their bags as compared to the commuter line rolling stock, so you shouldn't have too many headaches wrangling bags plus children on board.

The great appeal of the GEX is that it's quick. South London traffic can be grim, with the A23 moving in geologic time (++++++++ traffic lights, plus volume equals pokey and slow); even if you get a car and driver and go around the M25 then A13 it's just going to take sooo much longer than the GEX - not nice.

But you know your small people better than we do, so you do have the option of a car service. Try www.london-transfers.com www.justairports.com or www.simplyairports.com for a quote. The advantage of a service is that you go door to door, which is nice.

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3. Re: Gatwick transport into London - with kids!

You can also book on www.londontown.com and request a minivan - cars are alot smaller in London so if you order a car, it may not fit all of you and your luggage. As the other poster stated, you will like the door to door.

HOWEVER!! I did a car once from Gatwick to our hotel in London because the person I was travelling with refused to take a train. The traffic was horrific and we were in the car FOUR HOURS!!! Considering the train gets you to London in 30 minutes, catch a cab to your hotel and away you go.

Children will love the train and also the taxi ride!!

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I used the hotelink transfer service. It was perfect after a long flight. I just walked up to the hotel link counter and they took my luggage and escorted me to the gatwick express train. When we arrived at Victoria station a shuttle bus was waiting to take me to my hotel. It was so easy I did not lift a finger. I paid 22GBP from Gatwick to my hotel. I don't know how much they charge for 4 people.

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We have booked Hotellink for our trip in December. It seemed the best way for us to go especially travelling with 5 children and lots of luggage. There are 11 of us altogether and it has cost GPB 19.00 each.

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6. Re: Gatwick transport into London - with kids!

TP, I think you meant the A3 there, not the A13.

I'd take the train every time over a shuttle bus. no contest.

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7. Re: Gatwick transport into London - with kids!

No I think she means the A13. I have known drivers take that route (if they are heading for Docklands although the A2 is better) or even go the other way round the M25 and in past Heathrow just to avoid the delights of Purley, Streatham and Brixton.

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8. Re: Gatwick transport into London - with kids!

You sure Adam? Well, M25/A2 to docklands I can understand but not A13. That's right round the houses! ;)

I never go via the A23 Brixton/Streatham route to Gatwick, it will always add ages on to the journey even late at night and the roads are horrible. I either cut through via the backroads of Clapham/Balham/Croydon, or go straight down the A3 (via Clapham) and then turn off onto the M25.

I noticed they're doing some improvements on the roads near Purley but it's still a pain going that route. Takes far too long on suburban roads to get onto the M23 bit to Gatwick. Getting to Luton by road is another horrible journey. I wish they'd build a tunnel!

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