Hi all, need some help getting from Gatwick to Paris July 18th!
1. Some have suggested flights but there are no direct flights from Gatwick to Paris. Transferring to Heathrow or Luton and then flying seems more expensive and just as troublesome as Eurostar if not more plus flight schedules for inexpensive flights are awkward times.
2. Gatwick to St. Pancras Eurostar. I see there are 3 train options, 2 to Victoria stn and the FCC to “St Pancras”. While most people suggest the FCC is the way to go, it doesn’t go to St Pancras on Saturdays, it stops at London Bridge. This doesn’t seem the way to go since you then have to take two tubes to get to St. Pancras.
3. So, it’s either Southern or GE to Victoria. Most people say GE is a tourist trap as it is 6 pounds more than Southern but I like that it’s made to take luggage although we are only carrying one each and its 10-15 min faster. If the two run on the same lines, are the departures timed so that the GE eventually “catches up” with the preceding Southern train?
4. Victoria to St. Pancras – Quite a bit of discussion on whether the tube, bus or taxi is the way to go. Stairs seem a problem with a suitcase although a few stairs are OK. Taxi seems expensive, I see Taximeter.com says its 15 pounds but waiting is almost 1 pound/min. That could get very pricey.
5. Booking Eurostar to Paris. Since I don’t know when I am arriving at St. Pancras and would want to take the next train (and not pay for a flex ticket), are these trains busy enough that I need to reserve in advance or can I just walk up. I know I could book a train about 4 hours after landing to be safe. I like the 35 pound fare, is this for walk ups as well as reserving in advance? If I look up Eurostar and the fares don't say 35 pounds does that mean this fare isn't available on that train.