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Gatwick-Victoria: Advance purchase of Southern Rail Tickets?

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Gatwick-Victoria: Advance purchase of Southern Rail Tickets?

Family of 4 with 5 & 13 boys. When I price GTW-VIC rail tickets online for July 9th at 19:30, we get 13 GBP (for 4) for advance purchase and 23 GBP for off peak tickets with southernrailway.com.

We have a 6PM Gatwick arrival. If we buy those cheap 13 GBP tickets online, and get late for some reason, what happens?

Do I lose that 13 GBP alltogether and have to buy tcickets again for 23 GBP?

Any suggestions? Our hotel is next to Piccadilly circus and planning to take train to victoria and then take bus #38 to our hotel.

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1. Re: Gatwick-Victoria: Advance purchase of Southern Rail Tickets?

I just bought tickets for Gatwick to Victoria on Southern Railway. I got tix for 2 adults, 1 child for off-peak without a specific train on a Sunday for 24 GBP. If you are flying in, I wouldn't buy a ticket for a specific train, you never know what's going to happen. BTW, Gatwick Express tix are 10% off for online purchase.

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2. Re: Gatwick-Victoria: Advance purchase of Southern Rail Tickets?

I have a couple of suggestions for this journey. I have taken the Victoria Station to Gatwick several times in the morning with advance purchase tickets with the Southern Line.

When I purchased the advance tickets athey were valid only for that day and that time.

If you have a 18:00 scheduled arrival I would suggest factoring in things like late arrival, delay obtaining luggage, getting from arrival to the train pickup location--so I would advise advanced tickets later say 20:00 or just wait until you have arrived and then buy the tickets (most seem to be £10-12 each.)

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3. Re: Gatwick-Victoria: Advance purchase of Southern Rail Tickets?

After all the money spent on your flight / hotel / etc I would say that worrying about £10 is a minor problem and that you'd do better just buying the flexible tickets.

I'd also point out that buying tickets to Victoria may not be the best option unless your hotel is in the Victoria, Kensington or Earls Court area and finding a nearer train station to your hotel may be the best option

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4. Re: Gatwick-Victoria: Advance purchase of Southern Rail Tickets?

You do lose your money if you miss a prebooked train with advance single tickets

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