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What time to leave for 11:30am flight at Gatwick

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What time to leave for 11:30am flight at Gatwick

We're flying from out of Gatwick on tuesday morning, flight leaves at 11:30, so we need to be there 2.5-3hrs beforehand. Making us a Gatwick for 8:30-9ish.

We've coming from Northampton, about 2.5hr drive. What time would you recommend leaving? To avoid traffic, a family member is also driving us down, and wants to aviod traffic on the way back home.

What's the best time to leave? There thinking around 4:30AM

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1. Re: What time to leave for 11:30am flight at Gatwick

That should be more than enough time. It is better to be early than panic about missing check-in etc.

The chances of missing traffic on the way back home are remote, as traffic will start building from about 7am.

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2. Re: What time to leave for 11:30am flight at Gatwick

Google shows about 2 hours for the journey, M1/M25/M23 via the west side, but that is as long as the roads are clear and you move along nicely. So yes leaving that early would be advisable, if you are there early then you could have something to eat and drink once you have checked in. Listen to the traffic reports in case you have to go via the Dartford crossing side (toll £1.50 cash for a car)

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3. Re: What time to leave for 11:30am flight at Gatwick

There are roadworks on the M1 north of Luton and on both sides of the M25 with the worst delays on the clockwise section approaching the Dartford crossing so your journey could be delayed even at that time of the morning. I certainly wouldn't leave much later than 4.30.

If you don't have too much luggage, have you considered the train? There is a train departing Northampton at 6.42 that would get you to Gatwick at 8.45 via Euston and a tube journey to Victoria. No worries about a friend having to battle the traffic twice in a couple of hours.

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