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Travel Card: Victoria Stn to Gatwick?

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Travel Card: Victoria Stn to Gatwick?

Does the Oyster Card cover the ordinary train from Victoria Station to Gatwick? If not, what are the options....any other type of visitor card etc? Or purchase tickets at Victoria?

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1. Re: Travel Card: Victoria Stn to Gatwick?

Gatwick is well outside the Transport for London zones. Your choices of transport from Victoria to LGW will be either the pricey Gatwick Express or the cheaper with only slightly longer journey times (five minutes) Southern rail services.

Advance fares are available from £5 - 7; these fares are for specific trains and times only: miss that train and you'll have to buy a walkup ticket at £12.90.

First Capital Connect trains run from St Pancras and from London Bridge if those stations are handy for departure or arrival as well. Single fare from £9.50 for those journeys, with travel time of about 45 - 50 minutes.

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2. Re: Travel Card: Victoria Stn to Gatwick?

The alternative to the trains are the airport buses which can be much cheaper but take longer than the train and are also more prone to delays through road congestion.

National Express run Victoria to Gatwick and often have discounted advance purchase on-line fares.

easyBus runs from West Brompton Underground in an attempt to avoid some of the traffic and on-line fares can be as low as 2 GBP

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3. Re: Travel Card: Victoria Stn to Gatwick?

WHERE in London are you starting your trip to Gatwick as going to Victoria may not be the best option

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4. Re: Travel Card: Victoria Stn to Gatwick?

We have to go from Barons Court (near Hammersmith) to Gatwick. We would prefer to go by train....if possible. I notice that Victoria Stn has some work being done at that time (mid-October) so we are unsure.

Would appreicate any adivce on this

Many thanks

Margaret

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5. Re: Travel Card: Victoria Stn to Gatwick?

From Barons Court you can get the tube to VIctoria and the Southern train service (cheaper than GEX, although there are sometimes promotions).

Unless you are travelling between 4 and 7pn Victoria should not be too much of a problem and the bus to LGW is too slow at any time IMO.

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6. Re: Travel Card: Victoria Stn to Gatwick?

If you want to avoid Victoria, Barons Court is very close to Olympia station where you can get trains to Gatwick bypassing the centre of London entirely.

You'll probably have to change trains at Clapham Junction which can be a pain with luggage as its a trek between platforms.

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7. Re: Travel Card: Victoria Stn to Gatwick?

Just to let you know, the footbridge at Clapham Junction has recently been refurbished and there are now lifts to all platforms.

East Croydon is also step-free, using long ramps.

From Kensington Olympia you would need to change at one or the other, there are no longer through trains to Gatwick.

Edited: 24 August 2011, 15:18
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8. Re: Travel Card: Victoria Stn to Gatwick?

The alternate from Barons Court is to take the Underground to West Brompton, the Overground from there to Clapham Junction and then train from CJ to Gatwick.

Victoria rail station isn't in a muddle, it's the Underground station. Refurbishment works mean that at peak times (especially between 1600 - 1930) there may be limited access to the Tube station or to the platforms just because of numbers of passengers.

There are stairs to climb from the ticket hall to the mainline rail concourse, but Barons Court to Victoria then Southern rail to Gatwick could be the most straightforward journey.

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9. Re: Travel Card: Victoria Stn to Gatwick?

I did it today, I bought a normal train ticket for about £12. The Gatwick Express is about £17, but if you buy it online you save too. The normal train is very quick too.

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10. Re: Travel Card: Victoria Stn to Gatwick?

Pardon my ignorance... However, am I correct in assuming that we do not need to go to the undergoround here at Victoria...where all the works are taking place..we just need to purchase tickets to Gatwick for the overland train? (we would be going through Victoria at about 4.30pm).... is this possible?

Also, what is the best site to purchase tickets in advance?

Thanks so much for your help

Margaret