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Victoria Coach Station to Gatwick Airport

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Victoria Coach Station to Gatwick Airport

I will be travelling from Manchester via National Express on 21/6/13 and will arrive at Victoria Coach Station at 10.50 am. What will be the easiest way to continue my journey to Gatwick, to catch my flight at 3.25 pm (departure).

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1. Re: Victoria Coach Station to Gatwick Airport

You have two choices.

You could book a National Express coach from Victoria Coach station to Gatwick. Fares are between £5 and £6.50 (as currently displayed online). The coaches leave every 30 minutes and they take 1hr25, though that can be traffic deiendent.

Or, you could walk 5 minutes to Victoria Railway station, and get a Regular Southern train to Gatwick. There are trains every 10-15 minutes and the journey takes 32-38 minutes. The standard walk up fare is £14.40.

Personally, I'd take the train every time, fast and comfortable.

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2. Re: Victoria Coach Station to Gatwick Airport

easisest option is to extend your ticket with National Express to Gatwick.

National Express run buses Victoria Coach Station to Gatwick hourly at 30 minutes past the hour that take about 90 minutes.

Normal cost one way is £6.50 on-line in advance.

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3. Re: Victoria Coach Station to Gatwick Airport

From the coach station walk to Victoria rail station, less than five minutes away. Ask at the ticket office for a single for a *Southern* service to Gatwick airport. A single will cost £14.40. There are frequent departures with no change needed en route.

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4. Re: Victoria Coach Station to Gatwick Airport

Can the OP not buy a specific time train ticket for about £5, I see that mentioned here frequently? Buy one for say noon, will be at Gatwick by 1230, same sort of arrival time as coach, and cheaper. Small chance it will go wrong with a very late coach arrival in which case its only £5 lost and they will want to be travelling by train anyway.

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5. Re: Victoria Coach Station to Gatwick Airport

If the OP takes the train, enter Victoria by the "back door," the first one you see people going into--its easier walking than the outdoor sidewalk and you don't run into crowds of people waiting for the "Big Bus" tours or just standing there looking dazed. Smoother footing, too, if you're pulling a bag.

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6. Re: Victoria Coach Station to Gatwick Airport

>> Can the OP not buy a specific time train ticket for about £5, I see that mentioned here frequently? <<

I just looked on the National Rail site, and there are Advance tickets available for the 11.51 (£5), 12.02 (£7.50) and 12.17 (£5). All of those will get you to Gatwick within 31-36 minutes. You will need to buy those tickets in advance, and you are restricted to the specific train (miss it and you lose the ticket). Any of those above should be fine, but the later gives you a buffer in case the coach is delayed.

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7. Re: Victoria Coach Station to Gatwick Airport

Thanks guys, really helpful.

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8. Re: Victoria Coach Station to Gatwick Airport

Thanks guys, really helpful.

Edited: 13 May 2013, 22:14
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9. Re: Victoria Coach Station to Gatwick Airport

Thanks guys, really helpful.

Edited: 13 May 2013, 22:14
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10. Re: Victoria Coach Station to Gatwick Airport

I was planning to take the Victoria Express on Sunday 4th August but information received indicates that due to works on the line part of the journey will be by bus. Does this not make it more sense to take the coach as carrying luggage for taking abroad will mean lots of on and off train and bus etc.

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