We need to book train tickets from Gatwick Airport to Newton Abbot for Saturday Sept. 21st. I have been checking the National Rail website so I can book the cheaper Advance Tickets as soon as they become available. From what I have read, Virgin Trains website does not add on any additional charges, is it okay to use them? Can I then use a machine at Gatwick Airport train station to print out all my tickets? We have two other journeys to book - Newton Abbot to St Ives (St Erth) Sept 28, then St Ives back to Paddington Oct 5.
The routing that National Rail gives me for our first journey is from Gatwick Airport with a stop in Reading and then onward to Newton Abbot. If I understand correctly on the website I think we need to change trains in Reading. The tickets I'm looking at leave Gatwick at 10:03 and get into Reading at 11:19 then leaving Reading at 11:34. Will this give us enough time to make the connection at Reading? Are the trains usually very punctual? I believe the other two journeys are direct station to station with no changes so I won't have to worry about getting stranded somewhere.
As always, I very much appreciate everyone's expert advice on this forum. I'd never survive my trips without you.