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Easybus - help! take train instead?

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Easybus - help! take train instead?

Hi all awesome people helping other people out!

My friend and I are leaving for London on Thursday and we've already booked the Easybus going back to Gatwick from Earl's court/ West Brompton ( the bus on our arrival date being overbooked so we're gonna take a bus or a train that day instead).

Now, I'm having a minor freakout having read all the horrible reviews about the company.

We've already payed, and I don't really wanna cancel the booking since that cost money as well, but at the same time I don't want other people missing a chance to get on "our" bus if they happen to miss their own and want to claim that whole '60 min before or after'-thing they have.

(we were also not really thinking so we booked a bus that would give us 1 hour at the airport before gate closes so we're kinda depending on the bus not being too late)

So my question is: If we show up early and hopefully get on a bus around the time we're scheduled on - that's fine- but if our bus doesn't show is it possible to get from West Brompton to Gatwick - via Clapham Junction- with us walking from the buss top and needing to get tickets at CJ? Anyone know how long it takes to walk from the bus stop to the trainstation?

Thankful for speedy answers! Sorry for any spelling misstakes.

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1. Re: Easybus - help! take train instead?

'... but if our bus doesn't show is it possible to get from West Brompton to Gatwick - via Clapham Junction- with us walking from the buss top and needing to get tickets at CJ? Anyone know how long it takes to walk from the bus stop to the trainstation?' The easyBus stop is very near West Brompton station, a walk of about two or three minutes. You may buy tickets at West Brompton for the journey to Gatwick, no need to buy separate tickets at Clapham Junction.

At what time of day on Thursday does your flight arrive at Gatwick? The road journey from the airport to the city centre is a slow and painful one, so the train may be a much better option. Also, where have you booked to stay in London? If not near Earl's Court, then the easyBus will be a poor choice of transport, period.

'we were also not really thinking so we booked a bus that would give us 1 hour at the airport before gate closes so we're kinda depending on the bus not being too late' If you've booked easyBus to *arrive* at Gatwick an hour before the flight closes, I suggest you do not even consider using the tickets you've booked.

Depending on the time of day and day of the week your flight departs and your start point, you should plan to be in the terminal building at Gatwick no later than two hours before scheduled flight departure. The airport is busy this month; queues at check in and Security could be lengthy enough to guarantee you will arrive at the gate after the flight closes.

Again, please let us know times and days of flight arrival and departure, and where you have booked to stay in London. If losing easyBus fares means you will not have to buy new air tickets to HAD then it that small loss will be worh every krona.

Edited: 14 August 2013, 01:37
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2. Re: Easybus - help! take train instead?

hi TravellerPlus!

first of all, thanks for replying!

Our gate closes at 19.20 - our buss leaving at 17.05 (so again we weren't really thinking about the possibility of problems with traffic - the bus not showing up/showing up late we never thought about at all).

We're first time fliers to Gatwick, but we have online check in and no check-in bags if that helps speeding up the time at the airport any that matters?

We'll be staying at a hotel in like the opposite side of town, but we were aware of that (we have late/early check in/outs so we didn't really wanna get to the hotel too early anyways). We're also going for the 7-day travelcard so all we were really hoping for was the cheapest way into town (now I'm kinda happy we only managed to get seats on one way) but it really seems like it was a bad decision.

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Johanna, please let us know where you've booked and the time of flight departure, not what time the gate closes.

If you're not staying near Earl's Court but east of the city centre, a First Capital Connect train will be a much better choice of transport than the easyBus, both coming and going.

At what time on Thursday does your flight arrive? We can help you sort out transport to and from the city, suggest ways to save pounds** and ensure you don't miss your flights, but we really need to know more in order to do so.

**Buy return rail tickets from Gatwick to London and keep the outbound ticket (for travel to the city), and you will be eligible to use the offers at www.daysoutguide.co.uk The savings with the offers will far outweigh the cost of easyBus tickets you should not use - leaving London at 1705 with thousands of commuters is a recipe for a missed flight - and -> if we know your destination in London <- you may be able to travel to and from the city for £20 return, per person.

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4. Re: Easybus - help! take train instead?

You certainly weren't kidding when you said you weren't thinking when you booked a bus in PEAK traffic times and cut it right on the limits of checkin/bag drop time. This is aside the reliable unreliability of Easybus which adds an extra "Doh!" factor :-)

Anyway, since you have bought a completely unsuitable ticket that is an almost guaranteed missed flight, and since Easybus are notorious for having packed buses and not letting people on if its not the right timed ticket (and sometimes when it is), your solution is very very simple and straightforward, to dump it, forget about it, and take a train that gets you to Gatwick at least 2 hours ahead of take off.

So forget buses, take the tube to Victoria, take a train to Gatwick, you should be leaving Victoria around 3 hours ahead of your flight time. The are trains from other parts of London but since you just say your hotel is "the other side of London " it's hard to advise if there is another more suitable. Train fare is only about £10, hardly going to break the bank.

Don't focus on the money you already spent on that Easybus ticket, its wasted, its gone, don't spend half your afternoon trying to reclaim it by waiting around bus stops all afternoon. If it helps, think of the money you spent as the cost of a lesson in checking up on what you buy before you buy it, not after.

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5. Re: Easybus - help! take train instead?

Johanna,

Where EXACTLY are you staying "like the opposite side of town"? Also, will you have paid for transport that day (will your 7 day travelcard still be valid that day)?

You should dump those EasyBus tickets. Forget them, they're gone. Chalk this up as an experience, and be grateful that experience is only losing you a few pounds, dollars, euros, krone, rather than a few hundred. :-)

Depending on where you're staying will help us guide you to the best train. As well as Victoria for the regular Southern services, there's also the equally fast First Capital Connect trains from St. Pancras, Farringdon, Blackfriars, and (depending on the time) London Bridge. If "the opposite side of town" is closer to those stations they would be best (and cheaper than Victoria).

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6. Re: Easybus - help! take train instead?

Forget the bus - even if it's not full and you can get on it, traffic will be AWFUL and you're likely to miss your flight.

Forget about what you've spent already - get the train to Gatwick.

You can get to Gatwick from West Brompton, but if you decide to wait for the bus to see what happens, and then get the train if things don't work out - well, with the times you posted you'll likely still miss your flight,.

Get a train from London to Gatwick leaving, say, 2 hours before your flight departure time (2.5 hours is better) to be sure of getting there in time.

Just saw you are staying opposite of town - forget completely any idea of easybus - it will be certain way of not making your flight.

Edited: 14 August 2013, 09:09
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On the basis that you're staying on the opposite side of London and almost certainly haven't allowed enough time to get to the airport, Easybus is wrong for you on every level. It's 30-odd miles from central London and you're travelling during peak evening traffic; a 17.05 bus (even if it's on time and there's space on it) will not get you there by 18.20 and there is a very good chance you won't make your flight at all. Take the train - if you can tell us where you're staying, we can advise which is the best one for you.

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8. Re: Easybus - help! take train instead?

Just buy an open return ticket for the train at Gateick airport. DO NOT however buy Gatwick express. It's an absurd rip-off.

Ditch the easyBus ticket. They're good, but only if you book to get there at least 3 hours before your flight.

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9. Re: Easybus - help! take train instead?

okay thanks everyone! we're gonna skip easybus and save ourself the (seemingly) inevitable heartache!

we're staying near wembley (travelodge)- but since the check in at the hotel is for 15.00 we're not in any hurry to get there (we're travelling fairly light).

We're staying for 6 (almost) full days, and have therefore decided to go for the 7day travelcard (zone 1-3). So what we need is a train into a suitible rail station that sells them and then go from there.

Journey home (thuesday) is at 17.50 ( gate closing half an hour earlier).

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10. Re: Easybus - help! take train instead?

This is a poor choice of hotel - I hope you're getting a low price!

Travelling from Gatwick, I'd recommend buying a ticket to Clapham Junction, then buying your Travelcards there, get a train from Clapham Junction to Willesden Junction, then another train from Willesden Junction to Stonebridge Park.

Going back by this route you'd depart Stonebridge Park 14.55 and arrive Gatwick 16.08 - although you'd have to pay extra if you want to use a Travelodge room up to 14.30.