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Transportation - Family of 4

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Transportation - Family of 4

Two parents, two sons age 11-13. Base hotel - Premier Inn at Gatwick North Terminal. Plan: Take shuttle to south terminal and purchase rail ticket at Gatwick Airport station to receive 2 for 1 eligibility. Combine rail ticket with Travelcard.

The options for off peak travel appear to be (excluding Gatwick Express):

1. £27.00 off-peak groupsave travelcard only for use on First Capital trains. Earliest permitted arrival 10:00 am at London Bridge station

2. £29.20 off-peak family travelcard only for use on Southern Trains. Earliest permitted arrival 9:58 am at Victoria Station. (For some reason this ticket is offered for sale on the First Capital web site but not on the Southern web site even though it is only for use on Southern Trains.)

3. £30.40 off peak family travelcard for use on either Southern or First Capital trains (also not sold on Southern web site).

4. £31.60 off-peak groupsave travelcard only for use on Southern trains.

5. £33.00 off-peak groupsave travelcard for use on either Southern or First Capital trains.

The options for peak hour travel appear to be (excluding Gatwick Express):

1. £75.00 any time travelcard only for use on First Capital trains.

2. £86.10 any time travelcard only for use on Southern trains.

3. £88.50 any time travelcard only for use on either Southern or First Capital trains.

Here are the questions:

1. Are the options correct?

2. Are there any less expensive options for peak hours travel?

3. What are the specific differences between an off-peak group save travelcard and an off-peak family travelcard?

4. Do the options change if the number of days of travel is 2 days, 3 days or 4 days?

Thank you.

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1. Re: Transportation - Family of 4

1 pass (Another way of saying I really can't face checking them)

2 no

3 groupsave is based on adults, family must include children

4 no - not for a group anyway, But there does come a point where a weekly season ticket saves on daily fares - usually 4 days. And they are valid at peak times

But you would really be better off staying much closer to central London

Edited: 20 January 2014, 00:54
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2. Re: Transportation - Family of 4

Suggest question 5 - 'Is it a good idea to base ourselves so far out of London?'

Answer - Not unless you have a really good reason to want to stay at the airport.

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3. Re: Transportation - Family of 4

Why squander all this time and money commuting? Stay in London, get Travelcards, take advantage of the 2-4-1 offers (see under Top Questions).

I can't think of any good reason to base yourself at Gatwick, unless you enjoy spending a great deal of time in transit.

If you need help finding a hotel within your budget in London, give us your dates and your budget.

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4. Re: Transportation - Family of 4

Having had another thought about question 2 - it MAY be cheaper to buy anytime day returns to London and separate off peak travelcards when you get there - should the times fit

But still a BAD idea

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5. Re: Transportation - Family of 4

If you do travel in peak time, not all trains start at Gatwick. Many will begin on the South Coast and will be full by the time they arrive at the airport. You may have to stand all the way to London.

Same possibly for a return journey unless you get on early enough before it pulls out of the station.

Sardine-style, cattle truck, whatever you want to call it. I suppose it's one way of seeing how the locals live on their daily commute.

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6. Re: Transportation - Family of 4

I am the original poster. Everyone is more interested in giving hotel advice than answering the transportation question. So I accept your offer to recommend an alternative hotel.

In early June, the Premier Inn at Gatwick North Terminal is offering a room suitable for two adults and two sons, ages 11 and 13, for £49.00 per night. WiFi is extra and breakfast is not included (although a Boots meal deal may take care of breakfast). 30 minutes from the Gatwick rail station to either Victoria or London Bridge, although seats may be scarce on business days.

So what are your hotel alternatives, for a comparable price, with lesser commuting time?

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7. Re: Transportation - Family of 4

Without knowing your dates in June it's difficult to give precise rates, but the PI in Beckton has Family rooms available from 01 - 13 June with the rate most nights £49. Some nights have a rate of £39, one or two have a rate of £70, but for the most part that will be balanced out by not having to pay over the odds for transport.

Yes, the hotel is in Beckton, across the road from a large branch of Asda, but it's adjacent to the DLR station and in zone 3 rather than outside the TfL zones altogether.

Depending on how you plan to travel to London you may buy paper Travelcards for use with the two for one offers at London Bridge or Fenchurch Street ticket office, the latter about five minutes' walk from Tower Gateway DLR station.

Edit: Check rates at the PI Kew as well.

Edited: 21 January 2014, 03:13
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8. Re: Transportation - Family of 4

You obviously have some prior experience staying near Gatwick and travelling to central London. tripadvisor.com/…49859244

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9. Re: Transportation - Family of 4

Prior experience as a solo traveler does not necessarily help in counseling a family of 4. That is why I turn to you for advice.

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