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Train from edinburgh to London.

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Train from edinburgh to London.

When we leave edinburgh we will be flying out the next day from Gatwick Airport.

Can we get off before arriving in London ? and make our way to the airport. We have a hotel booked by the airport and thought it rather pointless to go into London and have to come right back out.

Any suggestions

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1. Re: Train from edinburgh to London.

There is no need to break the journey en route from Edinburgh Waverly to London King's Cross; if you were to do so then how would you make your way to LGW, south of London?

Trains from London St Pancras - adjacent to KX - travel to Gatwick airport station with a journey time of about 48 minutes. The walk from KX Arrivals to St Pancras domestic Departures will take about five minutes*. St Pancras station has a number of restos and cafes, it's a good place to break the journey before making your way to Gatwick.

*If you book a through ticket - Edinburgh Waverley to Gatwick airport (via St Pancras) allow at least an hour for the connection, as trains are always subject to delay. If you book Edinburgh to KX as a single ticket, you may buy walk up tickets at St Pancras at your leisure.

Book Edinburgh-KX at least 12 weeks in advance of your travel date for the best selection of train times and fares www.eastcoast.co.uk will allow you to register with a Canadian credit card and address. You will be asked to nominate a station for ticket collection but should be able to use ticket machines at any National Rail station, not just the one nominated.

You may book in advance for St Pancras to Gatwick, but the fare will be the same on the day as that booked ahead of time.

nationalrail.co.uk/stations/sjp/KGX/plan.html Click on 'Pancras Road' and you'll see St Pancras station in all its redbrick glory. nationalrail.co.uk/stations/sjp/STP/plan.html The FCC ticket desks and escalators down to the platforms are at the north end of the station.

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2. Re: Train from edinburgh to London.

There are a couple of airports on the N side of London where you might be tempted to get off the train early, but Gatwick is due south of London and the only sensible way is to carry straight on ...

The 'quick' and advertised route from London is on the Gatwick Express which leaves from Victoria, on the river Thames. That takes half an hour but by the time you get from St Pancras to Victoria you will end up taking much the same time as ... St Pancras to Gatwick, where some trains are direct and take under an hour, others mean changing train again at ... Victoria.

Kings Cross and St Pancras are now fully interconnected so there is no need to emerge into the daylight unless you want to :-) However I know that since I was last through that way there is some rebuilding going on at KX , so just follow the signs.

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3. Re: Train from edinburgh to London.

There is no need to travel from KX to Victoria for the expensive GEX. First Capital Connect trains from St Pancras travel via London Bridge, not Victoria (the south London commuter route between London Bridge and Victoria will stop operating as of 9 December when the Overground SE London service begins) .

The walk from KX National Rail Arrivals is at street level: turn right out of the station, a very short walk across the plaza towards the new Departures area, and across Pancras Road to St Pancras.

There are hoardings along the shopfronts at the Euston Road side of KX, but they shouldn't have an impact on the short walk from Arrivals to St Pancras.

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4. Re: Train from edinburgh to London.

Kings Cross has excellent links to just about everywhere, including Gatwick, it would be pointless getting off earlier at a station that does not have these links.

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5. Re: Train from edinburgh to London.

Just as a practical matter, getting off earlier on most trains from Edinburgh to London would mean getting off in York (210 miles north London) if on one of the very fast trains or Peterborough (80 miles north of London) if on one of the slightly slower trains. And since your destination is 30 miles south of London ...

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6. Re: Train from edinburgh to London.

Why don't you just leave your bags at left luggage in KX, have a look around London and travel to your hotel later in the day. Or fly to LGW, drop off your bags at your hotel and head into London?

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7. Re: Train from edinburgh to London.

lije is looking for the scenic route from Scotland to the southeast of England, but I'm not sure if s/he has looked at the routing suggested (or locations on a map), as s/he would see that stopping north of London isn't useful. tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g186338-i17-k593589…

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8. Re: Train from edinburgh to London.

Can we get off before arriving in London ? and make our way to the airport. We have a hotel booked by the airport and thought it rather pointless to go into London and have to come right back out.

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Are you sure you are flying out of Gatwick? Since your comment makes no sense as you have to go through London to get to gatwick since its south of London and Edinburgh is north.

You could also just fly Edinburgh to Gatwick direct.

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9. Re: Train from edinburgh to London.

Ok disregard that last post about flying I just read your other message should have taken notice of TPs post.

. I think the scenic aspect of the train is somewhat overblown but at least it's more scenic than flying.

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