On my home from London last week, I took the Gatwick Express from London Victoria Station. It was quick and easy.
I always struggle whether to use Uber or public transport in London. London is a well-connected city and the public transport system generally works well. Generally. And in fact, it is often quicker. I spent 45 minutes making a five mile Uber journey at 8:30 P.M. last Thursday. I should have taken the Tube.
I had planned to walk from my hotel to Victoria Station but ending up taking a Black Cab from the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill for a cost of about 7GBP…I was running late.
Trains departs every 15 minutes from Victoria Station (schedule here) and the journey takes about 30 minutes.
The ticket costs £19.90 if purchased at the station or £17.80 if purchased online. Children 15 and under are £9.95 at the station or £8.85 if purchased online. First class is £30.70 at the station or £27.40 online. Children 15 and under are £15.35 at the station for first class and £13.65 if purchased online.
I purchased my ticket at the station (because my T-Mobile didn’t work…) and ended up waiting about 12 minutes: the train was late. I had budgeted enough time, but do note that the trains often depart a bit late.
Onboard, I took a seat with a table, plugged in my laptop, and immediately tried to connect to wi-fi. It worked like a charm and I had a productive 30-minute journey. I cannot underscore how important that was to me to having a comfortable seat, power outlet, and functioning wi-fi. In that sense, the train was far more practical than Uber.
Upon arrival at Gatwick Airport station (nonstop), I simply followed the signs to the airport concourse, a walk of about five minutes.
Like the Heathrow Express, the Gatwick Express is a great tool to quickly travel between central London and the airport. Based on my trip last Friday, I would not hesitate to use it again next time I fly into LGW.