The Gatwick Express – What To Expect Video And Insight
Author: Bob Handford
London\’s Gatwick Airport is around 30 miles south of Central London.
Road links are not good, you would be doing well to get to Central London in under an hour by vehicle. In the morning commute hours forget it.
As a result the preferred mode of transport between Gatwick Airport and Central London is train.
The Gatwick Express train is the fastest most stress free transfer option between Gatwick Airport and Central London.
About The Gatwick Express Train
The Gatwick Express trains are air-conditioned and have full size luggage racks in each carriage.
In 1st class, there is room for only 3 seats across the carriage, in 2nd class 4 seats (2 either side of the aisle).
You have much mores space and room to move around than any vehicle.
Other commuter stopping trains operate between Gatwick and London and are cheaper, but slower and much more crowded.
On the Southern trains many carriages are 5 across and often there are no luggage racks.
The train station at Gatwick is within the South Terminal of Gatwick Airport. If you are using the North Terminal there is a frequent and free inter-terminal shuttle train that takes just 2 minutes, (see video clip below).
In London, the terminus is Victoria Station, a major hotel district and central. Buckingham Palace is close by..
You have nuch more room than a taxi or car aboard the train and of course you can stretch your legs if you want.
A refreshment trolley comes to your seat during the journey on the Gatwick Express and are complementary in First Class..
As a dedicated airport train, Gatwick Express trains tend to be a lot emptier than Southern Trains and First Capital Trains (who operate another route into London).
Southern trains, the alternative train to the Gatwick Express do not start at Gatwick, the train will have picked up many commuters and day trippers before it gets to Gatwick. During commute hours, even at weekends on these trains you may struggle to get a seat.
There are no reserved seats on any of the train services from Gatwick.
You carry your own luggage onto the train and find an available seat on a first come, first served basis. The Gatwick Express does offer a free porterage service at both Victoria and Gatwick though.
1st Class v 2nd Class Gatwick Express - Whats The Difference?
On every Gatwick Express train there is a 1st class carriage, normally in the centre of the train.
As explained before the main thing you get is more space and comfort, (see video clip below).
A very welcome bonus travelling 1st Class is complementary access to a Gatwick Airport Lounge.
Other frills you might expect on a premium class, complementary tea or coffee and newspapers are also there.
Links To Gatwick Express Related Information
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