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NAT
Apr 26th, 2006, 07:12 PM
Hello all,

I have a quick question for anybody who is willing/able to help. I will be travelling through Europe this summer, coming home through London. I am leaving from Gatwick, but probably coming into London through Stanstead or Luton. My question is, which of these airports would be better/cheaper in terms of getting into the city should I decide to stay a night, or for getting to Gatwick. Thanks in advance,

NAT

Dahveed
Apr 26th, 2006, 07:18 PM
Gatwick and Stansted are both easily connected to central London. Both Gatwick Express & Stansted Express are affordable and comfortable. Trains leave stations every 30 minutes and the journey takes approximatively 45 min.

Gatwick to Victoria Station (South)
Stansted to Liverpool Street Station (North East)

Not sure it answers your question though?

NAT
Apr 26th, 2006, 07:46 PM
Thanks for the response. Do you know anything about Luton airport? How easy/cheap to the city? Thanks again.

Dahveed
Apr 26th, 2006, 07:52 PM
I've never been to Luton but i know it's quite similar, you have a Luton Express train too and Thameslink (British railways) operate services from central London to the airport as well. I believe it's from Kings Cross. Journeys are 35min app.

Somehow when i travel - i always avoid Luton. I don't know it's just less convenient compared to the other airports.

spiceboy
Apr 26th, 2006, 08:03 PM
Both Gatwick Express & Stansted Express are affordable and comfortable.

affordable = ridiculously expensive for a shuttle train, right? :angel:

Dahveed
Apr 26th, 2006, 08:18 PM
affordable = ridiculously expensive for a shuttle train, right? :angel:

lol, you're right. When you think about it, it's kinda the same price as the plane tickets i found for Sardinia :o i really don't know what i was on about! :tape: but hey that's London for you!

fifiricci
Apr 26th, 2006, 08:24 PM
affordable = ridiculously expensive for a shuttle train, right? :angel:

Yes they're a bloody rip off! But you don't have that much choice, unless you check the bus services into town.

LostGlory
Apr 26th, 2006, 08:30 PM
But Heathrew is the easiest to get into the city....although they are all easily connected, once you get out you get the under ground plan and it is very simple anyone can read....just know where you wanna end up and you should be fine......London is generally expensive but I usually buy a weekly plan up to zone three....although I have so many friends that drive me around while I'm there....

LostGlory
Apr 26th, 2006, 08:35 PM
Yes they're a bloody rip off! But you don't have that much choice, unless you check the bus services into town.

Bus is slow and a bit more complicated for a newbie but it has the advantage of sight seeing.....

NAT
Apr 26th, 2006, 08:50 PM
Thanks for all the help, people. It is appreciated.

Lord Chips
Apr 26th, 2006, 09:00 PM
Luton has a station called Luton Airport Parkway which is on the Thameslink or First Capital Connect or something like that line. It takes as little as 30 minutes or so into Kings Cross and the line also goes down to Gatwick. Your better off getting ordinary British Rail lines to and from airports as the express lines charge a lot more

fnuf7
Apr 26th, 2006, 11:31 PM
Heathrow is shite! I hate that airport with a passion :fiery:

It's the ugliest building ever. They seem about 100X more likely to lose your luggage somewhere (and I've seen it where there were hundreds of bags just piled up against a random wall, I could have just gone and nicked someone's luggage easily ;) ) It takes ages to get around the airport, particularly if you're in the wrong terminal, if you've got a car then the road is absolute hell getting in and out. Ugh, it's just a horrid airport, I now refuse as best I can to travel from there, always Gatwick for me :)

Shenanigans
Apr 26th, 2006, 11:58 PM
Heathrow is a horrible airport because it just so busy but in fact is the cheapest option if you are going into central london as you have the underground (piccadily line) to take you into central London.
Luton you have to take a shuttle bus to the station then the train to Kings cross.
My fav airport is Stanstead, the express train leaves directly from the airport and you are basically just off the plane then straight on the train.

smiler
Apr 27th, 2006, 02:04 AM
It's easy to get to central london from Luton or Gatwick. Gatwick is my fave, and Heathrow is a bitch. You can get direct trains from Gatwick to Victoria or from Luton to Kings Cross Thameslink (and many others, Farringdon, Blackfriars, London Bridge etc). The price will depend on what time you travel. I've never used Stanstead.

DutchieGirl
Apr 27th, 2006, 05:49 AM
Gatwick and Stansted are both easily connected to central London. Both Gatwick Express & Stansted Express are affordable and comfortable. Trains leave stations every 30 minutes and the journey takes approximatively 45 min.

Gatwick to Victoria Station (South)
Stansted to Liverpool Street Station (North East)

Not sure it answers your question though?

lmao Stansted isn't even that close to London - it costs about 18 pound ONE WAY on the bus! :help: (All my rellies live like 30 mins from Stansted, and my auntie works there). ;)

DutchieGirl
Apr 27th, 2006, 05:50 AM
Heathrow is a horrible airport because it just so busy but in fact is the cheapest option if you are going into central london as you have the underground (piccadily line) to take you into central London.
Luton you have to take a shuttle bus to the station then the train to Kings cross.
My fav airport is Stanstead, the express train leaves directly from the airport and you are basically just off the plane then straight on the train.

I like Heathrow - yeah it's busy, but it's convenint. Gatwick's not too bad, but it's still like 14 pounds one way into central london on the train (well that was like 3 years ago now when I did it).

fifiricci
Apr 27th, 2006, 06:37 AM
Heathrow is really not as bad as some people in here are making out! :lol: I've flown in and out of Hrow scores of time and I've never had any serious problems.

And the really good thing about HROW is that you can get the tube into London from there, thus bypassing the need to even contemplate using those expensive trains! :D

DutchieGirl
Apr 27th, 2006, 06:39 AM
Heathrow is really not as bad as some people in here are making out! :lol: I've flown in and out of Hrow scores of time and I've never had any serious problems.

And the really good thing about HROW is that you can get the tube into London from there, thus bypassing the need to even contemplate using those expensive trains! :D

Exactly! ;)

AjdeNate!
Apr 27th, 2006, 07:34 AM
I've flown into and out of Heathrow, with no real issues. It's busy, but not horrid. I flew out of Gatwick once, and it was simple. Take the Gatwick Express from Victoria and badda bing you're there. Very easy to get around Gatwick and they have nice shops.

Yasmine
Apr 27th, 2006, 07:45 AM
From Luton there is a coach (check the National express website) which goes right to Heathrow and then onto Gatwick. That might be the easiest way to go from one airport to the other. From Stansted I have no idea, you'ld have to get the Stansted Express to get to central London and then the tube to whichever airport.
I also know that Luton is on the Midland Mainline route to London St Pancras (coming from Nottingham or Leicester) and gets you to central London in half an hour. It's a pretty reliable route from what I remember.

DutchieGirl
Apr 27th, 2006, 07:58 AM
From Luton there is a coach (check the National express website) which goes right to Heathrow and then onto Gatwick. That might be the easiest way to go from one airport to the other. From Stansted I have no idea, you'ld have to get the Stansted Express to get to central London and then the tube to whichever airport.
I also know that Luton is on the Midland Mainline route to London St Pancras (coming from Nottingham or Leicester) and gets you to central London in half an hour. It's a pretty reliable route from what I remember.

From Stansted you don't need to get a train to Heathrow, there is a bus too - it goes first to terminals 1, 2, 3 and then round to terminal 4 - trust me - I've done it like 3-4 times now! ;)

Yasmine
Apr 27th, 2006, 08:01 AM
From Stansted you don't need to get a train to Heathrow, there is a bus too - it goes first to terminals 1, 2, 3 and then round to terminal 4 - trust me - I've done it like 3-4 times now! ;)
well I gave the information I knew nothing more...

DutchieGirl
Apr 27th, 2006, 08:03 AM
well I gave the information I knew nothing more...

I know - but I posted about stansted above already! ;)

Yasmine
Apr 27th, 2006, 08:04 AM
whatever, anyway I hope what I said helps NAT;)

DutchieGirl
Apr 27th, 2006, 08:08 AM
whatever, anyway I hope what I said helps NAT;)

I'm sure it will! :D

Dahveed
Apr 27th, 2006, 12:11 PM
lmao Stansted isn't even that close to London - it costs about 18 pound ONE WAY on the bus! :help: (All my rellies live like 30 mins from Stansted, and my auntie works there). ;)

I didn't say it was close to Central London, i said it was easily connected. If you wanna land in Central London, use the London City Airport and your private jets.

Once again, don't expect to pay cheap fares for whatever you do in London. The city is expensive and there's not much you can do about it, even the tube to Heathrow is gonna be expensive (it's a zone 6 ticket).

DutchieGirl
Apr 27th, 2006, 12:20 PM
I didn't say it was close to Central London, i said it was easily connected. If you wanna land in Central London, use the London City Airport and your private jets.

Once again, don't expect to pay cheap fares for whatever you do in London. The city is expensive and there's not much you can do about it, even the tube to Heathrow is gonna be expensive (it's a zone 6 ticket).

:lol: Was this to me or? Coz I've been to London 5 times in the last 5 years, so yeah, I know! ;)

LostGlory
Apr 27th, 2006, 12:39 PM
I like Heathrow - yeah it's busy, but it's convenint. Gatwick's not too bad, but it's still like 14 pounds one way into central london on the train (well that was like 3 years ago now when I did it).

Me too and it is so easy to get anywhere from there....I just dont understand why all the hate for heathrew....it takes something like 20 minutes by underground to get into Central london and it is so cheap.....

Last time i was there a few months ago I paid something like 27 from Heathrew to Nights Bridge and a weekly unlimited usage up to zone 3, compared to 40 per taxi to go to a night club. I thought that was pretty cheap

DutchieGirl
Apr 27th, 2006, 12:42 PM
Me too and it is so easy to get anywhere from there....I just dont understand why all the hate for heathrew....it takes something like 20 minutes by underground to get into Central london and it is so cheap.....

well cheaper than the othe ones! ;)

LostGlory
Apr 27th, 2006, 12:47 PM
well cheaper than the othe ones! ;)

When I say cheap I mean compared to London.....

DutchieGirl
Apr 27th, 2006, 12:48 PM
When I say cheap I mean compared to London.....

oh ok. Well i think it's the most convenient anyway! ;)

LostGlory
Apr 27th, 2006, 12:48 PM
Bottom line guys they all all easily connected but if you want to go into central London the best is through heathrew IMO.

DutchieGirl
Apr 27th, 2006, 12:52 PM
Bottom line guys they all all easily connected but if you want to go into central London the best is through heathrew IMO.

yup ;)

Dahveed
Apr 27th, 2006, 01:07 PM
Yeah but if you read the first post again you'll see that NAT didn't mention Heathrow.

" Hello all,

I have a quick question for anybody who is willing/able to help. I will be travelling through Europe this summer, coming home through London. I am leaving from Gatwick, but probably coming into London through Stanstead or Luton. My question is, which of these airports would be better/cheaper in terms of getting into the city should I decide to stay a night, or for getting to Gatwick. Thanks in advance,

NAT "

So that's not relevant to the discussion. :shrug:

DutchieGirl
Apr 27th, 2006, 01:09 PM
Yeah but if you read the first post again you'll see that NAT didn't mention Heathrow.

" Hello all,

I have a quick question for anybody who is willing/able to help. I will be travelling through Europe this summer, coming home through London. I am leaving from Gatwick, but probably coming into London through Stanstead or Luton. My question is, which of these airports would be better/cheaper in terms of getting into the city should I decide to stay a night, or for getting to Gatwick. Thanks in advance,

NAT "

So that's not relevant to the discussion. :shrug:

Which is why I said initially that Stansted is not the best! :p

LostGlory
Apr 27th, 2006, 01:11 PM
Yeah but if you read the first post again you'll see that NAT didn't mention Heathrow.

" Hello all,

I have a quick question for anybody who is willing/able to help. I will be travelling through Europe this summer, coming home through London. I am leaving from Gatwick, but probably coming into London through Stanstead or Luton. My question is, which of these airports would be better/cheaper in terms of getting into the city should I decide to stay a night, or for getting to Gatwick. Thanks in advance,

NAT "

So that's not relevant to the discussion. :shrug:

Right Dahveed :yeah: Sorry.
The relevance is only these two airports....
"but probably coming into London through Stanstead or Luton."

Yasmine
Apr 27th, 2006, 01:12 PM
do some people always have to reply to every single post here? :rolleyes: a lot of talk for not much information, I hope nat manages to get out what he wants...

fifiricci
Apr 27th, 2006, 01:14 PM
I know, come to Cardiff instead, it's only got one bloody airport! :lol:

Its just as good as London (avec lovely friendly Welsh people and a plentiful supply of sheep close by :D )

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 27th, 2006, 01:42 PM
whatever you do, dont fall for this one
some cheap airline company was giving tickets to London Fort-William (thats in Scotland :tape: )

i always use Heathrow

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 27th, 2006, 01:43 PM
I know, come to Cardiff instead, it's only got one bloody airport! :lol:

Its just as good as London (avec lovely friendly Welsh people and a plentiful supply of sheep close by :D )

welsh and sheep :lol: :tape:
i saw lots on my way there last weekend :o

NAT
Apr 27th, 2006, 04:19 PM
Thanks again all. You've been helpful (I think) :) So far, half say Luton, half Stanstead. Perfect. ;) I have been to London a few times, but alwats through Gatwick or Heathrow. As an aside, as a North American ( I have lived in Europe, though) You have to love all these new, cheap airlines for inter-Europe travel. Easyjest, Ryanair, centralwings, etc. Thanks again.

DutchieGirl
Apr 27th, 2006, 04:20 PM
Thanks again all. You've been helpful (I think) :) So far, half say Luton, half Stanstead. Perfect. ;) I have been to London a few times, but alwats through Gatwick or Heathrow. As an aside, as a North American ( I have lived in Europe, though) You have to love all these new, cheap airlines for inter-Europe travel. Easyjest, Ryanair, centralwings, etc. Thanks again.


eww I hate Ryanair - it sucks ass! ;) But easyjet are good. :D

Yasmine
Apr 27th, 2006, 06:21 PM
Have travelled douzens of time with Ryan air and I think I had more delays in 5 flights with British Airways than will all those with Ryan Air... so it really depends on the route you're taking ;)

DutchieGirl
Apr 28th, 2006, 02:06 AM
Have travelled douzens of time with Ryan air and I think I had more delays in 5 flights with British Airways than will all those with Ryan Air... so it really depends on the route you're taking ;)

I used RyanAir from Brussels-Barcelona-London... and they were nothing but trouble! But as I said, I hate RyanAir... other people may like it. ;)