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Review: Travelling by train between Gatwick and London

Travel Service - Bus & train

United Kingdom

Thameslink is far more civilised

  • By SilverTraveller ESW

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  • March 2017

54 people found this review helpful

Most people automatically think of taking the Gatwick Express – 15 minute service non stop between Gatwick and Victoria, taking 30 minutes.

What many people don’t realise is there is also a Thameslink service between Gatwick and St Pancras. This is a half hourly service and takes about an hour as it makes several stops.

Travelling on the East Coast line into Kings Cross, this was the obvious choice as it saved having to negotiate the underground with luggage.

The trains are also a lot quieter. At 9.30 on a Wednesday morning at the end of March, the Gatwick Express was full and standing. It took several attempts before the doors would close. The Thameslink service from Brighton arrived a few minutes later and was virtually empty. There were few people getting on at intermediate stops and it was a lot more civilised. The train was clean and comfortable. There were announcements before each station.

St Pancras is a large station and signing isn’t brilliant. Thameslink services leave from the far end of the station. On the return journey, Kings Cross isn’t signed and you need to follow the signs for Eurostar and the underground to get to Kings Cross.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 4 Comment(s)

  • sandra_42
    over 3 years ago
    Gatwick to Clapham Junction could be convenient for some.
  • Ian.Waugh
    over 3 years ago
    ok tks ESW ... My own journey northward is from Euston, so St. P is just along the road and can be walked in about 15 minutes ... just checked and the London Bridge services can be anything from 44 mins to 1h27 or thereby! And there's still an underground leg to finish off ...
  • ESW
    over 3 years ago
    The one I caught called at Redhill, East Croyden. London Blackfriars, City Thameslink and Farringdon.
  • Ian.Waugh
    over 3 years ago
    Hi ESW ... is this the same service that goes to London Bridge? I know there is one that I've used in the past instread of the Gatwick Express, but can't remember how frequent nor journey time.
    BRs
    Ian