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Transportation from Gatwick Airport to Soho

Hello! We are flying into Gatwick airport and staying in Soho. I am wondering what is the best and reasonably priced form of transportation from the airport to the hotel. There are only two of us.
We will have luggage and have just gotten off a red eye so the train would not be the first choice but if it is the fastest and cheapest we will do it.
What is the typical price of an uber on that route and are they easy to come by? A Taxi?
Any insider information? Any advice would be appreciated!
(Note, I am a New Yorker and am very used to stairs, carrying heavy loads, and long taxi lines - I'm also very good with rail systems)
Thank you in advance!

Posted by Nigel
Northamptonshire, England
19485 posts

Lauren

Well if you are very good with rail systems use one. The train from Gatwick (directly under the south terminal) to Victoria station in London is fast, frequent, and comfortable. Don't even consider a taxi or yukkie uber if you don't want to burn a pile of money and get frustrated with the traffic. There is no motorway into London from the south so it is 15 miles or more after the motorway ends at the M25 of creeping traffic, traffic lights and impatience.

From Victoria it will depend on what you are defining as Soho (nothing like SoHo where you are from).

A little more precision will allow a much more comprehensive answer.

What time of day/day of the week, where in Soho?

Posted by Chris F
Basel, Switzerland
6543 posts

A most important piece of information for getting to any location in London, what is the name of the nearest tube (underground) station? I imagine it is the same in New York.
Train from Gatwick to London Victoria is, as Nigel says, fastest, (nearly) the cheapest and the most comfortable. What route to take from there depends on which tube station you are heading to.

Posted by Rocket
San Francisco area
736 posts

Going the other way from Trafalgar Square to Gatwick. I usually take a taxi from hotel to Victoria station. IIRC the cab fare is abou £10 or £12. I take the taxi as the nearest tube stops are either uphill at Leicester Square or trying to cross multiple heavily trafficked streets around Trafalgar to Charing Cross. I also avoid having to transfer lines which may involve multiple sets of stairs.

I’ve taken the Gatwick Express to gat to the airport but I think there are cheaper non Express train options.

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
2139 posts

We just returned from London last week. I will caution you not to use Uber. We have a cabbie we call every time we are in London for various trips. A very nice fellow; we have been using him for years. An Englishman with a cockney accent. During a long ride last week he was telling us about rapes committed by Uber drivers. He said 2,500 complaints; 900 rapes since the first of this year. And many complaints about them (from customers who were not raped) not knowing their way around and circling the city resulting in a bill of a couple of hundred pounds instead of 20 or so pounds. This happened to his brother-in-law who was delivered to the wrong address at the end of this nightmare. The Uber driver had no idea how to find the address in London that the brother-in-law had given as his destination. I would always use a cabbie/taxi instead of Uber. Even Nigel referred to them as "yukkie Uber".

Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
9726 posts

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As for your question, if you really want to take a taxi, you can book a "minicab," which is Brit-speak for a pre-booked car service, and is cheaper than a taxi picked up from the rank at the airport. I have no personal experience, but Just Airports, Simply Airports, and Blackberry Cars are three services often recommended. Go to their websites and put in all your details, and you can get price quotes, so you know just how much this will cost. Note that Just Airports has a substantial discount for cash; don't know about the other two.

The Heathrow Express has a discount for advance booking and for round trips; if you book it 90 day ahead, it's downright cheap (bought on the day of travel, or worse on the train itself, it's very expensive). I haven't looked at the Gatwick Express, but you should check if it too has a discount on advance tickets.

Posted by emma
London
4002 posts

Rebecca I’m sorry but your friendly taxi driver was talking (some) rubbish especially about the rape statistic. Yes attacks have certainly happened, they always have with unlicensed minicab drivers as well, but no where to the extent of the figure he has quoted. There was a particularly hideous example of a black cab driver attacking women (John Warboys) but we don’t go round saying they are all rapists.

Black taxi drivers are never going to be fans of Uber, they are taking their business. But to a certain extent they only have themselves to blame because they are pricing themselves out of the business. In London, black cabs are becoming too expensive to use. They aren’t always renowned for their flexibility, especially at night. The “not going south of the river” cliche is based on some truth.
Uber provides a useful service that people want to use. Whether you agree with their business model is another matter. I’m not a fan and think it needs looking at but they are nowhere near the evil that your average black cab driver will make them out to be.

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
2139 posts

Emma, you are right. It is to the cabbie's advantage to exaggerate the figures. He said young women who have been out drinking with friends late into the night call Uber, then pass out in the back seat on the way home, then is when the driver takes advantage of them. So it is a crime of opportunity. Just wanted to warn people, be aware some of this is happening. No, I'm sure not all Uber drivers are rapists. You would know the true figures for this; I don't, only listening to the cabbie. Thanks for the real scoop on this, Emma!