I'm planning a trip to England, and we plan to head straight to York from Gatwick airport.
We're planning to get there by train and want to be economical in our travel decisions. I've read that purchasing advance tickets are the cheapest route to go. Last time I was in England I only took one trip without a car, and just bought at the station, but the train was quite a bit more than I thought it would be!
Anybody have experience purchasing advance tickets and whether it's a true cost savings? Right now prices are reasonable. My concern with booking an advance ticket is that if my flight is delayed or we get hung up in customs/immigration (forums have said anywhere from 10 min - 3 hours to get through at Gatwick for a 7 AM landing), we could miss our train and be out the money we spent. The opposite is also true, I don't want to purchase a ticket that is four hours later and wind up spending hours at the airport if we make it through quickly.
Anybody have suggestions on best way to book a train when the arrival time could be variable?
I should also mention that we're only taking 3 trains while in England (renting a car while up in York), so purchasing a rail pass doesn't make a ton of sense.
Tips greatly appreciated!