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Kings Cross to Gatwick

Hello, planning a trip to London next month. Will be in London and wondering how long to allow to get from Kings Cross to Gatwick. Is there a tube that goes directly to Gatwick? Or is a taxi a better idea? Thank you.

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Looks like there are 3 direct trains every hour from St Pancras Int'l across the street. Takes about 1 hour.

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You can take a train from St. Pancras station (across the street from King's Cross) to Gatwick. Rick explains in his England guidebook:
A train also runs between Gatwick South and St. Pancras International Station (£10, 3-5/hour, 45-60 minutes, for travelers taking the Eurostar train (to Paris or Brussels) or staying in the St. Pancras/King’s Cross neighborhood.

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Thameslink is the new/old name for First Capital Connect. Note this is not the tube but a train.

There is construction on the line so read all the notices about service.

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Thank you for your replies. Another question for you, @Tom_MN and @Casey, would it be easier/quicker to fly out of Heathrow? It looks like we can get a British Airlines flight to Rome from London from either airport. Which of the 2 has easier access via public transportation? Thank you.

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Thameslink provide a decent service to Gatwick. It has a few stops in The City after St Pancras, including the incredible glass bridge over the Thames station at Blackfriars. Look to the left as the train is in the station and see St Pauls to the left, and Tower Bridge perfectly framed in the glass. A farewell photo moment if I ever saw one.

London Bridge station is being rebuilt from the inside out and while that is happening the trains take a somewhat scenic diversion which slows them down a touch, but they pretty much stick to the timetable.

The train goes straight to the South Terminal at Gatwick. If your flight is from North Terminal there is a convenient free fast and scenic people mover next to the station.

Gatwick is compact and only 2 terminals. Heathrow is a bit more spread out with terminals here there and everywhere.

Lifts and escalators at both ends of the Thameslink trip mean step free.

I'm afraid that the Rick Steves information quoted by Casey is quite out of date.

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If you pick Heathrow there is a direct but slow service from Kings Cross on the Piccadilly Line tube. It will probably take much the same time as the train to Gatwick or a bit less. The fares may or may not be cheaper depending on whether you have an Oyster card. Like the Thameslink it is now officially step-free, although the elevator at Kings Cross occasionally breaks down and is inconveniently located - you need to use the entrance at the far end of St Pancras railway station.

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I've only done each transfer once. Tube from Heathrow was cheap but noisy and quite hot despite it being mid- October. There was also a lot of walking at Heathrow to catch it. That was 25 years ago and the tube is cleaner now.

Thameslink has several handy stations right in the center and is more spacious than the tube. The Blackfriars station bridge is a sensational entry or departure for London-- for us it was both since we arrived from Luton and left via Gatwick. Train stops right under Gatwick terminal. The secondary line around London bridge station construction is a bit slow. Thameslink is more expensive for one, however there are group fares that can work out to be less per person than the tube to Heathrow.