My daughter is arriving, from Venice,at Gatwick at 9:25pm=21:25 this Friday (11/3), and is heading to Norwich/UEA. She is mid-twenties and traveling alone. She really wants to avoid spending that night in London, if possible. The usual route is via the Liverpool Street Station to catch the Greater Anglia train to Norwich, but the last train leaves there at 23:30, about two hours after touch down.
She asked me to research transportation options and I am not very optimistic that she can make the connections. Maybe there is a way?? It really depends: if the flight arrives on time, if she clears passport control quickly and if connections on the tube are easy. Is anyone familiar with arriving late at Gatwick?
tfl.gov to LST seems to indicate it is possible but the timing is very tight. There is also a National Express Bus that leaves from Stratford Bus Station at 00:10 and the Greater Anglia train stops near there at 23:38. But is the added 8 minutes enough time? or the extra 32 beyond that to catch the bus?
So my questions are:
Is there any feasible way to get to the Greater Anglia train to Norwich at 23:30 at Liverpool Street Station or 23:38 at Stratford Train Station? Or to get Stratford Bus station before midnight?
If she heads to Stratford bus station and misses the last bus, how safe is it to hang around until the first train in the morning? There does not seem to be many hotels nearby and none that that suit her hostel-budget.
OR should she just stay the night near LST or Victoria Station?
Information and opinions appreciated!
P.S. On her original schedule she had this all worked out to spend the weekend with her old flatmates, but then she extended her trip an extra week.