I am heading to London for 5 days during the holidays, and cannot find a reasonable accommodation here. So, I was thinking of staying at Gawick Airpot as I found a room at Hilton for $73, which is a great deal and then take the bus to the city center. Has someone had experience using the Express coach service? Thoughts and/or suggestions are welcomed.
This is in the Montenegro forum. I’d still advise against it in the U.K. If your budget is that tight, pick a hostel or else skip London. London is one of the most expensive cities in the world.
It could take up to two hours to travel from Gatwick to central London, particularly if the M25 is heavily congested (which it mostly is) plus factoring in the cost of daily travel and you'll find staying at Gatwick to be a false economy.
You will waste hours and quite a bit of money staying in Gatwick. It would be a real false economy.
When you say the holidays when exactly do you mean? If your 5days include the 25th and 26th December you will struggle with transport Also on the 25th everything will be closed. Not so bad if you are staying in London so can walk to some of the sights but if you are staying in gatwick it would likely be a boring and frustrating day.
Basically don't do it!,take the hit and stay in town.
The price is exceptionally low for a reason - they don't expect much custom over that period for the reasons above. It would normally be around double that on a weekday
staying at Gawick Airpot . . . . take the bus to the city center.
Assuming by "city centre" you mean London, taking a bus from Gatwick (or anywhere else) into central London is not a good idea. Train is faster, more comfortable and more reliable (no traffic delays).
And staying at Gatwick and commuting into London is a bad idea for all the reasons the others say.
for 5 days during the holidays
Which holidays? When? In the UK, the phrase "Holiday period" usually refers to the summer, when everybody goes on holiday.
You don't say which country you are from. I understand that in some countries the phrase "the holidays" confusingly refers to Christmas.
If you mean this, be very aware that everything shuts down on the 25th December, no transport, no restaurants without advance booking. You have been warned.
Thank you all for your suggestions. I meant the Christmas. I’ll look for other accommodations, thanks for the input!
Just to clarify, if clarification is required, that when people say no transportation on Christmas Day, they mean none. Zero, Not "just a little". There are no trains on Christmas Day, and all the shops and restaurants except a very few restaurants and pubs run by non celebrants. They jack their prices up, and you need reservations. You may be a little late to get reservations now that we are only 2 weeks out.
There are tubes and buses on a very limited schedule on Boxing Day, but still no trains.
Are you coming from Montenegro?
Have you looked at the Premier Inn and Travelodge chains of hotels? They are all over town and price depending on demand tou might get lucky although you won't find anything as cheap as $73. But as has been said, when it comes to hotels in London if it's cheap there will be a reason that you probably won't like!
If you let us know what your actual budget is we might be able to make some more useful suggestions.