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Simplest Way By Train From Cornwall/Devon to Gatwick?

What's the most convenient way to go by train from Cornwall/Devon to Gatwick? I'll be staying at the Gatwick Sofitel before catching an early morning flight. Haven't determined where I'll catch the train. Looks like I could get to Paddington, then get over to Victoria Station and grab the Gatwick Express. Are there simpler options?

Also, does anyone know if the Sofitel is within walking distance of the Gatwick station?

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The simpler option is to change trains at Reading. There are direct trains between Reading and Gatwick every hour, and trains requiring a change at Redhill on the intervening half hour. Journey time varies between 90 minutes and two hours.

Posted by
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Thanks, Bob. I know Reading, so I'll look into that.