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RP from Britain: Chunnel Customs Time

Help! We are trying to catch a flight after our Chunnel journey. Question is…do we think we can make our flight from Gatwick at 12:45?…it's gonna be tight Arrive London Waterloo station at 8:29am

Pick up luggage?

Clear customs

Take tube train from Waterloo to Victoria (takes 18-30 mins)

Take Gatwick express train from Victoria to airport (nonstop 30 minute ride…leaves every 15 mins)

Check luggage, etc.

Do you think we can make it?

Mary Beth
Austin, TX 5/10/07

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It will be faster and easier than you make it out to be. First, you are responsible for your own luggage on the Eurostar so all you have to do is carry it off the train with you. Second, you will not have to go through customs so that won't cost you any time. Third, there is a better way to get from Waterloo to Gatwick.

Take the connecting walkway from Waterloo International to Waterloo East. Buy a ticket to Gatwick (10.00 GBP). Take a Southeastern train from Waterloo East to London Bridge. Walk to the other side of the platform and take a First Capital Connect train to Gatwick. Trains run about every 15 minutes and the whole trip will take about one hour.