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Squawk7777
20th Mar 2005, 17:15
I need a little help on this one ...

Some friends of mine are planning to travel to the UK this summer. They are planning to stay a few days there and then visit mainland Europe. Last time I was in the UK was a few years ago and if I remember correctly there are trainlines that connect all London airports (Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, LC)? Where can I find the schedule and lines on the net?

Thanks,

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Grainger
20th Mar 2005, 17:22
7777: Gatwick Express is a good start:

http://www.gatwickexpress.co.uk/

I expect a quick Google will turn up similar ones for the other airports.

Rollingthunder
20th Mar 2005, 17:26
http://www.airport-maps.co.uk/London/

Don't Tell Him Pike
20th Mar 2005, 17:34
National Rail Enquiries (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/planmyjourney/time_table/journey_requirements.asp?&T2ID=7065_2004730125425)

It's a timetable on t'internet. Type in where from and where to, and it'll tell you what train, and where to change.

Jerricho
20th Mar 2005, 18:42
I don't know if those timetables will be bi-lingual 7 7 7 7

:E

Squawk7777
20th Mar 2005, 19:43
no sweat Jerricho, I won't feel underchallenged...

but then if you'd read my mono-lingual post correctly, it is for some friends of mine; not me. ;) :rolleyes:

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P.S.: I should have kept silent. :uhoh:


Unfortunately, the site cannot offer any trains that meet your request.

Grainger
20th Mar 2005, 22:23
Unfortunately, the site cannot offer any trains that meet your request. . . . trainlines that connect all London airports . . .I wonder, 7777, and based on re-reading your post . . . is this possibly because your friends are hoping that there will be a train that goes directly from one airport to another ? Heathrow to Stansted perhaps ?

Unfortunately, that would be sensible :=

Sorry - you have to go into London, take the tube to a different railway station then back out again :rolleyes:

Oh, and pity the poor sod who lands at Luton. Train station ? At the airport ? You gotta be joking :uhoh: No, you get to stand around in the rain for half an hour waiting for a bus while the driver finishes his fag. And don't even think about hiring a car :mad:

Welcome to the UK.

Integrated public transport ?

If you gave it to a class of five-year-olds to design, that's what they'd draw - trains going to the airport to pick up passengers. Pity it wasn't Class 3a who designed our public "transport" system then.

Astrodome
20th Mar 2005, 22:53
National Rail Enquiries will find your through journey, so there must be a problem.

I work in the rail Industry, so if you PM me with some details (dates, itinery, etc) I will sort out the information you want.

Cheers

CarltonBrowne the FO
21st Mar 2005, 00:00
Heathrow is also connected to the London Underground network. It usually takes about an hour to get from LHR to central London, sometimes less if you have a good run. The network is by no means perfect, but it has never let me down too badly.
http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/user/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?language=en
One useful piece of info is this: Heathrow is on the Piccadilly Line. If you want to get to Westminster, the Houses of Parliament, etc (or to my personal favourite destination, Blackfriars) you have to change to the District line. There are many stations you can do this at; the lines run parallel for several miles. However, at some stations, changing lines requires a long walk through the tunnels. Change at Acton Town; all you have to do there is walk across the platform.

Blacksheep
21st Mar 2005, 01:25
Oh goody, another Mornington session.

Acton Town's an absolute gizzit for an opener, so I'll pull Thurlberg's Connundrum and offer Cockfoster's

Gainesy
21st Mar 2005, 08:17
Thurlberg's Connundrum and offer Cockfoster's

Sorry, not allowed on an odd date. :suspect:

ORAC
21st Mar 2005, 08:29
If you want to travel between the airports, may I recommend National Express (http://www.nationalexpress.com/destinations/airports.cfm?t=air). They run shuttle buses between the airports as well as most main towns.

I live near Stansted but fly into LHR and catch the Gatwick-Heathrow-Stansted shuttle, it takes about 1:20 and is a lot less hassle than going into London and getting the train out.