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QUESTION: hello alun: i need to find the best taxi service at reasonable price between heathrow and a gatwick airport hotel.thanks

ANSWER: Hi - how many passengers, please, what time of day and is there a lot of luggage?


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QUESTION: 1 person, a carry on bag,  a suitcase, and a golf club bag. thank you


Without a doubt, the cheapest way is likely to be the National Express coach, which needs no booking, at about 25, then most hotels at Gatwick have free shuttle buses.

(There are 2 types of taxis in London, a "London black cab" and a private hire car - usually a normal car / minivan.)

However, if you do want a taxi, it is difficult as

1) if you book in advance and your flight is delayed / you're a long time in Immigration (which can be 2 hours at peak times at Heathrow), you will have waiting time etc added. Some companies have hidden fees, too, such as waiting, meet and greet, excess luggage and so on.

2) A real London "black cab" from the cab rank at Heathrow might seem expensive at around 60, but if you're travelling on a Monday morning or a Friday evening, the huge amount of traffic at this tim can add another 20 to the fare - but at least it will be one journey direct to your hotel. Remember, too, that queues at the Heathrow taxi rank can be long, although there are marshals who try and keep things moving as quickly as possible.

So, if your hotel is either at Gatwick or is nearby and has a shuttle bus, the coach is the cheapest and only takes minutes more than a taxi. Otherwise, I would recommend a London black cab.

Does this help, please?


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As a full time, UK based, travel journalist, I travel almost constantly around the whole of the UK, searching out restaurants, hotels and "must see" places. Visitors for both business and pleasure are welcome to ask questions. I almost always travel by public transport, so questions on rail, air and coach / bus travel are also very welcome. I also regularly write about and use the "Eurostar" rail service between London and Continental Europe - which uses a tunnel under the English Channel - so I am able to help with any questions there, too.


I'm a full time, UK based, travel journalist. I travel almost constantly around the whole of the UK, searching out restaurants, hotels and "must see" places for my readers. I have been writing about, filming and reporting from UK tourism destinations for over 12 years. I cover both "business" and "pleasure" trips for my readers.

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