Originally Posted by green_rd
It seems London is served by two airports. Gatwick looks closer to Southampton. But if we are planning on spending time in London, is one airport preferable to another. It seems Heathrow is much closer but flights are a little more expensive. Is it worth a few extra dollars to be closer - that is air savings eaten up by ground transportation costs?
I know our UK mates can help me out on this one.
Just adding to John's reply. Heathrow is by far the better airport for travel to both Southampton (Most Gatwick taxi cabs will all-but drive to Heathrow befreo turning left onto the M3) and into London, as there is a Rapid link train, much slower underground, and regular fast coach transfer service. Getting from heathrow to Southampton is also easily do-able by the same Coach service (National Express)
Again coach services from Gatwick into London require a change of caoch at .... yes, Heathrow, and whilst some train services run from Gatwick into London, most require you changing trains at a station called Clapham Junction, which is VERY busy, and not at all nice to negotiate with luggage, or if in a hurry.
Unless we are talking major Dollars difference, I would always opt for Heathrow over Gatwick.
If you venture into London & plan on travelling down to Southampton later, then apart from the direct coach service from London Victoria Coach sttion (driving back through Heathrow) into Central Southampton, there is also an train hourly train service from London Waterloo direct to Southampton Central, which takes about an hour.
In Southampton both the coach & train end up just over the road from each other, and with only a very short taxi cab transfer to the terminal.
Hope that is of some help, please feel free to pass your plans by us, and both we & no doubt John will help/sanity check them where we can.
Alan & Katrina