Zone 3 to Gatwick

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  1. ArmyJ

    ArmyJ New Member

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    Hi, I am going to be working at Gatwick for a while and I live in Zone 3. What's the best and cheapest ticket to get? A Oyster Zone 1-6 and then an overground for the rest of the route?

    I will be working there for a few months so want to get a season ticket for ease.

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    AJ
     
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  3. button_boxer

    button_boxer Established Member

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    Whereabouts in zone 3? In particular, do you have to go through zone 1 or could you get to East Croydon without going through zone 1 and pick up a Gatwick train from there?
     
  4. ArmyJ

    ArmyJ New Member

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    Hi, I'm in Ealing Broadway. I think to get to East Croydon, I have to go through zone 1 (Victoria station)

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    island Established Member

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    London Overground does not serve Gatwick Airport, and Oyster cards are probably not useful.

    How about going Ealing Broadway-Shepherd's Bush-Clapham Junction-Gatwick Airport? A zone 2-5 Travelcard (£31.90 a week) plus a season ticket from Croydon Stations to Gatwick Airport (£52.50 a week) would cover you as long as your train calls at East Croydon, which they pretty much all do.
     
  6. ArmyJ

    ArmyJ New Member

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    Thank you, that's really helpful. One question...would I need to touch out at East Croydon?

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  7. LexyBoy

    LexyBoy Established Member Fares Advisor

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    Cheapest is unlikely to be the same as best, if best means most convenient/fastest. island has made a good suggestion for the cheapest route, though it will take longer than travelling via central London.

    Most convenient will probably be taking the Tube to Victoria (or train to Paddington and then Tube, or better 36/436 bus to Victoria), then taking an overground train to Gatwick. You can do this on one ticket and this will be cheaper than buying a separate Oyster and Zone 6 - Gatwick ticket. A Gatwick-Zones 1-6 Travelcard is £105.70 (Any Permitted) or £92.60 (Southern Only). Both Southern and Gatwick Express* run regular fast trains between Victoria and Gatwick, taking around half an hour.

    There is also a £81.00 Thameslink Only Travelcard - Thameslink operate trains to Gatwick from London Bridge and St Pancras - the latter may be convenient from Paddington as it's an easy journey by Tube. Bear in mind that there is a lot of engineering on this route at the moment.

    All of these tickets include unlimited travel within zones 1-6 (by any train company, as well as bus/tube etc). To look them up on National Rail Enquiries you need to enter Gatwick as the origin station, as it doesn't work the other way round.

    *there is a long running debate here as to whether Gatwick Express is a genuine train operating company or just a brand of Southern - expect trouble if you use a "Southern Only" ticket on a GatEx train though.
     
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    Thank you everyone, this is super helpful

    Thanks again!
     
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