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Need tips on local transportation

 I am visiting London for the first time with 2 cousins at the end of next month for 3 days.   First we need to know what is the cheapest way to commute way to our hotel fromthe Victoria Station, we are arriving at Gatwick so from  there we will take a train and the train arrive at London Victoria so from there we need to go with our luggage to our hotel based in London. The hotel name is London Waterloo Hostel.

Another question what is the cheapest train to go from London to Manchester it is a round trip ticket the same day.


Thanks very much for any tips.

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  • Claudia Looi

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    Hi Maria,

    I'll address the London to Manchesterportion of your trip:

    Virgin Trains offer competitive prices from London to Manchester, but the catch is to book in advance and avoid peak hours. And of course, the time you travel affects costs as well.

    I took a look and made a mock booking for a Thursday departure from London Kings Cross and returning Tuesday the next week from Manchester Piccadilly. The price was 50 pounds, round trip. I traveled round trip on Virgin Train from London to York and paid about 50 pounds too. I suggest getting on their email list for exclusive offers.

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  • Rebecca Wood

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    Hi Maria, there is free wifi in Gatwick so use this to look on Google Maps for your easiest public transport route. GPS works without wifi so it is the perfect solutions :)

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  • Mary Smith

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    1. Taking the Tube from Victoria Station to Elephant & Castle is likely to be the easiest way, though you'll still have to walk for 15 minutes or so to get to your hostel. There is no Tube station nearer the hostel.

    Tube map here:

    https://tfl.gov.uk/maps/track/tube

    You can buy a Visitor Oystercard online (I wouldn't bother) or when you arrive at Gatwick airport:

    https://tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/visiting-london/visitor-oyster-card

    https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/where-to-top-up-and-buy-tickets

    or ...probably easier....you can buy an ordinary Oystercard at any Tube station as well as other places:

    https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/where-to-top-up-and-buy-tickets

    2. The cheapest ticket from London to Manchester depends on day and time of travel.

    A day return ticket is not necessarily the cheapest. Sometimes two one-way tickets are cheaper.

    Look at the official UK railway website for all train times, details and fares:

    www.nationalrail.co.uk

    'Advance' tickets are usually good value. You can buy them from the station up to 6pm the day before travel (sometimes even later). Whether two Advance tickets will be cheaper than a day return depends entirely on which trains you want to catch on which day.

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    The cheapest way to get to Victoria Station to Gatwick is to go with Easybus. You can then get a bus from Victoria to your hostel.

    If travelling by train, don't take the Gatwick Express. It will cost you an arm and a leg. Take a regular train, but check that it only has 3 or 4 stops maximum. There are slow trains that will take over an hour.

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    Go online to "the train line.com" this is where you will get best ticket prices and all options.

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