Millennial travellers are lucky to be part of a generation where convenience and efficiency are at the forefront of almost every facet in life. The days when you had to allocate a specific percentage of your savings to expensive aeroplane tickets are ancient history as a plethora of low-cost carriers offer promo flights at reduced rates. Additionally, getting to the airport to catch a late-night or early-morning flight is also easy with the emergence of ride-sharing services like Uber. In more ways this alleviates the burden of having to take alternate routes and/or looking for an available airport parking space, two areas where London tends to have problems.
GETTING TO AND FROM GATWICK
Even with Business Insider calling the city the most congested in Europe a lot of travellers, from solo backpackers to families, still prefer the capital for its well-organised transportation – an area that starts and ends at an airport. Now, if you’re travelling to London via Gatwick Airport, you need to know that its busy airstrip and departure areas already give an impression of how difficult it is to find suitable parking areas. Furthermore, it’s the continent’s leading commercial landing field for point-to-point flights so you can expect heavy congestion outside its facilities. These labels – no matter how positively or negatively it affects passengers – mirror London Gatwick’s significance in the city’s travel industry. This is also the reason why experienced travellers put a premium on the various methods of transiting to the airport.
To put things in perspective, Gatwick has made significant strides in providing ample car bays. The North Terminal, for one, has a long-stay and a summer-special parking provision, while South Terminal offers long-stay and long-stay plus. Parking4Less even highlights an award-winning short stay parking service in between the two terminals. If you’re a solo traveller and have no need for parking alternatives this makes commuting to the airport just as easy as driving on a Sunday morning.
The Londonist underlines easyBuses as the cheapest way to commute to and from Gatwick. It’s imperative to understand that if you reserve well in advance, you can get a typical £8 ticket for as little as £2. On the other hand, a quicker yet more expensive alternative is to take the Gatwick Express, which runs from Victoria to the airport – and vice versa – in roughly 30 minutes. Although you save close to an hour’s worth of travel time compared to easyBuses, a single adult ticket will set you back about £15 to £20.
GETTING AROUND THE CITY
Within London, you’ll have a bevvy of commuting options to choose from. There are the double decker buses and the Tube, as well as those timeless black taxis. But, if you’re looking to maximise your travel time, while also seeing the city’s most amazing sights, you can hop on the London River Bus. With this you’ll travel along the Thames with stops at famous tourist sights such as Tate Britain (Millbank), Tower Bridge (Tower Millennium), and the O2 (North Greenwich). You can also download a visitor app called in:flow on your smartphone, to serve as a mobile tourist guide on board this transportation marvel. Also be sure to get your hands on an Oyster Card for the best way to make savings whilst commuting on buses, trains, tubes and boats around the city.
When all is said and done driving or commuting in London can be as easy as you want it to be so long as you’re prepared to take the time to look for seat sales or reserve your airport parking online beforehand. Armed with a general idea of the city’s transport sector and a further understanding of the different ways to get around commuting in the city doesn’t need to be a struggle on your trip.
Disclamer: This post was sponsored but all opinions remain my own.