Horley Railway Station
Horley is on the main railway line between London Victoria and Brighton. During the day there are two trains an hour from Victoria which stop here and a further two an hour from London Bridge.
It is also the station immediately before Gatwick Airport with three trains an hour in each direction. This journey only takes three minutes and at £1.70, each-way, is cheaper than taking the bus!!
The station is located on Victoria Road, a short walk from the town centre.
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Local Bus Services To And From Gatwick
Horley and the surrounding areas around Gatwick Airport are served by the Metrobus network. The service to, and from, Horley is the Fastway #20 which runs every 20 minutes at peak times and from Horley the journey to the South Terminal takes only 4 minutes. This costs the extortionate sum of £2.20 (May 2014) which makes it one of the most expensive bus routes in the country!
A word of warning!
Finding the Metrobus stop at Gatwick South Terminal defeated me last time. This is NOT in the Gatwick Bus Station but is on the A23 which runs through the airport and access to it is very badly signposted. The stairway and lifts to it are tucked away in the corner of the arrivals hall, where the Left Luggage office is, behind Costa Coffee and the only sign I found for it (after making the return journey) is the one pictured.
The buses themselves are modern with adequate luggage space and the bus stops in Horley are easy to find, located on Victoria Road, High Street and Massets Road.
Website below has all the details.
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Hertz Rental Car
It worked quite well on the last trip, so I arranged for my transportation needs by pre-booking with Hertz for a pickup at Heathrow Airport. I once again rented a standard transmission Ford Mondeo - a nice working vehicle, but maybe just a trifle too big for our needs on the many back roads we travelled. There is not much margin to play with on English roads, or in parking lots, so you are better off with a Focus or some other similarly sized car if you can get your luggage into it (cheaper too).
This time around, Hertz charged me 103 pounds/week and 14.71 pounds/day plus the usual smaller add-ons such as Location Service Charge (22 pounds), Vehicle Licence Fee (11.77 pounds) and Taxes (45 pounds). I did not take out any extra insurance and at the end of 13 days useage, the total bill came to 300 pounds or C$619 (US$540). Of course, don't forget that you will pay dearly for gas (petrol) as well. With the cheapest unleaded pump price of about 88 pence/litre it was approximately double the cost in Canada of 98 cents/litre (it also works out to US$5.80/US gallon). In other words, the recent world-wide increase in fuel costs did not change the relative country costs as compared to my 2004 trip. Altogether, I pumped about 90 pounds (US$160) into the car for the 810 miles we clocked during the trip.
I was happy with the car and the costs were what I had expected as the price of 'freedom'.
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