FR offer slightly discounted tickets for the Stansted Express, although bearing in mind their business philosophy I doubt they'd do it if there wasn't something substantial in it for them.
I normally fly from MAN
, and I'd love to be able to take public transport there instead of going in the car. They have just opened a multi-million pound integrated transport interchange to encourage people to do just that. Three things, however, prevent me from doing this:
1) Normally I'm travelling with family, and the amount of luggage my mum and my nana bring along would make it too difficult to carry between us.
2) I'm not convinced that public transport in the UK is entirely reliable and I wouldn't want to miss a flight because of it. I trust the car a bit more.
3) The costs of airport parking for two weeks vs. return train travel for 5/6 people are very similar, but the car is much more convenient.
Having said that, I have been on the long-distance Central Trains services to Stansted a few times, and I've always allowed a few hours extra in case anything should go wrong - and ended up arriving at the terminal over 2 hours before check-in even opened!
If I'm taking a day out at the Aviation Viewing Park at MAN
, I will always take the train and bus.
EDIT: By the way, Trekster, the Gatwick Express runs from Victoria.
[Edited 2004-03-03 12:31:05]
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