Is there any way to travel between the various London-area airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted) that is cheaper and/or less complicated than transiting via central London? My UK travel bible, Let’s Go: Britain & Ireland, doesn’t list anything.
The end goal here: take advantage of some of your wonderful cheapo airlines which apparently allow a person to fly London-Paris or London-Zurich for insanely small amounts of money (apparently cheaper than the train/ferry combo I was thinking of). I’m still trying to figure out the logistics of this insane trip, but it will definitely involve London, Kent (specifically Deal, which is near both Canterbury and Dover), and Paris and/or Zurich, depending on a) whether I am able to catch up with the friend in Paris and if they are available when I am, and b) whether the friend in Zurich can make it to Paris the first weekend in December. Return dates and other logistics are somewhat flexible, but I was thinking England Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, and then Paris and/or Zurich, and then home Dec. 8-9th-ish.
Is this too much for one trip? Do France and/or Switzerland have other cheapo airlines besides the insane number that the UK apparently has, i.e. what’s the best and cheapest way to travel between Paris and Zurich? It looks to be about 7 hours or so by train, and not cheap either as I remember, but some mighty nice scenery. Or should I just stick to Zurich, since I’ve been to Paris before, and not go completely bonkers?