How to travel to Stansted Airport

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STANSTED AIRPORT

 

Stansted airport is the London’s third busiest airport. It is situated in Essex, around 48km northeast from central London.

 

HOW TO GET THERE BY TRAIN

Stansted Express

If you do not have much luggage and want to get to the airport fast then choosing the Stansted Express is a good option. You must be willing to pay over £20 for the quick ride. Stansted Express trains run every 15 minutes from Liverpool and from Tottenham Hale. Journey time is about 46 minutes from Liverpool Street and 35 minutes when taking a train from Tottenham Hale as it is closer to the airport. Additional stops: Bishop’s Stortford, Harlow Town.

You can buy your tickets in advance or at the station. Ticket prices start from £21.00 one-way from Tottenham Hale or £23.40 from Liverpool Street. Tickets are almost always cheaper if booked online and in advance. Look out for group offers if more than two of you are travelling you can then split the cost. You can bring unlimited luggage but you will have to manage it yourself.

Trains run as early as 4.10am seven days a week. This varies throughout the week and not all early trains stop at Tottenham Hale station (check the National express timetable for more information). The timetable during the day is quite straightforward with trains running every 15 minutes more precisely at 10-25-40-55 minutes past each hour from Liverpool Street.

HOW TO GET THERE BY COACH

National Express

NE coaches run all over UK. You can travel from Stratford or Liverpool street (additional stops along the way: Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, Mile End and Bow). Coaches run every 30minutes. The time of your journey depends on traffic. The fastest time to get to the airport from Liverpool Street would be 60 min and around 40 min from Stratford (as it is closer to the airport). The average journey may take up to 20 min longer therefore allow plenty of time for travelling. The National Express website advises that passengers allow at least three hours between your planned coach arrival and your scheduled check-in.

Prices start from £5 if you book in advance and online but you can also book on the day and the ticket will cost from £8 one way.

Another pick up points are; Victoria coach station or Golders Green.

Coaches run every 20 minutes and the average journey may take up to 108 minutes from Victoria coach station and around 75 minutes from Golders Green. (Additional stops: Marble Arch, Baker Street, St Johns Wood and Finchley Road)

Ticket prices start from £5.50 one-way in advance or from £10 one-way if booking on the day. (note £1 booking fee on all tickets) Travelling by coach is cost effective but you will have to allow plenty of time for your journey. You can bring 2 pieces of luggage (up to 20kg each) with you plus a small hand luggage. For more information please visit the National express website.

 


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Book online and in advance to get the best price!


 

easyBus

runs from London Victoria Coach Station to Stansted airport. If you’re traveling from Stansted, easyBus will take you to Baker Street in central London. easyBus services run every 15minutes, 7days a week, day and night. The journey to central London takes approximately 1h15min and tickets cost from as little as £2 depending on the time of your journey. The average price is around £4.99. In order to get the best price, book early.

Click here for online bookings.

Unlike with national express which allows two pieces of luggage, easyBus only allows one piece of luggage (up to 23kg) as well as one piece of small hand luggage (up to 5kg) and one laptop. There is no additional cost for the luggage. Larger items are prohibited on all journeys so make sure you check before you travel as all tickets are non-refundable.

If you have more than one piece of luggage consider travelling by National Express coach, although slightly more expensive, two pieces of luggage are included in the ticket price as well as a hand luggage.

 

 

HOW TO GET THERE BY TAXI

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Probably the most convenient but also the most expensive way of travelling is by minicab or Black cab. These are available 24/7 and will pick you up at your doorstep and take you directly to the airport. Book your minicab in advance, let them know how much luggage you’re taking especially if you’re sharing a cab with someone else. You might have to book a people carrier. Ask about the approximate journey time and agree on the price before you book your cab. You can call more than one minicab office to get the best price.

Travelling by cab from Stansted to central London can cost up to £99 if you book your cab at the cab information desk directly at the airport. You can pay by debit or credit card or by cash. Do not accept offers from unlicensed minicab drivers. They may offer you a great deal but you may be putting your safety and your luggage at risk. If you can’t afford a cab there are other safe and more affordable options available.

Visit the official Stansted website for more information.

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