London Stansted Airport

Find out how to travel between Stansted Airport and central London by rail, coach or taxi, plus your guide to hotel transfers and car parking.

Key Stansted Airport information

  • London Stansted Airport (STN) is located to the north-east of London.
  • Many low-cost airlines offer cheap flights between Stansted, Europe and the Mediterranean.
  • The Stansted Express is the quickest way into central London with trains to London Liverpool Street taking 47 minutes.
  • National Express and easyBus offer a coach service to central London.
  • Black cabs do not operate from Stansted, so make sure to use a licensed minicab instead.
  • There are short and long-stay car parks for those driving to the airport.

Visit the London Stansted website for the latest information on flight schedules and travelling safely in the light of coronavirus. For more information on Tube and rail travel, visit the Transport for London or National Rail website.

London Stansted Airport (STN) is London's busiest airport and one of the fastest growing airports in Europe.

The airport is located 64km (40 miles) to the north-east of London. It is home to many of the UK's low-cost airlines, serving mostly European and Mediterranean destinations.

Arriving and departing from Stansted Airport

The Stansted Airport Arrivals hall has a range of shops, restaurants, currency exchange services and car rental reservation desks.

The Stansted Airport Departures area can be found on the ground floor. After checking in, passengers must clear security control before entering the departure lounge, where there's a selection of shops, bars and restaurants.

Find out about accessibility at Stansted Airport with AccessAble's access guide.

Travelling from Stansted Airport to London by train

The Stansted Express is the quickest way into central London. Trains depart from the train station, which is located directly below the airport terminal, every 15 minutes throughout the day.

Train services from the airport run at 00, 15, 30 and 45 minutes past the hour, with services operating from 5.30am to 12.30am, Monday to Friday. Weekend services run equally frequently, with a few exceptions. Visit the Stansted Express website for full timetables and to plan your journey.

The journey time to London Liverpool Street is 47 minutes and 36 minutes to Tottenham Hale (to connect to Stratford and the London Underground Victoria line for the West End).

If you are going to be in London for more than one day, it's worth buying a Visitor Oyster Card in advance. The Visitor Oyster Card is delivered to your home before you arrive in London.

You can buy return train tickets if you're also planning to get the train to Stansted at the end of your trip.

Visit the Transport for London (TfL) website to check travel times and plan your journey.

How to get to Stansted Airport by train

The Stansted Express is the fastest way to get to Stansted Airport from central London. You can catch the train to Stansted from London Liverpool Street or Tottenham Hale (via Stratford or the London Underground Victoria line). Trains run up to every 15 minutes. Check the Stansted Express website to plan your journey.

Travelling from Stansted Airport to London by coach

National Express operates a 24-hour service to Victoria Coach Station with stops at Golder's Green, Finchley Road, St John's Wood, Baker Street and Marble Arch.

A second service stops at Liverpool Street, Stratford, Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, Mile End and Bow.

There are several coaches an hour during the day. Prices start from £5 (plus £1 booking fee) for a single ticket.

easyBus offers a high-frequency, low-cost express bus service between central London and Stansted Airport.

The service operates every 15 minutes, from 12am to 11pm, seven days a week (except Christmas day).

The journey time is one hour and 15 minutes direct and non-stop to London (Baker Street). Prices start at £2 (online price) one way. Book online and early for the best prices. 

Travelling from Stansted Airport to London by taxi

24x7 Stansted, the official London Stansted Airport Taxi hire service, operates a 24-hour service to and from the airport. Black cabs do not operate from Stansted although you can catch one to the airport. Visit Stansted Airport's taxi page.

The cost of all taxis is metered and displayed inside the cab. Extra charges, such as evening and weekend journeys, are also shown here. Never use unauthorised drivers who offer their services at airports or stations. Ask the driver or minicab company how much your journey will cost beforehand.

Accessible transport

Stansted Express welcomes any travellers who have individual needs and those with disabilities, including wheelchair users and anyone with other mobility difficulties. Visit the Stansted Express website for more information on the service. 

National Express can help with accessibility requirements if you contact them at least 36 hours before you are due to travel. See the National Express website for more information.

Stansted Airport hotels

There are a number of airport hotels near London Stansted, with the majority offering airport transfers and other services.

Stansted Airport parking

If you're wanting to book car parking at London Stansted, there are long-stay, mid-stay and short-stay car parks available.

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