Stansted (STN) is a small airport located approximately 40 miles from central London. Like Luton Airport, it is mostly used by low cost airlines. In 2015, 22 million people used this airport to come and go from London.
One of Stansted’s advantages compared to Luton, is that it has a train station in the terminal, which makes getting to London easier.
These are the different options to get from Stansted Airport to London:
If you are looking for a hassle-free journey to the city center and back to Stansted Airport, you can book a private shuttle service. The driver will be waiting for you in the airport terminal with a sign with your name on it and will take you to the hotel in the least possible time. The price for this service is minimum £70 and is not only more comfortable, but cheaper than getting a black cab.
The Stansted Express train connects Stansted Airport with the Liverpool Street Station, taking 45 minutes, stopping before at Tottemham Hale.
A single journey is £19 and a return journey is £32 (£18 and £32 to Tottemham Hale). Although it is quite pricey, it is the easiest way to get to the city center. If you purchase the tickets on their website, you can get a discount of up to £2.
The trains run every 15 minutes from 4:30 am to 11:30 pm. From 11:30 pm onwards (to 4:30 am) there are buses that replace the Stansted Express to the airport.
The Terravision coaches connect Stansted Airport with London. This bus transfer is the cheapest coach service available. It terminates at Victoria or King's Cross. A bus leaves from the airport to London every 30 minutes on the platforms 13 or 14. A one-way ticket costs £6 and a return £12, but you can get discounts if you get the tickets online:
The National Express coaches connect Stansted with Victoria Station in 75 minutes and with Liverpool Street in 55 minutes. The coaches run every 30 minutes throughout the day and night. You’ll find them in the airport’s bus station. The fares vary, but you can find tickets from as little as £5 one-way.
If you choose to get a cab to the center of London, it will cost you approximately £110, an option that is off-limits for tourists traveling on a budget.