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Stansted Airport Transport

Airport transfers between central London and London Stansted airport.

London Stansted airport is 40 miles (64km) north-east of central London.

The National Express coach is the cheapest ways to travel to/from Stansted airport, especially if you book in advance.

The Stansted Express, the only train service to the airport, is the quickest way to travel to/from Liverpool St station in London. The downside is the cost, although it’s cheaper if you book in advance, travel in a group of 3 or 4 people or have a Railcard.

Arriving in London on Friday or Saturday night

Due to industrial action, there may be severe delays to the Victoria & Central line night tube service. Check the TfL journey planner

If you arrive late in London on Friday or Saturday you can now use the Night Tube to continue your journey once you arrive in central London. The Victoria and Central line now run throughout the night on Friday and Saturday. If you arrive late on other days, there are buses that run through the night (night buses). Only the Central and Victoria line night tube services are currently running.

London to Stansted airport: Tickets

Scroll down the page to see full details of each service.

Company Single Tickets
Stansted Express train £9.45–£19.40*
National Express coach £6–£14

*Tickets booked online in advance are cheaper. See below.

See where to take the coach or train from London to Stansted

Stansted Express trains to and from Stansted airport

Unlike other London airports, there’s only one train service to and from London: The Stansted Express.

Departure and arrival in London

Trains start at Liverpool St station (Central line) and makes an additional stop at Tottenham Hale station in north-east London before continuing to Stansted airport.

It might be more convenient to take the train from (or get off at) Tottenham Hale station. You won’t save much money (Tottenham Hale is in zone 3) but it’s on the Victoria line so it might be easier to travel to/from your accommodation.

Departure and arrival at Stansted airport

Stansted airport train station is below the airport terminal.

Journey times & frequency

Trains take 46 minutes to/from Liverpool St station and 36 minutes to/from Tottenham Hale station.

Departures are every 15 minutes are now every 30 minutes. Trains do not operate overnight. The last train leaves Stansted airport at 00:30.

Stansted Express timetable

Please note that very early departures do not stop at Tottenham Hale station.

Stansted Express ticket prices to/from Liverpool St station

There are two classes on Stansted Express trains: First or Standard class. The fares below are for Standard Class.

Single Return
Standard Adult £19.90 £31.50
Standard Child £9.95 £15.75
WebDuo (2 adults) £27 n/a
Advance Adult From £9.70 n/a
Group Offer (3 adults) £38.60 £61.10
Group Offer (4 adults) £51.50 £81.50


  • Standard fares to/from Tottenham Hale are slightly cheaper
  • Railcard holders get 1/3 off the standard fares
  • Tickets booked online in advance are cheaper, but do check for service alterations especially for travel on a Saturday or Sunday
  • All adults buying a WebDuo or Group Offer ticket must travel together

Booking Stansted Express tickets

Book online with Stansted Express or buy tickets from the train station ticket offices at Liverpool St station, Tottenham Hale station or at Stansted airport.

Avoid travelling by train during planned engineering works. Always check the service alteration information before buying a ticket.

National Express coach to and from Stansted

National Express, the UK’s biggest coach company, run four frequent coach services between London and Stansted airport:

  • The A6 starts at Paddington and has pick-up points in north London.
  • The A7 starts at Victoria Coach Station and has pick-up points in Waterloo and Southwark.
  • The A8 starts at King’s Cross, then onto Liverpool St and has pick-up points in east London.
  • The A9 is a direct service from London Stratford to Stansted airport.

National Express ticket prices

Ticket prices range from £6–£14 single depending on how far in advance you book and your departure point.

Buying National Express tickets

For travel to Stansted airport, we recommend buying tickets in advance especially if you leave London after midnight.

Tickets can be booked online. They are cheaper if you book in advance.

Tickets are also available from the ticket office in Victoria Coach Station (open 7am-10pm daily).

At Stansted airport, tickets are available from the National Express desk in baggage reclaim, in the arrivals hall or from the coach station ticket office (open 24 hours).

National Express Stansted timetables

Coaches operate 24 hours a day with a reduced service at night. There is a currently a reduced service, but there are still several coaches per hour to London until 23:35.

Search the website for coach times.

Journey time

Journey times vary depending on the service and time of day. The fastest service is the A9 direct coach from London Stratford.

  • A6: 1 hour 25 – 2 hours 15 mins from Paddington
  • A7: 1 hour 30 minutes – 2 hours to/from Victoria Coach Station
  • A8: 1 hour – 1 hour 20 minutes to/from Liverpool St
  • A9: 50 minutes to/from Stratford

National Express coach stops

See a a map of all National Express coach stops from London to Stansted

Map: Where to take the coach or train to from London to Stansted Airport

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Last updated: 7 January 2022