London Stansted is situated 48km north east of central London. It is the 3rd largest airport in the UK after Heathrow and Gatwick and is home to most European low cost (Budget) airlines.
Stansted only has one passenger terminal, a private terminal and a cargo terminal. There are 3 passenger satellites which house the departure gates, two are connected to the main terminal by air-bridge with the third by the Stansted Airport Transit system.
In 2008, Stansted welcomed over 22 million passengers to the United Kingdom. The airport has excellent transport links into central London which, together with the low cost airlines, makes the airport an attractive alternative to Gatwick and Heathrow.
The passenger terminal was designed to provide an unobstructed flow for passengers from their arrival, check in, security clearance and departure which is all on the same level.
Terminal facilities include luggage services, shops, restaurants, bars, bureaux de charge and internet access. Below is a selection of shops and food outlets that are available after security clearance, most of them open between 04:30am and 05:00am and stay open late into the evening:
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London Stansted by Rail
The fastest and easiest way to get to Stansted is by the Stansted Express. This service operates between London Stansted and Liverpool Street rail station.
Trains leave Stansted airport every 15 minutes starting at 6am until 11:59pm. The journey time is approximately 45mins and fares are £15.50 for a single and £25.50 for a return fare. Trains stop at Tottenham Hale station before terminating at Liverpool Street station.
London Stansted by Coach
National Express – operates a 24hr service to London Victoria. The service stops at various stations along the way including, Finchley Road, Marylebone, Baker street amongst others. The journey time is approximately 1h40mins and the service departs on an hourly basis.
National express also offer a "Hotel Hoppa "service which takes you to and from your Hotel to Stansted for £3. Children travel for just 50p. Tickets can be bought from the bus driver, your hotel or you can book online.
In addition to the "Hotel Hoppa" there is an inter airport service which link all of London’s airports and it is the only direct link between them. So if you have arrived at Stansted and have to transfer to Heathrow, Gatwick or City we suggest you use this service.
Not all the services are accessible to wheelchairs yet, however National Express have indicated that their entire network will fully accessible by 2012.
Easybus – Operate a low cost high frequency service between London Victoria and Stansted. The coaches are not hard to miss in their distinctive orange colour and the service runs every 20mins. Services depart central London from 3am to 11pm and from Stansted between 7am and 1am the following day.
Fares vary depending on the demand in a similar manner to how budget airlines price their fares. Fares start from as low as £2 and it is a good idea to book online.
Website : www.easybus.co.uk
London Stansted by Taxi
Like all the other London airports there are plenty of taxis queuing for customers. It is advisable to use a Black cab or reputable mini cab service. Black cabs are licensed and use a regulated metered service. An average cost for a journey into central London will set you back approximately £70 in a black cab but this is dependent on the traffic.
It is advisable to use only reputable taxi’s and if you are using a minicab ensure that you agree the fee beforehand. Stansted’s official taxi concession is "Airport Carz".