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Getting To London From Stansted

There are quite a few means of transport to and around London. Choose the one that fits you best from useful information below

Coach and Bus Train and Tube Travelling by Taxi Oyster Cards Travelling by Car Cycling in London

Stansted Airport is located some 35 miles away from the heart of London so getting there can be a real hassle. We have complied below all the information you would need to get into London and back.

Buses and Coaches to London

The Terravision shuttle bus service operates from Stansted Coach Station, departing every 30 minutes to Victoria station and Liverpool Street. You can also get to Stansted from both these stations using the same shuttle service.

 Stansted Airport Transfer

Journey time: 75 minutes (from Victoria) and 55 minutes (to Liverpool Street)

One Way:      £9.00
Round Trip:   £14.00

The Arriva or First bus services offer similar local journeys. For details of timetables and destinations please visit their websites directly:

National Express


Coaches are available in the short-stay car park under the terminal. Services are operated by National Express and run from the airport to London Victoria, London Liverpool Street and London Stratford. The London Victoria and London Stratford services operate 24 hours a day, while the service to London Liverpool Street runs from midnight-0430.

Information: +44 (0) 870 5747 777

For more details on services into London please visit National Express.

Buses Around London

Most buses around London are low floor, making it easier to board the bus. Oyster cards are now accepted within the London buses network.

More information on buses and their timetables can be obtained at Transport for London website.




Stansted airport has its own train station underneath the terminal building.

Stansted Express

The Stansted Express service is a regular and convenient train service between the airport and London Liverpool Street station. Trains depart every 15-30 minutes.

Journey time: 45 minutes

One Way:      £18.00
Round Trip:   £26.80

London Liverpool Street Stopping Service

There is an hourly stopping service between the airport and London Liverpool Street station. This service stops at all principal stations on its route.

Information: +44 (0) 8457 484950


There is no direct connection from Stansted Airport to London by Tube and there will be some interchanges to take. The journey to central London takes approximately 90 minutes. For your convenience, you can now use your Oyster card when traveling by Tube.

For more information on fares and what route to take, call 0343 222 1234.



The journey time to central London is approximately 60 minutes and should cost around £80 and £100.

Getting a taxi can take the hassle out of your journey. Choose a taxi to suit you and your passengers. From executive travel to minibus, and coach taxis. You can just sit back and relax, knowing you will be at the airport soon.

However, you could get a better price by booking your transfer in advance. Find a taxi company on our Stansted Airport Taxis and Transfers page. Alternatively, follow the signs from each terminal for taxi ranks.

Oyster Cards

Oyster Cards

Getting an oyster card is generally the cheapest way to get around using public transport in London. You can get a pay as you go oyster car, meaning you don't have to worry about having the right change in your pocket.

You can use an oyster card on tubes, buses, DLR, trams, London overground and some National rail trains. For more information on where you can use your oyster card, visit TFL.

Just make sure you touch in with your card before boarding tubes and buses and Oyster will work out they cost of your journey at the end of the day. By doing this it means they can charge you less than the price of a day travelcard.


Airport Parking


If you are planning to park your car at the airport while your away then you may find cheaper quotes if you book online or by phone in advance. Take a look at our airport parking page to see prices, and compare car parks to find the cheapest deal.

Car Hire

Planning your journey once you arrive at Stansted? Looking for car hire? Look no further, we have compared all the car rental companies operating from Stansted. We also have their details if you wish to contact them directly.

Maps and Directions

It takes approximately 60 minutes to get to central London from Stansted.

Congestion Charge

Driving in and around Central London means that you have to pay the Congestion Charge. You may be eligible to pay the congestion charge if you are travelling in central London between the hours of 7am and 6pm Mon – Fri. The charge is £8 daily, and you will be notified by signs when you are approaching CC zones, are within them and exiting them.

Congestion Charge

You can pay the congestion charge in a number of ways. By SMS, phone, online, at a shop and by post. For more information on how to pay the congestion charge, and where the congestion charge applies visit the Transport for London.

How does the congestion charge work? There are no physical toll booths or barriers, it is a network of cameras that monitor the entrances and exits of the congestion charge zones. If the camera recognises that you have paid to be in the zone then your image is automatically deleted from the database. If at midnight your image still exists an you should have paid the charge then a pentaly charge notice is produced and sent to the vehicle owner.

Lift Sharing

Lift Share

A fantastic way to reduce costs, pollution, congestion and parking is to lift share with someone who is making the same or a similar journey as you. You can then share a car with them, which is a great way to get to and from the airport. If you are interested in lift sharing with others who are making similar journeys then take a look at LondonLiftShare.

It's free to register and you enter your journey details and it will automatically display others who are making similar journeys on that day.

Once you have signed up, the system will send out an automatic email, and get in contact with those you may wish to share the journey with.

It will also calculate the CO2 and financial savings if you are to share a car, rather than driving alone.

Cycling in London

Bicycles are permitted on the London Underground, however, some lines only allow non folding bikes - outside of peak times. Folding bicycles are permitted on the underground at all times, free of charge. You are not allowed to take non folding bikes on moving escalators, at any time.


Overground trains will take folding bicycles, free of charge at all times, on all sections of the network. Non-folding bicycles may be allowed on some sections of the networks, outside of peak times.

London buses may allow folding bicycles, however, it is up to the driver. The same applies to pushchairs and large shopping luggage.

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) accepts folded bicycles if they are in a container.

Tramlink will only accept folded bicycles, however, they do not have to be in a container.

There is bike parking available at most stations around London. To find out more information about cycling in London, visit the TFL website.