Directions to Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport directions by Car

Stansted Airport is located around 40 miles north-east of the city of London, close to Stevenage and Chelmsford. It is close to the M11; after exiting here, follow the signs along the A120 to the airport.

Stansted by Car - Maps

Stansted Airport postcode for satnav: CM24 1RW

Map of Stansted Airport

Distances by miles if driving from:

London 37 Stevenage 27
Basildon 39 Milton Keynes 69
Watford 45 Luton 54
Slough 68 Cambridge 32
Ipswich 49 Reading 87
Northampton 87 Oxford 92
Chelmsford 20 Brighton 97
Directions to Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport Drop Off & Pick Up

There are three different ways to do a quick drop off or pick up of your guests, family members or friends. It depends on how much time you need to spend collecting someone, if they are already waiting for you in the pick-up area upon arrival, or whether you need to meet your visitors in the Arrivals area and will need to park your vehicle for a very short time.

Free Option

  • Free for up to 60 minutes
  • Situated in the Mid Stay Car Park.

To access the airport terminal from this facility you will need to take a 7-minute courtesy bus (runs every ten minutes). You can accompany your family and friends to the airport building or meet visitors in the arrivals area and help them come back to your parked vehicle. Note: the price goes to £5 for up to 2 hours.

Express Set Down and Pick Up option

  • £5.00 for up to ten minutes
  • Stays between 10-15 minutes are charged at an additional £1 per minute. Stays over 15 minutes are charged at £25.
  • To get to this facility follow signs for 'Express Set Down'.

This facility is situated just a short walk to the terminal. The option is suitable for those who are virtually stopping for a moment to drop off and pick up, and cars must not be left unattended.

If a quick kiss goodbye is not enough, the airport advises you to use either their free option in the Mid Stay Car Park (described above) or use a Short Stay Car Park.

Oh, and no cheating! A £25 fine will be applied for re-entering the Express Set Down area within 30 minutes of first entering.