Stansted Airport Directions

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

Stansted Airport
(CM24 1RW)

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

Drop off/Pick up at Stansted

There are three different ways to do a quick drop off or pick up of your guests, family members or friends. It depends how much time you need to spend collecting someone, if they are already waiting for your 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.

1. Free option

– Free for up to 1 hour

– Situated in the Mid Stay Car Park. Follow signs for ‘Free Set Down’ when approaching the terminal building.

The airport provides a free pick-up and drop-off from a designated area in the Mid Stay Car Park.

To access the airport terminal from this facility you will need to take a 5-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: this is free for up to 1 hour, £1 up to 2 hours.

2. Express Set Down and Pick Up option

– £3 for ten minutes

– No stays beyond 10 minutes are permitted. Any stay longer than 10 minutes will incur a £50 charge.

– 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 and bye bye 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 £20 fine will be applied for re-entering the Express Set Down area within 30 minutes of first entering.

3. Short Stay Car Park option

– Follow signs for ‘Short Stay Car Park’.

It does what it says on the tin! Stansted has 3 short stay car parks which are colour-coded (Red, Orange and Green). All short stay car parks are situated just a short walk to the terminal.

Parking at Stansted

It is advisable to book long-stay parking in advance; view all your parking options at Stansted.

Over years a wide range of on-airport and off-airport parking facilities have become available to passengers departing from Stansted. Compare Stansted Airport Parking prices at Airport Parking Shop.

Filling up near Stansted Airport

Petrol Station Address Distance from Airport
BP Services Stansted Connect Southgate, Stansted Airport, Essex CM24 1AA 1.85 miles
Esso Dunmow Road, Essex CM22 7TA 2.67 miles
Esso 1 Cambridge Road, Stansted CM24 8BX 3.07 miles
Shell Station 1 Stansted Road, Birchanger, Bishops Stortford CM23 2DR 4.25 miles