Stansted Airport Terminal Information

Main Terminal Information

Stansted Airport, London’s third busiest airport, has one runway and serves over 190 destinations direct.
The terminal building now boasts a new £50 million extension, completed in 2008, providing improved facilities to passengers and retailers.

Opening hours: 24/7, throughout the year

For an overview of the building, check out the Terminal Map here.

Check-in Times

For both domestic and international departures, it’s recommended that you arrive to check-in two hours before your plane is due to depart. For international flights we advise that two hours should be the bare minimum. You can check departure times on our live departures page of Stansted Airport Guide.

Live Flight Information

Use our simple tools below to track both departing and arriving flights into the airport

Travel Disruptions at Stansted

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Stansted Airport Terminal Facilities

Lost Property

Operated by Excess Baggage, the service is operated 24 hours a day & can be contacted on 0330 024 0099 or You can find the Excess Baggage Airport Services desk at the International Arrivals landside concourse.


Left Luggage Facility

The left lugagge desk, also operated by Luggage-Point, is located at the Stansted Airport services desk which is at the International Arrivals landside concourse. The service allows you to safely store items at the airport whilst you are away, saving you from transporting heavy or awkward sized items. It costs from £8 per day, per item, depending on its size. You can pay by cash, debit or credit card (except American Express); cheques are not accepted. Open: 24 hours, telephone: +44 (0) 330 223 0893.


Internet Access

Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the terminal building for all passengers. For information on how to connect, visit our dedicated Wi-Fi page.

Internet Access at Stansted Airport


Information Desk

You’ll find the desk situated in the international arrivals area and open 24/7, except Christmas Day. Here you can get general help and advice, as well as flight information from the staff on hand. In addition, the desk offers photocopying service, fax service and printing of on-line boarding documents (this is charged at £10 per boarding document). The Information desk can also help with your onward journey, i.e. provide train/bus/taxi information and details of London attractions.


Help Points

Stansted Airport also has dedicated help points offering assistance to passengers. You can find them near the Short Stay Car Parks. Help phones are situated outside the revolving terminal entrance doors, and on the terminal forecourt. Passengers can request free wheelchair push/provision or help with their suitcases on route to check in.


Conference Rooms

Meeting and conference facilities are available in the Hilton Airport Hotel, Radisson Blu Airport Hotel and the United Business Centre at Stansted Airport. From conference rooms with projectors, to email, phone and printing facilities, they’ve got you covered!

Cash Machines

There are several cash points distributed through the airport, both before and after security. There are four ATMs on the Check-in and domestic arrivals level, four in the Departures lounge and two in the International Arrivals area. The ATMs accept valid UK bank and building society cards without surcharge. They also accept major credit cards.



There’s a 24-hour taxi service from Stansted to London available from a taxi firm 24×7; their reservation desk is situated in the international arrival concourse. For more taxi options to and from London Stansted airport go to our Taxis and Transfers page.

Taxi Service from Stansted


Bureau de Change

These can be found in the departures concourse, the international arrivals concourse, the common departure lounge and the international baggage reclaim hall. Check out the current currency rates.

Car Hire

The car hire desks are located between the departure lounge and the international arrivals halls. A wide range of companies offer car rentals at Stansted, to see how their services compare view our Car Hire page.



With such a variety of shops in Stansted Airport, you’ll need to be sure you don’y miss your flight being called! Expect HIghstreet and designer favourites alongside World Duty Free, of course.


Food and Drink

There are several places to eat both before and after security. Whether you need to grab a quick bite or have time to sit down, relax and do a bit of people watching, there’s an eatery to suit everyones mood.

Food and Drink available at Stansted Airport



There are male, female and disabled toilets available throughout the airport. Baby changing facilities are also provided.


Post Boxes

You can send a letter or postcard through two post boxes at Stansted, located in Check-in Zone E, opposite WHSmith, and in International arrivals concourse, also near WHSmith. You can buy postal stamps from WHSmith. Unfortunately you won’t be able to post parcels through those letter boxes and anything you do send may be checked by Customs.


Smoking Areas

Stansted Airport is a smoke-free airport, as British law bans smoking in enclosed public spaces. The airport offers designated smoking areas outside the terminal building. Smoking is not permitted anywhere after the security control. Use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is not allowed indoors either.



The multi-faith chapel can be found in Check-in Zone J, situated opposite Caffè Alba (before security control). The prayer room is provided for all faiths and denominations and is open between 5am and 11pm.