Skip to the content

Please note, unfortunately you can’t use Oyster or Contactless payment cards to travel on Stansted Express services to/from Stansted Airport. 

Please buy a ticket before you travel, otherwise you may be liable to pay a Penalty Fare of £100, plus the price of the full single fare applicable for your journey. However, if it is paid within 21 days, the Penalty Fare is reduced to £50 plus the price of the single fare applicable.

You’ll also pay a penalty fare if you:

  • Travel individually on a Group Offer ticket
  • Don’t have a valid railcard for a discounted ticket
  • Travel on a child ticket, but you’re 16 or older

To ensure you avoid a Penalty Fare, be sure to book a ticket through our website, if you purchase in advance, there are some great savings to be made. You can also purchase your tickets at the station on the day you travel, but please be aware that advance discounts will not apply.

If you have been issued with a Penalty Fare and believe it was issued incorrectly or unfairly and you wish to appeal you must do so either in writing or online within 21 days of the Penalty Fare being issued.

You can find out more about penalty fares by visiting National Rail’s website

Don't miss out on our exclusive offers

Get our newsletter and be the first to hear about:

Special promotions
Latest updates
And more...