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Journey Planning

All the tools you need to plan your journey

We aim to make your journey with us as simple as possible and with that in mind, we have several resources that should help you plan your journey to and from London Stansted Airport. Whether you want to get a copy of our train timetable on the day you travel with us, need help navigating London’s underground rail network, or simply want to understand the differences between - you’ll find all the tools you need right here.

How to get to Stansted Airport from London

Stansted Express trains are the fastest and most direct way to travel between London Stansted Airport and London.

Services run every 30 minutes during the day, and every 15 minutes in the early morning and evening. Tickets can be booked for as little as £9.90 one-way when bought in advance.

Getting to and from Stansted Airport couldn’t be simpler, with our services running at regular intervals, 7 days a week. We have services running from London Liverpool Street, Stratford and Tottenham Hale, so whether you’re staying in the centre of London, or just outside the city, we have you covered.

Find less busy trains

Looking to avoid the busiest trains on your trip to or from Stansted Airport? To help you plan your journey and to avoid the busiest trains and stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic,
we’ve introduced measures to count the number of people boarding our morning and evening train services across our network.

We have found that in the current situation, our busiest times are morning and evening peak services. If you want to find out more about which services are busy and those that are quiet,
please head over to our less busy trains page, where you will find a comprehensive look at our

We ask that our passengers do what they can to book onto quieter services to avoid overcrowding, especially during busy times.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Check-in times can vary depending on your type of flight, so we recommend you arrive with a sufficient amount of spare time to pass through check-in and security. Check-in times are usually confirmed on your ticket or itinerary, or alternatively by contacting your airline directly.

Stansted Airport has a train station, making the train the most convenient way of getting to and from the airport as the station is only 2 minutes walk from the main terminal.

There is no direct Tube service between Stansted Airport and London, and the journey takes around 90 minutes - almost double the time it takes on the Stansted Express. Stansted Airport is outside of the TFL Zones, and is therefore not in any zone.

London Stansted Airport is just under 40 miles from London, the Stansted Express train journey takes just 50 minutes, but can take as much as an hour in the car (assuming good road conditions). Taking the train is the most convenient method of transport to get to London Stansted from London, and with the rail station just 2 minutes walk from the terminal you don’t have any of the inconveniences of airport parking or getting a shuttle bus to/from the terminal.

The Stansted Express service connects London Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport and is the fastest and most convenient method of transport to and from Stansted Airport via Central London. The journey takes just 50 minutes, and the train station at Stansted Airport is just 2 minutes walk away from the main terminal.

The Stansted Express train service departs from London Liverpool Street Station, stopping once at Tottenham Hale Station before taking you directly to Stansted Airport. Trains run every 30 minutes during the day, and every 15 minutes during the early morning and evening. The airport train station is just 2 minutes walk away from the main terminal, making the train the most convenient way of getting to and from Stansted Airport.

The first Stansted Express train departs Liverpool Street at 03:40am Monday to Saturday and 04:10am on Sunday. From Stansted Airport, Stansted Express trains start at 05:30am.

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