Transportation to and from London Stansted Airport


What is the distance from London Stansted Airport to the centre of London?

From the airport it takes about an hour to reach the centre of London (Charing Cross), assuming it is not too busy on the roads in and around London. The distance is 63 kilometres / 39.1 miles.

From STN Airport to London City centre by Car
63 km

Public transport

Stansted Express to London (Tottenham Hale and Liverpool Street)

The Stansted Express is the fastest and most expensive travel option out there; the train takes 47 minutes to get to and from Liverpool Street Station. This train and metro station is located in London’s city centre. If you have to be in the northern part of London, it is better to get off at Tottenham Hale Station. The journey time is 36 minutes. Here you can change trains to Stratford, among other places.

The stations Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale are connected to the London Underground network. The Stansted Express runs every 15 minutes between London Stansted Airport and the city. Below are the prices for a ticket (Standard Class) to and from Liverpool Street Station, a train ride to and from Tottenham Hale Station is slightly cheaper.

A return ticket is valid for 30 days and children up to 4 years can travel free of charge. It is wiser to buy tickets online through the website of Stansted Express; fares are low if booked well in advance (Advance Offers). The prices of First Class tickets are £ 27.10 for a one-way journey and £ 42.80 for a return. Please consult website and timetable Stansted Express for more information. You can book tickets quickly, easily and safely for the Stansted Express train to the city centre.

Prices Single Return
Adults £ 16.60 £ 28
Children, 5 up to 15 years £ 8.30 £ 14

Train and bus to Cambridge

The United Kingdom has four top universities, namely the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University College London and Imperial College London. The universities of Cambridge and Oxford are the best and known throughout the world. Cambridge has an airport, but Cambridge Airport is not open for general public. That means London Stansted Airport is the nearest commercial airport for Cambridge.

There are two travel options between London Stansted Airport and Cambridge. Every 30 to 60 minutes a train (CrossCountry, Greater Anglia) leaves from the train station below the terminal, the journey time to Cambridge is approximately 35 minutes. Cambridge railway station is located 2 kilometres southeast of the city centre. Buses of National Express run less often (bus service 727, 14 times a day), but directly to the city centre.

The University of Cambridge is located in the centre of Cambridge. Travel time by bus is 45 minutes. Single journey tickets for both the train and the bus cost around £ 10.00 per person. Please consult trains to and from London Stansted Airport and website National Express for more information.

Bus services

National Express to London (Paddington, Waterloo, Victoria, Liverpool Street and Stratford)

At London Stansted Airport three bus operators have a presence, namely National Express, Stansted Citylink (Metroline) and Airport Bus Express (Autostradale). Of these coach operators National Express offers the most connections and highest frequency: Route A6 to Paddington Station (every 15 minutes), Route A7 to Waterloo Station and Victoria Station (every 15 minutes), Route A8 to Liverpool Street Station (every 20 minutes) and Route A9 to Stratford Station (every 30 minutes). Route A7 to London Victoria Rail Station is most popular with travellers, a bus journey from the airport takes 1 hour and 35 minutes. London Waterloo and London Victoria are the two busiest railway stations in London and the United Kingdom.

Travel time to London Liverpool Street Station with Route A8 is 1 hour and 10 minutes. Tickets can be purchased online, at the airport and at bus stops. Prices are variable, starting at £ 5.00 for a single trip. Return tickets are relatively inexpensive, in addition you can save money if you book well in advance through the National Express website. You must take into account a price of £ 14.00 for a single trip and £ 20.00 for a return.

Children up to 2 years can travel for free when accompanied by an adult. Children from 3 up to 15 years and seniors from 60 years of age benefit from discounts. Please consult website National Express for more information. You can book tickets quickly, easily and safely for the National Express bus to the city centre.

Bus service X30 (from pier to air) of First Essex runs every hour between the airport and Southend-on-Sea, 23 hours a day. The journey time is 1 hour and 35 minutes and tickets for a single trip cost £ 16.00 for adults and £ 10.00 for children.

Do you want skip-the-line tickets for London’s busiest attractions London Eye and Buckingham Palace, then the London City Pass is worth considering. It includes a free airport transfer to the city centre and a 24h Hop-On Hop-Off bus ticket!


London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

£ 24.75

Absorb over 1000 years of history at the Tower of London, see the Crown Jewels, take an unforgettable Yeoman Warder tour and spot the ravens.

Stonehenge Admission Ticket

£ 19

Book your timed admission ticket for Stonehenge, one of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments. When you visit the site you’ll be able to explore its new world-class visitor center that houses museum-quality exhibits, a shop, and a café.

London Zoo: Entry Ticket

£ 22.90

Visit London Zoo. With over 720 animal species, exciting and innovative new exhibits and heritage buildings almost as famous as their inhabitants, it's a great day out in London for visitors of all ages. Gorillas, penguins and more await!


London: Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames

£ 32

Indulge in one of England's best traditions and enjoy a 1.5-hour Afternoon Tea cruise along the River Thames, seeing some of the city’s most historic buildings, while enjoying a pot of tea, served alongside a selection of delicate sandwiches and cakes.

Coca-Cola London Eye

£ 27

A trip on the Coca-Cola London Eye is truly captivating. The attraction is one of the world's tallest observation wheels and has been London’s number one visitor experience for over a decade.

London: Speed Boat Tour of the River Thames

£ 42.95

Get your blood pumping on a 50-minute speed boat tour along London's River Thames and experience the city like never before. Cruise at high speed from the London Eye to the Docklands, while a comedian guide entertains with informative banter.

Tours and transport

Harry Potter: Warner Brothers Studio Tour and Transfers

£ 85

Take the bus from central London for this magical full-day tour of the Warner Brothers Studio. Go behind the scenes of the Harry Potter film sets to explore the enchanting props and costumes, and walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters.

Stansted Airport to Central London Bus Transfer

£ 12

Start or finish off your holiday the easy way with a great value bus transfer between Stansted Airport and the center of London. Avoid London's busy public transport and instead, sit back and relax as you reach the capital comfortably and quickly.

Guided Wembley Stadium Tour

£ 19

Relive Wembley Stadium’s greatest moments in sport and culture on a 75-minute fully guided tour. Get behind-the-scenes access to the Players Tunnel, England Dressing Room, and Royal Box, and enjoy spectacular views of the entire stadium.


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