London: How to get to London from Stansted Airport

London: How to get to London from Stansted Airport

stansted airport terminal
Stansted Airport Terminal
Stansted Airport lies 30 miles, or 48 kilometres, north-east of central London. It is the newest large passenger airport in London. Stansted is a breeze to get through with a beautiful glass terminal meaning lots of natural light fills the space, making it feel spacious. It is not as busy as Gatwick and Heathrow airports. 

This airport is mainly targeted at European travellers, though a few flights to long-haul destinations have been added in recent years. It is, however, still a major airport with over 19 million passengers a year traveling through it.

Public Transport from Stansted Airport to Central London

Rail - Stansted to London by Stansted Express Train

stansted express train logo
The Stansted Express departs every 15 minutes with a journey time of 47 minutes each way from London Liverpool Street. You can also get the Stansted Express from Stratford (with a change at Tottenham Hale) or directly from Tottenham Hale station itself in east London. 

Same-day tickets are £18 to £19 each way (depending on your start point), or £30 to £32 return for adults. First class fares are £10 more expensive each way and include a FastTrack airport security pass. 

Pre-booked tickets start at £7.50 each way – you must specify a travel date, but not time. Group offers are also available for parties of 3 or 4 passengers.

Stansted Airport to London by Coach

National Express coach tickets start at £6 per person each way with journey times of 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes. EasyBus tickets start at £2 per person each way with journey times of approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes. Stansted Citylink also provides coach services for £8 to £10 each way. Pick up points are available in central and East London.

Other transport from Stansted Airport to Central London

Stansted Airport to Central London by Car

Join the M11 at Junction 8, follow the M11 until you reach the North Circular road (A406). You are now in East London. Please have a navigation device with you for the rest of the journey as it very much depends on where you would like to go in London itself. We do not recommend driving for most people as it is a long drive (over an hour) and can be done far more quickly by train.

Stansted Airport to Central London by Taxi and Uber

We do not recommend you take a taxi to and from your hotel due to the long journey time and expense. A train will usually be a much better option. 

How much is a taxi from Stansted Airport to central London?
In a cab, the journey will take 70 to 80 minutes and will cost about £95 to £110. There is no taxi rank at the airport; these must be pre-booked in advance with London Black Cabs. This can be done at arrivals. A mini cab may be cheaper. 

How much is an Uber from Stansted Airport to central London?
An Uber between the airport and central London is priced at between £58 and £119 depending on the size of car you request, and where you are travelling to. Get $20/£10 free credit by using our exclusive sign-up link at or enter “uberindependentguides” as a voucher code when using the app for the first time.

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