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Stansted Express Trains to / from Central London

The fastest most frequent transport between Stansted Airport and Central London


Stansted Express Train

Stansted Express Train

The London Stansted Express train is a dedicated airport train service running into London's Liverpool Street Station. The Stansted Express train station is beneath the passenger terminal at Stansted Airport, the end of the line from London. Simply descend the escalators on coming out of arrivals and you're on the platform.


Stansted Express trains are the fastest way into Central London from Stansted airport, scheduled journey time is 45 minutes. On most journeys the train will make two stops, one at Tottenham Hale. This is an interchange with the London Underground which can save you time to may parts of London, so it is worth checking out.


The Liverpool Street terminus of the Stansted Express is in the business area of London, a fair way from where most leisure travellers will have their London accommodation.

As the Stansted Express train has no traffic to contend with, it is the most reliable transfer option too between Stansted and London.


The competing airport buses are cheaper but with many routes that may well stop much nearer your hotel in London than the Stansted Express. The airport buses also operate a full 24x7 timetable.

Stansted Express Operating Hours


The Stansted Express Train

From Stansted Airport first train is at 05:30. (Tuesdays,Wednesdays & Thursdays 06:00). Last train: 00:30 (Monday to Thursday night), 01:30 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

From Liverpool Street first train is 04:10 or 03:40 (Monday only). The last train is at 23:25

Average journey time between Stansted and Liverpool Street is 47 minutes.


You should bear in mind that the first trains leave Liverpool Street Station well before the first Underground trains start to arrive about 5:30 a.m. and the last train arriving from Stansted arrives after the last Underground train leaves. There is a good network of night buses from Liverpool Street to most area of Central London when the London Underground is closed.


There are also many flights that arrive at Stansted well after the last Stansted Express trains leave for London. The alternative airport bus services, especially National Express and Terravision operate a near 24 x 7 service.

Public Transport Options Between London & Stansted Airport (Fares At Foot Of Page)

Stansted - London Transfer Route Map

Liverpool Street Station

The terminus of the Stansted Express train in London is Liverpool Street Station. The key aspect for visitors, new to London is that Liverpool Street is a long way from where most leisure travellers have their accommodation in London. Liverpool Street Station is in the heart of the City Of London, London's business area. During the week the area is a hive of activity with what hotels there are priced more for international financiers on an expense account than leisure travellers. At the weekend its a ghost town and room rates can be a bargain.


In terms of facilities there is everything you could possibly need both inside and outside the front doors of the station from chemists to fast food to historic pubs. The London Underground is directly underneath the train station. There is a left luggage facility in the station.

Stansted Express Train Interior

Stansted Express Passenger Cabin

Stansted Express Train Interior

Stansted Express Interior Luggage Rack

Tottenham Hale Station

All trains operating when the Underground is running stop at Tottenham Hale Station, this is about 10 minutes on the train from Liverpool Street towards Stansted Airport. Because Liverpool Street is not the most convenient place in London for many people, a stop is made here so that you have the option to use the Victoria Line of the Underground.


The Victoria Line is one of the newer Underground lines with longer distances between stations than the older lines. For many people its quicker to use Tottenham Hale and the Victoria Line to many of the main hotel districts in London. The fare on the Stansted Express is also slightly cheaper.


The first Underground train from Central London arrives at about 6 a.m. at Tottenham Hale with the last one departing around 11:30 p.m.

Luggage

Luggage on the Stansted Express is only limited by your ability to carry it on the train. There are luggage racks like that pictured right and also for smaller bags overhead shelves.

At Stansted Airport the train station is beneath the passenger terminal accessed directly by lifts and escalators. At Liverpool Street the trains are at ground level.

First Class v Express (Second) Class

The vast majority of passengers and most of the seats provided are express or second class.

A first class ticket gets you more room on the train, perhaps a reclining seat and an at seat trolley service with complimentary tea, coffee or mineral water.

At the airport you get a Fast track pass through customs and access to a lounge which includes food and drinks, wi-fi, magazines and newspapers.

At Liverpool Street Station you get access to a First Class Lounge on Platform 10.

Stansted Express Fares 2014

Stansted Express On-Line Ticketing

Tickets can be purchased
on-line or at the station.

London Station

Liverpool Street

 Tottenham Hale 

30 Day Advance Purchase - One Way†

£8.00†

£7.50†

7 Day Advance Purchase - One Way†

£12.00†

£11.00†

Express Class - One Way

£23.40

£21.00

Express Class - Return*

£33.20

£32.00

First Class - One Way

£37.50

£33.50

First Class - Return*

£54.10

£51.50

Child Fares (half price of adult fares) apply to 5 - 15 years olds only. Under 5's travel FREE.

† Promotional fare only available at Stansted Express web site, may be withdrawn at any time

* Return travel must be made within 30 days of the outward journey on return tickets

Stansted Express Ticketing & Promotional Fares

There are no seat numbers/reserved seats on the Standard Express, a ticket buy you the right to travel on the train between the points stated on your ticket. Passengers must buy their tickets before boarding the train.

One way tickets are valid only on the date displayed on the ticket. Return tickets are valid for 30 days after the first leg.

4 travel for the price of 2

4 or 3 persons pay for only 2 Adults when travelling together between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport. There must be at least 2 paying adults if children (5-15 years) are included in this offer. This is an on-line offer only.

WebDuo - 27% Online Discount When 2 Travel Together On Standard Adult fare

2 adults can buy 2 standard Class Anytime Return tickets online for a discounted rate. This is an 0n-line only rate and only for adults.

Railcards

You can use Railcard discounts on the Stansted Express

Railcards - More Information

2 for 1 Sightseeing Promotion

Return train tickets on the Stansted Express qualify you for the 2 for 1 admission programme at many of London's most famous attractions.

Railcards - More Information


London - Stansted Fare Comparison of Public Transport

Service

Standard Adult Fare*

One-Way

 Return 

Stansted Express - Liverpool Street

£23.40

£33.20

Stansted Express 7 Day Advance Ticket

£12.00#

£24.00#

Terravision - Stratford

£6.00

£11.00

Terravision - Liverpool Street

£8.00

£14.00†

Terravision - Victoria

£9.00

£15.00†

National Express - Stratford

From £5, £10 Return †

National Express - Liverpool Street

From £10, £17 Return †

National Express - Victoria / Marble Arch

From £12, £18 Return †

easyBus - Baker Street

£2-£10

£4-£20

easyBus - Old Street

£2-£10

£4-£20

* Standard adult ticket. Other promotional fares may appear from time to time.

# Promotional fare only available at Stansted Express web site, may be withdrawn at any time

† On-line only fare.


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