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The only direct public transport between London's Heathrow and Stansted airports are the National Express coaches which shuttle between the two airports.
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The Heathrow-Stansted Airport bus is operated by National Express with comfortable coaches complete with on board washrooms.
This is the only scheduled direct public transport service operating between Heathrow and Stansted Airport.
The only alternatives are taxi/charter bus or to travel by public transport into central London, then get transport out again.
Note - there is no direct Heathrow-Stansted train and there is no Heathrow-Stansted shared van shuttle.
If you are a group or can put a small group together (groups can be anything from 2 to 200!) then it can work out cheaper to hire a private car or charter bus.Private car/bus between Heathrow and Stansted Airports
Airport to airport transfer
Airport day rooms
Airport to airport transfers
Airport day rooms
The minimum time you should contemplate making a transfer between Heathrow and Stansted is 5 hours.
Terminal layout at Heathrow is such that if you are flying into or out of Terminals 4 or 5 the bus will take 25-30 minutes longer than using Terminals 2 or 3.
The route of about 65 miles (105km) between Heathrow and Stansted is along heavily congested motorway/freeway. Mondays to Fridays between 6.30am and 10am and 3.30pm and 7pm traffic congestion is routine, expect delays of 15 minutes or more. There can also be severe congestion late Sunday afternoon/ early evening. But at anytime the slightest incident can bring the road to gridlock.
In front of Stansted Airport's passenger terminal is a very large bus station. All the different buses are lined up with their own bays. There is a waiting room and somewhere to get a coffee and snacks. When you come out of the customs area, just look up and follow the signs downstairs to the bus station.
At Heathrow its a lot more complicated, the key points are:
No buses visit Terminals 2 and 3 - you walk to the Central Bus Station
All buses visit the Central Bus station. (Terminals 2 and 3)
Buses will normally but not always visit Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 which are a couple of miles apart on the other side of the airport.
You can travel free from Terminal 4 and 5 to the Central Bus station by Heathrow Express train which runs every 15 minutes.
The walk from Terminals 2 or 3 to the bus station takes about 10 minutes. It is luggage trolley friendly and is mostly along moving walkways and lifts. It is also underground so you are not exposed to the elements.
You can carry two medium-sized suitcases - weighing up to 20kg (44 lbs) each - plus one small piece of hand luggage per person. Drivers loading the baggage do not weigh bags.
Customers will be permitted to pool their individual allowances if they are travelling in a group or as a family, but they must be travelling on the same ticket. Over this allowance and steep excess luggage charges kick in.
If you need to take extra luggage on your journey, this can be arranged either in advance or on your day of travel when you arrive at the coach station. However buying your extra luggage on-line in advance is much cheaper.
Remember: with National Express you book a seat on a specific bus schedule.
National Express have three fare types:
This fare is the cheapest fare of all for a reason - it is neither refundable nor amendable.
This ticket is not refundable but the journey date and time can be changed prior to your current departure date and time. Amendments must be made prior to the journey. An amendment fee will apply.
The most expenstive option means that you can make unlimited amendments anytime prior to departure without incurring an amendment fee. You can also receive a full refund up to 24 hours before travel if you need to.
For peace of mind if your flight is early or delayed with this add-on you may board any available coach 12 hours before or 12 hours after your original departure time you have selected on reservation.
You can amend your ticket to a new departure date as well - free of charge.
You can obtain a refund on your ticket up to 24 hours before departure.
You add the Change & Go Add On during the booking process, not at the original selection screen where you select your schedule and fare.
The option comes up on a subsequent screen with other supplemental options like excess luggage and travel insurance are offered and before payment.
If you're travelling on the National Express services in a group of four or more, you can travel between London's airports for just £20 per person.
The National Express coaches come with a free luggage allowance of either 2 medium or 1 large cases for the hold of the bus.
Medium cases should be no more than 70cm x 45cm x 30cm.
Large cases no more than 75cm x 50cm x 32cm.
Neither case should weigh more than 20kg (44lb).
An item of hand luggage is allowed in the passenger cabin but only laptop/handbag size.
There are steep excess luggage charges if you exceed these limits.
For supplement prices please click through on the link below.
3 extra cases is usually around twice the price to just one extra case if you book in advance, but will cost up to three times as much if you leave it to the day.
You will usually save at least a couple of pounds (or more if multiple extra bags) by booking in advance, in addition to guaranteeing yourself a space (extra luggage space can't be guaranteed on the day).
A vehicle with driver just for your party has a lot going for it, especially if you are a small group or larger.
The driver will meet n greet you as you exit the customs/luggage hall of the passenger terminal (or at an airport hotel) and lead you to the waiting vehicle for an immediate departure.
The driver also monitors your incoming flight and will adjust his/her arrival time to the actual time your flight arrives.
We can supply vehicles from sedans to 70 seat coaches and if you want to do some sightseeing on the way, no problem too, with or without guiding.