Cheapest Stansted-Heathrow transfers indirect via London

Identification of some of cheapest options for travelling between LHR and STN

National Express London Stansted Airport Shuttle Bus

Use National Express bus in combination with Underground for cheapest transfer

Only direct Heathrow-Stansted airport public transport is not cheapest

The only direct public transport between London's Heathrow and Stansted airports are the National Express Stansted-Heathrow coaches which shuttle between the two airports. These are run by National Express.

Note - There is no direct Heathrow-Stansted train service and there is no Heathrow-Stansted shared van shuttle style service.

The cheapest way to travel between Stansted and Heathrow Airports is not direct. The cheapest options involve going into central London then interchanging to another transport to the other airport.


Expect a travel time of a minimum of 3 hours or more, when compared to just over an hour direct.


There are left luggage offices at Paddington, Liverpool Street, Kings Cross St Pancras and Victoria Railway Stations as well as Victoria Coach Station (normally the cheapest) in London.


If using the train or underground, do check for temporary track closures, especially at weekends when heavy maintenance is performed. Industrial action is not unknown but will be publicised on the providers website. The absolute cheapest way of getting between central London and Stansted is by bus, this is prone to traffic congestion delays, unlike the alternative train.

Heathrow - Stansted Bus Route Map

Cheapest transport Heathrow-Stansted Airport

Heathrow - Stansted indirect option 1

Heathrow - Stratford (London Underground) interchanging with
Stansted - Stratford (National Express Bus)

The Heathrow London Underground service is the cheapest option between Heathrow Airport and Central London. For Stratford you will need to change trains at Holborn or Green Park.


National Express Stansted Buses run frequently non-stop between Stratford and Stansted Airport

Heathrow - Stansted indirect option 2

Heathrow - London Liverpool Street (London Underground) interchanging with
Stansted - London Liverpool Street (National Express Bus or Stansted Express)

This option doesn't really fall within the cheapest theme of this page but it is a good option if your choice of travelling indirect is driven by wanting to sightsee rather than cost.


Like previous options you take the London Underground from Heathrow to London, changing Underground train at Holborn for Liverpool Street.


Liverpool Street has a left luggage office and is relatively close to the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral among others.


The Stansted Express has Liverpool Street as its London terminus. The Stansted Express is the fastest and most frequent transfer between London and Stansted Airport. National Express also run a cheaper bus service between Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport.


Stansted-Heathrow Airport private transfers

A private car or bus with a clear run takes around 80 minutes to make the journey between Heathrow and Stansted.


You should expect road congestion delays between 6:30am and 10:30am and 3pm to 7pm Monday to Fridays and Sunday evenings.


As well as being the most convenient and stress free option, private vehicles can make real sense, especially if there is a group of you or you have lots of luggage.

Private Airport Car Transfers

Longer stopover in London

If you are staying overnight then it doesn't matter too much where you stay in Central London, there are so many different transfer options between both airports and the centre.


If you want to just have a stopover during the daytime, then there are left luggage offices at Victoria Train and Coach Stations that is also a good hub for public transport to both airports.

Heathrow -central London by public transport - your options

Stansted - central London by public transport - your options


Time at airport? Visit Windsor instead, it's close, convenient & good value too

Windsor Castle

A late flight out of Heathrow or a long stopover at the airport is something most people dread.


A much more attractive proposition is to spend your free time in the attractive town of Windsor, just a few miles from Heathrow Airport. Windsor Castle (pictured) is the most famous attraction but there is much much more to Windsor and Eton than just the castle. We have flexible packages for all group sizes.


A luggage storage service is available whilst you are in Windsor and there is a flat fee rate, no matter how much or little time you spend in Windsor - no waiting time charges apply.


The stopover solution is a private solution customised to every customer. This is not a public tour with set operating times.

Windsor stopover/late flight solution - more details


Semi-independent or guided tour transfers

We can customise a day or half day to remember, reflecting your personal interests whether there are two or two hundred of you.


We love working with our customers to understand their interests and time-scales and provide a customised itinerary that fits your schedule and pocket. So fill in the enquiry form below with as much detail as you can.


If you just want transport we can do that too. We'll transport you into London, perhaps do a one hour orientation tour and drop you off at a place of your choosing.


At an agreed time and place we'll then come and pick you up again. If you have luggage we'll take care of that too.


If you know exactly what you want, all the better.

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