Luton to Stansted Airport bus shuttle transfer
National Express airport coach service, only direct public transport link between LTN & STN
The only direct public transport between London's Luton and Stansted airports are the National Express coaches which shuttle between the two airports. Both Luton and Stansted airports are about 35 miles (56km) north of London.
The National Express coaches going direct between the two airports do so without coming into London itself.
Note - there is no direct train service.
National Express Bus between Stansted & Luton Airport
The Luton - Stansted Airport Bus is operated by National Express with comfortable coaches complete with on board washrooms. Stansted and Luton Airports are about 55 miles (88 kms) apart to the north of London.
This coach service is the fastest public transport travelling between Stansted and Luton airports. Scheduled time is around 75-90 minutes and there are 1 or 2 buses an hour each way for most of the day.
The buses are not dedicated Stansted to Luton buses. There are several routes which terminate at Stansted and go to Luton Airport before going onto other English cities like Oxford, Birmingham and Northampton.
Minimum times between flights?
The journey time on the bus is scheduled at around 90 minutes. Absolute minimum time with no contingency between flights that you should contemplate making a transfer between Stansted and Luton is 5 hours using this service.
Remember both Luton and Stansted are dominated by the low cost budget airlines where missing your flight means losing your ticket.
Airport to airport transfer
Airport day rooms
Airport to airport
Finding bus at Stansted & Luton
In front of the main front doors of Luton Airport's passenger terminal is a very large bus station, you cannot miss it.
Everyone has to walk through it to get to the other forms of transport like the taxi rank and car park shuttles. All the different buses are lined up with their own bus bays.
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.
National Express luggage allowance
You can carry two medium-sized suitcases - weighing up to 20kg (44lb) 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.
National Express bus routing
The Stansted - Luton buses are not dedicated Stansted to Luton buses. There are three different services that terminate /start at Stansted Airport and travel by two different routes to Luton airport before continuing onto their eventual destination.
National Express Fares - The key points
Remember: With National Express you book a seat on a specific bus schedule
National Express Fare Types
National Express have two standard fare types:
Standard Ticket: The cheapest fare. amendable (for a fee) but not refundable
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.
Fully Flexible Ticket : Unlimited amendments and refunds allowed before travel
Unlimited amendments can be made anytime prior to departure without incurring an amendment fee.
In order to claim a refund, you must cancel your ticket at least 72 hours in advance of your journeys.
The Airport Flexible Add On - The flexibility to switch schedule if your flight is early/late -
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 Airport Flexible Fare 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.
National Express Group Discount (for 4 people or more) -
If you're travelling on the National Express services in a group of four or more, you can obtain 25% off passenger one-way fares.
To take advantage of this offer, simply book your seats at least three days in advance.
The National Express coaches come with a free luggage allowance of 2 cases for the hold of the bus. 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. easyBus allow one bag max dimensions H+W+L equalling 57 or less inches and weighing 23kg or less plus one hand luggage no more than 5kg.
Extra case supplement - £8 on-line, £10 on day
Book 1 extra bag making 3 in total.
3 extra cases supplement - £16 on-line, £30 on day
Book 3 extra bags making 5 in total.