Stansted Airport bus by National Express into Central London

24/7 shuttle, Stansted - London Victoria service via Waterloo Station with fares, times & comparison

National Express Stansted - London Coach

The Stansted Airport Bus run by National Express offers a high frequency shuttle service operating 24 hours per day, seven days a week to London Victoria. This is a service that also covers London south of the river with stops at Southwark and Waterloo Railway Station.

This Stansted Airport to Central London service runs at least every 30 minutes through the night, 3 to 4 times an hour during the day providing a frequent and truly 24/7 Stansted Airport service.


The National Express Stansted Airport to London Victoria service is one of four National Express services between Stansted Airport and Central London.


There is also a competing service run by Stansted Citylink that runs a direct non-stop airport bus between Stansted Airport and London Victoria. The King's Cross to Stansted service by Citylink was suspended in October 2017.

National Express Stansted Airport Services to/from Central London.

  • Stansted - London Victoria via Waterloo Station - 24/7 service with stops in Southwark and Waterloo Station. Frequency of 3 or 4 coaches an hour, reducing to 2 an hour in the early hours of the morning.


  • Stansted - Stansted - London Marble Arch/ Portland Square/ Paddington Station via Golders Green & Baker Street - 24/7 service with stops in the centre of London convenient for many of the main hotel districts. Frequency of 3 or 4 coaches an hour, reducing to 2 an hour in the early hours of the morning.


  • Stansted - London Liverpool Street, Shoreditch & Bethnal Green via Bromley by Bow Church, Mile End & Whitechapel 24/7 service serving the East End of London and the district around Liverpool Street Station, a cheaper alternative to the Stansted Express train. Frequency of 2 coaches an hour.


  • Stansted - Stratford - 24/7 service terminating at Stratford outside the centre of London, (avoiding potential traffic congestion delays). Choice of Underground lines into London and close to London Docklands. Frequency of 2-3 coaches an hour.

However, the National Express buses do not have a monopoly on the Stansted - London bus routes. Stansted Citylink offer a similar style of service to National Express with one service connecting Stansted Airport and London Victoria. The King's Cross to Stansted service by Citylink was suspended in October 2017.


Stansted Bus London Boarding Points

National Express Stansted Airport bus stops

National Express Stansted - London Victoria Service

Is this the right airport bus service for you?

The National Express Stansted Airport - London Victoria service is the only National Express Stansted transfer service that goes south of the river and is the longest of the four National Express routes.

However, if you are going to Victoria Stansted Citylink operate a direct non-stop airport bus service between Stansted and Victoria.

The National Express coach also stops at Southwark and Waterloo, convenient for the hotels around County Hall as well as Waterloo Railway Station before terminating at Victoria.

If you are staying in the County Hall, Southwark hotel districts the Victoria - Stansted National Express service is the obvious benchmark to compare alternatives against.


Victoria is also the closest Stansted transfer to the vast Kensington hotel district with a direct Underground link to Gloucester Road, Earls Court and Kensington High Street.

The only real negative of this service is that you are more exposed to traffic congestion delays than other airport buses as the bus travels through Central London.

Avoiding the risk of traffic congestion delays by going to Stratford?

A lot of locals minimise the risk of delays through traffic congestion in the centre of London by just taking the bus from Stansted to Stratford.

Stratford is near the end of the motorway/freeway grade road from Stansted just before you enter the urban area of Central London.

By taking a Stratford service and walking straight onto the London Underground at Stratford you can avoid most of the probable traffic bottlenecks in the centre.

National Express Stratford - Stansted Service - full details


National Express Victoria Bus Service operating hours / journey times

The National Express Victoria Bus Service broadly run every 30 minutes through the night and every 15-20 minutes during the day, 7 days a week.


Journey time is scheduled at around 1 hour 40 minutes for the entire journey end to end, Victoria to Stansted. Clearly London's road congestion will impact on this journey time according to time and day travelling. So do give yourself plenty of contingency, especially going to Stansted airport so you do not miss your flight.


National Express variable & fixed fares

The cheapest tickets are online in advance from the National Express website (link below).

National Express have various ticket categories.

Funfare tickets

The cheapest National Express fares are on-line only called “funfares” and do not allow any changes of any kind.

Amendable not refundable tickets

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 amendable & refundable

On many journeys this fare is offered at time of reservation and carries a small surcharge.

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 journey and an administration fee applies.

Airport flexible add on - for journeys staring or ending at an airport

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.

Group discount (for 3 people or more)

If you're travelling on the National Express Liverpool Street or Stratford services in a group of three or more, you can save 25% on standard fares when booking as a group.

To take advantage of this offer, simply book your seats at least one day in advance.

Ticket formats

The easiest and cheapest option is to use e-tickets, where you simply print your ticket after purchase.

There are alternatives, m-tickets sent to your mobile incur a small surcharge, the same surcharge for collecting tickets from a ticket office. Tickets can also be mailed to you for a larger surcharge.

Stansted - Central London Airport Coach Services

National Express Stansted 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 online in advance is much cheaper.


Stansted & London boarding points

Finding the buses is very easy and straight forward. In front of Stansted Airport's passenger terminal is a very large bus station. All the London 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.

The terminus in London is at Victoria Coach Station.

Victoria Coach Station is just a like a busy regional airport. Coaches leave every couple of minutes, there are airport style departure screens and departure gates where you board the coach.

There are also stops at Waterloo Station and Southwark.

London - Stansted Fare Comparison of Public Transport 2018


Standard Adult Fare



Stansted Express - Liverpool Street



Stansted Express Web Duo - (2 people)



National Express - Stratford

£3.50-£5.50 †*


National Express - Liverpool Street

£3.50-£5.50 †*


National Express - Victoria via Waterloo

£6-£10 †*

£9-£20 †*

National Express - Marble Arch /Portman Square/Paddington

£5.50-£12 †*

£9-£20 †*

Airport Bus / Terravision - Stratford //Liverpool Street



Airport Bus / Terravision - Baker Street/Victoria



* Group fares available for 3 or more passengers

# Promotional fare only available at Stansted Express web site, for 2 people travelling together

† Lowest fare online only advance purchase Funfare tickets - limited number of tickets, the earlier you book the better the availability. Higher fare is for payment on the day or at short notice online.

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