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Stansted Airport Bus by National Express into Central London

24x7 Shuttle, Stansted - London Victoria Service With Fares / Times & Comparison to Terravision Bus

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 stopping service making several stops at key London Underground stations Golders Green, Baker Street and Marble Arch.

This Stansted Airport to Central London service runs at least every 30 minutes through the night, every 15 minutes during the day making it the most frequent and truly 24x7 Stansted Airport service.

However, the National Express buses do not have a monopoly on the Stansted - London Victoria route, Terravision go head to head with them in competition. There is a clear difference between the National Express and Terravision service. Terravision run the service non-stop, National Express take a slower route but make stops available in the north and northwest hotel districts of London on the way.

Have You Booked The Appropriate Stansted - London Airport Bus ?

National Express - Airport Transfer Bus Of Choice For Hotels In Paddington, Baker Street, Swiss Cottage or Marble Arch Areas

The National Express service to Victoria is particularly good for those with hotels in the Swiss Cottage, Regents Park, Marble Arch and Paddington/Bayswater hotel districts, indeed it is the only Stansted service direct to these popular hotel districts.

But If Your Hotel is In Victoria or Kensington The Terravision Victoria Service?

An alternative Terravision Stansted to Victoria bus is non-stop and thus faster than the stopping National Express service and often cheaper. If your hotel is in Kensington, Victoria is the nearest place any Stansted service comes to Kensington and has very good transport links with it.

And If You Are Staying In The St Pancras, Bloomsbury or City Of London Districts...

Both of the Stansted - London Victoria airport bus service go to the west of the centre of London, where most of the hotel dsitricts that leisure travellers stay are located. If you are staying in the north-east or east of the centre of London then you will be doubling back on yourself.

The Best London Stansted Airport Bus?

Taking the alternative National Express and Terravision services to Liverpool Street or Stratford will place you closer to your accommodation and the fares are slightly cheaper too.

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 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 much of the day and at peak times more frequent than this, 7 days a week.

Journey time is scheduled as 90-105 minutes for the entire journey end to end, Victoria to Stansted, but clearly delays through road congestion happen so do give yourself plenty of contingency, especially going to Stansted airport.

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

Stansted - London Transfer Route Map

What If My Flight Is Late?

When you reserve a ticket, you reserve a seat on a specific schedule. So what if your flight is late and you need to change your coach schedule. You have two options:

One option is to simply pay a £5 fee to switch to another schedule at the ticket office. You will also be charged any difference between the fare you paid on-line and the walk-up fare available on the day.

Stansted Bus London Boarding Points

National Express Airport Bus
Complete Stansted Bus Stops

The second option (if you are purchasing a return fare) is to purchase a “Flexible airport journey” - pay a £10 additional supplement per person, (half price children). The facility allows you to board any available coach 12 hours before or 12 hours after your original departure time, amend your ticket to a new departure date or get a refund on your ticket up to 24 hours before departure, all without charge.

This facility is only available for on-line purchases and only for return trip purchases. The flexible airport journey supplement is made available as an extra on the extras screen displayed immediately after you have selected your coach tickets during the purchase process.

Note: In this respect Terravision offer more flexibility in ticketing. With Terravision your seat is also guaranteed on the schedule you book. But if your flight is late you can board a subsequent schedule if there are spare seats.

National Express Stansted Luggage Allowance

You can carry two medium-sized suitcases - weighing up to 20kg (44 labs) 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. Passengers within the luggage allowance get boarded first, those with excess luggage only get boarded if there is sufficient space left in the luggage hold, even if they have purchased a ticket.

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 is a full list of facilities including a useful left luggage office.

From Victoria the bus makes stops at Marble Arch and Baker Street which are much closer to the major hotel districts of Paddington, Bayswater, Lancaster Gate and Oxford Street than other Stansted public transport options. The first stop from Stansted, Holders Green is away from the centre. Some people prefer to get off here and straight onto the Underground if they are travelling at peak times when there may be traffic congestion.

National Express Variable & Fixed Fares

You can buy tickets at the National Express ticket desks in the coach station at Stansted Airport and and Victoria Coach Station. You can also purchase e-tickets in advance on-line using a credit/debit card.

The cheapest tickets are on-line in advance, cheaper than paying for the fully flexible tickets available on the day.

If you book on-line you are also guaranteed a seat on the schedule you select, turning up on the day to buy a ticket you are not.

There is also a £1 booking fee per booking, (not person).

It is recommended booking a service at least 90 minutes after the arrival time of your flight.

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
London - Stansted Fare Comparison of Public Transport 2015


Standard Adult Fare*



Stansted Express - Liverpool Street



Stansted Express 30 Day Advance Ticket



Stansted Express 7 Day Advance Ticket



Terravision - Stratford



Terravision - Liverpool Street



Terravision - Victoria



National Express - Stratford

From £6, £12 Return †

National Express - Liverpool Street

From £10, £17 Return †

National Express - Victoria / Marble Arch

From £12, £19 Return †

easyBus - Baker Street



easyBus - Old Street



* 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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