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National Express Stansted - London Liverpool Street

24x7 Airport Coach Service, Fast Budget Route Into London From Stansted Airport

National Express Stansted Airport Bus Outside Liverpool Street Station

National Express Stansted Airport Bus Outside Liverpool Street Station

The National Express Stansted to Liverpool Street airport coach service runs head to head with the Stansted Express train service that also runs from Liverpool Street Station to Stansted Airport. The National Express Liverpool Streetcoach service is slower but cheaper than the Stansted Express train.

Liverpool Street is in the heart of the City of London, the business area of London. The majority of leisure visitors will have their accommodation much further west, on the other side of the city centre in hotel districts that an alternative National Express coach service to Victoria from Stansted drives through and has stops within.

National Express Victoria - Stansted Service - Full Details

The Central Line and Circle Line of the London Underground link Liverpool Street very quickly with the rest of Central London.

This Stansted Airport to Liverpool Street service runs at least every 30 minutes, 24x7 and has several possible stops in between, (see route map below).

The National Express Stansted Airport to Liverpool Street service is one of three National Express services between Stansted Airport and Central London.

National Express Stansted Airport Services To/From Central London.

  • Stansted - London Victoria - 24x7 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 - 24x7 service terminating at Liverpool Street Station in the City of London business district, a cheaper alternative to the Stansted Express train. Frequency of 2 coaches an hour.

  • Stansted - Stratford - 24x7 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 coaches an hour.

However, the National Express buses do not have a monopoly on the Stansted - London bus routes. Stansted Citylink offer a similar service to National Express with a London terminus at Kings Cross / St Pancras.

easyBus run two services to the Angel Islington and Baker Street with small buses, lower luggage allowances and a low cost airline approach to ticket prices.

Stansted Bus London Boarding Points

National Express Stansted Airport Bus Stops

National Express Stansted - London Stratford Service

Is this the right airport bus service for you?

The National Express Stansted Airport - London Liverpool Street service serves the City of London, on the eastern side of Central London.

It is a business district that most leisure visitors do not stay in, though there is a major hotel district around the Tower of London close to Liverpool Street.

If you are not staying around Liverpool Street itself, the National Express Stratford service offers a good alternative, particularly if you are travelling at busy times with a high risk of traffic congestion.

Stratford is the key transport hub near the end of the motorway from Stansted with Underground, rail and Docklands Light Railway connections onward into London. Alternative airport buses to and from Stansted like the Liverpool Street service continue into London with stop/start journeys through an urban environment.

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

Liverpool Street Bus Operating Hours / Journey Times

The National Express Stratford Bus Service broadly run every 30 minutes, 24x7 including through the night, 7 days a week. Note the connecting London Underground is closed from about midnight to 5 a.m. though there are plenty of night buses running through the night from Liverpool Street.

Journey time is scheduled around 1 hour, though do give plenty of contingency, especially travelling to the airport.

National Express Variable & Fixed Fares

The cheapest tickets are on-line in advance from the National Express web site, (link below). The further you can book in advance the better chance you have of obtaining the lowest fare called a Funfare.

You can also buy tickets on the day at the National Express ticket desks and ticket machines in the coach station at Stansted Airport and Victoria Coach Station, subject to seat availability.

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.

For on-line reservations 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.

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

What If My Flight Is Late?

Allow 90 minutes from flight arrival time to any airport bus departure.

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 three options:

If you can contact National Express before the time of departure of your schedule you can get the ticket amended for an administration fee.

Another option is to simply pay a £5 “Flexible Add On” fee at the time of reservation which 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 - free of charge.

- Obtain a refund on your ticket, when cancelled up to 24 hours before departure.

This option is not available on the cheapest Funfare fares.

The last option is to purchase a fully flexible fare which is more expensive.

National Express Stansted Luggage Allowance

Stansted Coach Station Waiting Room

Stansted Coach Station Waiting Room

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.

Stansted & Stratford/Liverpool Street 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.

At Liverpool Street the National Express Bus boards right outside the train station.

There are clear signs and maps locally on the ground at the station so it is easy to find. You take the Bishopgate exit from the station. The bus stop is immediately outside the exit onto Bishopgate.

Public Transport Options Between London & Stansted Airport

London - Stansted Fare Comparison of Public Transport 2016


Standard Adult Fare



Stansted Express - Liverpool Street



Stansted Express Web Duo - (2 people)



National Express - Stratford

£6 - £8 †*

£12 - £15†*

National Express - Liverpool Street

£6 - £8 †*

£12 - £15†*

National Express - Victoria / Marble Arch

£5 - £12†

£10 - £18†

Stansted Citylink - Kings Cross/St Pamcras



* Group fares available for 3 or more passengers

# Promotional fare only available at Stansted Express web site, for 2 people travelling together - may be withdrawn at any time

† Lowest fare on-line 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 on-line.

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