National Express Stansted - London Liverpool Street and Kings Cross

24/7 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 Kings Cross via Liverpool Street airport coach service runs head to head with the Stansted Express train service that also runs to Liverpool Street Station from Stansted Airport.


The National Express Kings Cross and Liverpool Street coach service is slower but cheaper than the Stansted Express train.


The Stansted - Kings Cross via Liverpool Street National Express service has other stops as well, it is not a non-stop service.

 

Before reaching Kings Cross the coach offers stops at Bethnal Green, Shoreditch, Liverpool Street & Farringdon all of which have London Underground stations.


Is this the right airport bus service for you?

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. An alternative National Express coach service to Victoria from Stansted drives through and has stops on that side of London.

National Express Victoria - Stansted Service - full details


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 details


Stansted - Central London Airport Coach Services

National Express Stansted Airport Services to/from Central London.

A7 Stansted - London Victoria
via Bow Church, Mile End, Whitechapel, Southwark and Waterloo.

 

Stansted Bus London Boarding Points

A6 Stansted - Portland Square
via Golders Green, Finchely Rd, St John's Wood, Baker Street, Paddington & Marble Arch

 

A8 Stansted - London Kings Cross
Bethnal Green, Shoreditch, Liverpool Street & Farringdon

 

A9 Stansted - Stratford
- direct non-stop

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 on-line in advance is much cheaper.

 

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.


Luggage supplements

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.


Stansted - Central London Airport Coach Services

Alternative Stansted - London Liverpool Street Bus by Airport Bus Express

Airport Bus Express Stansted run an alternative Stansted Airport bus competing head to head with National Express terminating at Liverpool Street and also stopping at Stratford.

 

The Airport Bus Express services operates a simple flat fare, whilst National Express operate a dynamic fare structure. National Express online fares can be cheaper than Airport Bus Express if you book well in advance, or more expensive if you don't.


Although Terravision no longer operate the service they do provide ticketing for this Airport Bus Express service.

Airport Bus Express operate a similar service to the National Express format using full size buses with large luggage holds.


Stansted - London Victoria Airport Coach Tickets

Service

Standard Adult Fare

One-Way

 Return 

Stansted Express - Liverpool Street

£17.00

£29.00

Stansted Express Web Duo - (2 people)

£15.00#

£25.00#

National Express - Stratford

£7-£10 †

£14-£20 †

National Express - Kings Cross via Liverpool Street

£7-£10 †

£14-£20 †

National Express - Victoria via Waterloo

£7-£12 †

£14-£24 †

National Express - Marble Arch /Portman Square/Paddington

£7-£13 †

£14-£26 †

Airport Bus / Terravision - Stratford /Liverpool Street

£7.90

£14.80

Airport Bus / Terravision - Baker Street/Victoria

£8.90

£16.80

# 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.