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National Express Stansted - London Stratford

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

Stansted Airport Coach Of National Express

National Express Stansted Airport Coach At Stansted Coach Station

The National Express Stansted to Stratford airport coach service is the shortest airport bus transfer of the total of six Stansted airport bus services now available.

Stratford is to the east of Central London at the end of the motorway from Stansted Airport. From Stratford further into London its stop/go urban travel prone to traffic congestion.

The Central Line and Jubilee Line of the London Underground link Stratford with Central London, offering avoidance of any traffic congestion.

This Stansted Airport to Stratford service runs at least every 30 minutes, 24x7.

The National Express Stansted Airport to Stratford 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 Stratford service is the shortest Stansted transfer service, running non-stop down the motorway connecting Stansted with London.

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 continue into London with stop/start journeys through an urban environment.

So book this service if your destination is in East London, including Docklands or you want to minimise the risk of being delayed in traffic.

Stratford is in zone 2/3 of the London public transport system. This means your fare on the Underground or DLR is charged from either zone 2 or zone 3, the zone used being the zone resulting in the lowest fare for your journey.

Note, the London Underground and DLR are closed between around midnight and 5 a.m.

Stratford 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 and DLR is closed from about midnight to 5 a.m.

Journey time is scheduled around 50 minutes. Its a straight run down motorway class road but at peak commute times there may still be some traffic congestion.

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 Stratford Underground / Rail Station the 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.

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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