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National Express Stansted - Liverpool Street via Stratford

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

Stansted Airport Coach Of National Express Boarding At Liverpool Street

National Express Stansted Airport Coach Boarding At Liverpool Street

The National Express Stansted to Liverpool Street via Stratford airport coach service is a shorter bus transfer than the other National Express Stansted coach service to London Victoria. Stansted Airport is northeast of London, the coach between Stansted Airport and Liverpool Street Station goes to the parts of Central London closest to the the airport.

The coach goes nonstop to Stratford where there is a major London Underground, train and DLR interchange, then onto Liverpool Street Station in the centre of London, where the Stansted Express train terminates.

It should be noted that Terravision a rival operator also offers separate a Stansted - Stratford coach and a Stansted - Liverpool Street coach.

Have You Booked The Appropriate Stansted - London Airport Coach ?

If you are wondering why anyone would even consider getting off the coach at Stratford that is not in the centre of London, then its worth taking a second look.

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.

Stratford is in zone 3 and is the major public transport hub in that part of London. For most leisure visitors to London the Central and Jubilee Lines of the London Underground will be your onward connection.

Note, as you are in zone 3 you will pay slightly more on the Underground into London than if you get off the bus at Liverpool Street, also on the Central Line.

Neither Liverpool Street or Stratford Are Close To The Main Hotel Districts in London

The Best London Stansted Airport Bus?

If you are a visitor to London don't be fooled by the slightly lower coach fare than the alternative Stansted coach services to Victoria. Very few leisure visitors to London stay anywhere near either Liverpool Street or Stratford. For many the Victoria - Stansted airport coaches will go closer to your hotel. However, the Underground fare from Liverpool Street to all Central London stations is the same as from Victoria, though not Stratford.

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

National Express offer another Stansted - London coach service to Victoria 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.

National Express Liverpool St /Stratford Coach Operating Hours / Timetables

The fastest service is 60 minutes, the average journey time, 80 minutes, from Liverpool Street. Fastest service from Stratford is 40 minutes, average journey time 50 minutes.

Frequencies are every 30 minutes in each direction with a couple of hours very early morning when the bus runs hourly. Note that the London Underground is closed very crudely between around midnight and 6 a.m., there are night buses though during this period.

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

Stansted - London Transfer Route Map

What If My Flight Is Late?

Stansted Airport Bus Station Waiting Room

Stansted Airport Bus Station Waiting Room

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.

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 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.

Stansted Bus London Boarding Points

National Express Airport Bus
Complete Stansted Bus Stops

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 & 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 labelled stop G, is immediately outside the exit onto Bishopgate and is shared with the Terravision Stansted buses.

At Stratford Underground / Rail Station the bus boards right outside the train station, at a bus stop labelled stop L. There are clear signs and maps locally on the ground at the station so it is easy to find.

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 Web Duo - (2 people) #



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, for 2 people travelling together - may be withdrawn at any time

† On-line only fare.

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