Airport Bus Express - Stansted airport bus service to London Liverpool Street

With just one stop at Stratford International for London Underground

Airport Bus Express  Stansted Airport

Airport Bus Express operate airport bus services between Stansted Airport and London in direct competition with National Express.


Airport Express operate two Stansted Airport Bus services, one terminating at Victoria, the other at Liverpool Street in Central London.

National Express run 4 services to London from Stansted and are a much larger multi-national operator operating scheduled coach services nationally including all of London's main airports.

Airport Bus Express - Liverpool Street Service via Stratford

The Airport Bus Express Stansted to Liverpool Street service offers the shortest and cheapest Stansted airport transfer.


Stratford is near the end of the motorway from Stansted Airport and interchanges with the London Underground and DLR light railway networks.

By leaving the service at Stratford and using the London Underground into Central London you can avoid the prospect of road congestion delays further into the centre of London.

Airport Bus Express or National Express for your Stansted - London transfer?

Although superficially both National Express and Airport Bus Express offer very similar services, there are real differences when you look closer:


Airport Express offer a simple flat fee ticket price with a small discount for round trip journeys.

National Express have dynamic pricing, basically the further in advance you book tickets the cheaper the fare.

In broad summary, if you can book your tickets well in advance National Express will probably be cheaper, buy at short notice and Airport Express may have the edge on price.

Ticket Flexibility - What if your flight is late?

With National Express you have to select an individual schedule. With the cheapest tickets if you miss it you lose the ticket. You can buy more expensive flexible tickets or pay a supplement on reservation allowing you 12 hours flexibility either side of your chosen schedule.

With Airport Express the ticket is flexible and can be used any time, any date and any direction.


National Express have the definite edge here, offering better frequencies and 4 services with additional choiice as a result of your chosen bus stop in London.

Child Fare Concession Age Band

National Express childrens fare age band is 3-15 year old, Airport Express is 4-12 years old.

Luggage Allowance

Very similar for both operators, 2 cases plus an item of hand luggage per person.

Stansted - London Liverpool Street Airport Coach Tickets
Stansted - London Victoria Airport Coach Tickets
Stansted Bus London Boarding Points

National Express Stansted Airport Services to/from Central London.

A7 Stansted - London Victoria via Waterloo Station
- 24/7 service with stops in Southwark and Waterloo Station. Frequency of 3 or 4 coaches an hour, reducing to 2 an hour in the early hours of the morning.


A6 Stansted - Stansted - London Marble Arch/ Portland Square/ Paddington Station via Golders Green & Baker Street
- 24/7 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.


A8 Stansted - London Liverpool Street, Shoreditch & Bethnal Green via Bromley by Bow Church, Mile End & Whitechapel
- 24/7 service serving the East End of London and the district around Liverpool Street Station, a cheaper alternative to the Stansted Express train. Frequency of 2 coaches an hour.


A9 Stansted - Stratford
- 24/7 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 2-3 coaches an hour.

Stansted - Central London Airport Coach Services
Stansted - Central London Airport Coach Services
Stansted - Central London Airport Coach Services
Stansted - Central London Airport Coach Services
London - Stansted Fare Comparison of Public Transport 2018


Standard Adult Fare



Stansted Express - Liverpool Street



Stansted Express Web Duo - (2 people)



National Express - Stratford

£3.50-£10 †

£7-£20 †

National Express - Liverpool Street

£3.50-£10 †

£7-£20 †

National Express - Victoria via Waterloo

£5-£12 †

£10-£24 †

National Express - Marble Arch /Portman Square/Paddington

£5-£12 †

£10-£24 †

Airport Bus / Terravision - Stratford /Liverpool Street



Airport Bus / Terravision - Baker Street/Victoria



# 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.