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Transfer Options from Stansted Airport to City Centre

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How to get from Stansted Airport to City Centre

London Stansted Airport (STN) is one of the fastest growing airports in Europe. Taxi, Train and Bus are the three options of transfer you have when travelling from the airport to the city centre of London. Taking a London airport taxi is very convenient, but at the same time expensive. The journey will cost approximately 113€ (100£) and it will take around 1 hour and 20 minutes. Travelling by train is the fastest option. Single train tickets cost 18.75€ (16.60£) and the average travel time to central London is 47 minutes. Taking the bus is a cheaper alternative. The price of a bus ticket is 13.50€ (12£) and ride takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Comparison of the options

Train €37.50 47min 05:30–00:30
Taxi €113 80min 24/7
Bus €27 100min 24/7

How to get from Stansted airport to city centre by train

Taking the Stansted Express trains is the quickest method of travelling from Stansted airport to the downtown area of London. The trains end their 47-minute journey at Liverpool street terminus, which is the main business area of London.

How much is the train from Stansted airport to city centre?

One-way single tickets to Liverpool street terminus cost 18.75€ (16.60£)

You can purchase your train tickets online, or from the ticket counters and ticket vending machines of the airport's train station.



Trip Duration

47 Min.

Waiting time is around 15 minutes.

Value for Money

Stansted Express trains run to Liverpool street railway station from 05:30 a.m to 00:30 a.m.

Where do I get it from?

The airport's train station is right under the passenger terminal and it can be easily accessed via lifts, escalators, or ramps. Just follow the signs for the train station as soon as you pick up your luggage.


A disadvantage of Stansted Express is that its' terminus, Liverpool street station, is only a business area that is not a primary destination for tourists.

Editor’s Note

Liverpool street terminus has many facilities such as restaurants, shops, pubs and underground connections to every line.

Useful Tips

Children under 5 years of age travel for free.
There are other Stansted Express trains that travel to Tottenham Hale station.

How to get from Stansted airport to city centre by taxi

For a convenient and relaxed transfer it is always better to hire a London airport taxi. Before you get in a taxi make sure it is a licensed one and never accept transfer services from random individuals who may approach you. Licensed London taxis are usually black and have white plates displaying the license's expiration date. When the roads are not congested, the approximate travel time is 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Taxi fare from Stansted airport to city centre

When travelling from Stansted airport to the city centre of London, taxi rides can be costly since the fare will be calculated on the meter, depending on distance. In addition, extra charges from tolls, late-night driving, or national holidays may apply. However, the average price of such ride is 113€ (100£).

Booking your taxi trip in advance might be less expensive.

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As far as comfort is concerned, taxis provide the best services. Taxi rides might be hard on your wallet, but the convenience they offer cannot be compared with the other public means of transport.

Editor’s Note

Stansted is the third busiest airport in the UK. Therefore, during rush hours, you might have to wait in line in order to get a taxi.

Useful Tips

Let your driver know that you are aware of the average price.
Make sure that the meter is running properly.

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in London. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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How to get from Stansted airport to city centre by bus

There are many central destination options when you are travelling by bus from Stansted airport. National Express is the main bus company that operate at Stansted airport. National Express provides services to 3 different downtown routes: Victoria station, Paddington station and Liverpool street terminus. For example, if you are heading towards Victoria station, tickets for the bus will cost 13.50€ (12£) per person and the journey will last at least 1 hour and 40 minutes.

How much is the bus from Stansted airport to city centre?

One-way single bus tickets from Stansted airport to London Victoria station cost 13.50€ (12£).

You can buy your tickets from the National Express counters at the arrivals hall or you can purchase them online beforehand.



Trip Duration

100 Min.

Waiting time is around 15 minutes.

Value for Money

National Express buses run 24/7.

Where do I get it from?

There is a coach station right in front of the airport's exit doors.


Bus rides from Stansted airport to the metropolitan area of London are inexpensive and very frequent. However, do not be surprised if you get stuck in traffic. In order to avoid it, you can always use the traffic-free trains.

Editor’s Note

Airport Bus Express is a private bus company that offers pretty much similar services with National Express.

Useful Tips

Make sure you are getting on the correct bus.
Expect less frequent services through the night.
Booking your tickets in advance can ensure cheaper prices.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Stansted airport to city centre?

The average price of a taxi ride from Stansted airport to the city centre of London is 100£ (113€). Without traffic, the journey will take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

How much is a train ticket from Stansted airport to city centre?

Regular train tickets from Stansted airport to Liverpool street terminus cost 16.60£ (18.75€). Tickets can be bought at the airports train station from the ticket desks, ticket machines, or online.

How far is it from Stansted airport to the city centre?

The distance between Stansted airport and the city centre of London is approximately 64 km.

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