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London - Stansted (STN):
Location
: 55 km/34 Miles NE of Central London, 37 km/23 Miles S of Cambridge, 15 km/9 Miles NNE of Harlow & 7 km/4 Miles NE of Bishop's Stortford. 


By Taxi & Limo:
Regular Airport Taxi: There is no taxi rank at Stansted. Taxis must be booked at the Airport Carz desk on the intl arrivals concourse. For advance bookings call 01279 662444, 0870 224 5000 or courtesy phones are in the Intl & UK baggage reclaim halls. Wheelchair accessible cars are available on request. To Central London 86/~70 mins, Heathrow Airport 106-109, London City Airport 59, Luton Airport 70, Cambridge, 47, Harlow 29, Colchester 56.
Black Cab London: To avoid queues for taxis, you can book a taxi in advance through Black Cab London (0800 169 5296 from the UK or 1 877 405 7622 from the USA). No waiting charges are incurred as all flights are monitored by reservation staff. You will be met outside the customs area by your driver.
British Airport Cars: Tel +44 (0)1634309660.
Clarks Limos: Tel 07802 601053 provide transport for up to 8 passengers to any destination in the UK from London Stansted Airport. Black executive stretch Lincoln is also available.
Checker Cars: Tel 01279 661111.
Airport Express: Airport Express has set fares to and from this airport. Tel 020 8570 1234, 020 8570 8018 or 020 8577 3366.
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By Long Distance Coach: 
General: The bus/coach station is in front of the terminal on the lower level. Tickets can be purchased from the coach ticket desk in the arrivals area in the terminal,  in the coach station (0800-2000) or on the coach. Services include:
Terravision Coach to central London: Runs 2 different coach services into central London as follows:
One coach runs between Stansted Airport and London Victoria Coach Station. In fact the bus stop in London is at Stop number 2, Bulleid Way at the Green Line Coach Station, nearby. Coaches Depart from Stop n26 at Stansted Airport. Takes ~75 mins. Departs the airport roughly hourly 0715-0044. Departs London roughly hourly 0300-2230. Tel +44 (0)1279 662 931. For best results book on-line. Cost: 8 adult one way and 4 child one way. Adult return 14. Child return 7.
The Liverpool Street service runs every day with additional stops at Finsbury Square and Bromley By Bow. The journey time is ~55 mins with departures up to every 20 mins. Coaches Depart from Stop n26 at Stansted Airport. For best results book on-line. Cost: 8 adult one way and 4 child one way. Adult return 14. Child return 7.
Airbus A6 24 hr service Connects Stansted Airport with London Victoria (Central London) via Golders Green, Finchley Road Underground Station, St Johns Wood, Baker Street, Marble Arch & Hyde Park Corner. Operates every 15-30 mins 24hrs a day. To Victoria ~1:45. Further info: 0870 5747 777 (UK only) or see here.
National Express coach services operates buses from this airport all over the UK.
National Express A7: A night bus service that runs to Stratford (Meridian Square), Liverpool Street Station, Marble Arch, Park Lane, Victoria Rail Station & Victoria Coach Station in Central London. Leaves from Bus bay 24 every 30 mins 0000-0430. To Liverpool St ~1:05. Cost 10. Contact: Tel 08705 757 747.
National Express A9
24 hr service
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Runs to Stratford Bus Station in East London from Bus Bay 25. To Stratford ~45 mins. Runs every 30 mins 24hrs a day. Contact: Tel 08705 757 747.
National Express 717: Route: Stansted Airport - Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station & Terminal 4 (20/85-100 mins) - Gatwick Airport North & South Terminals (24/2:35-2:50) - Brighton. Timings: Buses leave Stanstead Airport heading for Heathrow, Gatwick & Brighton daily at 0700, 0925, 1125, 1315, 1525, 1725, & 1945. Buses leave Gatwick South Terminal heading for Heathrow, Stansted & Norwich daily at 0520, 0705, 0910, 1105, then every 2 hrs until 1705 & 1910. Buses leave Gatwick North Terminal 10 mins later.  Contact: Tel 08705 757 747.
National Express 727: Route: Norwich - University of East Anglia - Wymondham - Attleborough - Thetford - Mildenhall - Newmarket - Stansted Airport - Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station & Terminal 4 (20/85-100 mins) - Gatwick Airport North & South Terminals (24/2:35-2:50). Timings: Buses leave Stanstead Airport heading for Heathrow and Gatwick daily at 0425, 0640, 1010, then every 2 hrs until 2010. Buses leave Gatwick South Terminal daily at 0545, then every 2 hrs until 1745 & 2135. Buses leave the North terminal 10 mins later. Contact: Tel 08705 757 747.
National Express 757: Linking Stansted with Cambridge (8.50/50 mins-1 hr) every 2 hrs. Also direct services to Oxford (15.50/3 hrs) via Hemel Hempstead (1:15), High Wycombe & Headington. Bus Bay 20. Departs Stansted at 0030, 0700, 0930, 1130, 1400, 1615, 1830 & 2130. Contact: Tel 08705 757 747.
National Express 767: Route: Stansted Airport - Standon - Hertford (40 mins) - Luton Airport (1:25) - Luton Bus Station - Leciester, St Margarets Bus Station (2:20) - Nottingham, Broad Marsh Bus Station (4 hrs). Timings: Buses leave Stanstead Airport daily at 0030, 0545, 0830, 1110, 1350, 1630, 1910 & 2150. Buses leave Nottingham daily at 0015, 0315, 0535, 0820, 1105, 1345, 1625 & 1915. Contact: Tel 08705 757 747.
National Express 777: Connects Stansted to Standon, Stevenage (45 mins), Hitchin, Luton Airport (1:25), Luton Bus Station), Milton Keynes (2:20), Coventry (3:20), Birmingham Airport (3:20) & Digbeth Coach Station (4 hrs) - 8 services daily. Departs the airport daily at 0030, 0650, 0800, 1020, 1330, 1630, 1830 & 2100. Contact: Tel 08705 757 747.
National Express 797: Route: Cambridge - Stansted Airport - Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station & Terminal 4 (20/85-100 mins) - Gatwick Airport North & South Terminals (24/2:35-2:50). Timings: Buses leave Stanstead Airport heading for Heathrow and Gatwick daily at 0225 (Heathrow only), 0340, 0440, 0525, 0555, 0840, 1040, 1230, 1430, 1640, 1840, 2100, 2205 (Heathrow only) & 2359 (Heathrow only). Buses leave Gatwick South Terminal daily at 0150, 0350, 0610, 0800, 1010, 1210, 1405, 1605, 1820 & 2010. Buses leave the North terminal 10 mins later. Contact: Tel 08705 757 747.
easyBus EB2 to London (Baker St): The bus is for anyone, not just easyJet passengers. Route: Stansted Airport - London (Baker St Tube Station/Gloucester Place). Timings: Buses run every 20-60 mins 24 hrs a day. Travel Time: To London 1:15. Cost: From 2 one way, but 6-12 one way seems more normal from the website.
London Hoppa Bus: Runs from the Coach park to London: Bayswater, Paddington, Kings Cross, Piccadilly Circus & Victoria. One-way 10, 14 return.
Further Info:  Bus & coach traveline 08705 747 777, Hertfordshire traveline 08457 244344 & Essex traveline 08706 082608.

By Local Bus: 
General: The bus/coach station is in front of the terminal on the lower level. Tickets can be purchased from the coach ticket desk in the arrivals area in the terminal,  in the coach station (0800-2000) or on the coach. Services include:
Arriva 133: Operates every 2 hrs to Dunmow, Felstead and Braintree. First bus 0505 from Braintree. Last bus 0020 from Stansted  (Mon- Sat). Further info: 0870 5747 777 (UK only).
Arriva 510: Serves Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth & Harlow. Departs the Airport: Mon-Fri 0510, 0610, 0707, 0735, 0807, 0850 then every 30 mins until 2004, 2104, 2204, 2304 & 0015. Saturday: 0510, 0610, 0720 then every 30 mins until 2004, 2104, 2204, 2304, 0015. First bus from Harlow 0412.  No Sunday Service. To Bishop's Stortford ~15 mins, Harlow 50 mins.
Arriva 700 service: Runs from the airport to Stevenage Bus Station. Route: Airport, Bishop's Stortford, Little Hadham, Standon, Puckeridge, Westmill, Buntingford, Cottered, Baldock, Letchworth, Hitchin, Stevenage (Lister Hospital), Stevenage Railway Station & Stevenage Bus Station. Departs the Airport: Mon-Sat: 0640, 0900, 1140, 1340, 1540, 1750, 2020 & 2220. No Sunday service. To Letchworth ~1 hour, to Stevenage ~1:40. Tel 08701 201088.
First Essex - Coachlink X22: Runs from the airport to Colchester Bus Station via Braintree London Road/Tortoiseshell Way (22 mins), Braintree Rail Station (25 mins), Bradwell 'The Swan' (36 mins), Marks Tey rail station (47 mins), Colchester North station (57 mins), University of Essex (not all buses stop here)(65 mins). Departs the airport daily every hour 0400-2400. Buses leave Colchester Bus Station daily hourly 0235-2220. Cost: To Braintree 5 (9 return), to Colchester 10 (15). Children (5-15 years) reduced fares and under 5's free. Senior discounts available.
First Essex X30 - Stansted Flyer: Runs from the airport to Southend Bus station via Barnston Church School (12 mins), Chelmsford Rail Station (35 mins), Rayleigh Rail Station (65 mins), Eastwood Kent Elms Corner (80 mins), Prittlewell Bell (86 mins), Southend Victoria Circus (92 mins), then Southend Bus Station (95 mins). Departs the airport daily, every hour 0400-2300, then at 0030 & 0130. Cost: To Chelmsford 5 (8 return) & to Southend/Rayleigh 10 (15). Children 5-15 reduced fares and under 5's free. Senior discounts available.
First Essex Service 33: Runs to Takeley, Great Dunmow, Barnston, Great Waltham, Broomfield Hospital, & Chelmsford Bus Station. Mon-Fri Departs the airport at 0527, 0721, 0731, 0905, 1025, hourly until 1625, 1715, 1825, 1925, 2155 & 2255. On Saturdays 0527, 0731, 0905, 1025, then hourly until 1725, 1815, 1915, 2155 & 2255. On Sundays every 2 hours 0400-2200. First bus  from Chelmsford 0435. To Chelmsford ~ 1 hr. Further info: 0870 5747 777 (UK only).
Excel 308/9: Serving Bishop Stortford - half hourly - Bishops Park, St Michael's Mead, Thorley park, Town Centre, Heath Row & Stansted Airport. Mon-Sat only: first bus from Bishops Stortford 0502 Mon-Sat only: last bus from Stansted 2230.
Bus #308 & #309: Runs to Bishop's gate. Route: Airport, Heath Row, Stansted Rd Hockeril Church, Bishop's Stortford Railway Station, B Stortford Interchange, South Thorley, Thorley Park, Bishop's Park Oriole Way, St Michael's Mead, Bishops Park Tesco. Departs the Airport: Mon-Fri: 0600 then every 30 mins until 1920, then hourly until 2220. Saturday: 0605 then every 30 mins until 1735, 1820 then hourly to 2220. To Bishops Park 40 mins.
Stansted Transit Route 1: Runs from the airport to Great Dunmow & Bishop's Stortford. Route: B Stortford Interchange, Airport, Takeley, Great Dunmow. Runs Mon-Fri Only. Going towards B Stortford, departures every hour 0945-1445. Going towards Great Dunmow & Takeley departures every hour. 1013-1513. To B Stortford 15 mins, Takeley 4 mins & Great Dunmow 12 mins.
Stansted Transit Route 5: Route: Bishop's Stortford Interchange, Great Hallingbury, Hatfield Broad Oak, Takeley, Airport, Molehill Green, Elsenham Industrial Estate, Elsenham Rail Station, Stansted Mountfitchet & Bentfield Green. Services are ~hourly 0700-1900. Mon-Sat only. No Sunday Service.
Stansted Transit Route 7: Route: Bishop's Stortford Interchange, Takeley, Coopers End, Airport, Molehill Green, Broxted, Thaxted, Debden Green, Debden, Saffron Walden (Hospital & Tesco). Services are ~hourly 0700-2100 or 2200. Mon-Sat only. No Sunday Service.
Stansted Transit Route 133: Route: Airport, Takeley, Great Dunmow, Felsted, Watch House Green, Rayne & Braintree Bus Park. Runs ~hourly 0500-0020. Mon-Sat. On Sundays every 2 hours 0723-0020. To Braintree ~45 mins.
Hilton Airport Shuttle A shuttle bus runs to the Hilton Stansted Airport Hotel every 30 mins 0415-0045. 2 for adults. Under 16's free.
Further Info Bus & coach traveline 08705 747 777, Hertfordshire traveline 08457 244344, Essex traveline 08706 082608, www.gobycoach.com

By Shuttle Van:
resorthoppa.com: resorthoppa.com runs shuttle vans and private cars from this airport to various locations. Click here to make a reservation.

By Train:
General: The train station is in the underground level, two floors below the terminal level. Reached by lift or escalator.
Stansted Express or Skytrain: To Liverpool St and Tottenham Hale Stations. One-way fare 15 (Child 6.95)/45 mins. Cheap day return 15, but not available until 0930 or at weekends. Standard Return 25 (Child 12). First class is also available. Tickets can be bought on board easyJet flights for 13.75 one-way (credit card sales only). Trains run every 30 mins 0600-0800 and then every 15 mins until 1700 and then a half hourly service until midnight. Departures from London are on the hour and half hour. From Tottenham Hale or Liverpool St stations, transfer to the Underground to points all over City. TubeMap. To Tottenham Hale ~30 mins, to Liverpool St ~45 mins.
London stopping service: An hourly local service calls at all principal stations between London Stansted Airport and Liverpool Street Station, stopping at: Stansted Mountfitchet, Bishop's Stortford, Sawbridgeworth, Harlow Mill, Harlow Town, Roydon, Broxbourne, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, Enfield Lock, Brimsdown, Ponders End, Tottenham Hale and Hackney Downs.
Central Trains-Midlands & the North:  Route: This service runs from the airport to Audley End, Cambridge, Ely, March, Peterborough, Stamford, Oakham, Melton Mowbray, Leicester, Nuneaton & Birmingham New Street Station. It is possible to connect at Peterborough to Leeds, York, Newcastle and Scotland; and at Leicester for Derby and Sheffield. Timings: This service operates seven days a week with the first weekday train departing London Stansted at 0619 Monday to Saturday and 0915 on Sundays. The last train to Cambridge will depart London Stansted 2115 Mon-Sat & 2240 on Sundays. However, during the week, the last train from Stansted Airport to Cambridge is at 2345, but you have to change trains at Bishop Stortford. Further info: National Rail Enquiries (24hrs) 08457 48 49 50 (UK only) or +44 (0)1332 387601 (non UK).
Railtrack web site.    London Underground information.

Airport to Airport:  
To London Gatwick: National Express (24/2:35-2:50 mins). Service 797 runs to both Gatwick Terminals. Buses leave Stansted at 0225, 0340, 0440, and then regularly throughout each day until 2205 & 2359.
To London Luton: National Express 8.75 one-way (14 return)/95 mins. 8 departures daily. Departs the airport daily at 0030, 0650, 0800, 1020, 1330, 1630, 1830 & 2100. Taxi 70.
To London Heathrow: National Express 21.50/85-100mins. Service 797 calls at the Central Area and Terminal 4 at Heathrow. Departs Stansted at 0225, 0340, 0440, and then regularly throughout each day until 2205 & 2359. Taxi 106-109.
Airport to Airport Transfers from Prestige Cars: To Heathrow Airport 76. Contact: +44 333 123 1818. Notes from a Traveller December 2010: My mum said their service was "exceptional". Good contact, pleasant driver who met them in the arrivals hall, brand new & clean BMW vehicle and a fast service. Plus they paid the driver directly. Hassle free.
To London City Airport: Taxi 59.


Rental Cars:
On-Airport Rental Car Providers: AVIS 01279 663030, Budget +44 (0)1279 681396, EUROPCAR 680240, Hertz 680154 & ALAMO/National 506534.
Weblinks: Click here to book -----> Car Trawler Car Hire.

Car Parking:
Short Stay Car Park: Ideal place to be if you plan to stay only a couple of hours or so. There is a car park linked to the terminal just a few yards walk. Prices: First 15 mins free, 15-30 mins 1.60, 30 mins-1 hour 2.70, 1-2 hours 4.10, 2-3 hours 5.10. Operated by: Meteor Parking 01279 681192.
Mid Stay Parking: A new mid stay car park called e-parking is now available at Stansted. It provides a fast transfer service from the car park to the terminal with a journey time of just 5 mins - half the time of the standard long stay car park. The new service costs 12.50 per day. Simply drive up, insert your credit card and park. On your return insert the same credit card and the amount will automatically be debited from your card. To pre-book a space at our mid stay car park please click here, or alternatively just turn up on the day.
Long Stay Car Park: The long stay car park is situated on the edge of the airport and a free transfer service runs between the car park and the terminal every 8 mins at peak times. The courtesy bus from the car park to the terminal takes ~15 mins but passengers are advised to allow 40 mins transfer time. Click here to pre-book your holiday parking space online pre-booking service or call 0870 000 1 000 (UK) or +44(0)121 410 5105 (from outside the UK).  Please note the minimum period for pre-booking long stay parking at Stansted is 5 days. Daily rate from 7.20 (plus 30p public transport levy for the 1st day only). Operated by Meteor Parking 01279 681192.
Pink Elephant Parking: Shuttle buses call at the terminal
Weblinks: Click here to book ----->  

Notes: Hotel reservation desk on the main level. Left luggage in zone G. This airport is often mis-spelled as Stanstead.
Airport Hotels:
Radisson SAS Hotel London Stansted, +44 (0)1279 661012, is the only airport hotel in walking distance from the terminal. Express by Holiday Inn, +44 (0)1279 680015, is further away and reached by a shuttle bus. Stansted Airport Hotels. Click here to book!

Airport Web Site:
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Updated Mar14 ADV. 
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