Stansted Transfers to Central London

If you land at Stansted on your trip to London, here are the best options for getting to the city center

Vicky Del Moral

Vicky Del Moral

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Stansted Transfers to Central London

Aircraft landing | © Kevin Hackert

Stansted (STN) is one of the most important airports in London. It is 60 kilometers from the city center, so urban transport does not reach here and you will have to take a train, bus or transfer to move between Stansted and London.

Best transfers between Stansted and central London

Stansted Airport Terminal| ©bjaglin
Stansted Airport Terminal| ©bjaglin

My recommendation is to hire a shared or private transfer to save time and money when moving between London and Stansted. It is, without a doubt, the most convenient option of all, as it picks you up and transfers you from door to door and operates 24 hours a day, every day of the week, adapting to any flight schedule.

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Shared transfer between Stansted and London

Night traffic in London| ©Phil Dolby
Night traffic in London| ©Phil Dolby

I consider this to be the ideal option if you are traveling as a family, especially with small children, and if you arrive tired after a flight of several hours. These vehicles carry a maximum of 15 passengers and their drivers speak Spanish and Portuguese, so you will find it very easy to communicate with them. They also take care of your luggage. Each traveler is only allowed to carry one suitcase and one handbag.

The shuttle service between Stansted and London is the same there and back and takes approximately one hour, depending on traffic, making no more than 3 stops along the way.

To book your shared transfer back to Stansted from your hotel, simply indicate the address of your accommodation and the time you would like to be picked up.

What is included in the Stansted to London carpooling service?

  • Professional driver
  • Travel ticket on your mobile device
  • Transportation by minivan or air-conditioned car
  • Transfer to your accommodation in central London/Stansted airport in a shared vehicle with other travelers (maximum 15)

What is not included in the shared private car transfer service between Stansted and London?

  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Excess baggage charges (if applicable)

Other details of interest of the transfer service between Stansted and London

  • You will receive an immediate confirmation after booking your service (cancellation is free of charge up to 24 hours in advance)
  • From the time your flight lands, there is a 1 hour waiting time for disembarkation and baggage collection for European flights and 90 minutes for intercontinental flights.
  • Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag (oversized luggage may have certain restrictions).
  • Travel time is approximate and depends on time of day and traffic conditions.
  • Child seats available
  • Seating for a maximum of 15 passengers

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Private transfer between Stansted and London

Stansted Airport Terminal| ©Hugh Llewelyn
Stansted Airport Terminal| ©Hugh Llewelyn

If you would like to make your arrival in the British capital even more comfortable and faster, there is the possibility of hiring a private transfer between the airport and your hotel. With this option you will have a completely private vehicle for you and your group, so you will not have to share it with other travelers.

The private vehicle service has an approximate duration of one hour depending on traffic. But in this case, the great advantage is that, being the only passenger, it will drop you and your group directly at your accommodation without any previous stop.

In principle, the luggage rules are a bit more flexible in this option, as the vehicle will be exclusively for you and your group, but keep in mind that if the size of your luggage is bulky, you should make the consultation during the booking process to make sure that there will be enough space.

The private transfer back from your hotel to Stansted

The private transfer back to Stansted works in exactly the same way as the outbound transfer, but if I may offer a tip, when calculating the pick-up time from your hotel, allow plenty of time (especially if your flight departs at rush hour) to arrive at the airport on time. London traffic can be a bit chaotic at certain times of the day.

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The Stansted Express train

Stansted Express Train| ©Joshua Brown
Stansted Express Train| ©Joshua Brown

Travelling by train between Stansted Airport and central London is possible. There is a train that goes directly to Liverpool Street with only one stop on the way at Tottenham Hale. This train departs from Stansted Airport's own rail line, the Stansted Express, in Terminal 2.

You can buy your Stansted Express ticket directly there or book it online in advance and take any of the trains that run every 15 minutes non-stop from 4:30 am to 11:30 pm. The ticket costs about 19 pounds one way and 32 pounds round trip.

This is a good option to save you the hassle of traffic, but once you get to Liverpool Street or Tottenham Hale you will need to see what is the best combination of tube, bus or train to get to your accommodation from there.

Buses between Stansted and London

National Express bus| ©martin arrand
National Express bus| ©martin arrand

The cheapest option between Stansted Airport and central London is by bus. There are several private bus lines available: National Express, Terravision, Airport Bus Express and EasyBus, all stopping in central London. The big disadvantage is that the transfer can take longer as there are intermediate stops for the large volume of travelers using this service.

Easybus buses

  • Their prices range from 2 to 10 pounds (depending on how far in advance you buy it).
  • Regarding their schedules, these buses leave every 20 minutes, 24 hours a day and throughout the year.
  • The journey time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Luggage is also limited to one suitcase per person and one carry-on bag.
  • Routes vary according to the direction of the destination, one of them being the A stop on Baker Street, opposite the Baker Street subway.

National Express Buses

  • You need to book a specific time to catch the bus.
  • The price ranges between 8 and 9 pounds one way and between 15 and 16 pounds if you buy a round trip.
  • They do not have any luggage limit.
  • Their lines make many stops along the way, so the journey to the end point may be longer as well.
  • Their different routes have different destinations (London Victoria and Liverpool Street, for example).

Terravision Buses

  • Their destinations are London Victoria and Liverpool Street.
  • They have no luggage restrictions.
  • You do not have to book a specific time, only an indicative time of use.
  • Regarding their schedules, they depart every 30 minutes.
  • Their prices do not depend on how far in advance you buy them, but they are cheaper if you buy the ticket online.

If what you want is a door to door option, the most economical is the shared transfer, as it will drop you off at your hotel without having to spend a big budget on uber or cab.

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How to travel by Uber or cab between London and Stansted

Typical London Taxi| ©Calgary Reviews
Typical London Taxi| ©Calgary Reviews

Going from Stansted to London in a VTC like Uber is a very comfortable option as it takes you in its own vehicle that can be larger or smaller depending on the number of travelers and needs such as a baby seat or cars adapted for wheelchair travel.

The average price of the transfer in Uber between London and Stansted is 40 pounds each way, 30% cheaper than normal cabs, so it comes out well priced if you travel in a group and divide your payment by not charging per person but per trip.

Transfers from other airports

It is possible that when you go to book your flight to London, you have several options, as it is a city with four airports. If this is the case, don't worry, as the transfer services are very similar at all London airports. If you find it useful, you can consult the guides on how to travel from the different airports to the center of London and vice versa.

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Different options to move between Stansted and the center of London

Private transport| ©Luxury Train Club
Private transport| ©Luxury Train Club

As you have seen, there are several ways to move between Stansted and central London, so I have made this comparison table so that you have, at a glance, information about prices and times of each possibility.

  • Shared or private transfer

  • From 22 Euros approx.

  • Duration: 1 hour

  • Destination: your hotel

  • Stansted Express Train

  • From 20 euros

  • Duration: 1 hour

  • Destination: Tottenham Hale or Liverpool St. Pancras.

  • Easybus bus

  • From 3 euros

  • Duration: 2 hours

  • Destination: London Victoria

  • Uber

  • From 45 euros

  • 1 hour

  • Destination: customized