London Stansted Airport - STN

London, United Kingdom (GB)

Getting around the airport

1 main Terminal, 3 Satellite buildings

Stansted Airport lies 48km north-east of central London and is a major hub for low-cost carriers, the biggest of these being Ryanair. It's a pleasant enough airport to transit through, with one, big, spacious terminal and plenty of shopping and dining facilities - though, due to increasing low-cost traffic, it can be overcrowded at times.

One level

All facilities areas are on one floor, with the check-in and main concourse along the front, Departures towards the back left and Arrivals towards the back right. You'll find a wider range of facilities after security, so it may be worth going through security before shopping and eating.

Three satellites

There are three satellite buildings containing all the boarding gates: Satellite One, Two and Three (used exclusively by Ryanair).

Getting around more quickly

The Stansted Airport Track Transit System (TTS) takes you from the main terminal building to Satellites One and Two. Satellites Two and Three are connected via walkways.

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Car rental

Lowest Price Guaranteed

Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Inter Rent, Sixt, National offer their services at Stansted airport.

All car rental companies can be found at the Car Rental Village. To get there take one of the dedicated shuttle buses from just outside the terminal. Buses operate every 10 minutes, 24 hours per day.

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Getting into town

Train is quickest, bus is cheaper


The Stansted Express is the fastest way into central London. The train travels non-stop from Stansted Airport to Liverpool Station in 47 minutes. From there, you can plug straight into the Tube, jump in a taxi or take a bus. You’ll be anywhere in the city centre within minutes. Trains depart every 15 minutes and run from the early morning until 23:25.

Cost: GBP 17 one-way, GBP 29 return (less if you book in groups of 2, 3 or 4:
Buying tickets: Online, at the station or in the terminal
Location: Stansted Airport railway station, below the terminal building
Tip: It can be quicker to get off at Tottenham Hale for the Victoria Line Tube to get to your destination. And, book your ticket online well in advance.


The bus is cheaper, and yet still pretty convenient. The National Express bus takes you to Stratford in 45 minutes, Liverpool Street in 60 minutes and Victoria Station in 1 hour and 45 minutes. Coaches leave every 10-15 minutes, around the clock. Note that it may be a quicker journey to your destination if you get off at Stratford and connect with the London Underground's central line.

Cost: GBP 12 to Victoria, GBP 10 to Liverpool Street, GBP 8 to Stratford (cheaper online)
Location: Coach station opposite the main terminal entrance
Tip: Instead of going to to the ticket desk in Arrivals, buy your ticket at the coach stand. You’ll be able to choose from several companies travelling to the same destinations, the tickets are cheaper, and the coaches are usually half-empty. You'll also find Terravision and Easybus services here.


As with all London airports, taxi journeys into the city are eye-watering expensive and take longer than the train.

Cost: GBP 100-150

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Time to spare

Duxford War Museum

For anyone interested in aviation history, this outpost of the Imperial War Museum Duxford, ten miles south of Cambridge, will make a great day out. It is Europe’s premier aviation museum and also boasts a huge collection of tanks, other military vehicles and naval exhibits.

Allow 30 minutes to travel the 15 miles by taxi; Duxford is a tiny village with limited public transport, so a minicab's your best bet if time's a factor. You can book this at the airport. Expect cost of a cab to be around GBP 25.00 each way. One-day entrance to the museum is GBP17.50 adult, GBP8.75 child (5-15). Under-fives are free.

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Long layover

Visit Cambridge

Best known for being home to one of the leading universities in the world, Cambridge makes an ideal place for a day out. Whether you fancy trying your hand at punting on the River Cam followed by afternoon tea at Grantchester, attending choral evensong at King’s College Chapel or just wandering around the medieval streets and college grounds, you will not be disappointed.

Operator National Express runs twenty-one direct coaches a day from the station directly outside the main terminal to central Cambridge. Journey time is 50 minutes; GBP 10 one-way, GBP 15 return

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Shop now, collect later

Any store

Stansted‘s free service lets you shop in any store at the airport before you fly, then pick up all your purchases from one convenient collection point when you return.

Just ask for Shop & Collect at the till in any store at the airport. On your return, after passport control and baggage reclaim, you'll find all your purchases ready and waiting for you at the Shop & Collect Collection Point in the Arrivals hall.

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Family rooms

Not as advertised

If you’re travelling with kids, don’t head for Stansted’s family rooms at Gate 13, Gates 33/34, Gate 43 and Gate 59 as described on the website – they don’t actually exist!

If you’ve got young kids with you, head for Leon after Security instead – it has decent seats, and food to remind you (and more importantly, your kids) that children will eat more than just tired fish fingers, when given a choice. They’ll love the salmon and egg muffins and power smoothies.

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New Arrivals: Toblerone Crunchy Almonds

In T1, first floor, after security

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Buy the new Toblerone Crunchy Almonds Exclusive Mix Bag and print your personalized stickers to share a very special Toblerone gift with your loved ones. 

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