Stansted Transportation

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    Europes biggest hub for budget airlines.

    by cachaseiro Updated Feb 27, 2012

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    On board Easyjet.
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    Stansted airport is connected very well with budget airlines from around Europe.
    It's also a main hub for charter flights.
    The 2 biggest airlines at the airport are Ryanair and Easyjet.
    I have flown them both to Stansted and have paid so little for the tickets that i can't complain at all.
    I would still say though that if you have the option of flying both airlines for around the same price then take Easyjet.
    They are quite a bit better than Ryanair who really cut the costs to the bone.
    Easyjet has a lot of nice little touches that makes them well worth flying.

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    Hardly an express - but it is the quickest way

    by sourbugger Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Light at the end of the tunnel ?

    The Stansted express train to London (Liverpool Street)is a disgusting rip-off at TWENTY FOUR pounds return in cattle class. (or express class as they call it).

    It certainly is not a sleek, aerodynamic, high-speed train either.

    In addition it stops at 00.30 at night, so coaches are the only option during the night.

    It is at least clean and convenient. Some Low-cost airlines offer tickets whilst on the way to London that will give you a bit of a discount, but remember that the road links are far cheaper.

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    Nearest Petrol station

    by sourbugger Updated Nov 2, 2004

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    Oh yeah ?

    There is a serious lack of Petrol stations at Stansted airport.

    There are also none in either direction on the M11 for about twenty miles north or south.

    It's therefore useful to know that the Service station (Bishop's Stortford) on the same large roundabout as the entrance to Stansted airport has a "Shell" station.

    I also believe there is a new one by the mid-stay car park about a mile from the terminal.

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    Picking up passengers ?

    by sourbugger Updated May 12, 2008

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    One parking solution...

    IF you are dropping passengers off you can drive up to the terminal building - but don't on any account leave your car.

    If you are picking passengers up then you must enter the short-term car park area.

    You used get 15 minutes free here in the specially marked area. BAA, being a bunch of miserly sods now make you pay a pound for 15 minutes ! Someone has to pay for terminal 5 at Heathrow !

    Be warned : staying in the pick up area for a hour will be severely punished : TWENTY FIVE POUNDS ! and you have to write a grovelling letter of apology and deliver it to the parking attendant on your knees (OK, I exaggerate slightly)

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    Slower - but Cheaper !

    by sourbugger Updated Feb 15, 2006

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    There is now good competition on the Stansted - Central London route, and you can get a quick link to their various websites through www.baa.com

    It is usually best not to book ahead if you are ARRIVING at Stansted as just turning up at the airport bus station means you will be able to get the first one leaving.

    The average price is around 15 pounds return, although a new competitor called 'Terravision' (www.lowcostbus.com) is often a little cheaper.

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    Getting to London from Stansted - trains

    by alucas Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Stansted Airport

    Many people do not realise that when they arrive at London Stansted airport, they are not in London - they are in the country around 30 miles from the centre of London. Fortunately the links into London are quite good, but you need to consider the costs BEFORE you snap up that cheap flight !

    The quickest, most convenient and most expensive way to get into London is by train using the Stansted Express ( £ 15.50 single, £ 25.50 return in May 2007 - concessions available). The journey should take 45 minutes with trains leaving every 15 minutes. Trains run from 5:30 or 6:00 in the morning until midnight, and take you to Liverpool Street station where there are good Underground connections, as well as bus routes.

    If you are travelling to Stansted from Liverpool Street Station, tickets can be bought from the special ticket machines on the concourse near platform 6.

    For more information and timetables, check the website.

    (Temporary picture - sorry, haven't got one of the train !)

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    Getting to London from Stansted - coach

    by alucas Updated May 17, 2007

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    Stansted Airport - departure lounge

    Many people do not realise that when they arrive at London Stansted airport, they are not in London - they are in the country around 30 miles from the centre of London. Fortunately the links into London are quite good, but you need to consider the costs BEFORE you snap up that cheap flight !

    Stansted has a coach station - located below Zone C and D of the Short Stay car park. There are several services into London, as well as routes all over the country, including Heathrow Luton and Gatwick airports, and towns and cities such as Colchester, Norwich, Oxford, Birmingham, Nottingham and Leicester. The London services include Victoria, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly and Marble Arch. A typical fare into central London is £ 16.00 return (January 2007).

    Have a look at the National Express website for more details, or Stansted airport's own website for other options Stansted Airport

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    Travelling with Ryanair from Stansted

    by Airpunk Updated May 12, 2009

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    Flying with Ryanair is something special, it just depends on your point of view, if it the form of special is positive or negative. The negative side is that you will not get many extras you’ll get on most airlines. This begins with free meals and ends with the use of a check-in counter. Travelling with Ryanair means that you’ll need to go through your booking carefully before clicking the final button and later check-in online. If you have baggage, you’ll have to declare it while you book and you’ll be charged an extra fee for it. For more details about the rules and fees, check out the page as below. The positive thing is: Follow their rules and you can see Europe for a penny.

    There are no more classic check-in counters in Stansted, only some baggage drop-off counters in zone F and J. Self-service eletronic counters are located in zone G. During 2009, classic check-in counters will be removed at all Ryanair airports.

    Some extra tips you should consider while flying Ryanair: Ryanair does not assign seats, meaning you will chose your favourite seat on board. To get early on board, there are two possibilities: Go to your gate early and try to get in front of the queue or purchase a priority boarding pass (online cheaper than at the airport) and you will be boarded first.

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    Ryanair flights usually depart from gates 40 – 59. For those who spend the night at Stansted waiting for a morning flight, it is recommended to go to these gates as soon as possible. There are many benches without armrests waiting for you to get some more sleep. Keep checking the screens for your flight to appear. If flights departing later than yours appear on the screen, but yours doesn’t, ask the staff for the gate. That usually means that your flight will depart from gates 1 – 19.

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    Travelling with Easyjet from Stansted

    by Airpunk Updated May 12, 2009

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    An Easyjet aircraft taxiing in Stansted

    Easyjet has also changed their boarding policy since I posted this tip in 2006. As with Ryanair, there is also a ticket you can buy to be boarded first, called “Speedy Boarding”. Afterwards, passengers requiring special assistance will be boarded. The remaining passengers are divided in group A and group B. To get a group A boarding pass, meaning you will be boarded ahead of group B, just check-in early, preferably online. If you are interested in getting a group A boarding pass, get early to your check-in counter (or chjeck.in online). Easyjet opens their counters very early, often far ahead of the offcial two hours before departure.

    Once arrived at the gate, keep ears and eyes open. Depending on staff and gate, the boarding procedure is followed more or less strictly, but I experienced that it is never followed really strict. So, if you like to fight for your seat, show up early at check-in and gate. If you don't want to do that or don't care about your seat, just show up on time.

    If you are not familiar with Easyjet, please read the terms of conditions before booking. Following these rules will help you to get a nice flight for a low fare.

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    Travelling from Stansted to London

    by Airpunk Updated May 12, 2009

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    Stansted - bus an coach station

    The Landscape of transport opportunities has slightly changed over the last few years. National Express now runs the train service, which is the fastest way to get to central London (Liverpool Street), but also the most expensive. National Express runs also one of three bus lines, serving Golder’s Green, Finchley Road, Baker Street and Victoria Coach Station. Its bus service is the only connection running 24h between central London and Stansted. Terravision runs a similar service for a similar fare, but not 24h. They serve Victoria Coach Station, Liverpool Street and Bromley by Bow. The cheapest way to get to London, with exception of walking or hitchiking, is easybus. Their tickets are available from 2 GBP one-way. To get these fares, book your trip as soon as possible.

    Coaches need between 0115 and 0140 h from Stansted to central London, depending on traffic. The train (http://www.stanstedexpress.com) needs only 40 minutes.

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    Stansted Express (train)

    by pieter_jan_v Updated May 16, 2010

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    The Stansted Express is the fastest way to travel to/from London.

    With 4 trains per hour it is also the means of transportation that runs most frequent to/from the Capital.

    An Express Class Open Return ticket to the London Liverpool Street Station from ticket machine/office costed £26.80 and is valid for 3 months (in 2009).

    Tickets can also be bought over the Internet. At the station are ticket machines where you can collect your ticket with your personal purchasing code. Buying over the Internet is cheaper and open to promotion codes.

    The train platforms are in the basement of Stansted Airport with 2 sets of ramps leading down; lifts are available too.

    The train has a minibar on wheels service.

    The train has 2 London stops (both with London underground services):
    -Tottenham Hale (35 minutes travel time)
    -Liverpool Street Station (50 minutes travel time)

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    Stansted Airport Arrival by air

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 2, 2013

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    All the way down to the basement
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    Arriving at Stansted is a little strange. The terminal building is seperated from some of the arrival buildings with their piers and gates.

    So, after you go down all the way into the basement you end up at a kind of "black hole", which are the doors to the dark terminal train tunnel.

    Just wait till the automatic operated train arrives and continue your journey to the main building, where you first go through immigration, before you arrive at the bagage claim area.

    From there it's customs and the public hall at street level (buses), where you can buy tickets or collect your rental car keys.

    The Stansted Express train is down in the basement, car rental is one down to the left, coaches are in front.

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    The airport

    by leics Updated Feb 28, 2014

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    My Stansted page has lots of info about the airport (an airport I actually quite like). And the official airport website linked below has even more.

    If you are thinking about using Stansted I'd make these points in particular:

    1. Remember that Stansted is 40+ miles from London. You will spend both time and money travelling to and from the airport, so allow for that in your calculations.

    2. Road access to Stansted involves using motorways which are frequently congested and which can grind to a halt in the case of accidents or bad weather. Allow ample time for making the journey by car or bus.

    3. Also allow ample time for checking-in and for getting through security. Although both are efficient enough, Stansted is a very busy airport and here can be long queues at both.

    4. Remember that some Stansted gates are quite some distance from the departure lounge. If your gate involves using the automatic train, make sure you go there as soon as the gate is shown on the departure boards. The trains only carry a certain number of passengers at one time and, although service is frequent, waiting means you'll have to walk quickly from train to gate...and that can be a long way.

    5. Do make sure that you keep to airline size and weight limits for both cain/hand and hold/checked baggage. they are strict, they do check and it is intensely annoying to be stuck behind someone who hasn't bothered to keep to the rules and now finds out they have to re-pack or pay extra.

    6. Do make sure you keep to the liquids limits and rules when going through security, and that you get yourself organised (coats and scarves off, belts off, watches off etc) well *before* it is your turn to load the trays. It's not rocket science..and there are videos etc to help. Nothing is more annoying than having to wait at security whilst the person in front is wasting everyone's time.

    7. Stansted border control can be very, very busy indeed if your flight arrives at the same time as several others. Be aware that you may have to queue for quite some time.

    8. Airport parking in the UK is very expensive. Booking parking well in advance always means costs are lower, so my advice is to book it as soon as you have booked the flight. I have always used Pink Elephant parking, which is very easy to find from the M11 and almost on-airport. Frequent (free) buses make the journey to the terminal building in around 10 minutes.

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    Low cost airline heaven

    by catchpm Written Oct 21, 2003

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    Stansted is about 30 miles north of the centre of London, and well served by roads and public transportation. The M11 motorway is joinable at Stansted and goes directly into London or to the M25 (motorway car park!!) to circle London. Alternatively, the midlands and north are also easily accessible. There is a regular and often non-stop service to Stansted by rail from London (Liverpool Street) on the Stansted Express, or alternatively a number of bus services run (especially between the 3 major London airports, which are good if you have a connecting flight)

    Stansted is the main base for Ryanair who are about the lowest cost airline in the UK, and also highly served by Easyjet since their takeover of Go. Ryanair and Easyjet both serve a number of European and domestic destinations from Stansted. With the easy transportation links, it's well worth considering Stansted as a departure point as opposed to the saturated Heathrow or Gatwick.

    A lot of people have the misconception that Stansted is well away from London, and this really isn't the case. The journey is relatively painless up the M11 The only real London airport is London City. Heathrow is in Middlesex and Gatwick is in West Sussex. Although both are slightly closer to London than Stansted, it really isn't that far away

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    Airport – London Stansted (STN)

    by grayfo Written Nov 29, 2013

    Although it likes to call itself London Stansted the airport is in fact 30 miles from Central London. The airfield opened in 1943 and was used for the Second World War by the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Force. BAA took control in 1966 and became an airport for holiday charter operators. The current terminal was built in 1991 and expanded in 2009.

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