Expense of Car parking & Transfer times
1) It is very easy to get caught out by the expense of long-term parking at this airport. Due to the lack of competition the only place to use for any length of time is the Pink Elephant Car Park. It will cost nearly FIFTY quid to park here for a week.
2) Transfers are also very slow as the car parking areas are THREE MILES from the terminal. It often takes 20 Minutes from dropping off your car to get to arrivals.
Returning is even worse - the bus makes a long trip around all 14,500 spaces, and yours always seems to be the last car park area they go to.
It is however worth checking out the Website listed for comaprisons or BAA.com to at least get a small discount on the full prices.
As an alternative, check out hotels that offer parking while your away or use public transport.
Get me to the gate on time !
When the airport terminal was originally designed, the idea was that you would be able to see your aircraft on the apron waiting for directly beyond the check -in desks and security through a big glass curtain.
Things didn't turn out that way, and transfers to the departure gates are a source of annoyance at Stansted.
On most airlines you will need to catch one of the shuttle trains, allowing a good 10 minutes to get to your gate.
Most Ryanair flights involve a longish walk to the new pier that has been built specifically for them. When they say allow 12 minutes, they are not in fact being overly generous.
Somewhere up north....
Londoners consider that anywhere north of Epping should be labelled 'There be Dragons'.
It maybe called London Stansted, but the airport is actually closer to Cambridge than it is London.
The M11 connects East London directly with the airport (that is what comes with having Cambridge educated Transport Ministers), but it is still prone to traffic jams, especially during the early morning peak hours when thousands are heading up the road for their flight.
Stansted valet/meet and greet parking
A word of warning. NEVER use Kings Meet and Greet / Valet parking at Stansted. We returned to a car that had been driven over 250 miles whilst we were away and the car smelled of sick. It was meant to have been held in a secure parking facility but had clearly been taken on a jolly. We are dealing with this matter through legal means but want to spread the word so no one else has the same experience.
Don't leave your car on any account
The drop off point in front of the airport, with its large open areas of glass was clearly designed before today's climate of security consciousness.
Do not on any account leave your car, except to get bags out of the boot - the police will be over in seconds. A fine and a long patronising lecture are almost certain to follow.
You should also not try and pick anybody up from outside the front of the terminal - go to the clearly signposted pick-up point. The police are understandably wary of a single driver approaching the terminal building.
Pick Up late at night
Please be aware that the main road to the front of the airport is closed after 10pm at night.
Should you want to drop off a passenger you have to go to the 15 minute free car park and use that.
Laughable as the queues for this facility can get long and you could use that 15 minutes.
Officially you must use this area to pick up passengers.
Recently saw people outside the main terminal waiting for someone to collect them.
BE WARNED the Police/Traffic wardens can be like vultures and swoop to move you to the Car park area