Processing roughly 18 million passengers each year, London Stansted Airport is one of the more popular airports serving greater London. The airport serves as a home base for low-cost airline Ryanair, offering cheap flights to London Stansted from more than 100 destinations around Europe and northern Africa. London Stansted Airport is known for its efficiency, and despite its remote location in Essex, 35 miles (55km) from central London, is popular with both business and leisure travellers. Buses and trains make easy and hassle-free connections to central London, cementing the airport's popularity with budget-savvy travellers.
The airport is situated 34 miles (55km) northeast of London.
Getting to the city
The Stansted Express rail service operates between London's Liverpool Street station and the airport, taking approximately 45 minutes. There are also bus and coach services to Victoria Coach Station, Heathrow and Gatwick airports, among other London and national destinations. The bus and coach station is opposite the main terminal entrance. Coach tickets are available from the ticket desk in arrivals and at the station; a ticket to Victoria costs £10.50. Taxis are available outside the terminal building and car rental is also available.
GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Tel: +44 (0)844 335 1803.
Car rental companies available at the airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Alamo, National, Enterprise and Hertz.
The following taxi services operate from London Stansted Airport: Stansted Taxi Service (01279 816901), Stansted Airport Cars (08456 436705), Stansted Chauffeurs (08444 481 481) and 24 7 Stansted(01279 661111). You'll find the operators in the arrivals area. A taxi to central London from Stansted Airport will cost in the region of £100.
There are a number of popular restaurants, shops and bars in the terminal, both before and after security. Other facilities include ATMs, a bureau de change and Internet cafe. There are VIP lounges for international travellers at gates 16 and 49, which can be booked via the airport's website. There are also shower facilities at both arrivals and departures, with towels and access available for a small fee at the airport information desk. There is a multi-faith chapel near Check-in Zone J, accessible after security. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should contact their airline or travel agent in advance. Stansted is a smoke-free airport, and there are no smoking facilities past security.
The short-term parking is located next to the terminal building. Long-term parking is further away and is linked to the airport by a free shuttle bus; passengers should allow an extra 30 minutes to access the terminal from the car parks. The airport also offers valet parking. Travellers who pre-book on the Stansted Airport website receive discounted car parking.
Wifi is available at London Stansted Airport.
There are two business lounges offering wifi and internet access, copy and fax services and refreshments. London Stansted Airport also has conference facilities in the United Business Centre, including meeting rooms for up to 30 people. Larger facilities are available in the Hilton London Stansted Airport Hotel, which has 16 meeting rooms with space for up to 250 people; the Radisson SAS Hotel London Stansted has 26 rooms that can accommodate up to 400 delegates.
London Stansted Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.