Stansted Express train


The London Stansted Express train is a dedicated airport train service running from Stansted Airport to London Liverpool Street Station.

You can find the Stansted Express train station beneath the passenger terminal at Stansted Airport. Once you come out of arrivals, simply descend the escalators and you'll find yourself on the platform.

Stansted Express trains are the fastest way to get into Central London from Stansted Airport - the average journey time is 45 minutes.

On most journeys, the train will make two stops, one at Tottenham Hale. This is an interchange with the London Underground, from which you can easily reach many parts of London, so it's worth checking out.

The Liverpool Street terminus of the Stansted Express is in the business area of London, a fair way from where most leisure travellers will have their London accommodation.

As the Stansted Express train has no traffic to contend with, it's also the most reliable transfer option between the airport and London.

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For more information about accessibility on Stansted Express services, check out our Accessible Travel guide.

Travelling with Stansted Express

Did you know that you can use a Railcard on Stansted Express? Get cheaper Stansted Express tickets by simply selecting the type of railcard you have when booking your tickets.

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Just missed your train? No problem. With frequent services every hour, you've got plenty of time options for getting from the hustle and bustle of the capital to Stansted Airport. 

Get from central London (45 minutes from Liverpool Street and 36 minutes from Tottenham Hale) to Stansted Airport, just like that!

Situated in the east end of London, Liverpool Street and Stratford Stations are perfectly placed to connect to inner-city transport and places of interest such as the London Stadium and Brick Lane.

Stansted Express trains to Stansted Airport start as early as 03:40 am so that means you have extra flexibility when choosing your flights.

Stansted Express stops

Stansted Express does more than get you to the airport and back. Stansted Express are one of the primary rail operators in the UK, providing train services from London Liverpool Street, Stratford and Tottenham Hale to Stansted Airport.

Stansted Airport

A major hub for local and international flights, Stansted Airport is situated near the Hertfordshire border and north-east of central London. Despite only having one terminal, Stansted Airport serves over 170 destinations worldwide. Travelling on the Stansted Express offers passengers the smoothest passage to get to the airport – avoiding long bus rides, expensive taxi fares and heavy traffic along the way. With two routes to Stansted Airport, Stansted Express gives you more flexibility for catching your flight or connecting to different parts of the capital once you land.

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Stansted Express seating classes

Whether you're travelling for work, leisure or a bit of both, find a seat to match. Stansted Express offers different seating options to suit all budgets.

First Class

Stansted Express offers First Class seating for those wishing to kick back and relax on their way to or from Stansted airport. Enjoy comfy seats, quieter coaches and whizz through with airport security FastTrack. 

Business Plus

Fully flexible tickets, unlimited luggage and access to First Class seating areas.  


Benefit from family-sized tables, power sockets and generous luggage allowances, all at an affordable price. Stansted Express makes transfers to and from the airport easy for budgeters and thrill-seekers alike. 

Stansted Express Delay Repay

Did you know you can claim Delay Repay if your Stansted Express train was delayed by 15 minutes or more? Check out our dedicated page to Delay Repay for more details.

Good to know

Travelling with Stansted Express? Find out everything you need to know about luggage allowance, pets and other onboard Stansted Express facilities here.

The first train from Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport leaves at 03:40 Monday to Saturday and at 04:10 on Sunday. The first service from Stansted Airport towards Liverpool Street departs at 05:30 7 days per week.

The first train from Stratford to Stansted Airport sets off at 06:03 Monday to Friday, 05:29 on Saturday and at 08:14 on Sunday. The first service from Stansted Airport towards Stratford departs at 05:30 Monday to Saturday, and at 07:15 on Sunday.

That depends where you're coming from. From Liverpool Street, it takes 47 minutes direct, while if you're travelling from Stratford, it takes at least 49 minutes. Both routes go via Tottenham Hale but only those on the Stratford train will have to change trains.

Yes, there is free WiFi on all Stansted Express services.

Yes, children between the ages of 5 and 15 can get a 50% discount on Stansted Express fares. Simply select the child option, and how many children are travelling with you, when booking your train tickets to the airport. 

Yes but only folding bikes are allowed, for which there are no restrictions.

There are no Peak or Off-Peak times on the Stansted Express.

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Delays, lost property and onboard services

If you would like more information regarding Stansted Express train times, lost property or onboard facilities, then call Stansted Express on (+44) 345 600 7245 

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