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The journey from London to Stansted Airport by train usually takes around 53m but if you’re in a hurry, it can take just 45m on the fastest services. The journey between London and Stansted Airport is popular, with around 93 trains running on this route each day. There are direct trains available between London and Stansted Airport, so there’s no need to worry about changing along the way.
The route from London is operated by Stansted Express, which offers direct services to Stansted Airport from different locations, including London Liverpool Street. You can find out more about how to get from London to Stansted Airport in our comprehensive guide to trains to Stansted Airport.
If you’re hoping to save money on your train fare, try travelling Off-Peak, as tickets are usually cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends compared to busy times. Also, you can get a Railcard and save up to 1/3 on all eligible journeys for a whole year. To compare ticket prices and snap up the cheapest fares, use our Journey Planner at the top of the page.
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The average journey time by train between London and Stansted Airport is 53 minutes, with around 59 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from London to Stansted Airport is 47 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London to Stansted Airport can start from as little as £20.70 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Stansted Airport without having to change trains. There are 59 direct trains from London to Stansted Airport each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London to Stansted Airport leaves at 03:10. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Stansted Airport leaves at 23:25. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from London to Stansted Airport cover a distance of around 31 miles (50 km) during the journey.
If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for London to Stansted Airport is right for you.
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I travelled from London Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport on the Stansted Express. There are regular Stansted Express services to the airport from London, beginning early in the morning and running until around half-past eleven at night. I had a relatively early flight to catch so I found myself on an early-morning service. Liverpool Street has plenty of TfL connections (several underground lines, an overground line and plenty of bus services), so I had no problem getting to the station.
Boarding the train
There is only one class on Stansted Express trains and I did not have a seat reservation, so I stored my luggage away and found an empty seat. I had an Anytime ticket – which in theory allowed me to take any train that day – but I made sure I was getting to Stansted Airport in good time before my flight!
The journey went by smoothly. It took around 50 minutes from start to finish, calling at a handful of stations along the way. I travelled on one of the new trains in the Stansted Express fleet, meaning I had access to a USB plug under my seat. The carriage had plenty of room for luggage (as you’d expect on an airport transfer service!) and free WiFi.
Arriving at Stansted Airport
The train station is directly underneath the airport – super convenient for getting to the departures lounge. In two minutes I was in the airport ready to go through security. The Stansted Express is definitely one of the most efficient airport transfer services I’ve used; it’s the best way to get from London to Stansted Airport!