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Stansted Airport coach transfers

Coaches to Stansted Airport from £7.50 one-way*

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Children under 14 years of age are not permitted to travel without being accompanied throughout the journey by a responsible person aged 16 years or over.
Children aged 14 - 15 years old may travel unaccompanied, as from 5am, arriving at their booked destination no later than 10pm. Unaccompanied children will be asked for proof of age or a signed letter of permission from their parent/guardian. (sms or chat based messages are not permissible)

One infant aged 0-2 travels free when accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. Additional infants aged 0-2 must be paid for. If you are travelling with more than 1 infant aged 0-2, please book the additional infant as 'Children (3-15).

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Hassle-free Stansted Airport transfers

Make getting to Stansted Airport easier with our transfer service. Running day and night, our coaches are ready to transport you directly from various locations across the UK, all the way to the airport door.

Popular routes to Stansted Airport

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Routes Daily Services Prices From* Journey Time Service Number
London to Stansted 100+ £11.00* 50 minutes (from Stratford) A5, A6, A7, A8, A9, 482
Heathrow to Stansted 13 £19.00* 1 hour 20 minutes 250, 727, 728
Cambridge to Stansted 11 £7.50* 40 minutes 727, 728, 767, 777
Birmingham to Stansted 8 £25.10* 3 hours 15 minutes 777
Luton Airport to Stansted 9 £15.10* 1 hour 10 minutes 737, 777
Oxford to Stansted 8 £21.00* 3 hours 40 minutes 737

Not all journeys to Stansted Airport are listed here.
To see all possible routes, please use our Journey Planner at the top of the page


London to Stansted Airport

Because our coaches depart from a variety of stops around London, you’ll find some National Express buses more convenient than the train. Travel to Stansted from one of these central London stops at a time that suits you.

A services

A5 service - travels up to 16 times a day and calls at the following stops:

  • London (Paddington Station)
  • London (Marble Arch)
  • London (Baker Street)
  • London (St John's Wood)
  • London (Finchley Road)
  • London (Finchley Road & Frognal)
  • London (Golders Green)
  • Stansted Airport Coach Station

A6 service - travels up to 48 times a day and calls at the following stops:

  • London Victoria Coach Station
  • London Victoria Rail Station
  • London (Marble Arch)
  • London (Baker Street)
  • London (St John's Wood)
  • London (Finchley Road)
  • London (Finchley Road & Frognal)
  • London (Golders Green)
  • Stansted Airport Coach Station

A7 service - travels up to 46 times a day and calls at the following stops:

  • London Victoria Coach Station
  • London Victoria Rail Station
  • London (Waterloo Station)
  • London (Southwark)
  • Stansted Airport Coach Station

A8 service - travels up to 50 times a day and calls at the following stops:

  • London (Whitechapel)
  • London (Liverpool Street)
  • London (Shoreditch)
  • London (Bethnal Green)
  • London (Mile End)
  • London (Bow)
  • Stansted Airport Coach Station

A9 service - travels up to 57 times a day and calls at the following stops:

  • London (Stratford)
  • Stansted Airport Coach Station


Service updates - 12 July 2024

From 12 July, our A services will be updated for better convenience when travelling between London and Stansted. For more information, including a list of stops, please visit our London to Stansted page.

Delayed flight?

For just £5 each way, our Change & Go Add On lets you be completely flexible with which coach you board to and from the airport

Board any available coach 12 hours before or after your original departure time.

So if your flight is delayed, then there's no need to panic; you can just hop on the next available coach.

Simply add the 'Change & Go' option to your ticket in the Add Extras section of the booking process.

At the airport

With 16 airlines flying to 150 destinations worldwide, Stansted Airport sees more than 120 million passengers every year. Situated 40 miles outside of London, it’s easily accessible.


Stansted has a dozen restaurants serving everything from everyday favourites to luxury cuisine.

There’s all the duty-free merchandise you’d expect at an airport. Shoppers are well catered for, with high street chains and high-end fashion outlets like Chanel.

There are also plenty of ATMs, currency exchange options and free Wi-Fi for 4 hours.


Before visiting the airport, it’s best to familiarise yourself with what you can take through security to avoid any delays.

While every airline has its own hand and hold baggage allowances, be sure to follow the usual rules when passing through security, i.e. not taking through liquids more than 100ml.

In a rush? Stansted Airport has a FastTrack Security service which, for a fee of £7, will get you to your gate in no time.

A full set of security guidelines can be found on the Stansted airport website.

Boarding guidance

To ensure a stress-free travel experience we recommend you get to the airport at least 3 hours before your scheduled flight departure time. Most airlines will allow you to check-in online, which should save you time. Otherwise, look for your flight number on the screens at the terminal entrance and you will find the corresponding check-in desk.

Once through security, leave extra time to get to your gate.


Stansted Airport is fully accessible for people with disabilities - offering escalators, lifts and ramps throughout, as well as a special security area sensitive to disability needs. There’s also a Special Assistance Help Desk between Check-in Zone D and Zone E which is manned 24/7.

Useful info

Stansted Airport’s Mobile App is available to download and covers everything from terminal information to special offers.

Key contact details

General enquiries and flight information – 0844 335 1803

Car parking – 0800 093 7851
Immigration - 0870 606 7766 -
Lost Property – 0870 606 7766 -
Shop & Collect – 01279 662546

Frequently asked questions

Can I buy my ticket to Stansted Airport from the National Express coach driver?

Drivers can only sell tickets via cash payment (and may have limited change), to avoid delays to your service and to guarantee you a seat, please purchase your ticket before travel.

By booking in advance you may save more on ticket prices and you can also manage any bookings by signing up to My Account. Book now using the blue journey planner on

In addition, you can call the National Express Contact Centre on 08717 818181 between 10am and 6pm, 7 days a week. Calls cost 13p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.


What happens if my airline cancels my flight at short notice and I don't need to travel by coach?

Contact your airline or travel insurer to recover the costs.

If you have a refundable ticket and you cancel your ticket at least 72 hours prior to your outward journey, you will be able to claim a refund subject to our usual terms and conditions.


I'm catching a flight. How much time should I allow before check-in?

Be sure to leave sufficient time between the arrival time of your coach and departure time of your flight.

When booking your coach to the airport, plan to arrive at the airport no later than 3 hours before the departure time of your flight.

Even if you have checked in online, leave at least an hour to clear security at the airport.


Can we catch an earlier coach from Stansted if our flight arrives early?

Yes, we can help you do that. On arrival, speak to a member of our National Express team at the airport and they will be happy to assist you.

Any changes you make will be subject to an amendment fee and an excess fare, depending on the ticket type you booked.

Please note, amendments will only be available on Fully Flexible and Standard tickets.


What should I do if my flight is delayed?

When booking a coach, allow at least 1 hour 30 minutes after landing to clear passport control, collect any luggage and make your way to our departure point.

Flexible and Standard tickets can only be amended before the time of departure and might be subject to an amendment fee, excess fare and seat availability. If your flight is delayed, contact our staff as soon as possible.

Open return tickets will allow you to be booked onto the next available service without extra fees. This ticket is valid for 3 months from the original date of departure.

Alternatively, a Change & Go Add-on is available from our online 'add extras' page, allowing you to:

  • Board any available coach 12 hours before or 12 hours after your original departure time
  • Amend your ticket to a new departure date – free of charge
  • Cancel up to 24 hours before departure and receive a refund


I purchased a ticket whilst booking a flight through the Ryanair website but I have not received my ticket?

Tickets for Stansted Airport transfers purchased through may take up to 24 hours to be delivered via e-mail.

If you still have not received your National Express ticket after 24 hours, please check your junk/spam folder for tickets from or

Otherwise, contact our National Express customer services team. Please have your Ryanair booking reference number to hand when you get in touch.


When hopping on our Stansted Airport transfer service, you can take two 20kg suitcases and one item of hand luggage per passenger.

Top Tip: always check your flight luggage allowance with your airline before packing.

View our luggage policy

Transfers between Stansted and other airports

When you need a fast and convenient transfer service between the four London airports, our coaches are ready when you are.

Book online to guarantee your seat or visit the ticket office upon arrival.


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*Limited Availability. No booking fee when logged into My Account and purchasing on the National Express website or app, otherwise £1.50 booking fee applies. Fares correct 5 April 2024 for travel between 5 April 2024 and 2 August 2024.

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