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.
Please note: We are currently running a reduced network, with plans to add to it regularly as demand grows. Because of this, the information on this page may differ depending on your travel dates and any regional restrictions.
|Routes||Service||Daily Services||Journey Time|
|London to Stansted||A6, A7, A8, A9||200+||50 minutes|
|Birmingham to Stansted||777||11||3 hours|
|Cambridge to Stansted||727||10||45 minutes|
|Colchester to Stansted||250||9||50 minutes|
|Coventry to Stansted||777||10||2 hours 15 minutes|
|Heathrow to Stansted||250, 727||9||1 hour 20 minutes|
|Ipswich to Stansted||250||8||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Luton Airport to Stansted||250, 727||10||1 hour 15 minutes|
|Norwich to Stansted||727||8||2 hours 40 minutes|
|Oxford to Stansted||737||8||3 hours 15 minutes|
Because our coaches depart from 22 locations around London, you’ll find National Express buses more convenient than the train. Travel to Stansted from one of these central London stops at a time that suits you:
We all know that flights can be delayed or changed, so having a more flexible ticket option is often the right choice. For just £5 each way, our Change & Go Add-on gives you all the flexibility you need:
So if things change, our Change Coach Add-on means you can just jump on the next available transfer.
When booking, simply add the 'Change & Go' option to your ticket in the Add Extras section.
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.
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.
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
Can I buy my ticket to Stansted Airport from the National Express coach driver?
Yes* you can, however services may be full with pre-booked customers, so it is always advisable to purchase your ticket in advance.
If you would like to purchase a ticket from our drivers, please be aware of the following:
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.
*Except at Heathrow Airport where tickets must be purchased from the ticket desk, ticket machine or in advance of travel.
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:
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 Ryanair.com may take up to 24 hours to be delivered via e-mail.
Otherwise, contact our National Express customer services team. Please have your Ryanair booking reference number to hand when you get in touch.
When you need a fast and convenient transfer service between Birmingham and Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick or London Luton Airports, look for National Express.
Book at the airport ticket office upon arrival or give us a call.
Stansted Airport routes:
Inter-airport routes to Stansted:
Inter-airport routes from Stansted:
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.
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