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Coach from Stansted Airport to London

From £15 one-way*

Duration: 50 mins (fastest)
Departures: up to 35 services per day

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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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Coach from Stansted Airport to London in 50 mins (fastest)

Our coaches travel from Stansted Airport to London up to 35 times a day, with our fastest journey getting you from Stansted Airport to London (Stratford) in just 50 minutes.

For information on our London and Stansted Airport coach stations and their facilities, please visit the web pages below:

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.

For the most up to date information on active services and more, please visit our Route Map page or our timetables page.

Stansted to London journey information
Service no. A9, 075, 482
Fastest journey time 50 mins
Cheapest price from £15*
Distance (approx) 49km
No. of stops 0 (A9 service, other services use further stops)
First journey daily 00:20am (to London Victoria)
Last journey daily 11:50pm (to London Victoria)

Our Central London stops

Our improved Stansted services now give you more choice on where you travel to and when.

A6 - Stansted to Victoria Coach Station

A6 - Stansted to Victoria Coach Station
Up to 43 journeys per day from Stansted to Victoria Coach Station, calling at the following route stops:

  • Stansted Airport
  • Golders Green
  • Finchley Road and Frognal
  • St John's Wood
  • Baker Street
  • Marble Arch
  • Victoria Railway Station
  • Victoria Coach Station


A7 - Stansted to Victoria Coach Station

Please note: this service is currently suspended

A7 - Stansted to Victoria Coach Station
Up to 60 journeys per day from Stansted to Victoria Coach Station, calling at the following route stops:

  • Stansted Airport
  • Bow
  • Mile End
  • Whitechapel
  • Southwark
  • Waterloo
  • London Victoria Railway Station
  • London Victoria Coach Station

A8 - Stansted to King's Cross

Please note: this service is currently suspended

A8 - Stansted to King's Cross
Up to 46 journeys per day from Stansted to King's Cross, calling at the following route stops:

  • Stansted Airport
  • South Hackney
  • Bethnal Green
  • Shoreditch High Street
  • Liverpool Street
  • Farringdon
  • King's Cross

A9 - Stansted to London Stratford

A9 - Stansted to London Stratford
Up to 14 services per day from Stansted to London Stratford only.

Delayed flight?

Travelling from Stansted Airport to London? Choose our flexible ticket option to give you peace of mind in the event of your flight that has been changed or delayed. Our Change & Go Add-on gives you all the flexibility you need, for just £5 each way:

  • Board any available coach 12 hours before or after your original departure time
  • Amend your ticket to a new departure date - free of charge
  • Get a refund on your ticket up to 24 hours before departure

So, in the event of any changes, our Change & Go Add-on means you can just jump on the next available transfer from Stansted to London.

To add this option when booking, simply add the 'Change & Go' option in the Add Extras section.

Frequently asked questions

Can I buy my ticket from Stansted Airport to London onboard my National Express coach?

Yes* you can, however, it is always advisable to purchase an advance ticket as services may become full due to pre-booked customers.

To purchase a ticket onboard your coach from Stansted to London, please be aware of the following:

  • Drivers can only accept cash. Please ensure you have the correct change to avoid delays.
  • If your journey from Stansted to London requires a change of coach, you must purchase a ticket on board each new coach.
  • Please ensure you obtain a physical ticket from the driver which you should always carry.
  • All our drivers should be able to sell tickets, although if there are ticketing facilities available, they may refer you to the ticket office, to purchase your ticket.

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.


If our flight arrives early, is it possible to catch an earlier coach from Stansted to London?

Yes, we can help you do that. When you arrive at Stansted airport, find a member of the National Express team 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.


I need to catch a coach from Stansted to London. What should I do if my flight is delayed?

When booking a coach from Stansted Airport to London we advise that you should 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.

For peace of mind, our Change & Go Add-on is available when you book 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

Alternatively, 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.


I purchased a ticket for Stansted Airport to London whilst booking a flight through the Ryanair website, but I have not received my ticket?

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

If, after 24 hours, you have still not received your National Express ticket please check your email’s 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.


You can take two 20kg suitcases and one item of hand luggage per adult on our coaches. However, be sure to check your flight luggage allowance with your airline before your pack.

View our luggage policy 

*Limited Availability. No booking fee when logged into My Account and purchasing on the National Express website or app, otherwise £1 booking fee applies. Fares correct 1 June 2022 for travel between 1 June 2022 and 28 September 2022.
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