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Travel by Train


Find out more about travelling by train to and from London Stansted Airport. Here you will find further information on where to catch trains from our designated underground rail facility, alongside links to book rail travel tickets in advance, whether travelling through London or towards major city destinations across the UK.

Trains To & From London

Stansted Express

Stansted Express is the fastest way between London Stansted Airport and central London.

  • Trains depart every 15 minutes, taking just 47 minutes to London Liverpool Street (in the heart of the City of London), 36 minutes to Tottenham Hale (to connect with the London Underground to the West End)*, and to Stratford (with change at Tottenham Hale). Modern comfortable trains with free Wi-Fi onboard.
  • Train tickets from £8 per person each way.  Book online for best value fares.
  • Train station is located directly under the airport terminal, just a 2 minute walk from Arrivals with easy access via lifts, escalators and ramps.
  • Early morning 0340 hrs service from London Liverpool Street to the airport on Monday, Friday and Saturday mornings. For full timetable, click here.
  • Train tickets can be purchased online, in Arrivals or at the railway station.

For London Underground services, change at Tottenham Hale (Victoria Line) or London Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines).

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Trains To and From Stansted Airport

CrossCountry Trains

Long-distance services link the airport with Cambridgeshire and the Midlands. Connections are available to the North and Scotland.

  • Hourly daytime service, reduced on Sundays.
  • Journey times (approx): Cambridge 35 min; Leicester 2 hr 30 min; Birmingham 3 hr 25 min.
  • Fares vary, discounts for advance booking.
  • Trains run to Audley End, Cambridge, Ely, Peterborough, Leicester and Birmingham.

Change at Peterborough for Leeds, York, Newcastle and Scotland. Change at Leicester for Derby and Sheffield.

Where to catch trains

Stansted Airport rail station is directly below the Terminal building. Tickets can be bought in advance online, at the station or in the Terminal.

Regular services link the airport with central London, and with eastern England and the Midlands.


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Further information

Special needs

All trains have facilities for passengers with special needs. Please see the relevant train operator's website for details and contact information.

Stansted Airport rail station is staffed every day except Christmas Day. Induction loops are fitted, and the whole station has step-free access. If you'll need assistance at the station, please email at least 24 hours before you travel.

Bicycles on trains

Stansted Express: Only fully-folded cycles which have been flat-packed may be taken on board.

Abellio Greater Anglia (other services): Cycles can be carried on most trains but there are restrictions on some peak-time services.

CrossCountry Trains: Cycles are carried only when booked in advance. There is no charge for carriage of bicycles on any of these services.


Rail Contacts

National Rail Enquiries
Telephone: 08457 48 49 50
London Underground
Stansted Express
Abellio Greater Anglia

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