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24-hour bus and coach options operating to and from Stansted Airport

Direct bus & coach services in and out of out Airport station

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Coach to Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport bus/coach station

The bus/coach station is just a 2-minute walk from the airport terminal.

Amenities include:  Waiting facilities, onsite coffee shop, onsite newsagents, onsite payphones and toilets.

Please see the map of bus & coach routes to and from London Stansted Airport.

Coach and bus services to and from London

You can currently pre-book two bus and coach providers who operate daily and frequent services to and from London. Many services have stops which access the London Underground and all key London train stations, including London Paddington, Victoria, Liverpool Street and Stratford. 

Our transfers provider, Looking4transfers, offer a reputable in-house airport transfer service. They work directly with all the transportation providers to ensure you have the best price and availability of service.

Airport Bus Express

Pre-book your seat with reputable Airport Bus Express who offer great value and frequent services to London, running every 30 minutes from 06:00am to 02:00am.  They have a fleet of new coaches all fitted with toilets and offering free on board Wi-Fi, power sockets, air conditioning, heating and spacious comfy seating.  Airport Bus Express offer 2 routes to and from London as follows:

Service A21:  Stansted to Liverpool Street, calling at Stratford.

National Express

Pre-book a low cost coach transfer with National Express and travel in comfort at affordable prices.  The majority of coaches are fitted with leather seats, toilets, power sockets and air conditioning.   National Express offers over 200 daily services to London on 4 routes as follows:

Service A6 - Stansted to Golders Green, Finchley Road, St John's Wood, Baker Street, Marble Arch and London Victoria

Service A8:  Stansted to Stratford, Bow, Mile End, Whitechapel, Liverpool Street, Shoreditch and Bethnal Green

Service A9: Stansted to London Stratford, direct service to London Stratford.

First Essex

Pre-book your low-cost bus transfer with First Essex.

Service X10: Stansted to Basildon, calling at Barnston, Chelmsford, Runwell, Wickford Broadway, Eastmayne and Basildon.

Service X30: Stansted to Southend, calling at Barnston Church School, Chelmsford, Rayleigh Rail Station, Eastwood Rise, Eastwood Kent Elms Corner, Prittlewell Bell, Southend Airport, Southend Victoria Centre and Southend Travel Centre.

Coach and bus services to and from other popular UK destinations

If you want to travel from or to London Stansted Airport you can pre-book a bus or coach service to and from all of the larger UK cities, other London Airports and the majority of the bigger towns and popular places of interest. Many destinations have a direct bus and coach service, others may involve a change, but by booking with our providers you will be given all the information prior to booking so that you can choose the best service which suits you for your journey.

Coach services provided by National Express to Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester, Heathrow, Gatwick, Oxford, Luton, Cambridge and Newmarket

Local Bus services to Harlow, Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth, Braintree, Great Dunmow and Saffron Walden


Those who require accessibility services will be able to find a full range at our coach station.

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The bus and coach station at London Stansted Airport is ideally positioned opposite the main terminal entrance, making travel to and from London Stansted convenient and hassle-free.

Bus and Coach services operate 24 hours a day. There are over 200 daily services alone which operate into London. There are approximately 10 daily services to key destinations such as; Birmingham, Cambridge, Colchester, Coventry, Gatwick, Heathrow, Ipswich, Luton, Norwich and Oxford. Other destinations have daily services but the frequency does vary. Simply complete your start and return destination, date and preferred time of travel and the number of passengers on our transfer booking widget at the top of this page and you will be shown details of the providers who operate a service on that day and details of available service times. In most cases you can pre-select the service time you wish to take and which suits your needs and requirements.  

Yes you can buy tickets on the day, however we suggest you pre-book your tickets so that you are guaranteed a seat on the service which best accommodates your flight and that you receive the best price possible for your journey.

The luggage allowance does slightly vary with each bus and coach provider, you will find detailed luggage allowance information when you click on the provider information when you have your search results for the route you wish to book. As a general rule most providers allow you to take up to 2 medium sized suitcases or rucksacks (no more than 20kg per item) and one small piece of soft hand luggage free of charge. You must be able to store your hand luggage in the overhead rack or beneath your seat.

We strongly advise that you pre-book a service which factors in extra time to allow for flight delays and any other unforeseen circumstances. All of the bus and coach providers that we work with allow you to take the next scheduled service which has available seats at no extra charge if you are subject to a flight delay. For full terms and conditions please read our Transfer Terms & Conditions.

When you complete the search form you will find the approximate time the journey will take to or from your destination. Please note however that this is an approximate time only,  this is dependent upon traffic and if there are any roadworks or accidents which may occur on that day, please also be aware at peak times of the day especially when travelling to and from London it can take much longer. We therefore strongly suggest that you allow at least a minimum of 4 hours prior to your departure flight time if you are travelling from London to Stansted Airport.



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