Travel to and from London Stansted Airport by train

The station is just a two minute walk from the terminal

Train to Stansted Airport

Regular trains to and from central London

Getting the train to London Stansted Airport has never been easier. Our fast, convenient and stress-free rail links connect central London to the gateway to the world. Whether you’re using the Stansted Express train from Liverpool Street, or the frequent rail services on offer, you’ll be at the airport in no time.

Stansted Express

Stansted Express offers the fastest way to travel between London Stansted Airport and London Liverpool Street in central London. Trains depart every 15 minutes, 7 days a week.

Oyster and contactless ‘tap in, tap out’ methods of payment are not accepted on Stansted Express. A valid train ticket to London Stansted Airport, purchased online or at the station, is required to avoid a penalty fare.

How long is the journey?

The journey takes 48 minutes from Liverpool Street to London Stansted Airport.

When is the first train?

If you have an early flight departing the airport, the first train to London Stansted is 03:40 Monday, Friday and Saturday. 04:40 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 04:10 on Sunday. The first train leaving London Stansted Airport to Liverpool Street is 05:30.

When is the last train?

The last train leaving Liverpool Street to London Stansted Airport is 23:25, and the last train from Stansted to London is 00:30.

Stansted Express train times

These can be found here

Direct trains to the airport

Rail services connect London Stansted Airport to all major destinations across the UK. Getting the train to the airport is easy, because the Station is located directly under the airport. With lifts, escalators and ramps to transport your luggage, it takes just two minutes to walk to and from the terminal. You can buy tickets online, or at the ticket machines or rail information desk located at the Station. Save money by pre-booking your train ticket rather than buying on the day of departure.

Please see the map of train lines to and from London Stansted Airport.

Rail Season Ticket Car Parking

Stansted Airport offers a car parking season ticket product for rail season ticket holders that is for space within the Short Stay Car Parks. These car parks provide step free access to our Rail Station and are ideally located to interchange between rail and car. The car parking season ticket is available as either a 3, 6 or 12 month option. To apply, please click here and download the application form. Terms and Conditions apply.


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


Stansted Airport customers who travel from London Liverpool Street or Stratford should note that their Oyster card and contactless payment is only valid to Tottenham Hale.

Failure to buy a ticket from Tottenham Hale to Stansted Airport, and return, may result in a Penalty Charge Notice from Greater Anglia.

Most train operators have their own policy on taking bicycles on board. E-scooters are not allowed on the trains in the UK.

Stansted Express: You can bring a folding bike on board, as long as it is fully folded.

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

CrossCountry Trains: Bikes can be carried only when booked in advance.

You should contact the train operator for more information.

Yes. You can buy tickets online, or at the ticket machines or rail information desk located at The Station.

It takes no more than two minutes to walk to and from the terminal, with lifts, escalators and ramps connecting the two. Overhead signs will help guide you through the airport.

We advise that you factor in extra time during your journey to allow for delays and other unforeseen circumstances. Some train operators allow you to use an alternative service should you miss your train. However, we advise that you contact the train operator you’re travelling with to check their policy.

London 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 need any information or assistance at The Station, please email at least 24 hours before you travel.

Stansted Express services run to London Liverpool Street, Tottenham Hale and Stratford. To get to the London Underground you’ll need to make a change, depending on which line you’ll be travelling on.

 London Underground connections:

 Victoria Line: Change at Tottenham Hale

 Central, Elizabeth, Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City Line: Change at London Liverpool Street.

 For more information – as well as some helpful video guides – visit our Stansted Express Travel Information page.



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