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How to get to and from London Stansted Airport from Southend-on-Sea

Southend-on-Sea town centre

London Stansted Airport to Ipswich

The picturesque seaside town of Southend-on-Sea is one of the closest holiday resorts to London Stansted Airport, sitting only 40 miles southeast. Getting between the town and the airport by car, coach and train is a breeze.


By Train

Most train services to and from the airport and Southend-on-Sea run through the centre of London and require a transfer using the underground. Journey length depends on the time of day but most routes take around 2 hours.

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By Coach

While there are no direct coaches running between Southend-on-Sea and London Stansted, it’s possible to make the journey with a change at London Stratford. This route takes around 3 hours 30 minutes, depending on traffic, and runs several times a day.

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By Car

The drive between Southend-on-Sea and the airport takes just over an hour and is the quickest way to get between the town and London Stansted. There’s the option to hire a car from us if you’re flying in to visit the town and those coming up from Southend-on-Sea can book a hotel room to avoid early morning traffic before their flight.

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