Trains to Stansted Airport

Start your holiday adventure at Stansted Airport, a bustling hub connecting you to more than 200 destinations worldwide.

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Getting to Stansted Airport by train

Stansted Airport is located about 42 miles northeast of London city centre. Getting to Stansted Airport by train is a breeze, as the airport has a railway station directly beneath the terminal. It takes no more than two minutes to walk to and from the terminal, using either the lifts, escalators and ramps.

Direct trains from popular destinations such as Birmingham New Street, Northampton, Milton Keynes which are ideal for flight changeovers, connect to London Euston, the closest option on our LNR network.

The quickest option from London Euston is to take the Victoria line tube direct to Tottenham Hale (around 30-40 minutes), where a connecting Stansted Express train will take you to the airport in 35-40 minutes. Around 86 trains per day travel from Stansted Airport to Tottenham Hale.

How to get cheap Stansted Airport trains tickets

Want to grab the cheapest fares? Check out our top tips for finding cheap train tickets to Standsted Airport:

  • Book ahead and save with Advance tickets: Train companies (including us) usually release tickets 12 weeks before travel, offering the cheapest fares compared to last-minute purchases.
  • Travel Off-Peak: Fares are typically cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends. Avoid peak hours for better deals.
  • Get a Railcard: Save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys with a National Railcard, ideal for anyone who catches the train a few times a year.
  • Use GroupSave: Groups of 3 to 9 people can save up to 34% on off-peak journeys with GroupSave discounts.

About Stansted Airport

London Stansted (STN) , the UK's fourth-busiest international airport, offers travel to more than 200 destinations worldwide.

Despite just one terminal, Stansted boasts an unrivalled network of European routes within the UK, making it a leader for budget travel across Europe. Major airlines like Aurigny, BA, Air Corsica, easyJet, Emirates, eurowings, Jet2 and TUI operate flights from Stansted, offering convenient connections across Europe and beyond. This includes low-cost airline Ryanair, with Stansted being the largest base for the carrier with over 100 destinations served by the airline.

Stansted Airport won't leave you hungry or thirsty. Here’s a selection of food and drink options :

Grab a quick bite at Burger King, Itsu, Krispy Kreme or Leon. Get your caffeine fix and light bites at Caffe Nero, Costa Coffee, Joe and the Juice, Pret a Manger or Pure. If you prefer something more relaxing, sit down for international dishes at Comptoir Libanais (Lebanese) or Terracotta Italian or other options. Alternatively Enjoy a pre-flight drink at Bottega Prosecco Bar and pub grub at Wetherspoons.

Stansted Airport has a wide range of shops to browse in, so you can travel in style and update your holiday outfits.

Once past security, you're greeted by a vast duty-free store offering fantastic deals on everything from sweets, chocolate and spirits to cosmetics and travel accessories.

Stock up on travel must-haves from books to socks at WHSmith, JD Sports, Boots and Rituals. Update your wardrobe with high-street favourites like Accessorize, Fatface and Superdry, or splurge on designer brands such as Boss, Dune, Mulberry, Ted Baker and Tommy Hilfiger. Keep the little ones entertained with toys from Lego or Hamleys.

Inside the airport, you'll find meeting rooms, ATMs, currency exchange and free Wi-Fi for your convenience.

Beat the queues with FastTrack . Pre-book from just £7 per person and enjoy a dedicated lane straight to security for a smoother journey.

Seeking pre-flight relaxation? The Escape Lounge offers a peaceful space with complimentary food and drinks, perfect for escaping the terminal bustle (available to all passengers).

Stansted Airport is quite large, with a walking distance of up to 15 minutes from check-in to your departure gate (depending on your walking pace). Keep an eye on the departure boards to ensure you reach your gate on time.

Water fountains are located throughout the terminal. International Departure Lounge (toilet area behind Pret A Manger) and in the areas of Gates 1-19 and Gates 40-59, also at Passport Control, International Baggage Reclaim (adjacent to Reclaim 9), International Arrivals Hall (adjacent to Burger King).

Need secure luggage storage? The Excess Baggage Company in the Arrivals Hall offers short- and long-term solutions for travellers.

Handy tip: Get yourself a ticket to ride with Off Peak offers and Advance Tickets. Purchase your ticket via the London Northwestern Railway app.

Catching an early or late flight? Make your journey smoother by booking a hotel near Stansted Airport. The Hampton by Hilton , just a five to six-minute walk from the airport, offers spacious rooms and complimentary breakfast to kickstart your day. The four-star Novotel is a six-minute shuttle ride away. It features a dedicated business centre and a 24-hour fitness centre, perfect for both business trips and relaxation.

If you have extra time in Stansted, explore the nearby area. Put your teamwork skills to the test at Bishop's Stortford Escape Rooms , a 25- to 30-minute train ride away. Choose from various themed escape rooms offering thrilling challenges for all ages.

Or immerse yourself in history at Mountfitchet Castle , a 25- to 30-minute train ride and short walk from the airport. This open-air museum recreates life in 1066 and features a medieval Motte and Bailey Castle with beautiful wildlife, including tame deer.