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Stansted Express Trains

The Stansted Express offers the fastest way from Central London to London Stansted Airport; it is owned by Greater Anglia, which operates the East Anglia franchise. There are 40 passenger trains in total, which reach top speeds of 100mph. The journey time is 47 to 56 minutes from London to Stansted Airport, and the train times are every 15 minutes. There is no journey on the London Underground to Stansted Airport. Still, you can easily take an additional journey on the London Underground on routes such as the Victoria Line or Circle Line and catch the Stansted Express to the Airport. As such, it is easy to journey to the Airport wherever your London accommodation might be. Journey times from Tottenham Hale are slightly shorter at around 35 minutes.

The Stansted Express Train Station is situated under the passenger terminal building at Stansted Airport, making it easy to catch your flight. Simply descend from arrivals, and you will reach the platforms. Platforms 1 to 3 at Stansted Airport are used for Stansted Express services with departure from Liverpool Street and for services with departure from Norwich. Platform 2 at London Stansted Airport is slightly shorter and used for CrossCountry services from Birmingham New Street.

The Stansted Express train calls at five stops en route from Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport before journeys finally arrive at Stansted Airport.

While the Stansted Express train is the most reliable transfer option, there are alternative routes to London Stansted for most leisure travellers, wherever you may be travelling from. Other routes for passengers include a service from Norwich via Cambridge and from Birmingham New Street via Cambridge and Leicester.

Passengers can book Stansted Express tickets and view train times through our booking engine. Alternatively, you can purchase Stansted Express tickets at the train station by scanning contactless payment cards or oyster cards at the ticket gate. Stansted Express fares can vary in price according to the Stansted Express timetable.

Stansted Express Train Map

While the Gatwick Express service and Heathrow Express service do not stop at intermittent train stations, the Stansted Express also calls at Bishop's Stortford, Harlow Town, and Stansted Mountfitchet. There are plans for the Stansted Express to call at Stratford on the West Anglia Main Line.

From Stansted Airport, passengers can take journeys to numerous international destinations. The station is less than an hour from Central London. Look at our Stansted Express train map to plan your trip, and then buy your train tickets from us.

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Stansted Express Stops

The Stansted Express service calls at five stops on the journey from Liverpool St. to the Airport; the major two stops are Liverpool St. and Tottenham Hale. Journey times from Liverpool St take around 47 to 56 minutes, and journeys run every 15 minutes.

  • Stansted Airport
  • Stansted Mountfitchet
  • Bishop's Stortford
  • Harlow Town
  • Tottenham Hale
  • Liverpool Street

Stansted Express Seating Classes

First Class tickets are currently unavailable to passengers for journeys on the Stansted Express. A table seat may be suitable if you require a business area before your flights.

Stansted Express Customer Relations

Telephone: 0345 600 7245 (Option 8)

Open Monday to Saturday 08.00-20.00 Sunday 10.00-20.00 Bank Holidays 08.00-18.00

Post: Greater Anglia, The Hub, Colchester North Railway Station, North Station Road, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JS

Cycle Reservations: You are only allowed fully folded bicycles on Stansted Express services.

Assisted Travel: 0800 028 28 78

Lost Property: 0345 600 7245

Service Disruptions

Cancellations or work on the track can occasionally disrupt your travel plans.

It is worth keeping up to date on any alterations to your journey by visiting the Stansted Express service alterations page.

Delay Repay

Should your Stansted Express train journey be delayed for any reason, you may be entitled to claim delay repay for a full or partial refund as follows:

15 to 29 minutes: 25% of the cost of single tickets or 12.5% of the cost of your return ticket

30 to 59 minutes: 50% of the cost of single tickets or 25% of the cost of your return ticket

60 to 119 minutes: 100% of the cost of single tickets or 50% of the cost of your return ticket

120 minutes or longer: 100% of the cost of your ticket, whether single or return

You can find more information on the Stansted Express delay repay page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Stansted Express run 24 hours?

The Stansted Express runs almost 24 hours a day. Services depart Stansted Airport from 05:30 to 00:30 and depart Liverpool Street Station from 03:40 on selected days.

Are Stansted Express trains running?

Stansted Express trains are running, with 4 departing London Liverpool Street every hour.

Does Stansted Express have toilets?

The Stansted Express has toilets on board, which are regularly serviced.

Which trains go to Stansted Airport?

The Stansted Express goes to Stansted Airport every 15 minutes from Liverpool Street Station all week.

What stations does the Stansted Express stop at?

The Stansted Express calls at six stations: London Liverpool Street, Stansted Airport, Tottenham Hale, Bishop's Stortford, Harlow Town and Stansted Mountfitchet.

What time are the first Stansted Express trains?

The first Stansted Express services from Liverpool Street at 03:40 Monday to Saturday and at 04:10 on a Sunday. The first train from Stansted Airport is at 05:30. Should flights arrive late at night, the last train leaving the Airport is at 00:30.

How long does the Stansted Express take?

The Stansted Express takes around 50 minutes to travel from London to Stansted.

Is there WiFi on board the Stansted Express?

The Stansted Express offers free WiFi. There is also complimentary WiFi once you reach London Stansted Airport.

Can I take a bicycle on a Stansted Express service?

You can take a folding bicycle on a Stansted Express service, but no other types of bikes are allowed. E-scooters are no longer allowed on the Stansted Express.

What are Stansted Express' Peak and Off-Peak hours?

For Stansted Express tickets, the Stansted Express timetable for off-peak hours is as follows:

Monday - Friday (Morning)

Not to arrive at Liverpool St. before 10:00

Not to leave Liverpool St. before 09:30

Monday - Friday (Evening)

Not to leave Liverpool St. between 16:31-18:34