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London Stansted is one of Britain’s busiest airports, with 20 million passengers choosing to fly from the airport each year. Because Stansted Airport Station is so central, many passengers choose to travel to the airport by train, saving themselves time and money. The station’s platforms are located beneath the terminal building, meaning once you get to the train station, it’s only 2 minutes’ walk to the airport terminal.

Travelling to Stansted Airport with CrossCountry trains is easy and stress free, meaning your holiday begins as soon as you leave the house. No need to worry about driving, parking and carpark fees, getting the train means your journey to the airport is taken care of.

Benefits of taking the train to London Stansted Airport

  • Saves you paying for airport parking
  • No need to stress about traffic
  • Saves you paying for a taxi
  • Eco-friendly compared to a car

CrossCountry makes it easy to book cheap train tickets to Stansted International Airport.

Getting the train to London Stansted is the best way to start your trip. No need to worry about driving, parking or expensive carpark prices, when you step on board a CrossCountry train, you can sit back and relax. Enjoy our spacious seating options, with charging points so you can make sure all your devices are fully juiced for your flight. Grab a bite to eat from the at-seat service and store your luggage in our dedicated luggage racks.

If you’ve got some work to do or even just a book to read, travelling by train means you can make use of your time whilst you travel to the airport. And you have much more space than travelling in a car.

If you buy a CrossCountry Advance Ticket to Stansted Airport, you can get it sent straight to your phone as an e-Ticket. That way, the only thing you need to travel is your mobile phone.

Getting to London Stansted Airport by train

Once you arrive at Stansted Airport train station, the airport terminal is only 2 minutes away on foot. You can access the airport using lifts, escalators and ramps, meaning it’s fully accessible for those with a range of mobility needs.

For live flight information, shop and restaurant offers & locations, terminal maps and much more, download the free Stansted Airport app.

Station Accessibility

Stansted Airport Station is fully accessible to those with a range of mobility needs.

More questions?

For more information about getting to Stansted Airport, visit Stansted Airport's Website.

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Stansted Airport Train Ticket Prices

Below are return train ticket prices to Stansted Airport including CrossCountry Advance ticket prices.

Departure Station

Anytime Return

Off-Peak Return

CrossCountry Advance*

Estimated Travel Time


from £23.40

from £17.40

from £17.00

30 minutes


from £42.10

from £28.50

from £26.60

1 hour, 30 minutes

Birmingham New Street

from £69.20

from £121.50

from £69.80

3 hours, 20 minutes


from £64.60

from £105.40

from £64.00

2 hours, 30 minutes


from £78.80

from £46.90

from £42.60

1 hour, 45 minutes

*all prices in the table above are guide prices and subject to change. CrossCountry Advance tickets subject to availability.

Our Top Travel Tips

Here are our top travel tips to make sure your journey runs smoothly:

  • Discover the best time to travel – Learn more about peak and off-peak fares and what they mean to your journey.
  • Avoid the ticket office queue by purchasing your ticket on our website, or mobile site via your smartphone, and immediately get them sent to your device as an m-Ticket via our app.
  • Download the CrossCountry mobile app for real-time train information, tickets and live departure information.
  • London hotels – If you have an early or late flight and want to stay in London for the night, you’ll want to book a great value hotel.

Once you have arrived in Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport has all the facilities business and leisure travellers might need. Once you’ve arrived at the airport by train, with plenty of time to spare, you can take advantage of all the amenities on offer.

Shopping in Stansted Airport

Whether you’ve forgotten some travel essentials, or just want to make the most of the deals available in Duty-Free, you can find all sorts of goodies at Stansted Airport. Last minute beauty essentials can be bought from Boots, and Dixons Travel has all the electrical products you could want. Ladies will be pleased to see brands like Dune, Mulberry and Accessorize. And the men can spice up their holiday wardrobe with well-known brands like Ted Baker, Lacoste, FatFace and BOSS.

Children can be kept amused in Hamleys. For everything else, HEMA is a great place to browse, selling everything from headphones to homewares, amazing snacks to affordable make-up, and fun toys to travel accessories.

Visit World Duty Free for great savings on fragrances, cosmetics, wines and spirits, sunglasses and more.

Restaurants in Stansted Airport

Whether you want to grab a quick cup of coffee or sit down for a three-course meal before your flight, Stansted Airport has many food and drink options to suit every mood. Those with an early flight will be pleased to hear that as well as a Starbucks, London Stansted has a handful of coffee shops including Costa, Pret a Manger and Joes Coffee House.

Families should head to Giraffe where you’ll find a varied menu with great kid’s options.

For those looking for a quick pint before they travel, you will find, not one, but two Wetherspoons! If you’ve got time to spare, visit Wetherspoon - the Windmill for a wide selection of ales and wines, plus a range of classic pub food. If you want to grab a quick drink and bite to eat before you board, you will find Wetherspoon Express, a mini-pub serving lagers, ales, spirits and wines along with a simple selection of good-value sandwiches and snacks.

Treat yourself pre-holiday and take a seat at Not Always Caviar, where customers can enjoy fresh baguettes, world class coffee, croissants and yummy flatbreads.

For grab and go options, you’ll find Itsu, Burger King and Leon. Whatever you fancy, you won’t go hungry.

Amenities in Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport has a range of facilities to ensure your time at the airport is as comfortable and pleasant as can be.

Business travellers may find it useful to know that there are meeting and conference facilities available at Stansted Airport and at nearby hotels.

To unwind before your flight, why not book into the Escape Lounge. £25.00 gets you complimentary food and drink, free WiFi and a comfortable place to relax before your flight.

You will find two Prayer Rooms, open 24 hours a day which can be used by people of any faith, or none.

Stansted Airport provides an assist with their journey through the Terminal to the aircraft. Passengers are advised to book this free service with their airline at least 48 hours before their flight departure to ensure they receive the assistance they require. The ISS special assistance desk is located in the Terminal adjacent to Zones D and E.

Families travelling from Stansted will find everything they need to keep kids happy and entertained at the airport, including baby changing facilities and dedicated family rooms at specific gates.

Stansted is a smoke-free airport, with smoking only permitted in designated smoking areas outside the terminal building. Once you have passed through security control, you will not be able to smoke anywhere in the airport.

Free wi-fi is available throughout the terminal for four hours per registered device per day.


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