Stansted Express is alright. It's nicer than Gatwick express but that's just personal preference. I go to and from Stansted pretty often and the train services have been pretty reliable. If you don't buy your tickets right before the departure they're not too expensive. I've spotted other reviewers saying that they're pricey but Gatwick Express is actually more expensive.
There's always plenty of seats and plugs to charge your tech. The only downside is that trains don't run 24/7 and sometimes there's service alterations, so make sure to check the website. If you need to get to the airport after 1am and before 4ish am you'll have to get a coach. Luckily, I've never had to subject myself to a 2am flight, hence my 4 stars.
I can't understand why the cost of this train. Am I travelling across Europe? Does it come with a free massage? Free food? No... but it cost like it should.
Those of us that live or have lived in London know about the cost of these trains, and are used to it. We just pay the fare and move on. Still better than waiting for the alternative which is considerably slower. And really only save you about 5 quid for the inconvenience.
And it's not only this train, Heathrow express and Gatwick express are all equally overpriced.
The Standsted express comes with free wifi. The only drawback is trying to fill out all the forms on my ipad. By time I got to fill out everything (addresses, phone numbers, etc) I was at my destination.
I always loved the bathrooms on this train. The round bubble thingy. I can't explain it, you have to see for yourself. The only train bathroom you will ever find that is super clean and futuristic!
So being that i'm not a traveller with a budget, I take this train. But I always think of the poor young travellers who take this train and can't afford it.
Oh Stansted Express, I am so dependent on you but oh do you need a makeover. For 18 months I have consistently been taking you for that expensive trip to and fro to the airport. I look at your ratty nasty carpets, I sit on those nasty seats, I feel the drafts through your old windows, I have to hear your screeching wheels through my ipod.....oh how much I wish you were the Gatwick Express......clean, somewhat new, and pleasant. Oh Stansted Express, you had adverts all over the airport about 6 months ago promising new trains which I have never seen. And have I mentioned how cold you are in the winter, especially when the heat doesn't work and the cold air comes blowing in at 6:00am?
You are grotty and need a makeover. Love, me
I am a frequent traveller on the Stansted Express as I fly from Stansted airport quite a bit. It's not cheap though at £24 return if you buy on line and £26 if you buy at the ticket machine, if you get on it from Tottenham Hale which I normally do as it's closer to me it's that bit cheaper at £22 if you buy on line and £24 if you get it at a ticket machine.
The first train leaves Liverpool street at 3.40 am and a train departs every 15 minutes which is good to know if you miss one train. There is a coffee, tea and sandwich service available on-board and it only takes 46 minutes to get from central London to Stansted airport.
Recently I had an early morning flight and got on the train at 4am and it was absolutely freezing, the heating was off and I thought I was going to die with the cold, my fingers turned purple.
The Stansted Express is a good option is you have more time than money if you are traveling lightly with one or two small bags.
The price is high considering it is just a subway car that servers food and drinks (it's no Eurostar for sure).
Also the distance yo must walk from the Terminals in the airpot to the actual train is about 1/4 mile down steps and to the platform. I felt like I had already walked to East London already.
On Ryanair they sell discounted tickets which is nice....
But if you are a tourist and need to just quickly get to Stansted Airport and not break a sweat like an extra in 300 hauling your bags through multiple tubes stops just to get on another 45 minutes train to haul them upstairs into the terminal - take a $40 private cab the extra money is worth not being stresses and dry cleaning costs.
On my recent trip to Italy (christ, have I still not shut up about that yet? Sorry, i promise I will soon), I was planning on getting a taxi to the airport. I'm not stupid, I know Stansted is miles away, but even from my mate's house on that side of town, I was still quoted £85 by Addy Lee! £85 for thirty minute drive? no thank you!
This unfortunately left me with two options: be forever in debt to the friend who offered to drive me there at three in the morning, ooooooor get the last Stansted Express and deal with a few hours playing with free wifi and kipping in an uncomfortable chair. I chose the latter.
And it's not so bad. Stansted express, while it doesn't feel very 'express' (got, Stansted really is bloody miles away, isn't it?) it's probably the fastest way of getting there. 45 minutes one way, and if you've got a good book, that'll fly by.
It's £17 one way, or £26 return so definately worth the return trip. Although if you book online you can save yourself a couple of quid.
You're dropped right by departures and it's simple and painless. The last train there is 12.30ish so if you've got an early morning flight, you'll find yourself with only a few hours to kill before you check in. Not too shabby, although from now on I'm going to get a flight a bit later in the day.
The Stansted Express service is pretty reliable - getting you from Liverpool St to the airport often within an hour.
As with all train fares in the UK - it is far too expensive. Even with 1/3 off (young person's railcard) it was over £30 for two of us. When you think that the equivalent in Berlin costs E1.50, and the bus from Treviso E6, it's just not cricket. Or, well, it is cricket - have you tried to see a test match or ODI these days? Prices are absurd! That's beside the by.
It's easy though. And managed to get us back to Liverpool St just in time to catch the last Central Line train. That was a relief - saved us about a £35 taxi fare or a nightmare night bus adventure.
This is a quaint option. Trying to avoid the riff raff of Heathrow, Stansted is the perfect, low key, airport for arrivals on inter-european flights. The Stansted Express gives you a little time to unwind and stare out of the window at the English countryside before hoofing it around London.
A rather expensive (in absolute terms) way to get from Central London to Stansted Airport. Unfortunately, I believe it is also the cheapest way (in relative terms). It cost a little over £20 last I took it. It's a train and it gets you there. Not a short journey, though, from Liverpool Street Station to the airport.
Very effective mode of transport from central London to Stansted airport, there really is no reason anyone should need to take a cab from Stansted into the city. The are trains generally every 15 minutes, which is not bad for London. The trains in general are fine, clean and well maintained, seats are comfortable and of decent size (unless the person sitting next to you decides to take half of yours.).
In terms of pricing, it is one of the cheaper options, there are cheaper ways, but balancing price, comfort and duration of travel, the Stansted express is still probably my transport of choice (especially when getting a return ticket, you can use the return leg anytime on that specified day - no need to worry about the flight being delayed or getting held up when circling the airport and waiting for a a gate).
As a whole family, getting anywhere is never cheap and for under 50 pounds return for 2 adults and 2 children, STansted express was cheap and reliable - we did use a coupon as it was a special offer though. Now the train journey - our experience was excellent, competitive prices and a fast journey! COmfortable seats, and there is free onboard wifi which is a good bonus! Faster than car or bus by far and relaxing too! It could have been a bit cheaper as if it wasnt for the code it would have been the full hundred pounds or so which isnt competitive when compared with bus services.
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