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Airport Overview To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported to us during their time at London Stansted Airport. What to Expect The airport is small and crowded, as it hosts several budget airlines. Several food and beverage spots are open 24-hours. Free WiFi is available for 60 minutes; after that you have to pay. See WiFi below. Where to Sleep While not exactly sleep-friendly, the airport tolerates overnight travellers trying to sleep. Arrive early! Travellers say that arriving by 11pm is too late for a decent sleeping spot, you’ll likely be sleeping on the floor. A few benches and chairs are scattered near Arrivals and by the landside shops. Not enough for everyone, so be prepared to sleep on the cold floor. Some travellers report security doing a middle-of-night wake-up. There is a higher chance of wake-up if you are sleeping on the floor in a high traffic area. The International arrivals area has more space and comfier chairs. Cafes and restaurants no longer allow overnight travellers to sleep on their chairs and benches. The airport was once referred to as "Camp Stansted" by travellers who brought tents and air mattresses. After last year’s renovations the airport is still fairly sleep-friendly but doesn’t tolerate the camp vibe. Consider a small yoga mat or blanket instead. Fairly quiet but bright – bring an eye mask. The airport is cold! Dress warm and bring a blanket! For uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel connected to the airport by a covered walkway and other nearby options that provide an airport shuttle. See Airport Hotel below for more info. Good to Know Recent renovations have removed public showers. There are plenty of electric outlets to charge your electronics. Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See Airport Lounges section for locations and rates. For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our London Stansted Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date. » Read More London Stansted Airport Reviews Write a Review


For a while Stansted's future seemed assured, but then the government decided the best direction for new airport development around London would be at the mouth of the Thames Estuary, at Maplin. Stansted was passed over again, but after the Maplin project became too expensive and was deemed impractical, in 1979 Stansted again reappeared on the radar as London's number three airport.


24x7 Stansted is the official taxi service provider of Stansted Airport, offering 24-hour transportation to and from the airport. Fares are flat rate, accessed according to final destination, with any extra fees or tolls already included. Credit cards are accepted. Shared rides and discounts for pre-booked returns are available. Taxi service from the airport must be pre-booked online, by phone or via 24x7 Stansted kiosk, located in International Arrivals or accessible via courtesy phone from the Domestic Arrivals Baggage Reclaim area.


The Stansted Express operates trains every 15 minutes, seven days a week. It is a 46 minute journey, which also includes a stop at the Tottenham Hale underground station (which is 11 or so minutes travel time from Liverpool St and 35 or so minutes from Stansted). Services start from Liverpool St at 3.40am weekdays and 4.10am weekends, and end with a last departure at 11.25pm. Services from the airport start at 5.30am and end at 1.30am except for Saturdays, when the last train is at 12.30am.


Meeting at the Airport Stansted Airport does not have an official meeting point. However, Costa Coffee (International Arrivals) makes an ideal spot to meet in. Alternatively, many passengers find the Information Desk located in the International Arrivals area, as a convenient meeting place with the inclusion of comfortable public seating in close proximity.   Find out more


Meeting at the Airport Stansted Airport does not have an official meeting point. However, Costa Coffee (International Arrivals) makes an ideal spot to meet in. Alternatively, many passengers find the Information Desk located in the International Arrivals area, as a convenient meeting place with the inclusion of comfortable public seating in close proximity.  


Rest and Relaxation When seeking peace and quiet before departing Stansted Airport, passengers can book into our luxurious Escape Lounge. Upon entering the lounge at an affordable set price, you can enjoy your own chilled complimentary drinks, snacks, newspapers and magazines. Further facilities geared towards a relaxing airport experience include an array of comfortable seating in one of our many cafés, restaurants and bars.   Find out more


Rest and Relaxation When seeking peace and quiet before departing Stansted Airport, passengers can book into our luxurious Escape Lounge. Upon entering the lounge at an affordable set price, you can enjoy your own chilled complimentary drinks, snacks, newspapers and magazines. Further facilities geared towards a relaxing airport experience include an array of comfortable seating in one of our many cafés, restaurants and bars.  


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


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


Business Travel To ensure you stay connected while travelling through the airport, we provide free Wi-Fi services in all terminals. Stansted Airport is also in close proximity to well facilitated modern hotels, while opting for a stay in our Escape Lounge ensures you have peace and tranquility in which to work and send e-mails at leisure.     Find out more


Business Travel To ensure you stay connected while travelling through the airport, we provide free Wi-Fi services in all terminals. Stansted Airport is also in close proximity to well facilitated modern hotels, while opting for a stay in our Escape Lounge ensures you have peace and tranquility in which to work and send e-mails at leisure.    


Stansted today has a single terminal building, designed by noted architect Sir Norman Foster. This was completed in March 1991 after three years of construction, and replaced the earlier building that had opened in 1969.


The big issue/opportunity for Stansted currently is building a second runway, as was recommended in government white papers in both 2003 and 2006. Unfortunately, the necessary district planning approval was refused, although a subsequent appeal and public inquiry resulted in some reversals. The matter remains currently unresolved.


A shuttle service that will take you all the way to/from your hotel is the Snowdrop Shuttle. This operates an hourly service, and spends the first hour traveling around London's hotels before then driving up to Stansted (taking another hour or so to get there). The service starts/ends in Earl's Court/Kensington (so this will be a two hour journey) then next is Bayswater, then Picadilly, then Russell Square, then Kings Cross (which will be the shortest journey time). Fares are


Luton : Luton is not very far from Stansted, as the crow flies, but has no direct motorway connection. National Express offers coach transfers between the two airports, with irregular departure times (about once every hour or so) and a journey time of about an hour and a half. A oneway journey is


If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at London Stansted airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):


Stansted Airport has a bus and coach terminal, located opposite the main terminal entrance. Tickets are sold at ticket desks in Arrivals, at the bus and coach terminal (open 24 hours), or on board from the driver. The following buses and coaches serve the airport:


Stansted Airport rail station is located directly below the terminal building, just a 2-minute walk from Check-in and Arrivals. Train tickets are sold online, at the rail station or in the Arrivals area of the airport terminal.