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Fast train that connects London Liverpool St. station with Stansted airport. Departures every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour.

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      03.04.2013 14:08

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      Useless. Permanently disrupted service. Ridiculously expensive and unreliable To get a refund one has to put in additional time and effort. Never again!!!!

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      01.10.2011 15:52
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      The fastest and most comfortable way to get to Central London from Stansted Airport.

      The Stansted Express is brilliant. I've used it a few times now and will continue to do so because of its fantastic service and brand new spectacularly clean trains. Stansted Express has recently started using brand new Class 379 trains which are extremely comfortable and very modern.

      It's not the fastest service in the world, taking about 3/4 of an hour and that's my only criticism however it does depart every 15 minutes from the terminal building to London Liverpool Street, so extremely quick and easy to get from plane to train. The service also sticks to a nice, simple timetable, with trains leaving Stansted Airport at quarter past, half past, quarter to and on the hour throughout the day. The opposite direction is also served every 15 minutes and takes the same amount of time, again sticking to a nice, simple timetable.

      Liverpool Street station, where the service terminates is the perfect location in London to get to almost anywhere quickly via the London Underground lines. Most places that are popular attractions in London are no more than 15 or 20 minutes away. St. Paul's cathedral and Tower bridge in particular are both very close as well as Tower 42, 30 St. Mary's Axe (or the Gherkin) and all the other high rise buildings in that area, all within walking distance.

      The Stansted Express seems to always be bang on time, which is vital for trains to and from an airport, especially a busy one, making the Stansted Express extremely reliable. You could be waiting in the queue for the London Eye in less than 2 hours after your plane lands at Stansted Airport, thanks to the amazing service provided by the Stansted Express!

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        31.05.2010 10:51
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        A great service, but unnecessarily expensive.

        The Stansted is express is convenient and reliable. The first train is the morning departs Liverpool Street at 03.40, so it will get you to the airport in time for even the earliest flights. The last one to leave from Stansted Airport is at 00:30 (01:30 on Fridays and Saturdays), so basically, the Stansted Express is always there when you need it. It is a relatively short journey (46 minutes) and there is a reasonable amount of room for luggage. It is considerably more comfortable than the bus and departs every 15 minutes. Everything you could possibly want from a train to the airport.

        It is, however, quite pricey. An express class return ticket is £26.70 (a single is a whopping £18), and this expense usually negates the low cost of flying Ryanair. It is much cheaper to get to Heathrow as it is serviced by the tube.

        All in all, this is a great service - reliable, frequent, fast - , but it really is more expensive than it should be.

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          05.04.2010 16:08

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          I wholeheartedly hate this service. For a start the Stansted Express stops at other stops needlessly, which challenges the name Express for one. It's around 27 quid for a return which is far too much. It's often late, VERY often! It only runs between the hours of 7am and 6pm! So the earliest you can actually get to the airport is roughly 8am, so the earliest flight you could feasibly catch would be at 9am! How many flights travel out of Stansted earlier than 9am or arrive after 6pm?! If you NEED to get there quickly take the train, otherwise go for one of several infinitely cheaper bus services, which can often take less time than the train anyway.

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          26.03.2010 14:04

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          We love travelling from and to Stansted Airport but we agree the train service is not great - it is expensive and the trains are in an awful state. When we travelled back from Edinburgh last month we opted for a private taxi transfer for the 4 of us - £65 into Central London with <A HREF="www.stanstedtaxiservice.co.uk">Stansted Airport Taxis</A>. They are based at Stansted, not the Terminal taxis though as they are very expensive - we thought we'd share this as they offer great value for money and can be called direct on +44 (0) 8456 436705. We love Stansted even better now!

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          02.06.2009 20:20
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          Easiest way of getting to the airport, but expensive.

          The Stansted Express is not just the fastest way to get to Stansted Airport, but also to Bishop's Stortford and Harlow Town, with trains stopping at one of these intermediate stations alternately and Tottenham Hale, leaving London Liverpool Street every 15 minutes.

          The journey takes approximately 47 minutes from Liverpool Street and 35 minutes from Tottenham Hale, with current fares being £19 single, £28.80 return or £17 single and £26.20 respectively. Those with a railcard can save a third on these ticket prices - definitely worth considering if you are a regular user.

          It is, without question, the fastest way of getting to Stansted, being at least half an hour (off peak) to an hour (peak) faster than getting the coach. Though the particular line the Stansted Express runs on does suffer from incidents and delays on occasion, especially during the winter months. So it is strongly advisable to leave maybe an extra hour in case of any delays to your journey, so that should any problem occur, you should still be able to make your flight on time!

          In peak commuting times, Stansted Express trains do often end up very busy with many commuters getting off at the intermediate stops, so if travelling as part of a large group or family, you may wish to leave plenty of time to board the train and find seats together.

          Drinks and refreshments are available as there is a drinks trolley that works its way through the train at moderate prices if you get peckish, though with it being a relatively short journey time, you may prefer to wait until you reach the airport.

          Overall, I would say this is the easiest and most efficient way of getting to the airport, but you do pay for it and if something goes wrong, there is no alternative route for the train potentially causing long delays. The best way to avoid this - always leave plenty of time for your journey!

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            03.02.2009 12:01

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            I took this ultra-expensive service to Stansted on 29th January 2009. The driver thought that someone had jumped in front of the train at Clapton, so the police came and spent about 1 hour 40 minutes trying to find the person. Turns out the driver was mistaken - no-one was there! Anyway, we all missed out planes, so had to take train back to London (took 1 hour 5 minutes). As a result, I had to cancel my weekend away, and travel insurance doesn't cover abandonment of trip due to delay. So, thanks to Stansted Express I am out of pocket and missed a weekend away, and spent 7 hours door to door going to Stansted and back. DON'T USE THIS AWFUL SERVICE!! Pay a little more on your flights and take the cheap tube to Heathrow. I will never go to Stansted again!

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            14.03.2008 07:55
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            Fast but not furious

            Despite what Dooyoo says, trains now depart from Liverpool Street to Stansted every 15 minutes and there are plans to add even more trains.

            It used to be relatively cheap to go to Stansted in the early days. It is no longer 15.50 one way 25 return, and 16.50 return on the same day (in case you go and pick up people who arrive at the airport)

            Some trains are direct to Stansted, most stop at Tottenham Hale, some others also have a couple of stops in between.

            It takes around 45 min for the journey.

            The train is most of the time full, at least in my experience (I fly around 6-7 pm)

            You can sit in first class until when the inspector arrives, and then move to the second class and put up a tourist face and say "me no English" Make sure you are not reading an English paper though!

            They sell some refreshments on board.

            It is cheaper to go by bus, there are buses from Finsbury Square, near Liverpool Street and also from Victoria, but it takes longer.

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              10.03.2008 18:51
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              The fastest and most expensive way to go to Stansted

              If you want to go to Stansted airport with public transport, you can either take the Stansted Express from Liverpool Street, or, in theory, a normal train going to Stansted, and then jump on the Stansted Express, but it would take you ages. Otherwise it has got to be the bus.

              The bus is the cheapest options, there are buses from Victoria and buses from Finsbury Square, with Terravision, close to Liverpool Street. However, if you want to get there on time and fast, then the Stansted Extress is quite simply the only option.

              This is the reason why they can charge nothing less than 16 quids for each leg of your trip. The Stansted Express train leaves from Liverpool Street. It is easy to find the platform, and you can buy tickets from the machines in the middle of the hall at Liverpool Street. Be aware that they do not take cash!!

              Some time the train is really packed! I find that there is not enough space to store all the luggage and it can get stuffy! Still, they will try to pass through with a trolley with refreshment!

              FINAL VERDICT.

              If you want to go to Stansted fast, you need to pay and take the Stansted Express.

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                09.02.2008 23:08
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                Fast but expensive

                The Stansted Express is the fastest way to go to Stansted aiport and it departs from Liverpool Street. It takes about 40 minutes or 45, it depends on whether it stops at more than one place on route. All trains stop at Tottenham Hale.

                You can buy the ticket from the machines at Liverpool Street if you have a credit card or a debit card.

                Cheap it is not. 16 Pounds for one way trip. Cheaper alternatives are the buses departing either from Liverpool Street, from Finsbury Square (close to Moorgate) or from Victoria.

                At peak times the train is actually quite full and for reasons I have not very well understood, it seems that people flying from Stansted carry plenty of luggage with them because the train is really packed.

                The last train departs just a bit after midnight.

                The vagons are normally clean and if you are pressed with time, this is the fastest way to go to airport if you are in the city.

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                  10.06.2006 07:10
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                  Quick, frequent and clean, but a bit on the pricey side.

                  I used the Standsted Express to travel from the Airport to the Centre of London.

                  Although it was quick, I think it was a bit expensive. I'm lucky, I have a young person's railcard (£16.50), but for full fare, it was £25. I think this is a bit pricey, considering that from the next station down the line (Stansted Mountfitchet) you can get a return for £16.50 (Adult Full) or £10.90 (Railcard) - although the journey is much slower (1hr compared to 45 mins)

                  The train was clean, the seats were comfortable, and the onbaord staff were pleasant. However, the ticket seller on the station's concourse at the Airport was quite balshy. I asked him for the ticket, whilst looking in my bag for my railcard, and he asked for the railcard in an abrupt manner, "Well, I need to see the railcard". Told him to hold his horses and I'd get it out, I was just looking for it. Perhaps he;d had a long day.

                  I'm not sure how much taxis cost to central London, but for say, a family of four, £75 could be a bit much. For say a party of 5 adults, £125 might be a bit much. Would it be cheaper in a black cab/private hire taxi and then split the price between you all? I don't know.

                  All in all, for one or two people, I reccommend the service. For more than perhaps 3 or 4, a taxi might eb cheaper, but having never used this i wouldn't know. I'd reccommend asking a taxi driver/mini cab firm how much it would be, and work out what would be cheapest.

                  The frequent service is to be commended, however, and it does take you into the centre of London practically non-stop.

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                    26.10.2001 19:09

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                    Going to Stansted is always a problem.Unless you live in a nearby village it will take you ages to get there.Additionally parking is expensive (not very expensive but still expensive). However I was positively surprised to see that such a reliable service existed from London. Ok getting to London is a problem,but the service is quick and there is space for many people in the train so that you don't have to stand for 1 hour...A good alternative to getting there by car.

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                    16.11.2000 17:32
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                    Stansted airport is THE place for low-cost flights... but after my most recent experience, I'm afraid the nightmare of trying to get there means I will probably pay the extra and go from Heathrow in future... OK, I know that the current rail speed restrictions are needed to keep us safe (I'm angry they were allowed to get to that state - but that's another story!), but it doesn't excuse the lack of information from Liverpool Street station, or the fact that they can't even run the reduced service which involves half the trains taking more than twice as long. Hundreds of us waited on platforms for seriously delayed trains which were dirty, and full of litter. That's £12 each one way please. Mind you, that was like the Orient Express compared to the return journey. Due to engineering work (!) they organised a bus from Stansted to Broxbourne, the nearest station which was still running trains. The bus should have been in a museum, they packed it full with people, there was hardly any lighting, and because it was so full, it drove at under 30 miles an hour. By the time the bus had filled up, and we'd got to Broxbourne, then taken the train to Liverpool Street, the journey had taken more than two hours - ie four times the advertised time for the 'Stansted Express.' I would have minded less if the people selling tickets hadn't been so rude when we asked if we would have to pay full fare: and if they'd charged us a reduced fare for the appalling service. As it was, the journey took three times as long as our Ryanair flight to Dublin. The flight was £50 return. The train £24. Value for money?

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