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Low cost airport transfers
Author Name: non_sense
Advantages: Cheap, runs regularly
Disadvantages: Not the fastest way to travel
easyBus offers simple transfer options from Stansted, Luton and Gatwick to central London. They use a combination of large and small busses, depending on the route.
You book a seat for a specific route and time and the prices are dependent on how popular that bus is. The further in advance that you can book, the cheaper it is.
If you find that you are ready to travel ahead of your scheduled time then you can take an earlier bus, if seats are available. The same is the case if you arrive later. However, in my experience the bus is almost always full and so you may be waiting a while if you have missed your scheduled bus.
They have a strict no drinking/no eating policy so don't turn up with a big bag of food expecting to enjoy it. Unlike easyJet the airline they won't be trying to sell you any food either :)
Whilst basic, the bus is comfortable, the only problem I have encountered is when the driver feels that the entire bus needs to listen to a badly tuned in radio station at maximum volume.
Drop off points in London are near tube stations so are handy to enable you to easily continue your journey.
Prices start at £2 per person, closer to departure they can be almost £10 and often sell out.
Luckily, if you change your plans you can cancel a booking and you are issued a credit to use for a future booking, so you don't just lose your money.
Luton Airport - Brent Cross - Finchley Road - Baker Street - Marble Arch - Victoria Station
Stansted Airport - Baker Street
Gatwick Airport - Earls Court
Services run approximately every 15-20 minutes and travel time is around an hour or less depending on the route and stop.
I never use Luton Airport, would always take a train from Gatwick and so only ever find this service useful from Stansted to London. For that I find that the cost is the main selling point for me. It's not the most enjoyable way to travel but if you're flying to Luton or Stansted then the chances are that you're motivated by saving money and that is where this service really wins.
For the cost involved, if you were to completely miss the bus and still need to take an alternative form of transport then you haven't lost much, just be sure to book in advance.
Summary: If saving money is important then this is a good option