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Buses from Stansted to London

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Journey Information

There are 110 intercity buses per day from Stansted to London. Traveling by bus from Stansted to London usually takes around one hour and 7 minutes, but the fastest Megabus bus can make the trip in 50 minutes.

Distance31 mi (50 km)
Shortest duration0h 50m
Cheapest price$9.62
Trips per day110
Most frequent serviceNational Express
Bus lines2

What bus companies travel from Stansted to London?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Stansted to London. Of these two carriers, National Express usually offers more choice, with 92 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Megabus220h 50m$17.59
National Express921h 12m$14.60

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Stansted to London during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus takes an average of one hour and 7 minutes to cover the 31 miles from Stansted to London. However, the fastest bus only takes 50 minutes. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short bus trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Stansted to London for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Monday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your bus travel for the beginning of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Stansted?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Stansted to London, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 110 scheduled buses that travel from Stansted to London every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Essex to London, City of without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Stansted to London; ticket prices start at $26.31.

City Information

London

One of the most important cities in the world, London is where the traditional blends seamlessly with the modern. As a vibrant modern city, London has something for everyone. For visitors interested in the Royal Family as well as their history, check out Buckingham Palace. The palace is open all days in summer, but only on selected days in winter. The Tower of London, where the crown jewels are put on exhibition, is also a great spot to check out. For fans of history, you might not want to miss out on the famous British Museum, considered by many to be the best museum in all of London. The museum currently carries an impressive collection of 8 million historic objects from all around the world, making it an eye-opening destination for many.

London’s food scene reflects its multiculturalism. Here you can find restaurants serving cuisines from various countries around the world, from India to Malaysia. If you opt for a lavish dining experience, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, run by the famous chef himself, will be a great choice. Also don’t forget to stop by at a local pub and enjoy the beer like a true Londoner.

The city’s centers of intercity rail services are King’s Cross Station and Euston Station, from which you can take a train to other places in the UK or hop on the Eurostar train to Paris and beyond. The largest coach station in the city is Victoria Coach Station, serving big local carriers like National Express. The city’s air services are fulfilled by eight airports, of which London Heathrow Airport, located west of the city, is the busiest one.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Stansted?

Departure stations

Most buses depart from the main station in Stansted.

Where does the bus arrive in London?

Arrival stations

Buses arrive in London at 13 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in London:

  • London Baker St Station

  • St John's Wood

  • Victoria Coach Station

  • Finchley Rd & Frognal

  • Golders Green Bus Station

  • London Finchley Road Station

  • London Victoria Rail Station

  • 16 Old Quebec St

  • Bow Church Station

  • 405 Mile End Rd

  • Stratford City Bus Station

  • Mansell Street (Stop S)

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