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Helpful Tips for Navigating London’s Airports: Stansted & Luton

Six airports service London and its surrounding areas along with millions of travelers each year. Here are some helpful tips for navigating Stansted and Luton International Airports.

Stansted (STN)

The most popular choice for travelers heading to the main continent, Stansted International Airport is a hub for budget flights and is located halfway between London and Cambridge in Essex. Originally a WWII airfield, its runway is two miles long! These days, Stansted has one terminal and boasts many shops and restaurants. Download the airport’s app for ease of movement around the area.

Traveling into London (or back to the airport) can be achieved by any of the following:


The Stansted Express runs regularly from Liverpool Street in London’s financial district and takes 45 minutes to/from the airport.


National Express coaches run 24 hours a day from various locations throughout London and is very economical. Timewise, your journey will depend on time of day and traffic.

Car or Car Service

Mini-cabs are available to be booked throughout London as are traditional black cabs. Travelers can also book black car service, such as Groundlink, in advance.

Luton (LTN)

The fourth largest of London’s airports, Luton International Airport is also 30 miles from London. However, of the three outlier airports, Luton is the quickest to get to via rail. Currently in a massive redevelopment, scheduled to be completed by 2026, Luton is relatively basic in design, and houses many budget airlines.

Options for travel to London from Luton include:


East Midlands and Thameslink train service are the best and offer options for transfers from within London as well.


National Express offers service to/from Luton from throughout London.

Car or Car Service

A pre-booked cab will cost £50 – Luton is near the M1 motorway, so traffic can be heavy at times.

Flying into London’s smaller airports does require advance planning, but the options are plentiful to get you either into the city or back out for your return journey home.

GroundLink offers safe, reliable ground transportation and a quiet, comfortable ride, with transparent pricing that’s never metered.  Learn about The GroundLink Difference, check our rates or call (888) 546-6715.

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