I realised recently that I had never written much about Stansted Express, even though I have done various articles on saving money on Gatwick Express and the best way to get a discount on Heathrow Express.
I thought it was worth running through the options for Stansted Express, although there isn’t much flexibility unfortunately – apart from a special easyJet deal I will discuss at the end.
(EDIT: This article was updated in January 2019 with the latest fare information.)
What are the normal Stansted Express fares?
Here are the base fares at present between Stansted and the terminus at London Liverpool Street:
Advance Fares (Standard): £7+ single / £14+ return (can only be bought online, price increases nearer to date of travel)
Advance Fares (First): £22+ single / £36+ return (can only be bought online, price increases nearer to date of travel)
Standard Class: £18.10 single / £29.90 return
Business Plus: £25.80 single / £38.20 return (can only be bought online)
First Class: £26.80 single / £41.20 return
Children aged between 5 and 15 pay less. Children under 5 are free.
Most fares are £2 cheaper to Tottenham Hale where you can change for the Victoria Line underground service. This will be more convenient for anyone heading to West or Central London.
Standard railcard discounts are available on most ticket types if you have one.
The pricing is a little illogical in places, especially in the difference between a one-way Business Plus and First Class ticket. The ONLY difference between Business Plus and First Class is that the latter allows you to use the Fast Track security lane at Stansted when departing. Both ticket types seat you in First Class.
Special deals on Stansted Express tickets
Stansted Express has a number of ‘online only’ deals:
WebDuo – From £28 for two single tickets or £52 for two return tickets, valid on any date
Group 3 or 4 – three or four tickets for the price of two
Special easyJet discount for Stansted Express
This is the one deal that you will not see only advertised.
Stansted Express runs a special discount for easyJet customers, although you will not be asked to prove you are flying with them.
Go to the Stansted Express home page here and then change the web address to delete /tid=CJ and add /easyjet-referral at the end. You will receive a 10% discount on Standard, Business Plus and First Class tickets.
There is no similar offer for Ryanair customers, so this may be as good as it gets.