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Stansted Airport Guide

Stansted Airport
Stansted Airport Guide

This is a guide to stansted airport. At you will find everything you need to know about London Stansted, quickly and all in one place.

This is not the 'official' airport website (which is at, it's an in depth guide to Stansted, where everything you need to know is no more than 2 clicks away. Click on any of the links on the left to find the information you need, including Stansted Parking and Stansted Hotels.

Stansted Airport is a large passenger airport - the third biggest in the UK after Heathrow and Gatwick - located in the Essex, just off the M11 about 30 miles north east of London. It is owned by UK airport company MAG, and had 17.84 million passengers in 2013 (up 2.2% on 2012). It is more popular with leisure travellers than business travellers, as it is a major hub for budget airlines including Ryanair and easyJet. There are 46 airlines flying to over 149 destinations in 33 countries from the hub.

Stansted currently has a single runway and could still significantly increase passenger numbers with its current facilities. It has one modern but very busy terminal, designed by Sir Norman Foster, with arrivals and departures on the same floor and its own train station. It is 34 miles (56 kms) north of central London, next to junction 8 of the M11.

Although there is ample airport parking at Stansted, with over 27000 short term and long term airport parking spaces, plus growing off airport parking choices, this is one of the most expensive airports to park at in the UK. To get the lowest prices, we recommend that you compare parking companies via our website sponsor (see the box at the top of the page).

One way to avoid the high cost of airport parking is to stay at a Stansted airport hotel that includes free parking with a nights stay. This is usually cheaper than parking for a two week stay, plus you avoid the traffic jam on the M11. There are 3 on airport hotels (the Radisson SAS, Express Holiday Inn and Stansted Hilton), plus a number local hotels offering an overnight stay plus free parking package. See our Stansted Airport Hotels page for more information.

Once inside the terminal, you will find all of the facilities you would expect at a modern international airport. There are airport lounges, currency exchange bureaus and a number of ATMs. There is a good range of eating options, excellent disabled facilities and there is duty free shopping.

For those meeting someone at the airport it couldn't be simpler. Follow the directions on our 'directions' page and park in the short term airport parking once you reach the terminal (short term parking is clearly signposted). Then head for arrivals and check the flight status on the arrivals information boards for when you need to wait by the gate.

If want to know about airport security, the history of Stansted Airport, technical data, or you want to do a spot of plane spotting, we can help you with that too. Just click on the relevant link in the index boxes on the left.

And if you have a stop over at Stansted, have a look at our stansted airport lounge and stansted airport hotel pages, or you might have a look at the local attractions page, and take in one of the local sights whilst you wait for your connecting flight.

Stansted Airport contact details
Address: Bassingbourn Road, Stansted, Essex, CM24 1QW
Information: +44 (0)870 000 0303
Arrivals: +44 (0)870 000 0303
Lost property: +44 (0)1279 663 293 (daily 09:30 - 16:30)
Fax: +44 (0)1279 662066

Selected technical data
Airport Code : STN
Airport name : Stansted Airport
City : London (but it is 34 miles or 56 kms from the city)
Country : United Kingdom
World Area Code: 493
GMT Offset : +0.0


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