Out of all of the airports in the U.K. , Stansted airport tends to be the one I am in the most. It's probably has something to do with the amount of Ryanair flights they have from there.
I felt it right to write some helpful tips in which to make your layover easier and more comfortable. Stansted is the U.K's fourth busiest airport and it can get hectic.
Getting to the airport
If you are travelling from the city centre of London then there are three main options in getting to the airport.
Stansted express (Train) leaves London's Liverpool street every 15 minutes, with a journey time of 70 minutes.
Tickets can be pre-booked online or bought at the station for £16.50 one way. The station is located directly underneath the main terminal building of the airport.
National Express Coaches can be taken from London Victoria main bus station, with journey time around 50 minutes. Tickets are best purchased online and if you want a cheaper deal then at least a week in advance. Timetables are on their website.
A standard single ranges from between £11.00-£13.00.
Long stay Car Parking is available for a minimum of three days, situated outside of the airport and there is a frequent shuttle bus to the main terminal. Of course, subject to availability prices range from £20-25 per night, per vehicle.
Lack of seats
There is always a lack of seats in airports, however Stansted is notorious. There seems to be more floor space dedicated to the shops rather than seating the passengers. The only way to combat this, is if you find a seat - don't move unless you have to. Or if you have to sit on the floor like an airport hobo then make sure you have comfortable padding to sit on.
There are also a few cafes and restaurants to sit at for a short while.
Stansted is a relatively modern airport, they have built in plug sockets into the public seating area. The concept is great, charge up your devices until your flight leaves - perfect.
However, there is only problem... they don't work. During my many visits here, they have never worked. Instead if you take a seat in Itsu (Asian food) or in Leon they have fully functioning plug sockets set around the tables.
One benefit within the airport is the free WiFi, you are allocated four hours worth of free internet and this time it actually works efficiently.
Great news for the social media addicts out there!
We've all been there, we pack our bags and put in a new bottle of water for our journey. Then you get to security and have to frantically finish the liquid off before proceeding. Then usually once you are in the departure lounge the price of water and soft drinks are with an inflated price.
Situated behind the Itsu restaurant there is a water stand where a recommended donation of £1.00 (Honesty box system) is where you can purchase water.
Airport food can be expensive and sometimes rather uninspiring. I first came across Leon restaurants in London and when I first seen there was one at Stansted I was very enthusiastic about it. You can get poached egg pots with various accompaniments from as little as £2.65, they also have reasonably priced porridge pots and breakfast muffins too.
If you want to treat yourself to a bit of relaxation prior to your flight, then it is worth checking out the airport lounge. You can make a £5.00 saving if you pre book before you arrive.
For £25.00 per person you are entitled to comfortable seating, plug sockets, televisions, newspapers and magazines. The food on offer is on a buffet table, with offerings of fresh fruit, sandwiches, cakes, breakfast rolls and alcoholic drinks.
Your entrance fee allows you to stay up to 3 hours.
I'm aware that this blog post isn't the most glamorous, but if you are a flying through this popular hub anytime soon I hope these tips help you.