NCLairport From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 240 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1531 times:
Just realised I can get really cheap flights with EZY from NCL to Stansted. I was fancying a day out and might hop on one of these flights in the next month or so.
What is Stansted like? good for viewing? whats in the surrounding area? will I be able to occupy myself for a whole day? My other options are to fly to Belfast or Bristol for the day. What does everyone recommend?
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 18883 posts, RR: 54 Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1513 times:
I've been to STN more times than I care to imagine.
It's very good for watching the movements while airside - if you only have hang luggage you may stay there - but not that good landside. Your only real option is to leave the terminal, turn right and proceed to the bridge (very easy to find). From here, you get a partial view of the runway plus perhaps 10 stands. It's OK, but not that good. You might get bored within an hour.
There's not much to do near-by, but London is only 45 minutes away by train.
I've been to BRS probably 15+ times. There's no point going to the airport to watch the planes unless you have a car, for there are very few landside views and virtually the same while airside. If you do have a car, and I doubt you will, then there's a superb area a few minutes from the terminal. I won't go into details about that as I assume you won't have a car (ask me to tell you if you do).
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StanstedFlyer From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 117 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1169 times:
Great plans, but don't forget, miss one flight and you're screwed big time. They're not the most reliable time wise!
It might end up costing you a whole lot more.
If you flew into Stansted you could always get a taxi round the other side of the airport and get a view accross the runway from the perimeter fence. Nothing there like shops or cafe's and if it's raining you'd get soaked, and you just stand on a grass bank, but you do get pretty good views. From there you could even walk round the perimeter fence to the approach end (23) if they're coming in the right way, for some nice photo's. On the map link, it's the yellow B road between markers 93 & 94. Opposite the main terminal.