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Stansted Express...

Fri Jul 27, 2001 3:50 pm

Isn't there a train from STN to London? The Stansted Express?

Just curious, how much is it and how long is the trip to what, Victoria Station?

thanks
russ
 
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RE: Stansted Express...

Fri Jul 27, 2001 4:22 pm

It goes to Liverpool Street, and takes 45 minutes. If you want to go to Victoria, change at Tottenham Hale.

Nice new rolling stock - don't bother buying any of the food and drink on board, though, as it's VERY expensive!!
 
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RE: Stansted Express...

Fri Jul 27, 2001 8:27 pm

I think return tickets are 22 pounds, one-way is 12 pounds. You can only buy return tickets if you use the return within X days of purchase. (I don't remember if it's 3 or 7 or 21) - ask someone for assistance.

The train is fairly quick and okydokey - sometimes it's a bit crowded (especially on Sundays when they only go every 30 mins instead of every 15) but usually you'll find a nice spot to sit.

If you board the train in Stansted, go to the far end of the incoming train - that will be the front part, and hence closest to the exit at Liverpool Street. It also increases your chances of getting 2 or 3 or 4 seats to yourself a bit.

Have fun!

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RE: Stansted Express...

Fri Jul 27, 2001 9:53 pm

I'm sure I got charged over £13 for a single. Is the Stansted - Tottenham Hale only cheaper or the same price?
 
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RE: Stansted Express...

Sat Jul 28, 2001 1:22 am

If you buy the tickets in advance, you can usually get them much cheaper. You can buy them on Ryanair and at Prestwick airport - I'm sure you should be able to do the same with other carriers as well.
 
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RE: Stansted Express...

Sat Jul 28, 2001 3:06 am

Have a look at www.thetrainline.com for prices and times, you may be able to get a through ticket to Victoria via Tottenham Hale. If you are in the southeast for a while u could get a network railcard costing £20 which gives you a third off off peak rail tickets including the Stansted Express. U can't get discounts with this card on the Heathrow or Gatwick expresses.
 
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RE: Stansted Express...

Sat Jul 28, 2001 6:37 am

I took the Stansted Express back in March from Heathrow to Stansted and it was the biggest rip off I have ever been subjected to. We had to pay like 12GBP from Heathrow to Liverpool Street, then another 13GBP or so from Liverpool to Stansted. Thats 25GBP or about $50 US dollars ONE WAY. The whole ordeal cost us roudtrip about $100 US dollars (50 GBP). And it wasnt even fast! It took us about 1hr to get to Stansted.

I suppose the train was nice and all, with blue seats and orange railings, but there wasnt even anyone on the train!

At least now I know that next time I go to London I'm going to avoid Stansted like the plague.
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RE: Stansted Express...

Sun Jul 29, 2001 1:13 am

An hour LHR - STN? That's unbelievably quick. STN is a great airport, much nicer and more modern than LHR and the quickest growing in the UK.You could always take the Underground from LHR or anywhere London and go to Epping, then get a bus. This would be cheaper, but longer.
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RE: Stansted Express...

Sun Jul 29, 2001 1:42 am

I think Qantas747-438 need understand that's what things cost in London I'm affraid. Why didn't you just get the direct coach from LHR for £12?

STNEx takes 45 min to Liverpool St, via Tottenham Hale on some journies which has good tube connections. Liverpool St is a very nice station, very good for the city, but miles from the West End where all the hotels are.... It runs every 15-30 minutes depending on the time of day, it runs on commuter lines which limits the trains WAGN can run.

There are various airlines that offer heavy discounts on the train fare, or agents at destination airports (the local coach firm in Stockholm sells STNEx tickets cheap for example).

Common STNEx mistakes to amuse the natives are catching the train to "Liverpool Lime St", several hundred miles North West of London and just sitting there for five hours thinking 'gees this is taking ages', or catching the slow local train and demanding your mponey back because it took so long and you missed your flight.

To be honest the land links at STN leave a bit to be desired, the airports growing at 25% a year or more and they're not keeping pace.
 
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RE: Stansted Express...

Sun Jul 29, 2001 3:45 am

Qantas747-438B - some wishful thinking going on there, mate, unless you're talking Aussie dollars!! The US$ rate to sterling at the moment is around the US$1.40 mark, so £25 is around US$35; £50 is US$70. And it doesn't go from Heathrow, either!!
 
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RE: Stansted Express...

Sun Jul 29, 2001 9:52 am

On a pounds per mile basis the Heathrow express is the most expensive train journey in the UK,unfortunately it is operated by BAA and thus is heavily advertised particularly in the arrivals halls at LHR-very few visitors to the UK are made aware of the fact that the underground journey is about £3.50.I've never been on the Stanstead Express but I recall that it costs the same to go to Stanstead as it does to go to Heathrow from Central London despite the longer journey to STN.
I found that the Airport link in Sydney is expensive aswell-the same trains as everywhere else in the city but at about twice the price.
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RE: Stansted Express...

Sun Jul 29, 2001 10:36 am

Yes it is a rip off, just like the rest of Britain. the train fare can cost almost as much as your flight!!!

This is an extract from an e-mail I got this week from GO.

London Stansted and Bristol from GBP 15 one way incl tax




 
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RE: Stansted Express...

Sun Jul 29, 2001 10:38 am

Sorry, I didn't paste all of the e-mail,

Take 2:

Fly from Edinburgh and Glasgow to:

Belfast from GBP 10 one way incl tax

Bristol and London Stansted from GBP 15 one way incl tax


 
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RE: Stansted Express...

Sun Jul 29, 2001 3:04 pm

Hey, that's nothing ... I usually manage to fly from STN-PIK for £4.50 one way (cheapest was £0.50!!!); and right now you can book on www.ryanair.com to fly between Dublin and PIK/EDI for just £5!
 
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RE: Stansted Express...

Sun Jul 29, 2001 6:20 pm

Thanks Ceilidh, I knew there were some cheaper fares but I didn't have the evidence to back it up at the time.

It really is taking the p@*!, and a sign of the times when it cost more to get to the airport than the flight itself.

Maybe we should launch a campaign to get Ryanair to start a London City - Stansted service, that would compete directly with the Stansted Express. With Ryanair's current prices they would probably end up paying us for the flight.
 
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RE: Stansted Express...

Sun Jul 29, 2001 9:07 pm

The Stansted Express really isn't that bad, I've got a network railcard and get a discount. You can't get a discount on the Gatwick and Heathrow Expresses.
At least there is a rail link, unlike Luton Airport where you have to get a bus from the Train Station, and there isn't a priority lane for the bus, I now only do easyJet from Gatwick.
The best value rail link IMHO is from Barcelona airport.
 
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RE: Stansted Express...

Sun Jul 29, 2001 9:28 pm

Buying a regular ticket for the Stansted Express is a complete rip off. Instead, buy a ticket from London Liverpool Street to Bishop's Stortford then get a ticket from Stortford to Stansted. That should cost you about £7.

The train company realises that by selling a special "airport ticket" they can rip you off.
 
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RE: Stansted Express...

Sun Jul 29, 2001 10:14 pm

I agree on regular flights to London City Airport: the best one around London.

 
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RE: Stansted Express...

Sun Jul 29, 2001 10:42 pm

Dont us folks residing in America wish we could find airfares for 10 USD on Delta Shuttle or something?
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RE: Stansted Express...

Mon Jul 30, 2001 12:09 am

It's all about supply and demand,Virgin and the other long distance train companies offer ridiculously low fares for people who can book in advance and are able to travel at off peak times-just like the airlines do.You try getting a cheap ticket on either a BA shuttle LHR-MAN at 0700 in the morning or a virgin train to Manchester at the same time.WAGN (who operate the Stanstead Express) are just like any other company-they exploit the market to their advantage.It's like football clubs who charge away supporters more than home fans-they know full well that away supporters aren't going to turn round and go home having travelled all the way to the venue.
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