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Stansted Departures

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With our guide to Stansted Departures you can keep track of your flight with live information about any changes, read our frequently asked questions and check out links to some really useful Stansted Airport services like airport lounges and transfers.

Latest update: Wed 17 Apr 15:00
Wed 17 Apr 2024
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Popular Airlines at Stansted Airport
Airline Code
Contact number
0330 5515151
0113 868 4151
British Airways
0344 493 0787
0333 300 0042
0344 800 2777

Top Tips for flying from Stansted Airport

Use online check-in: One of the best ways to save time at the airport, encouraged by most airlines, online check-in before you fly can help you streamline your Stansted Departures experience and avoid queues. Some of the airlines, such as easyJet allow you to book in up to 30 days before your departure time so you can get that done before you even leave the house.

Drop your bags early: You can't do this one without leaving the house, but you can aim to do it as soon as you get to the terminal, drop your bags off early and you won't have to carry them around for any longer than necessary.

Book your parking in advance: This tip can save you time and money! By booking in advance you can head straight to the car park that you know has a space for you rather than having to check a few, and you'll often find you save money versus the on-the-day pricing.

Stansted Airport Lounge: One of the best ways to enjoy a relaxed experience at Stansted Airport is to book yourself into an airport lounge where you'll find free WiFi, drinks and good to keep you calm before your flight is ready to board.

Grab a transfer: Make sure you're covered for transport when you land at your destination, book one of our airport transfers to make sure you get to your resort or hotel with as little hassle as possible. We offer a range of transfers including shared coaches to keep the costs down and private cars for a little more luxury.

Getting to Stansted Airport

By Train: The train station at Stansted is located beneath the main airport building so when you arrive by train you'll only have to worry about a 2-3 minute walk to the terminal. The Stansted station is linked by rail to all major destinations across the UK.

By Car: London Stansted is located just off the M11, use Junction 8a if you're approaching from the London side or Junction 8 if you're coming from the Cambridge way. The Postcode to use for your sat nav is CM24 1RW and don't forget to book your Stansted Airport Parking in advance to save time and money at the airport.

Drop-off: You can drop passengers off at the Express Set Down area which is just a few minutes away from check-in. The cost of this is £7 for up to 15 minutes parking or £25 if you are there over 15 minutes. Your car must not be left unattended at this time. You can also drop-off or pick-up passengers at the Short Stay car park for a charge or the Mid Stay. The charges for these options are below:

Short Stay:

  • Up to 30 minutes - £10
  • Up to 1 hour - £18
  • Up to 2 hours - £22
  • Up to 4 hours - £35

Mid Stay:

  • Up to 1 hour - Free
  • Next hour - £5
  • After 2 hours - day rate

By Taxi: Why worry about driving to the airport or finding a parking space at all when you could book yourself an airport taxi, a professional driver who will happily pick you up from your chosen location and drive you to the airport.

By Bus: The Stansted Airport bus stati9on is just a 2-minute walk from the terminal and boasts waiting facilities, an onsite coffee shop, newsagents, payphones and toilets. There are frequent buses and coaches running to stops all around London. You can also book coaches from major UK cities, although these may not be direct to the airport.

Stansted Departures FAQs

How early do I need to be at Stansted Airport?

Stansted airport recommends you arrive at the terminal at least two hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure time. This should give you enough time to drop your bags and pass through security, remember to check-in online if you can.

How early do I need to be at Stansted for Ryanair?

The Ryanair Bag Drop desks open two hours before your scheduled departure time and close 40 minutes before your flight time. Ryanair recommends you arrive at your boarding gate at least 30 minutes before your flight.

How long does it take to get through passport control at Stansted?

On average it takes between 15-30 minutes to get through passport control at Stansted, however during peak periods it can take longer.

Is it worth paying for Fast Track at Stansted Airport?

Stansted Fast Track passes enable you to sail through airport security, bypassing the normal queues by stepping into the VIP Fast Track lane. For many people they are worth paying for as they eliminate not only the amount of time queueing, but also the associated stresses. We believe they're especially ideal for anyone on a tight timescale, families with young children and any elderly passengers.

Pre-book your Stansted Fast Track passes with Holiday Extras and save up to 20%.

How busy is it at Stansted?

Stansted is the third busiest airport in London (fourth busiest in the UK), serving, on average, over 27m passengers each year.

What are the busiest times at Stansted Airport?

Peak times at Stansted airport are in the morning from 8 am to 1 pm and in the evening from 5 pm to 10 pm.

What shops are in Stansted airport departures?

The Departures lounge at Stansted is the perfect place to enjoy some pre-holiday shopping and nab some airport exclusive savings. Stansted departures shops include high street stores such as Boots, FatFace, Harrods, JD, The Body Shop, World Duty Free and more.

What restaurants are in Stansted airport departures?

The restaurants at Stansted include: Burger King, Costa, Itsu, Wetherspoons, Leon, Pret and more.

Stansted Departures Overview

Stansted Departures - Ryanair

Ryanair is one of Europe's leading airlines and operates many daily Stansted departures to over 120 destinations. With millions flying with Ryanair each year we want to ensure you, the passenger, have a well-planned, hassle-free holiday.

Use our filter to select Ryanair as your airline, or type your flight number and/or date, and your scheduled flight will show in the list. From here you will find all the information needed for your Ryanair flight.

Useful Information:

Ryanair operates an online check-in procedure; you can do this from 15 days in advance and up to 2 hours before your flight. By doing this and printing your boarding pass online, you can save time spent on the pre-security procedures. It is important to remember your boarding pass as it is likely Ryanair will charge you to have it printed at the airport.

Stansted Departures - easyJet

EasyJet is one of Europe's most popular airlines, currently operating flights to over 27 destinations from London Stansted and serving millions of passengers.

The departures list above will supply you with helpful information about your airline with live updates so you can keep an eye on your flight.

Useful Information:

Whether you are travelling with a cabin bag or hold luggage, easyJet operates a quick, online check-in for all Stansted departures. You can check-in online and print your boarding pass from 30 days and up to 2 hours before the scheduled departures of your flight. There is only one terminal building at Stansted and you will find the easyJet Bag Drop in Zone C.

Stansted Departures - Jet2

Jet2 offers low fares and great value package holidays to some of Europe's most exciting destinations including Tenerife, Malaga, and Turkey. Jet2 is the 3rd largest airline in the UK and 2nd largest tour operator.

Useful Information:

With Jet2 you can check in online any time from 28 days before your flight up to six hours before your departure. You'll need to remember to print off your boarding passes or download them to your device. Alternatively, you can check in at the airport three hours before your scheduled departure.

Stansted Departures - TUI

From Spain to Greece, Egypt to Cyprus - TUI's Stansted departures are your gateway to the sun and some of the world's best beaches.

As with many airlines, TUI allows online check-in for all flights. You can print your boarding passes at home, simply drop any luggage at one of their Bag Drops and Check-in Desks up to 2 hours before your flight, and make your way through to the departure gate.

Stansted Departures - Pegasus Airlines

Pegasus has been flying for over 20 years and is Turkey's most established private airline. Flights to various Middle East connections on the Pegasus long-haul network, including Dubai, Tel Aviv, Tehran and Beirut are particularly popular.

Useful information:

Like many airlines, you can check-in online with Pegasus Airlines when flying from London Stansted. However, you may need to brush up on your Turkish when using the website to ensure you jet-off without a hitch. Alternatively, you can check-in three hours prior to scheduled departure. If there's any doubt, it is best to check directly with the airline.

Stansted Departures - Aurigny Airlines Services

Flights to the beautiful Channel Islands could not be easier with Aurigny Air Services Stansted departures. With daily flights from London Stansted to and from Jersey and Guernsey; it's easy to visit some of the best beaches and sample some of the finest food in Europe without leaving the British Isles.

Useful information:

Online check-in with Aurigny is available to passengers with or without hold luggage and is open 72 hours before departure. Aurigny's Bag Drop is Zone E and opens 2 hours 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Don't forget - Photographic ID is required despite travelling within the British Isles. Passengers who do not have a suitable ID will not be permitted to travel.

Stansted Airport Check-in

There's only one terminal at Stansted, and the check-in area is on the ground floor. Look for your flight number on the information screens near the entrance to see which desk you need.

Your airline or your ticket will be able to tell you your check-in time for definite, but as a guide Stansted airport recommends that you check in 2 hours before your flight is scheduled to depart. Don't forget with most airlines you can check-in online days before your flight for a smoother Stansted experience.

Many airlines - including easyJet, Ryanair, airberlin, Aurigny and Pegasus - now allow you to check in online, though some restrict this option to passengers with no hold baggage. If you check in online, make sure you print your boarding card, as some airlines will charge you to have it printed at the airport.

Baggage allowance at Stansted Airport

You should contact your airline to find out your allowance for both hold and hand baggage. Most airlines flying from Stansted only allow one item of hand luggage, which will be screened before you get onto the plane. The main restriction for hand luggage concerns liquids, which may only be brought into the cabin in volumes of 100ml or less. Find out more here.

Book Stansted Airport Parking and Hotels

Have you thought about where you're going to leave your car while you're on holiday, or whether you need somewhere to stay the night before your flight? It's best to sort your Stansted airport parking and Stansted airport hotel as soon as possible to get the best deals - the earlier you book, the more money you can save. If you need both airport parking and an airport hotel, your best bet is to go for one of our packages that combines both, as they're even better value than booking the two separately.

All information correct at time of writing. For the latest information please check with your airline.

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