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London Stansted Airport (STN)

London Stansted Airport (STN)

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  • Massimiliano S.
    "Awesome airport because is in London city.."(60 Tips)
    Cyndie D.
    "prepared to walk a lot especially for Ryanair and Monarch flights."(56 Tips)
    Mark N.
    "Take the Stansted Express - the free wifi is great"(15 Tips)
    Gerry M.
    "You get an hours free wifi in the area where the checkin desks are"(30 Tips)
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  • johannakoll
    johannakollJanuary 22, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    If you want to refill your water bottle, the only fountain is provided by Itsu, located left of their tills. Free to use for anyone.
    Upvoted May 4
  • Sam F.
    Sam FinnemoreOctober 18, 2013
    Getting ready to head overseas to the land of expensive data? Don't forget to cache your maps! Open Google Maps, select the area you're travelling to in the frame of your screen and type 'OK maps'.
  • Dimitris T.
    Dimitris TzourisAugust 21, 2014
    If you have a choice between national ID and passport, go for passport because it will save you lots of time when entering the UK using the automatic passport/face scanners.
  • Pedro S.
    Pedro SilvaDecember 18, 2014
    If you lost your flight, find your way back to the outside area by following missed flights VP9 (go back through the way you came and you will eventually find it). Ryanair has a flat rate of 110£.
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DaddsDecember 13, 2013
    The zip bags that half the tips are complaining about paying for; they give them out at the bag X-ray bit free of charge. Quite polite too! (I'm here really early though if that makes a difference)
  • Ewe Jin L.
    Ewe Jin LeeDecember 13, 2014
    Get the meal deal for £3.75 at WHSmith which includes a sandwich, a drink and a snack bar/fruit for a quick bite. Try the piri piri chicken if you can't make up your mind!
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinOctober 30, 2016
    A lot less congested than Heathrow and Gatwick. The Windmill Wetherspoons pub does very good value food and real ales.
  • Lancelot P.
    Lancelot PatersonSeptember 18, 2013
    Best food and interesting views of flying angels bringing wine - wander over to the Radisson Hotel. Expensive but food definitely edible. Hotel rooms nice, if decorated like Austin Powers' wet dream.
  • Ania D.
    Ania DzianiaMay 18
    Been here 25+ times
    Slightly ridiculous there are no water fountains at the main hall - head to the gates to top up your water bottle, it's by gate 45 and you can always go back.
    Upvoted Jun 16
  • Krzysztof K.
    Krzysztof KołosowskiMarch 19, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    I really like that airport. It's crowded, sometimes the organization is bad but still it has its own charm. Try to get the latest flight once. You'll be surprised how calm it is.
  • Olga O.
    Olga OrlovaMarch 14, 2015
    Once 1 hour of free wi-fi (per device) has expired, you can still use: foursquare app, most google products (search, plus, blogspot, etc, but not gmail), the airport's official website (obviously)
    Upvoted May 13
  • Fatih K.
    Fatih KuranMay 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Stansted Express is running perfectly to Liverpool Street and it is the best way to commute. There is almost always a long queue for passport control upon landing
  • Edgars B.
    Edgars BudreikoMay 14, 2014
    Passport controll officer wished my girlfriend happy birthday :) With Ryanair u can take your cabin lugadge + a small handbag and now they have allocated seats aswell. Good value for price.
  • Tanya V.
    Tanya VNovember 27, 2016
    Impressively busy airport with lots of shops and cafes. Keep an eye on your flight status since it's a long walk from the entrance to gates entangled with shops
  • Melle E.
    Melle ElleJanuary 28, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    The airport is so much nicer after the renovation, lots of eateries and shops to choose between + large duty free shop.
  • Shane A.
    Shane A.May 31, 2014
    Use the bridge bar hidden around the corner from Wetherspoons but well sign posted - it's much quieter & therefore quicker service.
  • Matt A.
    Matt AndersonDecember 21, 2012
    Gourmet Hot Dog in the main concourse is the least Gourmet experience I have ever had. Served up a cold sausage and when I asked for a hot one the guy picked it up with his fingers and offered it.
  • Piotr K.
    Piotr KrawiecDecember 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Security here can be SUPER slow, invest in Fast Track. Train is the quickest (and IMHO, best) way to and from the city, unless you're going to the outskirts of London, then Uber might be better.
  • Ing
    IngDecember 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    My favourite regional airport, but beware if picking up / dropping off - short stay parking is extortionate. 2hrs free parking at nearby Birchanger Services - wait there for your passenger to call!
  • Andrea M.
    Andrea MilanaSeptember 6, 2014
    For a nice meal before at Stansted airport before you leave for your holiday destination I recommend the bridge restaurant fantastic food and affordable
  • M K.
    M KMay 20, 2012
    Be sure to leave extra time to get through security. Liquids 100mls and less must be placed in a 20cmx20cm resealable bag and kept out of your bag separately.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HainesJanuary 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    You can catch planes from here. There is also a direct train to London Liverpool Street. A few shops and cafes in the airport, it's what you'd typically expect of an airport.
  • Phil M.
    Phil MarshallMay 4, 2013
    Dropping people off by car? Follow signs for express set down, then you pay £2 at the exit. There's a change machine but you can pay by card! Free set down is at a car park a short free bus ride away
  • Joran K.
    Joran KikkeJune 13, 2012
    To get through security as fast as possible, join a queue that is near the middle. These queues feed both sides of the security islands, while the end queues only feed one side so move half the speed.
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WMarch 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't go straight to the wetherspoons for breakfast... Walk to the right of it through a corridor and you find the Bridge bar and restaurant. Much nicer and much quieter.
  • Ali S.
    Ali SufyanNovember 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try Stansteds official parking website to book parking in short term Orange. Costs about £10-15 more than long term but so convenient and no wait at all to get out of the airport.
  • Jonathan M.
    Jonathan M.November 26, 2015
    Well organized, great waiting area with lots of places to eat, to buy.. Great airport!
  • Luz Divina M.
    A nice aeroport! Plenty of Shops if you need to buy a gift. Also many places to have Lunch . And 1 h free wifi ;)
  • Daniel
    DanielAugust 29, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Sometimes it's a haven of peace and quiet, other times it's a heaving mess. There's no way of telling in advance which one it will be, so just be prepared for the latter...
  • Alia Anne Surtees J.
    This may be a shitty airport with very little internet, but the people at the DISABLED ASSISTANCE are AMAZING. They have gone out of their way to help me in all ways!!! (and I'm not disabled)
  • Christine R.
    Honestly a lot better than it used to be since the renovation. I’ll choose Stansted over Gatwick if coming from East London. (All is 100x better than Luton.)
  • Marc C. L.
    Marc C. LangeFebruary 27, 2014
    Def. take the national express buses, and not the ones by Terravision. NE has free WIFI and nice personnel while TV just keeps messing it up, and is unapologetic. Missing appointments because of them
  • Luca G.
    Luca GibelliJanuary 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Illustrius bar is in a quiet place, near gate 44. They serve a pretty decent Guinness. Recommended if you want to escape from the noise of the central hall, after security check.
  • Zanya
    ZanyaNovember 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    In a rush? Pay £5 or €6 for fast track security at door 1. It's by no means fast but it's still quicker than waiting in a queue of hundreds!
  • Jacob J.
    Jacob JaySeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    There's computers with printer in several places around the checkins to print boarding passes. Takes £2 of coins—pricier but no mucking around for a copy shop/net cafe in town, especially on Sunday!
  • Stefy R.
    Stefy RfwSeptember 3, 2014
    Nice airport! Costa coffe open all night! It is good if you need to wait your plane early in the morning. If you get here early you can find a comfortable seat!
  • Philip H.
    Philip HarknettAugust 16, 2013
    Happy to use Caffé Italia. Away from the main concourse, so much quieter. Great service & for the price, good valuee food! !
  • Peter J.
    Peter JohnsonJune 12, 2014
    When you foolishly forget to print your boarding pass again & Ryanair is demanding your first born child; head down to isle A and print it for £1 per hour & £1 per page at the computer kiosk.
  • Mark L.
    Mark LeeAugust 10, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Escape Lounge a good refuge ... Good selection of hot and cold food (pies, sausage rolls; potato, bean, green & couscous salads)
  • Serena M.
    Clean and modern but always far too cold from the dozens of automatic doors opening, not great when you are sat waiting for your flight in the early hours of the morning and it is freezing!
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RosenbergAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    As of August 2014, security is much improved & queues are much shorter. Plus you can be dropped off and picked up outside the terminal, rather than downstairs
  • Bardia K.
    Bardia K.January 1
    Might feel like a giant duty free shop with an airport attached to it. Worth exploring security lines to find the shortest; furthest left was out the door, furthest right had no queue at all.
  • Lauma Z.
    Lauma ZAugust 25, 2014
    Easy to get there by train (40 min from Liverpool Station) or bus, otherwise the airport is far away from London. Free WiFi is available for an hour and there are many shops ( quite expensive though).
  • Patricia W.
    Patricia WolmerFebruary 9, 2011
    If you're planning to spend the night to catch an early flight, be sure to arrive around 10pm, otherwise all the good seats to sleep on will have already been taken!
  • Melle E.
    Melle ElleDecember 28, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Loving the new look with some good shopping and selection of restaurants. The electronic check in machines will let you have 20.9 kg before charging you.
  • Crazy Bob
    Crazy BobMarch 4, 2013
    (1) on the train platforms, you can easily log on to the free wi-fi of the Stansted Express trains, even when you're not travelling by train; (2) if you need them, buy liquids baggies at Boots (40p).
  • Leonel S.
    Leonel SilvaAugust 14, 2014
    Try Bridge - Nice semi hidden pub after you cross the main hall and turn right. Nice breakfasts and pub food
  • Paul M.
    Paul MorrisMarch 14, 2013
    You can only use 2 clear bags for liquids even though dispensers sell in 4's. Stansted seem to have their own ruling on liquids over and above the EU directive of 1ltr in 100ml bottles!
  • Janar M.
    Janar MeriloMarch 18, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The new self bag drop is super quick. Took max 10 minutes to drop the bag.
  • eDreams
    eDreamsApril 16, 2012
    After security check head to Pret A Manger where where you can enjoy a coffee as you watch the planes land and take off through the giant windows.
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