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1. Posted by Chantelli (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

How is one able to purchase a ticket for the Stansted Express (other than online) and pick it up? The site mentions buying online and using your credit card in an automated booth at Tottenham Hale Station.

Constantly mentioned is a ticket office, but an address is never given!
Also, I've heard it mentioned that you're able to buy a ticket from someone while on the train.

Can you buy a ticket at the station? I'm not sure when I want to depart for the airport, since I'll be sleeping there, and in no rush to catch a flight.

As a web designer, I'm very disappointed in their website.

2. Posted by holidayer (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

Hi Chantelli

Yes you can buy the ticket on the train and this is far easier.

A man (or woman) walks up and down the train and will ask you whether you want to purchase a ticket. By buying on the train you do not pay a higher price. Neat!

3. Posted by Virginie (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

This is such a great coincidence, I was coming on the forum to ask the same question, and this was the first subject! Haha, thank you. Still one question, we can purchase our ticket on the train, but are we sure to get a seat, or is it often crowded...
Thank you!

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 25, 2007, at 4:22 PM by Virginie ]

4. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

Some airlines also sell tickets on the plane. Which works out a little cheaper, and saves you some time, as you don't have to find the ticketbooth/machines, so you rush straight for the train.

Also note, that you can also take the bus to London, which is slower, but cheaper. check national expresshttp://www.nationalexpress.com/

5. Posted by holidayer (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

I would be surprised if you did not get a seat on this train!

Also, a couple of weeks ago I used the coach service which Herr Bert refers to: the journey is about 1.5 hrs to Victoria Station (rail and coach) and costs £10.

6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Alternatively use the slightly cheaper Terravision bus. Or the even cheaper Easybus (doesn't drop you by a useful station though.

7. Posted by waterlily (Budding Member 25 posts) 9y

If you're traveling from London to Stansted, you'll find plenty of machines at Liverpool Street station, so you do not necessarily have to buy the train ticket online. It costs GBP25 for return, quite cheap, and it's faster than taking a bus.

8. Posted by Chantelli (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

This is such a great coincidence, I was coming on the forum to ask the same question, and this was the first subject! Haha, thank you. Still one question, we can purchase our ticket on the train, but are we sure to get a seat, or is it often crowded...
Thank you!

Just found out that on certain days in the upcoming months it won't be a train, but a coach. Just thought I'd give you a heads up!

9. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 9y

Quoting Chantelli

This is such a great coincidence, I was coming on the forum to ask the same question, and this was the first subject! Haha, thank you. Still one question, we can purchase our ticket on the train, but are we sure to get a seat, or is it often crowded...
Thank you!

Just found out that on certain days in the upcoming months it won't be a train, but a coach. Just thought I'd give you a heads up!

That happens very often in that route unfortunately, so check in advance if the dates you are travelling are those with the bus replacement service. If it is so, DONT hesitate to go for the national express coach service, cause you'll end up paying £25 for the train, but travelling in a bus (which you would normally pay £10!! with national express!)

Good luck!

x x Miromar x x

10. Posted by Virginie (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

I was planning on taking the bus anyway because it runs 24/7... I started a new topic because I had forgotten this one, but I have another question. I am travelling alone, I have a plane to Helsinki to take on the 24th of may at 6h50.. It means that I have to leave london in the middle of the night... How safe is it, to get to the bus station, and wait for the bus there at 3 in the morning...? And is there any other solution... Should I leave earlier and spend the night in the airport...?
Thank you!

[ Edit: Edited on May 3, 2007, at 4:19 PM by Virginie ]