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1. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 6y

I arrive at London Standsted Airport at 7am in a few days time and was wondering what to do about a coach connection.

You can buy National Express coach tickets on the internet for 28 pounds (to Swindon where I'm heading via Heathrow) but I didn't really want to buy a ticket for a set time in case my flight is delayed or it takes longer getting through customs, etc, and I miss my coach.

So is it simple enough to just buy a coach ticket at the airport? Like, do coaches often get fully booked? And is it cheaper to buy your ticket in advance or is it the same price to buy it at the airport?

And also are there plenty of ATMs at Standsted Airport?

Any help or advice regarding Standsted Airport would be appreciated. Thanks.

2. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

Mmmm. Not the easiest destination to get to in a straight line.
Quite honestly, your best bet would be to get the train from the airport to Swindon, via Central London.
There are advance fares available for less than €20. I don't think any UK coach company would be much cheaper and they'll all to take longer.

Here are two links to the train and coach options....

As you can see, the train works out cheaper and quicker.
Both coach and train trips involve a change en-route.

3. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

For some reason, two sites won't copy and paste today.

4. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

By the way.. There are plenty of ATM's at Stansted. It's the UK's 4th largest airport - after Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester.

5. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 6y

Cheers for the links.

I checked the prices for the train and a ticket from Stansted to Swindon costs 52 pounds 70 pence (seems to be a fixed price as all 16 trains on the day I want are the same price) so I think I'll stick to the coach.

Do you know if the coach will be the same price on the day as on the internet, i.e. 28 pounds? Just cos I don't want to buy my ticket in advance if possible in case my flight is delayed, so buying a ticket once I arrive at the airport would be the safer option.

6. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

The cheap train tickets are only available if booked in advance. On National Rail Enquiries, there are fares on their website for £12 single if booked in advance.
As far as the coaches are concerned, I don't know too much about their rules and regs - as I rarely use any coach other than Megabus.

7. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 6y

Weird. Yesterday every train ticket was coming up at 52 pounds 70 pence. I even checked the prices weeks in advance and they were all 52 pounds 70 pence (apart from one early morning ticket I found which was 56 pounds). Then today when I checked the prices had gone up to 64 pounds.

So then I tried and and they've got train tickets for a bargain 13 pounds 50. Then when I go back to they're also showing the 13.50 tickets as well. Dunno if the internet settings in this internet cafe are maybe dodgy or something.

Anyway, cheers for your help. Only problem now is the tickets are for a fixed time (with no refund) so if my flight is delayed I miss out, so I'll see what I decide.

8. Posted by 3L (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y

Not sure if it helps but check out the 'funfare' by National Express. You need to have a fixed date, however it's upgradable with terms where you have to pay the difference.

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