London Stansted Airport (STN) is located in the Essex district of Uttlesford, near the Hertfordshire border. The airport offers flights to about two hundred destinations around the world, which makes it a viable alternative to London airports such as Heathrow. Coaches to Stansted leave London’s Victoria station about every half hour, with an almost round the clock service to coincide with flight departures. The journey of around 42 miles is direct, and takes about two hours.
The Stansted airport passenger terminal, not far from the village of Stansted Mountfitchet, serves as the main coach station for the district. On arrival, passengers use the air-bridge or a people mover from the Stansted Airport Transit System to access the departure buildings.
Airport Bus Express runs the coaches to Stansted from Victoria, while National Express coaches arrive from Oxford. Victoria station offers passengers extensive shopping, eating, and bathroom facilities. Passengers may purchase luxury goods in advance from the Stansted airport website, and collect the items on arrival. A complimentary transfer service is available to passengers booking accommodation in one of Stansted’s many hotels.
Coach travel to Stansted is inexpensive, regular and predictable, providing an alternative to finding a scheduled flight from a London airport. Airlines that fly from Stansted airport and that provide a world-wide service include British Airways, EasyJet, Eurowings and Ryanair. In addition, tour operators Tui and Thomas Cook are based at the airport.
Many people travel routinely to and from the airport, unaware of the delightful, nearby village of Stansted Mountfitchet. Only three miles away, this ancient place is actually quite tech-friendly, and local businesses have gained Google recognition for making creative use of the web. Visitors to the town can expect an interesting day out and attractions include the House on the Hill Toy Museum, with its extensive collection of childhood memories. In addition, visitors can see Mountfitchet Castle and Norman Village. Once a month, an eighteenth-century working windmill is open to the public. About one mile south of the village is St. Mary the Virgin's church, which retains some features of the twelfth-century building. The Stansted Mountfitchet railway station provides alternative travel to the village.