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Stansted vs Heathrow

I'm sure this has been asked before, but I don't see a recent discussion of it. I'm flying from Munich to London in July. I can find tickets on EasyJet for $300 less than on Lufthansa. (There are 4 of us). EasyJet goes to Stansted, Lufthansa to Heathrow. Looks like about $75 for train from Stansted to Liverpoool Station vs. $10 tube fair from Heathrow. That still makes Stansted much more affordable. I've never flown EasyJet, but priced it out so that I could bring luggage and pick seats. Is the price difference worth it? How much farther out is Stansted?

Thanks!

Posted by
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" Looks like about $75 for train from Stansted to Liverpoool Station"

Don't ask for tickets to "Liverpool station" or you could end up 200 miles from London, Liverpool Street station is the one you want.

Posted by
12546 posts

Where are you going in London? Looks like the train from Stansted to Liverpool Station takes 47 minutes; tube from Heathrow T5 to Piccadilly Circus takes 49 minutes. Less if you are not going that far. So which is more convenient depends on where your hotel is.

The train would be more comfortable, especially with luggage.

As for cost, the tube fare would be £24 (£6 per person) if you pay cash; less if you have four Oyster cards ( between £3.10-£5 depending on time of day). Any way you figure it, it is more than $10 for four people.

Posted by
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Sorry, I didn't type that right, I did check rates to Liverpool street station. Also, the fares for the tube were based on 2 of us being kids/teens and it will be on a weekend so the fares were slightly lower.

From what you're saying it sounds like it's not a bad idea to use Stansted? Our location is London is still TBD, so I can accomodate as needed. (We leave 3 days later from Heathrow.)

Posted by
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I had not tried EuroWings, but it looks like it's the exact same flights as Lufthansa and the same fares. Thanks for the tip, though.

Posted by
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The rail fare can be as little as £8 if you book in advance from the Stansted Express website.