January 20 2010

Easy transfer to and from London Gatwick Airport, Stansted & Luton Airport.

Are you looking for a cheap way to transfer from London to Gatwick, Stansted or Luton Airport?-  then read this article.

One of the cheapest shuttle services running from Central London to three of London Airports: Gatwick, Stansted and Luton is called easyBus. They provide London’s low-cost airport shuttle bus service. As far as I know it functions separately from well known easyJet airlines, so everybody, not just easyJet passengers may use it. At first, when they started I was convinced that they were targetting and serving easyJet customers only, but was not true . The service started just few years back and just like so called cheap airlines such as easyJet, RyanAir, WizzAir gained already many loyal customers. The question I would like to get an answer to is if easyBus really is the cheapest and most convenient way of travelling to and from London Gatwick Airport, Stansted Airport & Luton Airport?

Lets find out the answer to the first part of the question, if the easyBus really can be

the cheapest way of getting to and from central London to Gatwick Airport, Stansted Airport & Luton Airport.

They advertise that the prices for online bookings starts from only 2 pounds for a one way journeys and the bus runs every 15-20 minutes. Can this be true? Well no other way but to check it yourself. So I went on their website and as selected the date exactly two month ahead. Could I find a cheap £2 ticket for a transfer from London Central to Stansted Airport? Common, two month in advance it should be there. They say when you book in advance you could save more. Well two months is well in advance to my standards, but there are so many ‘standards’ in today’s world I really could not predict what to expect.

How much does a transfer to Stansted Airport cost, is it expensive or is cheap?

I filled in a transfer booking form and…
…there were 10 x £2 ticket choices of tranfers to Stansted for that day. First for 1:45am, second for 2:30am, then 11:45am and then seven in a row starting from 19:15 until the last one at 23:05. The most expensive transfer price with easyBus for thet particular day was at £7.75. I quickly went through other days prices and could not find a ticket for more than £7.99- NOT BAD. Train tickets must surelly be more expensive and after checking the express coach service from Victoria which was priced at £10.
I could finally confirm that at that point of my search easyBus could probably be the cheapest way to transfer to Stansted Airport from London. When I later checked other routes from London to Gatwick Airport and Luton it only confirmed that their prices can start from as low as £2 when you are willing to travel in off peak hours.

But is it the most convinient, comfortable way to transfer from London to London Airports: Gatwick, Stansted and Luton?

Well in my opinion it all depends where you live in London, and also how many of you are transfering to or from the airport. Since for those who live far from the Central London or one of the stop it can get more expensive than expected. If you are a group of 4 tourists located in one of the hotels near Heathrow willing to get to London Gatwick Airport a licensed private hire minicab service or a taxi can work cheaper for you than any form of public transport or a coach/shuttle. So make up your own mind, do the search as sometimes seemingly cheap looking options turn to be the most expensive ones.

This should not be the place where you finish your search, but where you start it. Below I enclosed the easyBus stops on the way to the three airports to give you a good start.

London-Luton transfer:

Route, bus stops:

1. London Victoria Buckingham Palace Road Stop 6
2. Marble Arch – Park Lane, Bus Stop 14A
3. London Baker Street / Gloucester Place
4. Near O2 Center Finchley Road Station
5. Brent Cross, A406, Shopping Center
6. Luton Airport, Terminal Bus Station

London Stansted:

Route, bus stops:

1. London Baker Street
2. Stansted Airport Coach Station Stop 12

London Gatwick:

Route, bus stops:

1. Fulham Road Fulham Broadway stop near L UG
2. Gatwick Airport North Terminal

And remember that there is a luggage allowance. You can have a 1 check-in baggae of total weight not exceeding 23kg and a hand luggage which should not exceed 5kg in weight, but I would advise you to check it on the website as it was true at the time of writting this article and could have change since then.

Have a safe journey.

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