London Stansted airport.
Stansted is the third largest airport in London in terms of passengers and certainly the most used by Italian travelers as the main base of the low cost airline Ryanair. Apart from the latter, all European low-cost airlines are present. It is also the only one in which voice announcements and information boards are said and written in English, Italian, Spanish and Polish. This gives a clear idea of the amount of people coming from these countries! To cover the 56 kilometers that separate it from the center we can choose between various transport options:
Stansted Express: fast train without stops arriving at Liverpool Street station in 45 minutes to a cost of £ 23 one way or £ 32 return. Extremely expensive (always "rich stuff") and therefore not recommended unless you are in tremendous delay for the flight. It has around four trains every hour, but it doesn't even travel at night, so if you choose this option I recommend checking the times.
This is my preferred option, for two reasons: the first is simply linked to the fact that the bus is damn cheap and the second because it's so "On the Road" to Jack Kerouac.
Here too there is plenty of choice and we can choose between different companies:
- National Express : each 15 / 30 minutes (day and night) Connects Stansted to / from Liverpool Street or Victoria Station. There are intermediate stops and the journey takes about 90 / 100 minutes (it varies depending on traffic, at night it is faster). The ticket costs around 10 £.
- Terravision has connections every 30 minutes to Liverpool Street and Victoria Station. Travel without stops so pretty fast, for a cost that is around £ 6. Service more basic but faster and at an unbeatable price. Recommended.
- Easybus : connections to Baker Street (a couple of subway stops from Paddington) every 30 minutes. The journey takes 70 minutes. Useful if the destination is in the North-West of London.