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Gateway to Europe ?

Luton might argue the point, but with Ryanair and Easyjet both flying all over Europe from here, Stansted Airport gets my vote. Manston was a new challenger for the south-east, but only had one airline, EUJet and a fraction of the flights, so had a long way to go to catch up. Sadly the company owning both Manston and EUJet went bust, so the future of Manston is very much undecided.

There is loads of information about Stansted on VT, and I'm not going to repeat here a lot of facts that have been given elsewhere, although some of them have found their way into my tips. Lets just say that if you live on this side of London, it's the gateway to Europe.

Ryanair and Stansted

A few years ago Ryanair started flying from Stansted, and the operation took off (sorry) in a big way and outgrew the facilities. So they built a whole satellite wing just for Ryanair, with its own access route - you don't get to go on the train - you have to walk. You do get a different view of the apron though as you trudge down the escalator, over the bridge, along the corridor, up the escalator, over the bridge, down the corridor .......


.......... until you finally reach the departure gate, and wait for the flight to be called. No allocated seats on Ryanair, so everyone stays close to the gate to try and get on first. Eventually the flight is announced, "please wait to be called forward", but someone twitches, and there's a rush to form a queue ......

......... where you stand for another fifteen minutes until they let you board. Such is life on the no-frills flight ! At least Ryanair are now letting the third of the flight with the lowest boarding card numbers on first, so if you get there before the check-in opens you stand a chance of geting a decent seat on the plane.

You get what you pay for - NO FRILLS ! But why spend loads on the flight when it's only a couple of hours - save it for a decent hotel. Of course there is a downside - queues at the gate because the seats are unreserved, no nasty free airline food, the seats in the newest planes don't recline AT ALL, but what do you expect if you can occasionally grab a flight for under a fiver + taxes i.e. return for two = £ 55 ( say 75 euros) from Stansted to Jerez - a 2.5 hour flight.

I can't tell you much about the area near Stansted, where to stay or where to eat - as we live so close we've never had more than breakfast on the way through - and that particular cafe in the airport has now closed. But there are one or two nice pubs in the area, so I have written tips on those.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Bright modern airport, with good facilties and security
  • Cons:The queues for check-in and the security checks.
  • Last visit to Stansted: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2009 at 1:04 AM

    Thanks for your interesting story, Andrew! ><><

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Andrew, Thanks for this page. Will travel through the airport on Tueasday and Thursday :) PJ

  • poons's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Have a great evening you lot. Those pubs sound good! How's the brekkie in Stanstead? Don't answer that.... I'll hang out for 11'ses in Karlsruhe ;o)

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    nice littel page. great tips on those local pubs.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2007 at 12:11 AM

    I once flew from Stanstead to Frankfurt-Hahn on my way to visit tini58de and madschick.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2007 at 9:55 AM

    Andrew, nice little page about the English no-frills gateway to Europe ... :o)

  • Jan 15, 2007 at 7:45 AM

    Oh yes! Well done! Congratulations ;-)))

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2007 at 2:55 PM

    I found them :) Invaluable advice that... re being so far from Central London. Most people do not realise this at all!

  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    Good transport tips. Though I always use the Terravision bus for getting to Stansted. It's the cheapest at 14 pounds return and it's a very reliable service. I must remember those restaurants if I ever stay up there before flying.

  • sue_stone's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2007 at 10:26 AM

    Haven't had the pleasure of Stansted yet..... but I know where to eat if I am in the area!


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