Below are some tips for getting from Stansted Airport to Knightsbridge via various transport methods.
The quickest and most affordable way to get to Chelsea from Stansted is by taking a combination of train, tube and possibly bus services. First, grab the Stansted Express train service from the airport. Make sure it is the train travelling towards London Liverpool Street. Stay on until the last top which is Liverpool Street station.
Once you arrive at Liverpool Street Station, right across the platforms is Liverpool Street underground. Take the central line(red), to Holborn which is only 5 stops. At Holborn change for the Piccadilly line(purple line), once on the train, it’s another 6 stops to Knightsbridge. Below is a map of the London Underground but you can download a pdf copy as well.
Another option is a combination of buses, a train and tube services. From the Stansted Airport Coach station, you can grab bus 510 towards Harlow. Stay on it for 20 stops until it reaches Harlow Bus Station (stop B). From there walk a short way to Bishop’s Stortford and board a Greater Anglia train towards London Liverpool Street. Stay on this train until Tottenham Hale.
At Tottenham Hale swap platforms for the Victoria (blue) line and grab the southbound Victoria tube for Green Park. This will mean staying on the Victoria Line train for 8 stops, then getting off at Green Park and taking a short walk to Knightsbridge. This option is a lot more complicated than the Stansted Express alternative, and not as advisable.
Note: The Stansted Express requires its own ticket which can be purchased in advance or from a ticket desk at the airport. In order to travel on the London Underground system as well as the bus system, you can use an Oyster Card, buy a paper underground ticket or travel pass or use a contactless payment card. If you use the last option, the system will simply calculate your fare and take the payment from your bank account at the end of the day.
Coach / Bus
There are coach services operating from Stansted Airport to London Victoria Coach Station. The National Express is the most popular, with tickets costing around £5-£7 and the trip taking a total of 2 hours and 5 minutes. From London Victoria, the best option is to take the C1 Bus from bus stop V, and stay on it for 8 stops until you reach Knightsbridge Station/Harrods (stop KC).
Black Cab / Uber
The black cab option, which can be booked through the Gett app, from Stanstead to Chelsea takes about one hour and a half and costs up approximately £194, depending on traffic levels and the time of day. Alternatively, you can book and Uber through the Uber app which will only cost you £63, for the same travel time.
It is, of course, possible to rent a car at Stansted airport, but considering the cost of parking in central London and how difficult it can be to manoeuvre a car in the densely packed city, it is ill-advised to use a privately rented car; instead, I would suggest public transport as the easier and more affordable option. We have also shared tips on where to park in Kensington and Chelse if you do take this option.