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Taxi airport transfers versus Minibus – the easyBus advantage

If you want to get from Central London to Gatwick, Stansted or Luton airport, easyBus is the only sensible choice, especially when compared to taxis.

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What is the cheapest way to get to Stansted from London?

You’re all set to go on holiday: you’ve booked the flights, reserved the accommodation, sorted the travel insurance and collected your spending money. You’ve already forked out so much money for your trip, yet there’s one final cost to pay that you may have forgotten – the travel to and from Stansted airport. However, this additional cost needn’t strike fear into your heart, as it doesn’t have to be expensive. It all depends what form of transport to choose to take.

Let’s take a look at your different options if you’re travelling from London.

Driving

You could, of course, choose to drive yourself to Stansted Airport, but the high car park fees might put you off. Unless you book in advance (and even then it’s not cheap), then you can expect to pay £18 a day for the privilege of parking in Stansted’s long-stay car park. It may not seem like a lot at first, but it soon adds up, especially if you’re going away for one or even two weeks. For example, a seven-day stint at £18 a day would cost you £126!

The short-stay car park is an even more expensive choice, as you can expect to pay around £140 to leave your car there for a week. Stansted’s Meet and Greet service will set you back about £273 for a holiday of the same length! Ouch.

Plus, there’s the price of petrol to consider, which we all know isn’t cheap these days. Money shouldn’t be your only concern though; if your flight is due to leave early in the morning, there’s little chance you’re going to be awake enough to drive to the airport at 3 am. In fact, doing so could prove to be quite dangerous, so it’s probably best to take another mode of transport.

Taxi

Although you won’t have to drive yourself, taking a taxi can be just as expensive – if not more so – than taking your own car to Stansted Airport. A one-way journey from Old Street tube station to Stansted could set you back around £61. Even if you split that cost between a couple of other holidaymakers, it’s still a fairly pricey trip.

Stansted Express train

Yes, you guessed it; the airport’s very own Stansted Express train isn’t all that cheap either. If you’re travelling between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport, a standard class return ticket will set you back £33.20. The journey is even more expensive if you’re taking children, as a child’s fare will set you back £16.60. It’s not much cheaper to travel to the airport from Stratford or Tottenham Hale either, with standard adult tickets costing £32.80 and £32.00 respectively.

Coach

Although not the most expensive option, National Express coaches aren’t the cheapest either. From London Liverpool Street, one-way tickets start from £10, plus a booking fee of £1. A one-way journey from London Victoria, on the other hand, will cost you a minimum of £12. These services aren’t direct ones, either. Terravision charges a similar amount, with prices starting at £9 for a one-way journey between London Victoria and Stansted. A one-way ticket to Stansted from London Liverpool Street will cost you at least £8 and again, it’s not a direct route.

easyBus

With prices starting at just £2, easyBus really is the cheapest way to get to Stansted Airport. There are two direct routes you can take from London – London City Old Street and Baker Street in the West End.

Baker Street is a popular easyBus route due to its convenient location. The station is connected to almost every tube line in the capital, so it’s easy to get to. Popular tourist attractions, such as Regent’s Park, Buckingham Palace and Bond Street are also located nearby. As it’s a direct route, the bus from Baker Street should only take around one hour and 15 minutes to reach Stansted – just enough time to plan what you’re going to do on the first few days of your holiday.

To find the easyBus stop from Baker Street Underground station, take the Marylebone exit when leaving the station. Once you’re outside, turn right and keep walking until you pass Glenworth Street. You then need to look out for a cross road; when you reach it, you’ll see bus stops S and 19 in front of you. If you’re going to Stansted, you need bus stop 19, which is right outside the Allsop Arms pub.

The Old Street station is a fairly new easyBus route and is also in a great location, right in the center of London. It’s only a short eight minute walk from Liverpool Street station too. From here, the journey to Stansted is somewhat shorter, taking approximately an hour to reach the airport. Again, it’s a direct route, so all you have to do is sit back and relax.

Finding the easyBus stop is just as straightforward. From Old Street station, exit at subway four and turn left onto Old Street. The bus stops you’ll need, F and G, will be directly in front of you; easy!

Our buses operate between 3 am and 11 pm from London, and you need to ensure you arrive at Stansted at least two hours before your flight is due to leave. Remember that if your plane is due to arrive earlier or later than expected, you can travel on any easyBus up to 60 minutes either side of your booked time – although a free seat isn’t guaranteed.

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Over 70s ‘travelling more than ever’

More pensioners travel more often now than they did when they were younger, a study has shown.

Gatwick Airport revealed the holiday trends of over 70s as it launched its bid to find Britain’s Oldest Traveller.

The study revealed that 55% of respondents have started travelling more than ever before, with having extra time (71%) and money (17%) highlighted as the main reasons.

Gatwick found that while most older travellers opt for a ‘staycation’ (86%), 48% like to go Spain, 25% enjoy France and 19% go to Italy.

Researchers quizzed 1,000 people for the survey, which also revealed that 30% of ‘OAT’s’ would like to have special assistance to make navigating airports and planes easier.

In 2011, Gatwick helped 381,000 passengers with reduced mobility, which represented a double-digit growth on the previous year.

Gatwick Airport’s Head of Terminal Operations, Paul Fitch, said: “At Gatwick we provide support and special assistance at every step of an airport journey – from the moment people enter our doors to the moment they leave. From customized transport and dedicated seating right through to specially trained staff, we’re dedicated to making the airport journey easier and more enjoyable for everyone.”

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One in five ‘works on holiday’

Almost one in five holidaymakers find themselves unable to switch off from work, according to a new survey.

Some 17% of Britons admitted they checked their emails throughout their time off, while 13% said they usually spent up to five hours a day working while on holiday.

Researchers at lastminute.com estimate that workers spent an average of 20 hours logged into their emails over the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday weekend.

Almost two-thirds of people said they continued to work until the day before their getaway, while 9% worked on the day of their departure, despite being busy with last-minute preparations such as packing, buying travel money and organizing airport transfers.

When asked why they continued to work on holiday, a quarter of respondents said it was because they liked to know what was going on back home.

Another 18% said they simply carried on working automatically when they go abroad, but more than one in 10 (12%) confessed that they did not trust their colleagues to manage without them. Men were more likely to mistrust their co-workers than women, the study found.

But more than a quarter of people (26%) said they had to continue working on holiday because there was no-one to cover for them while they were away.

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Travelling abroad boosts economy

A new report has shown that over £22 billion of the UK’s economy is made up from travellers buying British products before going away.

So, if you’re spending too much on items such as clothes, sun cream, toiletries and travel agent services then take solace in the fact that you’re helping the UK’s debt recovery!

According to a study, which was enabled by the travel company Abta, an average of £532 per person is spent before even reaching the airport to head off to sunnier climates.

And it doesn’t stop there, as almost £1.8 billion is spent at the UK duty free shops inside the airports to get holidaymakers in the mood before they actually leave the country, showed the figures from the Center for Economics Research.

Mark Tanzer, chief executive of Abta, said: “For too long it has been assumed that by going abroad on holiday, money is being taken out of the UK economy.

“The Government must recognize and support outbound travel in its current and future policies and planning strategies to deliver growth to the wider economy.”

Not only does the sector contribute hugely to the economy but it also directly employs around 620,000 people and makes up for 2.6% of all people in full-time jobs, which is significant in today’s job market.

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Britons prefer to travel than marry

Britons rate travelling the world higher than marriage and kids on their things-to-do-in-life list, with men and women having very different views on the importance of tying the knot.

Most women rated having children second on their list and marriage came in at fourth. However for men, marriage only scraped into the top 10, in ninth place, whereas having kids was third.

For both sexes though, travelling the world was ranked as the number one goal on the general public’s ‘bucket list’. Many Britons aim to have at least one foreign holiday a year, flying from major UK airports such as Heathrow and Stansted.

The poll, carried out by Microsoft search engine Bing, showed that men’s ambitions were more child-like than women’s and acting in a film, driving an F1 car and recording an album were in many top 10 lists.

In the same survey, Bing also asked people what their dream job would be, with pilot shown to be the preferred choice of most people in the UK.

Women and men both wanted to own a business though, with the majority of men stating they would like to own a bar or restaurant and women saying they would like to be in charge of a shop.

Not all selfish and flashy however – working for a charity was rated highly among the top 10 dream jobs, as well as being a writer or photographer.

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Best holiday prices found in May

May is looking to be a great month for booking cheap last-minute holiday deals, agents and operators have confirmed.

Prices for short-haul breaks in May are dropping in the six week run-up to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and booking now should secure the best bargain.

Although you do run the risk of the holiday selling out, it’s been shown that the ‘grab-and-go’ method will probably work out as the cheapest option. And flights are available from most major UK airports, such as Heathrow and Luton.

Mark Atwell, managing director at Dealchecker, said: “In this market, booking at short notice will usually secure the best deal.

“To be exact – you’ll get the cheapest price on a package holiday if you can hold off booking until one month before.”

For example, if you’ve booked a seven-night break to Spain in May around five months ago it would cost on average £300, whereas if you book it now, it’s available for £200.

This actually comes as a surprise with many not expecting the bigger companies to drop their prices.

Maria Whiteman, chief executive at Directline Holidays, said: “I didn’t expect short-haul prices to drop in May because most operators – especially Thomas Cook – dramatically slashed capacity in expectation of a tough year.

“In fact, there are some amazing prices in May, some made possible by bedbanks working with local carriers offering cheap flights.”

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Tourists more likely to visit churches

About half of British tourists like to visit churches while on holiday, but a much smaller proportion of these people do the same when they are at home.

A survey by Direct Line revealed that 49% attended churches and other places of worship when they are abroad, but 26% said they never visited a church when they were back in the UK and 25% had only done so on rare occasions.

Around 15% of the 2012 adults quizzed by the insurance company revealed they had been on a religious pilgrimage, a spiritual holiday or visited a holiday destination primarily for religious reasons.

Holidaymakers from London, possibly departing from locations such as Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted; Scotland and Northern Ireland are most likely to visit a religious attraction while on holiday, compared to those in the North West, the East and Yorkshire, all of whom would rather go on a beach holiday.

This study potentially puts paid to the notion that all Britons are interested in when they go on holiday is sunshine and sandy beaches.

Tom Bishop, head of travel insurance at Direct Line, said: “This research suggests that a large number of British tourists want to experience something other than sun, sand and a hangover from their holidays.”

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