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How to get from Stansted Airport to London:

As far as travel by train is concerned there 2 main options.

Stansted to Liverpool Street Station

1: The Stansted Express.
The Stansted Express is a train service that runs between Stansted Station just below the main terminal and London Liverpool Street Station in the City of London using Class 317/7 and 317/8's EMU trains. The train makes one stop as Tottenham Hale on route.
the journey takes apx 45 minutes and costs from single £16.60 , return £28 to Liverpool Street Station
>>>read more here

2: Mainline Option
National Rail run two routes from Stansted into London.
the line connects the following stations Stansted Mountfitchet, Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth, Harlow Mill, Harlow Town, Roydon, Broxbourne, Cheshunt, Tottenham Hale, Stratford and terminates at London Liverpool Street.
the journey takes 45-50 minutes and costs apx from £16.60 standard single fare
The other route terminates at Stratford in East London and goes via Stansted Mountfitchet, Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth, Harlow Mill, Harlow Town, Roydon, Broxbourne, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, Enfield Lock, Brimsdown, Ponders End, Angel Road, Northumberland Park and Tottenham Hale. This route runs weekdays only.
The route to Stratford gives you connections to the Docklands and East London.

Train To Central London

Stansted Airport to Victoria Station

The above options will get you into the City of London and East London districts. To get to central London (Victoria Station) you will need to get out at Tottenham Hale Station and change over onto the London tube network. Take the Victoria line train (make sure its going in the right direction i.e. towards Victoria).
the journey takes 70-80 minutes and costs from apx from £19 standard single fare as a through ticket

Stansted to St Pancras/Kings Cross

One of the 5 main railway stations in London for UK connections. The biggest service operating from here is the Eurostar service to Paris in France. You cant do this without a switch of trains unfortunately, so you will need to to change trains at Tottenham hale. You can still book a single ticket for a through fare though.
Total Time Required: Around 1 hour
Total Cost: Around from £19

Bus and Coach Services
National Express have the following routes that terminate at London Victoria Station in central London:
A4 and the A6 - Golders Green, Finchley Road Underground Station, St Johns Wood, Baker Street, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Victoria.
Operates up to every 10 minutes - 24 hrs a day.
the A4 and A6 takes around 90-120 minutes and cost depends on how far ahead you book around £13 (from £5 advance, off peak).
>>>Detailed Information for National Express London Routes

The A9 route is a non-stop service to London Stratford in East London every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day.
the A9 takes around 45-65 minutes to Stratford and costs apx. £11 (from £6 advance, off peak)
From Stratford you can use the Central Line on the tube network to transfer into Liverpool Street, Holborn and Central London.
The docklands light railway connects to Stratford Station for routes in the Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf.
The Jubilee Line connects Stratford to Canary Wharf and Waterloo.
Please note that there is also
National Express timetables, services and fares

Terravision Coaches run two routes from the airport .
1: A50 Express Shuttle to London Victoria
A non-stop service between Stansted Airport and London Victoria, departing from coach bay 26.
fare: £9 to Kings Cross, £10 to Liverpool Street, £10 to Victoria
takes around 75-95 minutes

2: A51 to London Liverpool Street Station via Bromley-by-bow and terminates at Finsbury Square after the Liverpool Street Stop.
fare: £9 to Kings Cross, £10 to Liverpool Street, £10 to Victoria
takes around 55-70 minutes

Easybus do not have their own bus service from Stansted Airport, they simply resell other companies services, currently National Express and Airport Bus Express.
Cost using their booking facility: £1.95- £12
Journey Time:

Full Easy details here

Shared bus service to hotels in London

Minicab: Takes around 55-90 minutes and costs around £70 . Will vary considerably depending on car type and company used.
Taxi: There is a taxi service that ranks up outside the terminal and with a desk inside the terminal.
Rental Car: major companies have rental desks inside the terminal.

By road depends on where In London you are going.
To Central and East London.
Leave Stansted and follow the signs for the M11 South towards London. Keep going till you hit the A406 North Circular Road.  For East London keep straight onto the North Circular towards Ilford and Romford.  For Central London and the City of London take a right onto the the A406 North Circular Road  towards North London. You think take  a left onto the A104 South and pick up the Lea Bridge Road. This takes you into the Clacton/Hackney area. Basically from this point you head south towards the City of London to pickup the  A3211 along Tower Hill and down to the Victoria Embankment. This takes you down to Parliament Square or Trafalgar Square depending on where you turn off. This is central London.
20 min To North and West London.
For this journey the best way is to head South down the M11 and pickup the M25 Towards Heathrow and the A1, anticlockwise. You then have a choice of turn off depending on where in London you are going. Taking the A1 south will bring you into North London and Brent Cross. The A1 goes into central London. You can also take the A406 North Circular West bound from the A1 for areas in West London.
To South London
You can either take the M25 Clockwise towards Dartford and then come back in on the appropriate turn off or head into Central London and cross the River Thames into the South.

view UK and London route planners.

Expect your journey by car/taxi/minicab to central London take 55-90 minutes.
To City of London expect your journey to take 40-60 minutes'
Expect your coach journey to central London airport to take 90-120 minutes.
The distance from Stansted Airport to Central London is 31.3 miles/50.4 km to central London
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