Best Hostels near Stansted AriportStansted Airport is one of the UK’s busiest airports and one of the main airports serving the capital city of London. It’s a base for many low-cost carriers and serves more European destinations than any other airport in the UK.

Located in Essex and some 68 kilometers / 42 miles from Central London, finding a good hostel near the airport can be a challenge. London and its urban sprawl are huge!

Our team of travel writers have hunted high and low to bring you the very best hostels near Stansted Airport to make your trip planning that much easier. We’ve covered all types of hostel too, ensuring that everyone can find the perfect place to stay.

Flying to or from Stansted? Check out this list of the best hostels near Stansted Airport… some are absolute crackers!

Quick Answer: Best Hostels Near Stansted Airport

Overall best Hostel Near Stansted Airport – Clink78
Best Hostel Near Stansted Airport to Catch an Early Flight – Bury Lodge
Best Hostel Near Stansted Airport to Catch an Early Train – YHA London St Pancras
Best Hostel Near Stansted Airport for Solo Travelers – The Birds Hostel
Best Party Hostel Near Stansted Airport – The Dictionary Hostel
Best Hostel for Business Travelers Near Stansted Airport – Chimneys
Best Hostel for Couples Near Stansted Airport – Stanwell
Best Hostel Near Stansted Airport for Families – Little Bullock’s Farm
Best Cheap Hostel Near Stansted Airport – No. 8 Seven Sisters
Best Luxury Hostels Near Stansted Airport – The PitStop
Best Hostel with a Private Room Near Stansted Airport – The White House

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Best Hostels Near Stansted Airport

Overall Best Hostel Near Stansted Airport

• Clink78 •

Clink78 has loads of free stuff in a super cool building, close to Stansted Airport

Clink78 has loads of free stuff in a super cool building, close to Stansted Airport

  • Cost – $$
  • Distance to Stansted Airport 58.4 km / 36.3 miles
  • Time to Stansted Airport by taxi: 55 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by train: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by bus: 1 hour 50 minutes

The unique and atmospheric Clink78 is our choice for the overall best hostel near Stansted Airport. It’s housed in a former court where the famous novelist Charles Dickens used to work and where many high-profile cases were heard.

There’s a cool bar in the basement, with live music, DJs, drinks promotions, and varied events.

Shoot some pool or play foosball with new friends. If you’re more in the mood to chill out, the TV lounge is perfect. There’s a well-equipped kitchen and the hostel has a tour desk.

oin the free daily walking tours to explore the local neighborhood. The hostel offers free Wi-Fi and other great facilities include laundry facilities, luggage storage, lockers, and an elevator.

There are mixed and female-only dorms and private rooms to choose between.

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Best Hostel Near Stansted Airport to Catch an Early Flight

• Bury Lodge •

Bury Lodge offers a unique stay, and it's very close to Stansted Airport

Bury Lodge offers a unique stay, and it’s very close to Stansted Airport

  • Cost – $$$
  • Distance to Stansted Airport 6.4 km / 4 miles
  • Time to Stansted Airport by taxi: 10 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by bus: 20 minutes

Situated just 6.4 kilometres / 4 miles from the airport, the lovely Bury Lodge is our recommendation for the best hostel near Stansted Airport to catch an early flight.

Set in pretty gardens, the hostel has private rooms for two, three, and four. Each room is en suite with a desk, TV, kettle, and hairdryer. Some rooms offer disabled access.

Daily housekeeping services keep everywhere clean and tidy. Onsite parking is available for free. There’s also a tour desk to make your explorations of London a breeze.

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Best Hostel Near Stansted Airport to Catch an Early Train

• YHA London St Pancras •

YHA London St Pancras is near Euston Station, King’s Cross Station, and St Pancras Station.

YHA London St Pancras is near Euston Station, King’s Cross Station, and St Pancras Station.

  • Cost – $$
  • Distance to Stansted Airport 59.7 km / 37.1 miles
  • Time to Stansted Airport by taxi: 1 hour
  • Time to Stansted Airport by train: 1 hour
  • Time to Stansted Airport by bus: 1 hour 55 minutes

YHA London St Pancras is one of the best hostels near Stansted Airport to catch a train from Euston Station, King’s Cross Station, or St Pancras Station.

The free maps help you to find your way around the area and the friendly members of staff are happy to point you in the right direction. There are single-gender dorms for six and a range of private rooms.

YHA London St Pancras has a nice common room, round-the-clock security, laundry facilities, and a café-cum-bar.

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• Keystone House Kings Cross •

Keystone House Kings Cross

  • Cost – $$
  • Distance to Stansted Airport 58.6 km / 36.4 miles
  • Airport shuttle
  • Time to Stansted Airport by taxi: 1 hour
  • Time to Stansted Airport by train: 1 hour
  • Time to Stansted Airport by bus: 1 hour 50 minutes

Keystone House is another great hostel for travellers catching an early train from King’s Cross or St Pancras Station.

There are mixed dorms for four, eight, and 16, or females can check into a 16-bed ladies-only dorm. The private rooms for two and three make it a great choice for couples and groups of friends too. Children are allowed if staying with their parents in a private en suite room.

You can chill and mingle in the bar and on the terrace, and bike rentals and free maps help you get out and about and explore. Security measures include CCTV and lockers.

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• St Christopher’s Inn – London Bridge •

St Christophers Inn - London Bridge

  • Cost – $$
  • Distance to Stansted Airport 63.6 km / 39.5 miles
  • Time to Stansted Airport by taxi: 1 hour
  • Time to Stansted Airport by train: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by bus: 1 hour 40 minutes

St Christopher’s Inn – London Bridge is the best hostel near Stansted Airport to catch an early train from Waterloo Station, the busiest train station in the UK.

There are private rooms for two and four, as well as mixed dorms of different sizes. The onsite bar has live music every Friday night and guests can head on over to the sister hostel for heaps more partying and entertainment.

The sociable common rooms make it easy for travellers to meet other cool folks. Handy features include laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, baggage storage, lockers, meeting rooms, and a tour desk.

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• Astor Victoria •

Astor Victoria

  • Cost – $$
  • Distance to Stansted Airport 68.4 km / 42.5 miles
  • Time to Stansted Airport by taxi: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by train: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by bus: 1 hour 55 minutes

The award-winning Astor Victoria is the best hostel near Stansted Airport to catch an early train from Victoria Station. Small and cosy, the hostel has strong homey vibes and it’s easy to meet people.

The vibe is peaceful come bedtime, and there’s a wide range of mixed and female-only dorms and private rooms to suit all kinds of travellers.

There’s 24-hour security and reception. You’ll find a TV and movies, books, board games, and a PlayStation in the comfy common room, and the shared kitchen has everything you need to cook a tasty meal.

Laundry facilities, left luggage, friendly staff members, free Wi-Fi, a café, lockers, and key-card access add to the appeal.

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Best Hostel Near Stansted Airport for Solo Travelers

• The Birds Hostel •

The Birds Hostel has a fun a friendly vibe, plus it's super easy to get to or from Stansted Airport

The Birds Hostel has a fun a friendly vibe, plus it’s super easy to get to or from Stansted Airport

  • Cost – $
  • Distance to Stansted Airport 46.8 km / 29.1 miles
  • Time to Stansted Airport by taxi: 40 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by train: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by bus: 1 hour 35 minutes

With a quirky theme that honours the famous Alfred Hitchcockmovie of the same name, The Birds Hostel is a fun and friendly hostel for solo travellers near Stansted Airport.

There are mixed dorms for six and nine as well as six-bed dorms for females only. Soak up the community spirit and meet others in the fantastic bar, which is stocked with an array of craft beers, and feast on delicious cuisine.

Breakfast is free and the hostel has tea and coffee making facilities. The price is budget friendly and guests get discounts on food and drink in the bar. Other perks include free Wi-Fi, lockers, and luggage storage.

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• Greenways Lodge •

Greenways Lodge

  • Cost – $
  • Distance to Stansted Airport 9.7 km / 6 miles
  • Time to Stansted Airport by taxi: 15 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by bus: 45 minutes

Greenways Lodge is the best hostel near Stansted Airport for solo travellers who want to stay in a beautiful private room in a tranquil setting.

The hostel borders the beautiful Hatfield Forest Country Park, and there are walking trails within easy reach of the property.

The en suite single rooms offer terrific value for money and come with a TV and tea and coffee maker. Toiletries are provided and there’s free parking. Luggage storage and Wi-Fi are available for an extra charge.

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Best Party Hostel Near Stansted Airport

• The Dictionary Hostel •

Onsite bar and easy to get to and from Stansted - this one was an easy choice!

Onsite bar and easy to get to and from Stansted – this one was an easy choice!

  • Cost – $
  • Distance to Stansted Airport 55.5 km / 34.5 miles
  • Time to Stansted Airport by taxi: 1 hour
  • Time to Stansted Airport by train: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by bus: 1 hour 20 minutes

Located in trendy Shoreditch, the lively Dictionary Hostel might not be right next to the airport but it’s on the right side of London for getting to and from Stansted.

It’s one of the best party hostels near Stansted Airport, with a fabulous onsite bar where there’s always something going on. There’s plenty of hip nightlife right on the doorstep too.

Housed within a former warehouse, the hostel has a really cool vibe. Common areas include a café (where guests enjoy discounts!), a rooftop terrace, and a kitchen.

There are mixed and female-only dorms in various sizes and private double rooms, some en suite and some with shared bathrooms.

Key-card access, lockers, free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, housekeeping, free breakfast, and a jobs board make your stay even sweeter.

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• Hostel One Camden •

Hostel One Camden

  • Cost – $$
  • Distance to Stansted Airport 64.4 km / 40 miles
  • Time to Stansted Airport by taxi: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by train: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by bus: 1 hour 45 minutes

Another fantastic party hostel near Stansted Airport, Hostel One Camden is run by travellers, for travellers.

Members of staff know exactly what many backpackers are looking for, from free evening dinners and happy hours in the bar below to the large basement common room with a TV, dining table, Wii, pool table, and comfy seats, free Wi-Fi, and laundry facilities.

Explore the area with new pals on the nightly bar crawls and book a range of tours onsite. Free tea and coffee is available throughout the day to help blow the cobwebs away.

There are mixed dorms for four, six, eight, and 12, as well as double rooms with shared bathrooms. Lockers and 24-hour security help you feel at ease.

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Best Hostel for Business Travelers Near Stansted Airport

• Chimneys •

Chimneys is a great hostel to rest your weary head

Chimneys is a great hostel to rest your weary head after business meetings

  • Cost – $$$
  • Distance to Stansted Airport 10.5 km / 6.5 miles
  • Time to Stansted Airport by taxi: 15 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by train: 15 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by bus: 35 minutes

Chimneys is our choice for the best hostel for business travellers near Stansted Airport. You’ll get a good night’s sleep in the comfortable single and double rooms.

Rooms have a private bathroom and a seating area, along with a TV, iPod docking station, free Wi-Fi, wardrobe, kettle, and high-quality free toiletries.

The property offers a family feel, ideal for putting you at ease after a day of work or meetings, and you can chill in the shared TV lounge.

The free breakfast helps you prepare for each day ahead. Laundry and dry cleaning are easy to take care of (additional fees apply), and business travellers may find things like free parking and luggage storage useful.

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Best Hostel for Couples Near Stansted Airport

• Stanwell •

Double rooms and only 3.5km from Stansted Airport - Stanwell is our top pick for couples!

Double rooms and only 3.5km from Stansted Airport – Stanwell is our top pick for couples!

  • Cost – $$
  • Distance to Stansted Airport 3.5 km / 2.2 miles
  • Airport shuttle
  • Time to Stansted Airport walking: 35 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by taxi: 10 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by bus: 25 minutes

Stanwell is a cosy accommodation near Stansted Airport. Couples are sure to love the comfortable double rooms with private bathrooms.

Roomsat Stanwell are soundproofed and have a TV. Guests can prepare basic meals thanks to facilities like a fridge, microwave, oven, stove, kettle, and a wide range of cookware and utensils. The terrace and garden are pleasant spots to unwind and take it easy in a calm and peaceful setting.

Spend your evening cuddled up withyour love underneath the stars next to the outside fire. The property offers free Wi-Fi and paid parking. Other conveniences include luggage storage, airport transfers, and computers that guests can use.

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Best Hostel Near Stansted Airport for Families

• Little Bullock’s Farm •

Space for kids to play and only 6.5km from Stansted - Little Bullocks Farm is an easy choice for families

Space for kids to play and only 6.5km from Stansted – Little Bullocks Farm is an easy choice for families

  • Cost – $$
  • Distance to Stansted Airport 6.4 km / 4 miles
  • Time to Stansted Airport by taxi: 12 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by bus: 30 minutes

Little Bullock’s Farm is our recommended choice for the best hostel near Stansted Airport for families. Set in peaceful countryside, there’s plenty of space for little ones to run and play.

Children are sure to like the play area, complete with a trampoline and football pitch. There are twin, double, triple, and quadruple private rooms, each en suite and with comfy beds, a TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and a wardrobe.

Laundry services are available if you want to catch up on the essentials before flying to your next destination. Prices include breakfast.

There’s a wide choice of items to start your day with and the fact that breakfast is self service with no time restrictions makes it perfect for families who have an early flight to catch.

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Best Cheap Hostel Near Stansted Airport

• No. 8 Seven Sisters •

No. 8 Seven Sisters is highly reviewed for their comfort and convenience- and we agree!

No. 8 Seven Sisters is highly reviewed for their comfort and convenience, and we agree!

  • Cost – $$
  • Distance to Stansted Airport 55.5 km / 34.5 miles
  • Time to Stansted Airport by taxi: 45 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by train: 1 hour
  • Time to Stansted Airport by bus: 1 hour 55 minutes

There’s no need to compromise on comfort or convenience when you stay at the budget-friendly No. 8 Seven Sisters, our pick for the best cheap hostel near Stansted Airport.

The smallest dorms at No. 8 Seven Sisters sleep four people, while the largest can accommodate 22 people. There are mixed and female-only dorms. There’s lots of natural light throughout the hostel and the bathrooms are modern and clean with hairdryers and free toiletries. All guests have a locker and the hostel is secure thanks to key-card access.

The atmosphere is sociable and vibrant, with many guests choosing to spend evenings hanging out in the lively onsite bar. You’ll find a pool table, PlayStation, and cable TV among the entertainment options.

The kitchen and BBQ are ideal for budding Masterchefs. Laundry services are available. This cheap hostel really does tick a lot of boxes!

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Best Luxury Hostels Near Stansted Airport

• The PitStop •

Stop at a super cool hostel near Stansted with free breakfasts to boot!

Stop at a super cool hostel near Stansted with free breakfasts to boot!

  • Cost – $$$
  • Distance to Stansted Airport 14.5 km / 9 miles
  • Time to Stansted Airport by taxi: 25 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by bus: 40 minutes

The PitStop is a quirky and cool place to stay. It’s our favourite for the best luxury hostel near Stansted Airport—we love its motoring theme and unique designs.

The boutique property has individually decorated double and twin rooms, all with a private bathroom, computer, TV, and free Wi-Fi. The building has an elevator so no need to worry about lugging your cases up and down stairs! There’s free parking and you can rent fabulous sports cars to go for a spin.

There’s a large shared kitchen where you can prepare your own meals and meet other guests. The kitchen is themed like a funky American diner, complete with chequerboard flooring, suspended ceiling lights, and bright red booth-style seating.

You can help yourself to the free breakfast at any time that suits you.

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• Dunmow Guest House •

Dunmow Guest House

  • Cost – $$$
  • Distance to Stansted Airport 12 km / 7.4 miles
  • Time to Stansted Airport by taxi: 15 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by bus: 30 minutes

Dunmow Guest House is another fantastic luxury hostel near Stansted Airport. Onsite leisure options include an indoor swimming pool, a games room, and a cinema room (complete with comfy reclining seats!).

On sunny days, the terrace is a great place to unwind. The double and twin rooms have a private bathroom and a separate seating area. Room amenities include a TV, DVD player, fridge, kettle, hairryer, and free Wi-Fi. There’s ample storage space too.

A delicious free breakfast is served each morning, offering the perfect start to any day.

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Best Hostel with a Private Room Near Stansted Airport

• The White House •

Free onsite parking and free breakfast, AND it's super close to Stansted!

Free onsite parking and free breakfast, AND it’s super close to Stansted!

  • Cost – $$$
  • Distance to Stansted Airport 5 km / 3.1 miles
  • Time to Stansted Airport walking: 1 hour
  • Time to Stansted Airport by taxi: 10 minutes
  • Time to Stansted Airport by bus: 20 minutes

The White House is a charming place to stay and it’s one of the best hostels with a private room near Stansted Airport. There are private twin, double, and triple rooms.

All rooms have a private bathroom and are well equipped with a TV, DVD player, desk, iron, kettle, hairdryer, and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included in the rates, and people catching an early flight can request an early breakfast—no need to miss out and fly hungry!

There’s free onsite parking and, if you don’t have a vehicle, the owners offer a free shuttle service to the nearest pub. Just taking a short trip? The luggage storage may come in handy.

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Final Thoughts on the Best Hostels near Stansted Airport

The best hostels near Stansted Airport may be quite spread out, but most are well-connected to the airport by public transport. Staying more towards Central London is best if you want to party, while people seeking peace and quiet have several great options just a stone’s throw from the airport.

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Whether you want to stay in a dorm or a private room, want to meet tons of new people or prefer solitude, and whether you want to watch the pennies or splash the cash, there’s a terrific hostel near Stansted Airport just waiting to be booked!

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