London-Southend airport (SEN)

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London-Southend airport (SEN)

London Southend Airport, opened on September 18, 1935, is one of the airstations serving the metropolitan area of the city. It operates with international flights to several destinations in Europe.

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Number of Terminals - 1 - Open from 4:00 am to 0:00 am.
Airlines: Air Malta, EasyJet, Flybe, FlyOne, Loganair, Ryanair, Volotea.
Annual passenger traffic: 1.5 million passengers went through it during 2018.
Tel: +44 170 253 8500. E-mail: [email protected]


The airport is located between the towns of Rochford and Southend, in Essex County, 36 miles (58 km) east from London.

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Europcar (Tel +44 371 384 3422) has an office inside the terminal, available from 8:00 am to 11:30 pm.


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The Holiday Inn Southend is situated next to the airport. You can also find other options nearby, including:

Southend Airport Bed & Breakfast (0.8 km/0.5 miles)
Skylark Hotel (1.3 km/0.8 miles)
The Rochford Hotel (1.6 km/1 mile)
Lotus Lodge (2.6 km/1.6 miles)
Balmoral House (2.9 km/1.8 miles)


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The airport has ATMs, currency exchange bureaus (5:00 am to 11:30 pm), postbox, plugs for electric devices and free Wi-Fi access. Inside the nearby Holiday Inn hotel there are conference rooms. The Skylife Lounge is located on the upper floor and opens from 5:00 am to 7:30 pm (maximum stay: 3 hours); it provides air conditioning, newspapers, magazines, Wi-Fi, drinks and snacks, TV, fax (accessible with Priority Pass, DragonPass or Diners Club membership, or by paying at the door - £23.95).

Food and Drinks- Bars and coffee shops in the Departures lounge, in addition to a café in the Arrivals Hall.
Shopping- Duty-free items in the Departures area and a store with accessories, books, press, beverages, snacks.
Baggage- Trolleys available for £1.00 in all car parks and the baggage reclaim area. For enquiries about lost property, contact the airport ticket desk (Tel +44 170 253 8517; online form).
Other Services- Prayer room, children's playground, baby changing facilities.


Bus - The X30 service from First Group (Tel +44 345 646 0707) leaves from in front of the control tower to Southend-on-Sea, Rayleigh, Stansted airport and Chelmsford between 5:10 am and 0:10 am. Journey time is around 90 minutes.
Line 9 from Arriva (Tel +44 344 800 4411) departs from behind the Holiday Inn Southend to Victoria Station in 15 min., with stops at Rayleigh, Eastwood, Prittlewell, Thorpe Bay and Shoeburyness. Buses 7 and 8 go to Southend centre and Rayleigh via Rochford, Hockley, Prittlewell, Victoria and North Shoebury. Tickets cost £3.50.

Train - Greater Anglia (Tel +44 345 600 7245) services leave from in front of the terminal to Liverpool Street (53 minutes trip) and Stratford (44 min.) stations, where you can board different metro lines. Trains operate every 20-30 min. Mondays through Saturdays between 4:05 am and 0:00 am and Sundays from 6:20 am to 0:00 am. Tickets have a cost of £13.60-16.70 and intermediate stops include Rochford, Hockley, Rayleigh, Southminster, Althorne, Wickford, Shenfield and Romford.

Taxi - Andrews Airport Cars (Tel +44 170 220 0000) has a desk inside the terminal that opens from 7:00 am to 0:00 am. Journey time to downtown London is 90-120 minutes.

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There are four parking lots, in addition to free spaces for motorcycles. Rates

Short Stay - Directly in front of the terminal, with 5 minutes of complimentary parking.
Long Stay 1, 2 & 3 - Areas within walking distance of the main building. The first 15 min. in L3 are free.


Ramps, lifts, escalators, adapted toilets and reserved parking spaces close to the main building are available. If you should require special assistance or wheelchairs, contact your airline or travel agency in advance. More information: Tel +44 170 253 8517.