London-Southend airport (SEN)

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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, IGavion, Loganair, Volotea.
Annual passenger traffic: Around 1.1 million passengers went through it during 2017.
Tel: +44 170 253 8500.


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 +44 170 228 2721) has an office inside the terminal, available from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.


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The Holiday Inn Southend (Tel +44 170 254 3001) is situated next to the airport. You can also find other options nearby, including: Premier Inn Southend Airport (Tel +44 871 527 9008), The Rochford Hotel (Tel +44 170 254 4393), Skylark Hotel (Tel +44 170 227 9955), Travelodge Southend on Sea (Tel +44 871 984 6247), Southend Airport Bed & Breakfast (Tel +44 170 287 3729), Lotus Lodge (Tel +44 795 613 3651), Airport Reach (Tel +44 783 219 9836), Seventy Eight (Tel +44 797 160 5504), Southend Inn Hotel (Tel +44 170 234 5466).


Booking accommodation

The airport has currency exchange bureaus (5:00 am until the last flight of the day) and free Wi-Fi access. Inside the nearby Holiday Inn hotel there conference rooms. The Skylife Lounge is located on the upper floor and opens from 4:30 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 or DragonPass membership, or by paying at the door - £20.95).

Food and Drinks- Bar, coffee shop and restaurant in the Departures lounge.
Shopping- Duty-free items in the Departures area and a store with accessories, books, press, beverages, snacks.
Baggage- For enquiries about lost property, contact the airport ticket desk (Tel +44 170 253 8517).
Other Services- Children's playground, baby changing facilities.


Bus - The X30 service from First Group (Tel +44 124 529 3400) leaves from in front of the control tower to Southend, 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, Great Wakering and North Shoebury. Tickets cost £3.80.

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 11:05 pm and Sundays from 6:20 am to 10:55 pm. Tickets have a cost of £13.20-16.20 and intermediate stops include Rochford, Hockley, Rayleigh, Southminster, Althorne, Wickford, Shenfield, Brentwood 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.