Holidays & Flights from London Southend Airport

Flights from London are ever so convenient for a lot of people, but how about flying out of London without the big airport traffic or hustle and bustle? Holidays from London Southend Airport are the way to go. 

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London's best kept secret

Based in Essex, this airport is far from the stiletto wearing, fake tan loving, drama filled TV show that made the county famous. Southend Airport gives an air of class and style to the start to any holiday. A modern main terminal building, train station and departure lounge area leave the site feeling clean and welcoming to any passenger.

Officially named London Southend Airport, it is the hidden gem of the capital’s flying world. Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick are some of the busiest airports in the world, so consider venturing further out of the city – you never know what you might find.

From Southend to anywhere

Flights from London Southend Airport will take you all over, but their specialities are the gorgeous destinations across Europe . Whether you want to enjoy a weekend of discovery in Barcelona, or fly to Amsterdam to catch a connection to adventure in Hong Kong, the world is at your feet here.

Over 900,000 passengers start their journey at Southend every year. This seems like a lot of people, but with neighbouring airports like Stansted airport receiving over 22 million passengers yearly, Southend is a haven for peaceful travel.

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Make the most of the pre-boarding hours

The six gates of the departure lounge at London Southend Airport received a makeover not so long ago resulting in a really lovely, fresh atmosphere, and all the amenities you could want. 

Of course the best part is the airport shopping and here you’ll be happy to know you can take advantage of that 20% discount on the high street price. Grab a bargain while you’re there and treat yourself to a new handbag, your favourite perfume or makeup, and indeed your favourite snacks – after all, you’re on holiday! 

What’s more, the Reserve & Collect service means you can buy your goods from home and then pick them up once you’re in the airport. This is handy if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle or if you’re likely to be rushing around.

WHSmith and Moneycorp Travel Money are both handily placed in departures for those forgotten essentials – books, take off sweets and foreign currency can be found here.

After shopping up an appetite, you’ll be pleased to know there’s a selection of restaurants and eateries waiting for you. The SkyCafe serves hungry passengers with hot and cold beverages as well as light bites to eat, like pastries, cakes and sandwiches, while the Navigator is just your favourite traditional English pub serving everything from soup of the day to fish and chips or burgers. 

Southend sets a standard when it comes to luxury relaxation. The Skylife Lounge gets you in the holiday mood before you’ve even boarded the flight. Snacks, tea, coffee, wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks are all included in the lounge entry price. Sit in the quiet zone and take a nap, charge your tablet so you have your own inflight entertainment at the ready, or simply enjoy life away from the busy departure halls, it’s easy to lose yourself here.

Frequently asked questions about London Southend Airport

Flights from London Southend will take you all over. Whether it’s winter routes you’re looking for, summer routes or those fascinating city break hot spots.

Fly all over from Amsterdam to Spain, Lapland to Switzerland, as well as  Portugal, France and Majorca. There’s options for all adventure seekers, keen sunbathers and winter lovers.

There’s plenty of convenient and hassle-free ways to get to London Southend Airport. Located 41 miles east of Central London, your best route is using the M25 and exiting at Junction 29. Follow the signage for Southend and the airport will be clearly flagged with road signs when you get near to the centre of Southend.

At peak times there are up to eight trains every hour from Southend Airport Station to Central London. Travelling to Liverpool Street Station takes around 53 minutes, and it’s around 44 minutes to get to Stratford Station – for underground services change at either of these stations.

Direct buses – X30, 7, 8 and 9 – run to destinations including Central Southend, Chelmsford, Stansted, and the local South Essex area. Services use either the bus stop behind the taxi rank or the Holiday Inn Southend.

Andrews Airport Cars are a trusted taxi service endorsed by the airport itself. You can grab one on arrival at the taxi rank, or pre-book online.

A few minutes’ walk from the airport terminal and train station is the Holiday Inn Southend. Twin, double, family, interconnecting and adapted rooms can be booked to fit anyone’s needs. Whether you’re travelling far from home for your flight from Southend, or it’s an early morning alarm and you want as much sleep as possible, either way, this is the best hotel for a speedy airport transfer.

The Holiday Inn Southend boasts a beautiful rooftop restaurant with runway views. Cement the excitement of flying away to somewhere new while enjoying breakfast, dinner or Sunday Lunch at 1935 Rooftop Restaurant & Bar. You get the thrill of planes flying off to unknown destinations without the take-off noise ruining your conversation – the restaurant is completely soundproof to maximise the relaxation value. It’s truly spectacular.

In the area you’ll also find a Premier Inn and the Skylark Hotel – both in short distance from the airport. Whichever airport hotel you decide you start your journey with, they’re all close enough for you to be worry-free before you fly.