Luton Airport to London - the best way for you

Make an informed choice of transport between London & Luton Airport


National Express Luton - London Airport Bus

National Express Luton Airport bus

London Luton Airport is around 35 miles (55km) north of Central London. Luton Airport is a relatively small but fast expanding one passenger terminal, one runway airport.

 

It is normally quite a speedy process collecting luggage compared with the larger London airports. Rapid baggage claim and short walks when boarding your plane are therefore the norm and a pleasant contrast to London's other major airports.


Your Luton Airport to London transfer choices

The cheapest option between Luton Airport and London are the Luton Airport bus services.

The stops in London are also in all probability going to be much nearer your accommodation than the main alternative train service.

The main downside of the bus is that it is the slowest option (60 to 90 minutes) and with London traffic you are wise to factor in a comfortable contingency in case of traffic delays.

There is a choice of two different bus companies operating 3 services into London.

 

The fastest option between Luton Airport and London is the Luton airport train service.

With a journey time of 25 minutes and frequencies of up to 6 times an hour it's by far the fastest option and doesn't suffer unforeseen traffic congestion delays in London.

The downside is that Luton Parkway Station, is about a mile from Luton Airport.

A bus shuttle runs every 10 minutes for the 5 minute journey between Luton Parkway and the passenger terminal at Luton Airport.

The main station in London for trains is St Pancras, a major Underground hub and one of the best places in London to look for cheap accommodation.

 

In December 2020 a new rail service is scheduled to come into operation that will feature fast trains between St Pancras and Luton Airport Parkway every 30 minutes. This will be called the Luton Airport Express and will consist of a new all-electric fleet of trains. Additionally in 2021, there is a planned Direct Air-rail Transit service, linking Luton Airport Parkway directly with the airport terminal.

 

The money no object, most convenient option is of course a taxi or private transport offering door to door transport.

Once you get 6 or 7 people the costs start to compare with public transport and for larger groups

A chartered bus is going to be a compelling option offering both low cost and convenience.

We have a dedicated page for private cars, vans and coaches to/from Luton Airport.

 

Convenient London hotel districts for transfers to Luton Airport

 

Airport Bus: Swiss Cottage, Marble Arch, Paddington, Victoria

Airport Trains: Kings Cross St Pancras, Euston, Bloomsbury

 

Service

Standard Adult Fare

One-Way

 Return 

Bus Service

National Express Bus

£5 - £12

£10 - £24

Green Line / Terravision Bus

£11.00

£17.00

Train Service

Thameslink (Off Peak Fare)

£13.10~

£26.20~

Thameslink (Anytime Fare)

£17.40

£30.30

~ Two one-way off peak fares (typically week ends and outside commute times)


Luton - Central London Public Transport Termini Map

Private transfers

Being 35 miles (55km) outside of London, a taxi or private car is not going to be cheap. For families or those with significant luggage or travelling at unsocial hours when public transport is not great in some areas, a car can make sense.

 

For small or large groups chartering buses can make a compelling choice with the promise of the lowest cost and customised transfer door to door at a time chosen by you.


Private Airport Car Transfers

Hotel & Link to Detail Page

Midweek

Weekend

Airport hotels within walking distance of airport terminal

Ibis Budget Luton Airport +

£72

£49

Ibis Luton Airport

£82

£50

Courtyard by Marriott Luton

£123

£51

Holiday Inn Luton Airport +#

£99

£62

Holiday Inn Express Luton +#

£133

£62

Hotels nearby in Luton town

easyHotel Luton ~

£41

£38

Premier Inn Luton Town +#

£63

£47

Icon Hotel Luton

£77

£52

Premier Inn Luton Airport +#

£73

£52

Stockwood Hotel ~+

£53

£53

Thistle Express Luton ~+#

£60

£54

Luton Residence ~+

£55

£55

Hampton by Hilton Luton +

£139

£72

Leaside Hotel ~+

£99

£90

Off airport suitable only for motorists

Travelodge Luton +#

£46

£42

Chiltern Hotel ~+#

£45

£45

Premier Inn Luton South +#

£70

£56

Hilton Garden Inn Luton North +#

£120

£62

Holiday Inn Luton South

£94

£63

~ Single Rooms     + Triple Rooms      # Quad Rooms


National Express Airport Coach Services
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