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Luton Airport Bus Services To / From Central London

Identify The Best Airport Bus Between Luton Airport and Central London For Your Needs

National Express Luton Airport Bus

National Express Luton Airport Bus

London Luton Airport is around 35 miles (55 kms) north of Central London. The cheapest airport transfer is by one of three Luton airport bus services run by National Express and Green Line/Terravision. There is also a faster, more expensive train alternative that travels throgh London on a route well to the east of where the Luton airportbuses run, key stations being St Pamcras, Blackfriars and London Bridge.

  • The National Express service is a 24x7 service with full size buses running every 15-30 minutes with several stops at strategic points in Central London and with the terminus at London Victoria.

  • The Green Line / Terravision service is almost a mirror image of the National Express service. The only real difference is not of much relevance to most visitors. The Green Line bus makes a different stop on the outskirst of London, Brent Cross instead of Golders Green that the National Express bus stops at.

The Fastest Luton - London Transfer Is By Train, But Is More Expensive Than Airport Bus

The main downside of the Luton airport bus services is that they are relatively slow compared to the train, (60 to 90 minutes) and with London's traffic you are wise to factor in a comfortable contingency in case of traffic delays which are very unpredictable.

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 its by far the fastest option and also of course doesn't suffer from unforeseen traffic congestion delays in London.

Luton Airport - Central London Train Services - Full Details

  • Both airport bus services ply very similar routes. National Express and Green Line both stop at several Underground Stations in North London before stops in Central London at Bakers Street and Marble Arch prior to their Victoria terminus.

  • National Express and Green Line bothl operate 24x7 services. Overall frequencies between carriers are similar.

  • Both bus lines have their own bus stands immediately outside Luton Airport passenger terminal.

  • National Express is the only service with toilets and free WiFi aboard the bus. National Express and Green Line operate full size 50 seat plus coaches.

  • National Express have a very dynamic pricing model and have the very cheapest fares. The earlier you book the cheaper the fare. The time of day you travel will also influence the price you pay.

  • With National Express for the cheapest fares you book a specific schedule which you are expected to travel on, you are guaranteed a seat on that schedule. If you want flexibility you pay a supplement

  • Green Line have the most flexible luggage allowance with no set policy. National Express allow two large bags per person neither of which should weigh more than 20kg and one small piece of hand luggage like a laptop or handbag. easyBus allow one bag max dimensions H+W+L equalling 57 or less inches and weighing 23kg or less plus one hand luggage no more than 5kg

National Express Luton Airport - London Victoria Bus Station Service From £5 One Way

The National Express Victoria Bus Service broadly runs every 30 minutes through the night and every 10-30 minutes from early morning to late evenings, 7 days a week.

Journey time is scheduled as 90 minutes for the entire journey end to end, Victoria to Luton Airport, but clearly delays through road congestion happen so do give yourself plenty of contingency going to the airport.

At Luton Airport the National Express bus stop is immediately in front of you when you come out of the passenger terminal doors. There is normally at least one coach available to board immediately.

The terminus in London is at Victoria Coach Station.

Victoria Coach Station is just a like a busy regional airport. Coaches leave every couple of minutes, there are airport style departure screens and departure gates where you board the coach.

There is a full list of facilities including a useful left luggage office.

From Victoria the bus makes stops at Marble Arch and Baker Street which are much closer to the major hotel districts of Paddington, Bayswater, Lancaster Gate and Oxford Street than other Luton public transport options. The first stop from Luton, Golders Green is away from the centre. Some people prefer to get off here and straight onto the Underground if they are travelling at peak times when there may be traffic congestion.

National Express Stansted Luggage Allowance

You can carry two medium-sized suitcases - weighing up to 20kg (44 lbs) each - plus one small piece of hand luggage per person. Drivers loading the baggage do not weigh bags.

Customers will be permitted to pool their individual allowances if they are travelling in a group or as a family, but they must be travelling on the same ticket.

Over this allowance and steep excess luggage charges kick in.

If you need to take extra luggage on your journey, this can be arranged either in advance or on your day of travel when you arrive at the coach station. However buying your extra luggage on-line in advance is much cheaper.

Purchasing Tickets

National Express Fares

The cheapest tickets are on-line in advance from the National Express web site, (link below).

National Express have various ticket categories.

Funfare Tickets

The cheapest National Express fares are on-line only called “funfares” and do not allow any changes of any kind.

Amendable Not Refundable Tickets

This ticket is not refundable but the journey date and time can be changed prior to your current departure date and time. Amendments must be made prior to the journey. An amendment fee will apply

Fully Flexible Amendable & Refundable

On many journeys this fare is offered at time of reservation and carries a small surcharge.

Unlimited amendments can be made anytime prior to departure without incurring an amendment fee.

In order to claim a refund, you must cancel your ticket at least 72 hours in advance of your journey and an administration fee applies.

Airport Flexible Add On - For Journeys Staring or Ending At An Airport

For peace of mind if your flight is early or delayed with this add-on you may board any available coach 12 hours before or 12 hours after your original departure time you have selected on reservation.

You can amend your ticket to a new departure date as well - free of charge

You can obtain a refund on your ticket up to 24 hours before departure.

You add the Airport Flexible Fare Add On during the booking process, not at the original selection screen where you select your schedule and fare. The option comes up on a subsequent screen with other supplemental options like excess luggage and travel insurance are offered and before payment.

Group Discount (For 3 people or more)

If you're travelling on the National Express services in a group of four or more, you can obtain 25% off passenger one-way fares.

To take advantage of this offer, simply book your seats at least three days in advance.

Ticket Formats

The easiest and cheapest option is to use e-tickets, where you simply print your ticket after purchase.

There are alternatives, m-tickets sent to your mobile incur a small surcharge, the same surcharge for collecting tickets from a ticket office. Tickets can also be mailed to you for a larger surcharge.

National Express Airport Coach Services

Green Line / Terravision Luton Airport - London Victoria Bus Service

The Green Line / Terravision Victoria Bus Service broadly also runs a 24 x7 service every 15-30 minutes .

The route is virtually identical between Luton Airport and Victoria to that of National Express. The minor difference is that Green Line first stops at Brent Cross Shopping Centre and National Express stop at Golders Green Underground Station instead.

Purchasing Tickets

Green Line ticketing and luggage is less regulated than National Express. There is no specific maximum luggage limit, at the end of the day it is up to the discretion of the driver.

Just board the first bus with your ticket. Return tickets are valid for 3 months from the outward date.

Green Line Luton Airport Bus Tickets
Central London - Luton Airport Price Comparison of Public Transport 2017


Standard Adult Fare



Bus Service

National Express Bus

£5 - £12*

£10 - £24*

Green Line / Terravision Bus



Train Service

Thameslink(Off Peak Fare)



Thameslink (Anytime Fare)



* on-line prices, £1 booking fee per booking (not journey)
~ Off Peak fares (only available at quiet periods typically week ends)

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