Luton Airport train services to London

Luton Airport Express and Thameslink trains to/from St Pancras, City of London and Gatwick

Luton Airport bus terminal

Luton Airport bus terminal

London Luton Airport (LLA) from 2023 has become even better connected.


Luton Airport Express - Luton to London transfer

In 2023 the new Luton Airport Express opened, an all-electric fleet of trains, connecting Luton Airport Parkway Station and St Pancras International, London.

This service is a dedicated train service that allows passengers to travel from central London to the LLA terminal in around 30 minutes.

The Luton Airport Express leaves every 30 minutes from early morning til late from Monday to Saturday, with regular services on Sundays.


Luton DART (between Luton Station and the terminal)

Luton DART (Direct Air-Rail Transit) also opened in 2023. This service will now will take you easily and comfortably from the nearest train station (Luton Parkway Station) about a mile from the passenger terminal at Luton.

This service replaces the old bus service. Travelling on the DART takes less than four minutes, the shuttle is fully automated and electrically powered, and runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



Cheaper alternative - National Express bus

The Luton Airport train service, is still the fastest option to travel between Luton Airport and Central London, the alternative Luton - London bus is cheaper though. The bus also operates a full 24/7 timetable.


The first major stop of the trains is St Pancras that shares its Underground station with adjacent King's Cross Station. This is a major transport hub and an obvious place to interchange for most travellers. King's Cross St Pancras is also a major district for cheap hotels in London.

You may find it advantageous to interchange at Farringdon.


Here Thameslink Trains and underground trains share the same platforms, making an easy interchange. London Bridge is also another major interchange with the Jubilee Line to the West End. Many trains continue onto Gatwick Airport and then to Brighton, other trains serve Sutton via Wimbledon and Carshalton.

Luton Airport Train Stations In London


Luton Airport Shuttle Bus

The shuttle connecting Luton Parkway station and Luton Airport runs every ten minutes between 05:00 and midnight and also connects with all trains calling at Luton Airport Parkway overnight.


If you have a train ticket to Luton Airport the shuttle is included in the price. If you only have a ticket to Luton Parkway you will have to pay a small supplement.


As you exit the main entrance of the Luton Airport passenger terminal, the bus station is right in front of you. The rail shuttle bus leaves from the first bus stop on the left hand side.


Luton Parkway is just at the bottom of the hill up to Luton Airport so the journey only takes 5 minutes.


St Pancras Station London - key Luton Airport train station in London

Although the Luton Airport train stops at other stations in London, the station that most visitors will use to interchange is St Pancras Station.


St Pancras Station is a major London transport hub that has no less than six Underground lines to interconnect with. The Kings Cross St Pancras area is also a major hotel district, with a lot of cheap budget accommodation.

St Pancras Station and the district around it


Purchasing train tickets & timetables

The complexity of UK rail fares are legendary. For short journeys like Luton to London things tend to be much simpler. There is no need to purchase tickets in advance, there are no seat reservations, though at the moment Visit Britain are offering very good return ticket deal in advance online (see section below).

The three types of tickets are outlined below. At weekends there is a good chance that an off-peak or super off-peak fare will be available, during the week in all probability only the anytime fares.


It is rare that an advance purchase ticket is made available on this run, though see the Visit Britain section below

  • Advance Purchase: Buy in advance, sold in limited numbers and subject to availability. These tickets will have restrictions specified when purchasing.


  • Off Peak: Buy any time, travel off-peak. The definition of off peak can vary from ticket to ticket. These tickets may require you to travel at specific times of day, days of the week or on a specific route. Where there is more than one Off-Peak fare for a journey, the cheaper fare with more restrictions will be called Super Off-Peak.


  • Anytime: Buy any time, travel any time. (the standard ticket). Anytime fares are fully flexible tickets, with no time restrictions on when you can travel. You can make the return journey within one month of the outward journey.


  • GroupSave: If you’re travelling as a small group by rail, GroupSave could well be the perfect train ticket for you. When two adults buy Off-Peak Day Return, one or two more people travel for free.

At train stations there are manned ticket offices and also ticket machines and at Luton Airport there is a ticket kiosk in the passenger terminal. All major credit cards are taken as well as cash.


For fares and timetables use the 'Trainline' website where you can also order tickets for delivery to your home address. Type in your dates and number of travellers and the system will present the various fares available to you.

The Trainline - timetables and ticketing for UK railways


Railways 2 for 1 sightseeing promotion

If you buy return train tickets into London from the railways then you qualify for the railways long running 2 for 1 sightseeing promotion.


Essentially you just print 2 for 1 vouchers out from the promotion website and present them with your train tickets at the ticket desk of the attraction being visited in London. One adult pays full admission another irrespective of age gets in free.


There is a long list of London attractions participating in the scheme, some of the most popular include the Tower of London, London Dungeon and Madame Tussauds.


More about Railways 2 for 1 promotion


Standard Adult Fare

One-way from

 Return from

Bus Service

National Express Bus



Green Line / Terravision Bus



Train Service

Thameslink (Anytime Fare)



* Limited availability, Super Off-Peak Day Return

Luton - Central London Public Transport Termini Map
National Express Airport Coach Services
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