London: How to get to London from Luton Airport

London: How to get to London from Luton Airport

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London Luton is another of London’s airports and it consists mainly of low-cost carriers from across Europe. There are some charter routes out of the airport to North Africa, New York and Asia but these are few and far between. Luton is 35 miles or 56.5km north of central London.

One of the big advantages with Luton is its size – because it is still relatively small, you can get through the airport quite quickly. It still, however, sees over 10.5 million passengers come through its doors every year and is growing rapidly.

Public Transport from London Luton Airport to Central London

London Luton Airport to Central London by rail or train

Journeys from central London to “Luton Airport Parkway” station are operated by Thameslink and East Midland Trains. Trains are available from London Blackfairs and London St. Pancras stations. Journey times vary considerably – there is one fast train per hour from St. Pancras where the journey time is a mere 20 minutes. Other journeys vary from 39 to 55 minutes.

Luton has an unusual situation where the rail station is not directly located in the airport itself; instead it is 1 mile west of the airport, and both are linked by a shuttle bus that runs every 10 minutes during the day. The shuttle bus journey takes an additional 10 minutes.

London Luton Airport to Central London by Coach

Terravision, National Express and EasyBus all provide shuttle services from central London directly to London Luton airport. Transfer time is 50 to 80 minutes depending on where you board. Prices are generally between £8 and £12 each way. Promotional fares from £2 are sometimes available, if booked well in advance.

Other Transport from Luton Airport to London

Car from Luton Airport to London

This is a fairly easy car journey with a typical journey time of 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes depending on the traffic you encounter. From Luton Airport you will need to follow signs for the M1 motorway going south, when in the suburbs of London, you will briefly join the A406 (North Circular Road). Then exit onto the A41 (Hendon Way), and finally follow Finchley Road to reach central London. From here, we recommend you use a GPS device to reach your destination.

Taxi and Uber from Luton Airport to London

You can get a black London cab directly from the taxi rank outside the main terminal. You can also make a reservation with one of the many mini-cabs firms that operate.

How much is an Uber between Luton Airport and London? With an Uber, expect to pay between £50 and £129 for the journey depending on what type of car you get and the destination. Get $20/£10 free credit by using our exclusive sign-up link at or enter “uberindependentguides” as a voucher code when using the app for the first time.

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