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Luton Airport Transport

How to travel by public transport between Luton airport and central London.

Luton airport is 32 miles (52km) north-east of London. There are coaches or trains between the airport and London. It’s the only major London airport without it’s own train station — there’s a shuttle bus from the nearest train station to the airport.

The train is quicker but more expensive than the coach. If you have a lot of luggage, it’s more convenient to take the National Express coach.

Travel to and from Luton airport: Summary

Scroll down for full details of each service

Company Tickets Journey Time
National Express £5–£11 single 65-85 mins
Thameslink trains £15.50 single/£27 return 36-50 mins
East Midlands trains £15.50 single/£27 return 36-50 mins

National Express A1 coach to and from Luton airport

National Express, the UK’s main coach company, have a frequent coach service to Luton Airport.

London departure points

  • London Victoria – Victoria Coach Station, Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1

There are other pick-up points in London:

  • Victoria Rail Station – Stop 11, Buckingham Palace Rd (this stop is closer to Victoria underground and train station)
  • Marble Arch – Stop 14, Park Lane (near Speaker’s Corner)
  • Portman Square – Stop 15, Gloucester Place
  • Baker St – Stop S, Gloucester Place
  • St John’s Wood – Stop Z, Wellington Rd
  • Finchley Rd Station – Stop CL, Finchley Rd
  • Golders Green – Stops GD/GE, Golders Green bus station

Journey time and frequency

  • 1 hour 5 minutes – 1 hour 25 minutes
  • 24-hour service. Every 20 minutes during the day and hourly service overnight

View the full timetable (pdf)

Ticket prices

From £5–£11 single/one way. Tickets are cheaper if you book in advance.

Booking tickets

Book tickets online with National Express. You need to print your ticket. If you don’t have access to a printer, select m-Ticket when booking and details will be sent by text to your mobile phone. This costs 50p extra.

Tickets are also available from Victoria Coach Station (there’s always a queue) and from Luton airport at the Onward Travel Centre (after baggage reclaim in the arrivals hall).




Trains to and from Luton airport

There is no train station at Luton Airport. All trains stop/start at Luton Parkway station, where a shuttle bus takes you to the airport. The buses run every 10 minutes between 5am and midnight and takes approximately 10 minutes. Outside these hours, they connect with all overnight trains.

Christmas and New Year Travel: No trains are running between Luton airport and London on 25 and 26 December 2016. See the National Rail Thameslink or East Midlands information for details of services over the Christmas and New Year period.

Train Companies

Two train companies operate the Luton Airport–London route: Thameslink and East Midlands trains.

Both companies depart from St Pancras International station. Thameslink also depart from other stations in the City of London.

East Midlands trains are less frequent but they run the fastest train service to/from St Pancras and Luton airport (36 minutes).

Departure points – Thameslink trains

  • London Blackfriars station (BFR)
  • City Thameslink station (CTK) (no services on Sundays)
  • Farringdon station (ZFD)
  • St Pancras International station (STP)
  • Luton airport (LUA) – The shuttle bus to Luton Airport Parkway train station leaves from Bay 1 outside the terminal building

Departure points – East Midlands trains

  • St Pancras International station (STP)
  • Luton airport (LUA) – The shuttle bus to Luton Airport Parkway train station leaves from Bay 1 outside the terminal building

Train journey time & frequency

  • 36-50 minutes during the day to/from St Pancras International station including the shuttle bus journey.
  • 24-hour service – 4-6 trains per hour during the day and a reduced service at night. Check the National Rail website for times.

Train ticket prices

Ticket prices are the same with both train companies – £15.50 for an ‘Anytime single’. Return tickets, valid for one month, are £27. Discounts are available with a Railcard.

Booking train tickets

Tickets can be booked online from Thameslink or East Midlands. Select ‘Luton Airport (LUA)’ as your departure point or destination. This will include the price of the shuttle bus to/from Luton Parkway station and the airport.

You can also buy tickets from any train station ticket office.

Map of departure points in London

Last updated: 5 August 2016