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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 — but there is a special 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 between the airport and central London.

Transport to and from Luton airport
Company Tickets Journey Time
National Express coach £6–£11 single 65-85 mins
Thameslink trains £13.90-£18.40 single 36-50 mins
East Midlands trains £13.90-£18.40 single 36-50 mins

National Express A1 or A2 coach to and from Luton airport

National Express, the UK’s main coach company, has two frequent coach services to Luton Airport. One from Victoria Coach Station, the other from Paddington train station.

London departure points – A1 and A2

  • London Victoria – Victoria Coach Station, Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1 (A1 only)
  • Paddington Train Station – Stop J, Bishops Bridge Rd (A2 only. This stop is behind the train station)
  • Victoria Rail Station – Stop 11, Buckingham Palace Rd (A1 only. This stop is closer to Victoria underground and train station)
  • Marble Arch – Stop 14, Park Lane (A1 only. Near Speaker’s Corner)
  • Portman Square – Stop 15, Gloucester Place (A1 only)
  • Baker St – Stop S, Gloucester Place (A1 & A2)
  • St John’s Wood – Stop Z, Wellington Rd (A1 & A2)
  • Finchley Rd Station – Stop CL, Finchley Rd (A1 & A2)
  • Golders Green – Stops GD/GE, Golders Green bus station (A1 & A2)

Journey time and frequency

  • 1 hour 5 minutes – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 24-hour service. Every 20-30 minutes during the day and hourly service overnight

National Express arecurrently running a reduced service to the airport. See the website for times.

Ticket prices

From £6–£11 single/one way. Tickets are cheaper if you book in advance online.

Booking tickets

Book tickets online with National Express.

Tickets are also available from Victoria Coach Station (be prepared to 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 then a shuttle bus takes you to the airport. The buses run every 10 minutes between 5am and midnight. The journey is approximately 10 minutes. Outside these hours, they connect with all overnight trains.

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 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 train times.

London to Luton Airport train ticket prices

Ticket prices are the same with both train companies

  • Adults: £18.40 for an ‘Anytime single’. Or £13.90 for a ‘Super Off-Peak Single’ for travel on Saturday, Sunday or Bank Holidays.
  • Return tickets, valid for one month, are £31.90.
  • Child: £9.20 single (£6.95 Sat/Sun/Bank Holidays), £15.95 return.
  • A 33% discount is available with a Railcard.

Booking train tickets

There’s no need to book tickets in advance, but if you want to they 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 the train station ticket offices or ticket machines.

Map of departure points in London

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Last updated: 19 March 2021