Luton Transportation

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    Luton Airport

    by leics Updated Apr 19, 2014

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    Coming in for Luton touchdown..no London in sight!

    Although its website calls itself London-Luton airport, Luton is actually 40+ miles from the capital.

    It is used by many budget airlines so you may end up landing there. That's fine. There are good bus and train links to London.....but do allow plenty of time for onward travel. Transport info on the airport website below.

    Because it is a major budget airline hub and really quite a small airport, Luton can get very, very crowded. Do allow plenty of time for check-in and going through security (you can pay extra to be fast-tracked through security). See my 2014 'warning' tip.

    Also be aware that, since the new road has been built, there is often traffic congestion getting into the airport itself because there is just one entrance to and exit from the terminals...for buses, taxis, minibuses, drop-off parking.....that area has been congested whenever I've been, regardless of day or time.

    I'm updating this tip in April 2014 because the situation is even worse....massive roadworks around the nearby M1 junction inevitably mean long delays and sometimes massive congestion. This situation is likely to continue for many months to come.

    At busy times (especially between 6-9 am) just getting to the airport from the M1 junction just a couple of miles away can take 30 minutes or more. Allow for this, because whether you arrive by car, bus or train you will need to use the same access road.

    There is a shuttle bus service from Luton Parkway railway station. It takes about 10 minutes, if there is no congestion.

    There are a few cafes and shops before security and more afterwards. You won't have any problems getting a something to eat, a coffee or a beer. The cheapest water is sold by Boots the Chemist airside....it has its own brand (Brecon Hills) and often does a 2-for-1 deal on water.

    Luton gates can be a very long walk from the departure lounge, so do go as soon as your gate appears in the departure boards. Getting to the furthest gates can take 15 minutes of brisk walking.

    In common with the vast majority of UK airports, there are no smoking facilities anywhere inside the airport buildings.

    And remember that Luton is not London...you face at least another hour of travel to central London once you have arrived at Luton.

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    Taxi or not ?

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Aug 26, 2012

    The actual distance from Luton airport to the Ibis hotel has been a subject for discussion on many websites. It's been officially described as 600 metres which I think is about right but I've read some comments on the route that I discovered were quite misleading.

    It's a perfectly straightforward route: cross the road outside the terminal in the direction of the roundabout.;there's an underpass directly ahead and you must walk through this; coming out of the underpass, the hotel is just about 200 metres ahead and there's a slight slope to the door.

    It's an easy walk in daylight if you are not carrying a lot of luggage. I walked back to the airport from the hotel the morning after I stayed there and it took about 10 minutes.

    However, I would not recommend walking there after dark and in my case, I decided to take a taxi. I have to admit that the taxi driver wasn't best pleased at the short journey but when travelling alone I never take chances.

    There is a shuttle bus during the day but this doesn't cover the late night arrivals.

    For the record, the taxi fare was STG 5.

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    From Central London to Luton Airport by EasyBus

    by johngayton Written Jan 5, 2010

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    EasyBus Waiting At Luton

    This is something I haven't used personally but it certainly looks an attractive budget option if you need to get to and from Luton Airport and London.

    The EasyBus service is run by EasyJet but is not exclusively for EasyJet customers - in fact you don't even have to be flying to use it.

    Buses run direct from several pick-up points in London 24 hours a day 364 days a year. Peak frequency is every 15 minutes and estimated journey time 1 hour 20. Fares, booked online, start from £2 single but like the Easyjet flights themselves you get the best prices if booked as far as possible in advance.

    Website has all the details:

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    Getting Around By Bike

    by johngayton Written Jan 5, 2010

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    You Just Have To Remember Which One Is the Bike!

    Cycling in and around Luton doesn't seem a particularly popular transport option and there are few dedicated cycle paths. The local council is however keen to promote cycling and plans are afoot to extend the local cycle network.

    As part of their bid to make cycling a more attractive option the council provides these interesting, decorative and functional, cycle racks dotted around the town centre.

    Link below is a PDF map of existing and proposed local cycling routes as well as a list of hire places:

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    Getting To Luton By Train

    by johngayton Written Jan 5, 2010

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    Luton (and its Airport Parkway) Railway Station is on the Midland Main Line from London St Pancras to stations around the East Midlands and to points further north via Crewe or Derby. Trains stop here at frequencies of up to 6 an hour each way witha journey time of between 22 and 36 minutes to St Pancras.

    The main Luton station is situated pretty much in the town centre, minutes walk from the Luton Mall/Arndale shopping centre.

    For timetables and fares use website below:

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    Getting To The Airport By Train

    by johngayton Written Jan 5, 2010

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    There are some that reckon adding the "London" bit to Luton Airport is a bit of poetic licence. However if you catch the right train you can arrive at the revolving doors of Departures a mere 36 minutes after departing London St Pancras railway station. If you consider how long it takes to get to your terminal at the proper London airports of Gatwick and Heathrow from a central London terminus then all of a sudden London Luton seems less of a misnomer.

    Trains run to Luton Airport Parkway from which a regular bus shuttle (with plenty of room for luggage) takes you to the Departures building. Buses run every 10 minutes at peak times and the journey takes about 10 minutes depending on traffic. Through tickets, including the bus, cost £13.50 for an "anytime" single from St Pancras.

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    London Luton Airport - Joined My Favourites List!

    by johngayton Written Jan 5, 2010

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    An Evening Standard article a couple of years ago quoted Luton Airport’s Finance Director, Caroline Price, talking up the airport by stating, “We are not Lorraine Chase’s airport of choice any more.”

    We’ll I certainly disagree and if Ms Price reckoned that she was punting her airport upmarket by trying to disassociate it with Ms Chase she doesn’t know her customers.

    For those too young (or from foreign parts) who might not have seen, or heard of, the iconic Campari ad from the 1970’s it goes something like this: A foppish, upmarket, guy is chatting up an elegant brunette on the patio of his stately home. When he offers her a Campari and soda she replies, in a cockney accent, “Nah; Lemonade.” A little further smooth talking leads him to ask the question - “Were you truly wafted here from paradise?” “Nah; Luton Airport.”

    To assume that the down-to-earth Ms Chase is in some way too common for the modern self-vision of London Luton Airport is to do both a disservice.

    I’ve always been impressed by Ms Chase and now that I’ve visited London Luton I’m impressed for exactly the same reasons. Ms Chase is a consummate actress, no matter her role, whilst the airport fulfils its role as a budget carrier base with the same touches of class. Personally I’d rather have one London Luton than a dozen Gatwicks or Heathrows.

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    Railway Links to London from airport

    by graeme83 Written Mar 8, 2007

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    Getting to/from London is quickest via train. Get a bus from the airport at stand number 1 for free to the railway station (5 mins away). The train will take 30mins to central london, quicker than any other form of transport. The trains leave every 15mins.

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    Parking for airport

    by graeme83 Written Mar 8, 2007

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    The cheapest and best place to park for the airport is at Luton Parkway Railway Station. There is a free bus from here to the airport that takes just 10mins, departing every 15mins. The car park here is safe, secure and cheaper than all short/medium/long term parking places advertised on the internet (airparks, purple parking etc). Cost £4 per day.

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    Luton travel

    by lauzjp Written Sep 18, 2006

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    On buses - if you are going on at least two bus trips in a day - you should ask for a daysaver ticket. or an explorer if there are more than one of you. A daysaver I think is £3 and the explorer £7...

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    You could use other coach companies, or the train,

    by sourbugger Written Jun 8, 2006

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    Stelios has launched a minibus service into central London called 'Easybus'.

    Running every 45 minutes or so into Baker street, if you book on-line then it only cost a remarkable TWO pounds, one-way. A great bargain.

    I would ceratinly advise you book, as the last time I was at Luton, the service looked like it was being well-used.

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    London Luton Airport TO London

    by Elainehead Written Mar 7, 2004

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    Home of easyJet, 32 miles far from Central London. It can be easily reached by rail* or bus. By rail: London Luton airport is connected to Luton Airport Parway station by a free, frequent bus which takes 5 to 10 minutes.

    - Luton Airport to London
    CHEAPEST WAY: Green Line bus 757.

    Once at the airport, search for the Green Line desk for any info, or follow the coach/taxi signs. The Green Line stop is outside, just across the Thameslink- Luton Airport Express- and Midland Mainline free shuttle (see * below) stop. If you haven't bought your bus ticket online, you can buy it on the bus. IMPORTANT: THE DRIVER ONLY SPEAKS ENGLISH, so don't even try to ask him anything if you can't understand English.

    Route of Green Line services:
    http://www.arriva.co.uk/real/web/arriva/internet/bustimes.nsf/0/86EE1DBEA1671BA580256CE10058206A/$file/ln757se1202M.pdf

    Green Line bus 757 full timetable:
    http://www.arriva.co.uk/real/web/arriva/internet/bustimes.nsf/0/86EE1DBEA1671BA580256CE10058206A/$file/ln757se030.pdf

    FASTEST WAY: Train

    Once at the airport, for any info search Train Info desk, which is just in front of the Green Line one. Then follow the Coach/Taxi signs. It will lead you outside. Take the free shuttle bus (operated direct by Thameslink- Luton Airport Express- and Midland Mainline) to Luton Airport Parkway Station. It takes 5 to 10 minutes.

    * Free shuttle bus service operates to and from Luton Airport Parkway Station, situated just 1.8km from the airport terminal building.

    IMPORTANT: If you have a plane to catch, please allow PLENTY of time for your journey, and ALWAYS confirm train times, especially for weekend journeys, travelling late at night or before 5 AM.

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