London Luton Airport

Popular with budget travellers, London Luton Airport is within easy reach of Central London by public transport.
  • London Luton Airport (LTN) is located to the north-west of central London. 

  • Many low-cost airlines offering cheap flights are based at Luton Airport. 

  • Luton Airport Parkway train station is 10 minutes from the airport by shuttle bus.

  • Trains from Luton to central London take between 20 and 40 minutes.

  • There are a range of short-term and long-term car parks for those driving to Luton Airport.  

London Luton Airport (LTN) is one of the UK's largest airports, carrying 9.7 million passengers in 2013. The airport is a major base for low-cost or "no-frills" air travel and is located just 56km (35 miles) north-west of Central London. To see LTN's exact location, visit the London Airports Map.

The Luton Airport Arrivals lounge is home to shops, bars, restaurants, a currency exchange and an onward travel centre where you can arrange car hire or book bus and coach tickets.  

The Luton Airport Departures lounge has a babycare room, shops, restaurants, bars and a currency exchange. 

Buying Oyster cards at Luton Airport

If you are going to be in London for more than a day, it's worth booking a Visitor Oyster card in advance. The Visitor Oyster card is delivered to your home before you arrive in London. It is one of the easiest ways to get around London.

If you do not have a Visitor Oyster card, but still plan to travel around London for more than a day, buy an Oyster card from National Express at the airport and in the Onward Travel Centre. The card costs £18, which includes £15 credit and a non-refundable deposit of £3.

You cannot use your Visitor Oyster card or Oyster card until you reach either St Pancras International, Farringdon, London Bridge or Blackfriars in London.

Learn more about Oyster cards.

Travelling from Luton Airport to London by train

There are frequent trains to London from Luton Airport Parkway train station. A regular shuttle bus links the airport to Luton Airport Parkway train station in around 10 minutes. 

From there, rail services travel to Central London in as little as 21 minutes with East Midlands Trains.

Thameslink also operate direct trains to Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon and St Pancras International. There are six trains leaving every hour and trains once an hour through the night. The journey to London from Luton Airport, including the bus transfer, is roughly 40 minutes.


Travelling from Luton Airport to London by coach

National Express services depart from bays 4, 5, 6 and 10 outside the airport terminal. There are 75 services between Luton Airport and Central London every day. The journey time is roughly one hour and 15 minutes. Pick up and drop off points in Central London are: Finchley Road, St John's Wood, Marylebone, Portman Square, Golders Green, Victoria Rail Station and Victoria Coach Station.

easyBus offers a high-frequency, low-cost express bus service between Central London and Luton Airport. There are stops at Brent Cross, Finchley Road, Baker Street, Oxford Street/Marble Arch and London Victoria. Fares start at £2 (online price) one-way. Book online and early for the best prices.

Terravision offer a low-cost coach service into Central London from Luton Airport. At peak times buses depart every 20 minutes and stop at Brent Cross, Baker Street and Marble Arch on their way to Victoria Coach Station. A standard one-way ticket costs £15.

You can also travel between London Luton Airport and London Victoria with GreenLine 757. Located at Bay 7 outside the terminal building. 

Taking a taxi to and from Luton Airport

There are usually taxis queuing for customers at Luton Airport. Enquire with the driver or mini-cab company beforehand to find out how much your journey will cost. A metered trip to/from Central London will cost around £80. Only use a reputable mini-cab and never use unauthorised drivers. 

Luton Airport parking

If you wish to drive to Luton Airport, there are a range of short-term and long-term car parks.

Accessible transport

easyBus vehicles are not currently able to carry wheelchairs. For information on other access requirements, visit the easyBus website.

Green Line 757 coaches are fully accessible to wheelchairs users. To ensure that an accessible coach is available for your journey, you should call at least 24 hours in advance on 0844 801 7261. More information on the Green Line 757 website.

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