London Luton

London, United Kingdom

About The Airport

Although it's the fourth busiest airport serving London, Luton doesn't have as many facilities as Heathrow or Gatwick and can get very crowded at peak holiday times. The airport is being extensively modernized and expanded in a project expected to be completed by 2020, so there's construction work going on. Be aware that this may affect some services such as parking and shuttles to trains, and factor in extra time if needed.


Free Wi-Fi is available for 4-hour sessions.

Getting to and from the airport

Luton Airport is 51km from central London.

Taxi - taxis can be hired outside the airport building.

Bus - you can catch buses to a range of destinations, including central London, from right outside the terminal building. It's best to book in advance to ensure your seat is reserved and to get the best price available.

Train - Luton Airport Parkway station is served by frequent trains to central London, Sussex and the Midlands. A shuttle bus takes travelers between the airport and the station, and the journey takes around 10 minutes; you can buy a shuttle ticket from the driver (cash required), or include the fare in your train ticket if you have purchased this in advance. Train tickets are for sale at the Onward Travel Centre in Arrivals, and can also be purchased online or from a ticket machine near the shuttle stop.

Hotel shuttle - there are no courtesy shuttles to and from the airport.

Car rental - there's a 24-hour car hire reception at the Onward Travel Centre in Arrivals. From there, take the 24/7 courtesy shuttle bus to the car hire center, where you'll find half a dozen well-known companies offering their services.

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There's a wide range of parking options at Luton Airport - remember to pre-book online if you want the best deals. The parking lots closest to the terminal building are the most expensive. If you're collecting someone, there's up to 2 hours' free parking available in the long-term parking lot, and if you're dropping off passengers, the first 15 minutes are free in the mid-term parking lot. Courtesy shuttle buses run to the terminal - it's a 5-minute journey from the mid-term parking lot and 10 minutes from the long-term.

Transit and in-airport hotels

Transfers are very straightforward at this single-terminal airport.

There are no hotels inside the terminal building. The Ibis London Luton Airport is a 10-minute walk from Arrivals. There’s also a Holiday Inn and a Hilton a short drive away.

Healthy Travel Tip

Breathing exercises can help you relax before your flight. First find a seat and close your eyes. Then, take a deep breath through your nose, hold it for a few seconds and let it out gently through your mouth. Repeat for 5 minutes or so, concentrating as much as you can on your breath and its passage through your body. This technique can be very calming.

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