Summary

London Luton is to the north of London in the county of Hertfordshire. It is 35 miles to Tower Bridge for example by road (but you have to navigate London traffic which is terrible!)

Luton town centre is about 2.5 miles away, so close enough for a reasonably priced taxi, or you could travel by train (take shuttle bus to Luton Parkway train station and then train to Luton).

Logistics

Rail: Take the Shuttle bus to Luton Parkway. The train then takes you to St Pancras station in London and is well connected via the London Underground (‘The Tube’) The combined journey of shuttle bus (about 7 minutes) + train (about 35 minutes) is about 45 minutes to St Pancras. The same train could also take you onto Farringdon and Blackfriars in the centre of London, and then to Gatwick airport and Brighton down on the south coast

Coach: Three choices:

  • National Express to London Victoria (near Buckingham Palace) take about 1hr 20mins and is about £12. They run about every 20 minutes. Enroute it also stops at Golders Green, Finchley Road, St. John’s Wood, Baker Street and Portman Square in London
  • Green Line Also takes you to London Victoria, every 30 minutes. Stops at Brent Cross, Finchley Road, Baker Street, Marble Arch in the centre of London
  • EasyBus takes you to London Victoria. Price varies from £7 to £10 depending on the time of day. Departs every 30 minutes from the airport. Stops at Golders Green, Finchley Road, Baker Street and Marble Arch tube stations in the centre of London.

Taxi: You can get taxis outside the terminal. The taxi operator is Addison Lee. Taxi to the centre of Luton is about £12 (15 minutes). Taxi to St Pancras train station in London about £100 and a journey time of 1hr 10mins in good traffic (in reality allow at least 1hr 30m)

Car Hire: Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz

Stay

There are 3 mid-range hotels at the edge of the airport:

Eat

Eat in the hotel, or if you fancy venturing out

See

Head into London: