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London - Luton (LTN):
Location: 5 km/3 Miles E of Luton & 50 km/31 Miles N of Central London.
Airport Overview: One terminal building one the ground level divided into departures and arrivals. The bus stops are right outside the main terminal, but the dedicated train station is curiously not at the airport, but a short bus ride away.


By Taxi & Limo:
Regular Airport Taxi: £6/10-20 mins to Luton City, £65-70 to Central London/60 mins+. Alpha Taxis 01582 595555. Luton Taxis 01582 735566.
Blueback: A Blueback is a taxi with a few extras: Free newspaper, bottled water etc. Tel 08707 711711. There is a Blueback desk in arrivals, where they can be booked. Costs to London start at £32, Central London £55.
Black Cab London: To avoid queues for taxis, you can book your taxi in advance through Black Cab London (0800 169 5296 from the UK or 1-877 405 7622 from the USA). No waiting charges are incurred as all flights are monitored by reservation staff. Black Cab London can also arrange your return journey at the time of booking.
British Airport Cars : Tel +44 (0)1634309660.
Voyager UK: Voyager UK can provide UK and airport transfers for up to 6 passengers to and from the Northamptonshire area. Child seats can be provided at no extra cost and all drivers are smartly dressed. Vehicles and drivers are fully licensed by the local authorities. Voyager UK operate carbon neutral vehicles. Contact: Tel: 07940 072754.
Airport Express: Airport Express has set fares to and from this airport. Tel 020 8570 1234, 020 8570 8018 or 020 8577 3366.
Limos.com: Find limo service, click here. Click here to find a locally based limousine company.
Taximatch.net: If you are planning ahead, submit your journey details with Taximatch.net and receive quotes from taxi companies who pass your location on their way to or from the airport.

By Long Distance Coach: 
easyBus to London: Route: Luton Airport (Bay 4A) - Brent Cross Shopping Center - Finchley Rd Station (near )2 centre) - Baker Street Underground station (the return service departs from Gloucester Place Coach stop 19, 137 Gloucester Place, just round the corner from Baker St.) - Marble Arch (Park lane Bus Stop 14A) - London Victoria Coach Station (Buckingham Palace Rd Stop 6). Timings: Buses run every 20-30 mins 24 hrs a day. Transfer Time: To Brent Cross 40 mins, Baker St 1 hour & Victoria Station 1:20. Cost: £8 to £10 one way including 1 standard size piece of luggage and 1 piece of hand baggage. If booked in advance, fares can be as low as £2.
□Terravision Bus to London Victoria: Route: Airport - Brent Cross (40 mins) - Baker Street Underground Station (55 mins) - Marble Arch Underground (60 mins) - London Victoria Train Station (65 mins). Buses depart Victoria from the Terravision-Greenline stop at Buckingham Palace Road (see map). At the airport there is a Terravision desk in arrivals. Timings: Buses leave the airport  Mon-Fri every 30 mins 0000-0130, then every hour until 0430, 0515, 0545, 0615, 0640, 0700 then every 20 mins until 1600, 1630, then every 30 mins until 2330. Buses leave the airport on weekends & holidays every 30 mins 0000-0430, 0515, 0545, 0615, 0640, 0700 then every 20 mins until 1600, 1630, 1700 then every 30 mins until 2330. Buses leave Victoria on a similar timetable. Cost: £13 adult one way and £4 child one way. Adult return £16. Child return £7. For priority seating book on-line (click banner to left).
Greenline 757  Coach to Luton & London: Route: Luton Airport (Bay 10-12) - Luton Bus Station - Luton, Stockwood Park - Bricket Wood (Black Boy Pub) - Brent Cross - Finchley Road Station - Baker Street (on the way TO the airport the bus stops at Gloucester Place instead) - Marble Arch - London Victoria Coach Station. Timings: Buses leave the airport and Victoria every 15-30 mins 24 hrs a day. The total journey time from the airport is 90-105 mins. The adult single fare is £9.50, £12.50 return, (£6/£9.50 for children). For further info on fares and timetables contact: +44 (0) 870 608 7261 or visit www.greenline.co.uk. Greenline has a desk in arrivals.
National Express coach services operates buses from this airport all over the UK.
National Express 707 to Northampton, Heathrow & Gatwick: to Milton Keynes (£6.60/45 mins) & Northampton (£11/1:15). Route: Northampton (Greyfriars Bus Station) - Milton Keynes Coachway - Luton Bus Station - Luton Airport Bus Station (Bay 4-6) - Hemel Hempstead Bus Station - Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station - Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 - Gatwick Airport N Terminal - Gatwick Airport S Terminal. Timings: Buses leave Luton Airport Bus Station heading for Heathrow at 0145, 0335, 0440*, 0550, 0620*, 0720, 0840*, 0950, 1040*, 1200, 1240*, 1400, 1440*, 1550, 1640*, 1805, 1820*, 1940, 2055* &  2240*. *These coaches terminate at Heathrow and do not continue to Gatwick.
National Express 767: Route: Stansted Airport - Standon - Hertford - Luton Airport - Luton Bus Station - Leciester, St Margarets Bus Station - Nottingham, Broad Marsh Bus Station. Timings: Buses leave Luton Airport Heading for Nottingham daily at 0150, 0710, 1000, 1240, 1520, 1800, 2040 & 2315. Buses leave Luton Airport Heading for Stansted Airport daily at 0255, 0550, 0825, 1105, 1345, 1625, 1910 & 2150. Buses leave Stansted Airport daily at 0030, 0545, 0830, 1110, 1350, 1630, 1910 & 2150. Buses leave Nottingham daily at 0015, 0315, 0535, 0820, 1105, 1345, 1625 & 1915. Contact: Tel 08705 757 747.
National Express 787 to Cambridge & Heathrow: Route: Cambridge Drummer St Bus Station - Harston - Royston - Baldock - Letchworth - Hitchin - Luton Bus Station - Luton Airport Bus Station (Bay 4-6) - Hemel Hempstead Bus Station - Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station - Heathrow Airport Terminal 4. To Heathrow ~90 mins. Timings: Buses leave Luton Airport Bus Station heading towards Heathrow at 0440, 0620, 0840, 1040, 1240, 1440, 1640, 1820, 2055 & 2240. Buses depart for Cambridge every 2 hours 0440-2240. Cost: To Cambridge £11.40/1:20.
National Express Tel 08705 757 747: Frequent services connect Luton Airport (Bus Bay 4-6) with Amersham, Baldock, Birmingham, Birmingham Airport, Brighton, Cambridge (£11.40/1:20), Coventry, Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport, Hemel Hempstead (25 mins), High Wycombe, Hitchin, Leeds, Leicester, Letchworth, London, Colney, Mansfield, Mildenhall, Milton Keynes £5/40 mins, Newmarket, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Royston, Stansted Airport, Stevenage £2.50/35 mins, Southampton (4 hrs) & Thetford. For further info, fares and timetables contact: +44 (0) 8705 747757.
Some buses do not run to the terminal, but serve the airport Parkway train station. To use these buses, use the free shuttle bus from Bay 1. These buses are:
CentreBus #366: Runs from the Airport Parkway Train station to Harpenden, Wheathampstead, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield & The University of Hertfordshire. Buses leave the Parkway Station Mon-Fri at 0613, 0737, 0931, 1031, 1131, 1231, 1331, 1431, 1531 & 1731. On Saturdays: 0706, 0931, 1131, 1331, 1531 & 1741. Tel 08707 444746.

By Local Bus: 
Greenline 757 Bus to Bushmead: A Mon-Fri peak hours only bus runs to Stopsley, Round Green & Bushmead in Luton.
Rail Shuttle Bus: Runs from the Airport (Bus Bay 1) to the Luton Airport Parkway Station. Frequent departures, but no timetable posted.
Virgin Trains Rail link: Route: Luton Airport (Bus Bay 7) - Luton town - Milton Keynes town centre - Milton Keynes railway station. Timings: Buses leave the airport Mon-Fri every hour 0605-2105. Saturdays hourly 0605-2005. Sundays at 0820, 1020, 1220, then every hour until 2020.
Arriva Bus #31: Route: Luton Airport (Bay 8) - Luton Town Centre - L & D Hospital - Dunstable with a very few buses continuing to Leighton Buzzard. Timings: Buses leave the airport Mon-Fri once or twice an hour 0600-2015. Saturdays once or twice an hour 0700-2015. No Sunday Service.
Local Bus #88: Route: Luton Bus Station (Bay 9) - Luton Airport - Luton Asda - Cockernhoe - Tea Green - Breachwood Green - Kings Walden - Preston - Gosmore - Hitchin Station - Hitchin Priory School. Timings: Buses run Mon-Sat only every hour or so 0739-1809. No Sunday Service. Cost: Adult fare £1.20. Operated by Centrebus 08707 444746.
Arriva Bus #321: Route: Luton Airport (Bay 8) - Luton Town centre - Harpenden - St Albans - Watford. Timings: Buses leave the airport Mon-Fri twice an hour 0715-1833. Saturdays: twice an hour 0850-1720. Sundays: hourly 0835-1835.

By Shuttle Van:
resorthoppa.com: resorthoppa.com runs shuttle vans and private cars from this airport to various locations. Click here to make a reservation.

By Train:  
General: Luton Airport Parkway Station provides a dedicated rail link for London Luton Airport. The station provides 1,000 car parking spaces and is a few mins away from the airport terminal by free shuttle bus. Buses leave the terminal every 10-15 mins during the day and once or twice an hour between midnight and 0530. Served by fast and frequent Thameslink services to North London, Central London, the City and Brighton, plus Midland Mainline services to East Midlands, London, Yorkshire. A dedicated Airport Shuttle bus service links the station with the terminal (bay 1). For info on train times call the National Rail Enquiry service on 08457 48 49 50. There is a train tickets sales desk in arrivals.
Luton Flyer to Central London: The fastest rail link into Central London is the Luton Flyer service. Trains run frequently to Kings Cross Thameslink station daily, with several departures through the night. The adult single fare is £9.90.
First Capital Connect Trains to London, Gatwick Airport & Brighton: Route: Luton City centre - Luton Airport Parkway (2 mins) - King's Cross Thameslink Station (35 mins) - Farringdon (40 mins) - City Thameslink - Blackfriars - London Bridge - Gatwick Airport (1:20) - Brighton (1:50). Frequent departures 24 hrs a day. Cost: Adult one-way to London £10.70.
Midland Mainline Trains to London & the North: Trains run south to London St Pancras & northwards to Bedford (25 mins), Welingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham, Derby, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, York & Leeds. Frequent services.
Virgin Rail Link to Milton Keynes: connects to Milton Keynes Railway station. Route: Airport Train Station - Luton Rail Station - Luton Bridge Street - Milton Keynes Central Station. Timings: Trains leave the airport hourly Mon-Fri, 0655-2155, Sat hourly 0655-2055 & Sundays 0920, 1120 then hourly until 2020. Takes 55 mins to Milton Keynes.

Airport to Airport: 
To Stansted Airport: National Express buses run at regular intervals. £9.40 one-way/~90 mins. See bus section above.
To Heathrow Airport: National Express Bus 707 & Others. (£16.50 one-way/65 mins+). Frequent regular services. See bus section above.
Airport to Airport Transfers from Prestige Cars: To Heathrow Airport £55. Contact: +44 333 123 1818. Notes from a Traveller December 2010: My mum said their service was "exceptional". Good contact, pleasant driver who met them in the arrivals hall, brand new & clean BMW vehicle and a fast service. Plus they paid the driver directly. Hassle free.
To Gatwick Airport: First Capital Connect Trains Train direct to gatwick. National Express Bus 707 & others. (£19.50/2:40) hourly. Tel 08705 757 747. See bus section above.
Airport to Airport Transfers from Prestige Cars: To Gatwick Airport £96. Contact: +44 333 123 1818. Notes from a Traveller December 2010: My mum said their service was "exceptional". Good contact, pleasant driver who met them in the arrivals hall, brand new & clean BMW vehicle and a fast service. Plus they paid the driver directly. Hassle free.
To Birmingham Airport: National Express buses run at regular intervals. £12.40 one-way/~2 hrs. Departs Luton at 0155, 0745, 0940, 1145, 1455, 1810, 1955 & 2225.


Rental Cars:
On-Airport Rental Car Providers: AVIS +44 (0)1582 736537, EUROPCAR 422999, Hertz 727654 & ALAMO/National 486414 all have desks in the rental car centre. The rental car centre is 5-10 mins away by a free shuttle bus, near the long term car park.
Weblinks: Click here to book -----> Car Trawler Car Hire.

Car Parking:
Drop Off: Right outside the terminal is a 10 minute drop off car park. However, Note there is a £1 charge to drop off passengers!!!
Short Term parking: is close to the terminal: 20 mins £2, 40 mins £3.50, 1 hour £4, 90 mins £6, 2 hrs £7.50, 3 hrs £9, 24 hrs £20.
Mid Term Parking: is a short green shuttle bus trip away (bay 3): 1-2 days £13.50 per day, 2-4 days £13 per day, 5 days+ £11.50 per day.
Long Term Parking: is 5-10 mins away by pink shuttle bus (bay 2), near the rental car centre: 1-4 days £11 per day. 5-9 days £10.50 per day & 10 days+ £10 per day.
Weblinks: Click here to book ----->  

Notes: ATM/Cash machine in the terminal. Left Luggage storage is now available. There are automatic luggage lockers in the terminal at the bottom of the departures escalator. 24 hrs £4. They take pounds, euros & credit cards. This airport is often mis-spelled as Lutton Airport.
Notes from a Traveller January 2010: You say that Luton Airport Parkway railway station is “curiously” not at the airport but a 10 minute bus ride away. You are correct – and the reason for this is that the airport is on the top of a steep hill, and the railway is at the bottom. It would take a rack and pinion to get a train up there!!! The bus is really not too bad, though, fast, and plenty of them. It is also certainly cheaper than parking at the airport.
Airport Hotels: Hotel Ibis +44 (0)1582 424488, is the closest to the terminal, and is a 10 minute walk away. Express by Holiday Inn, +44 (0)1582 589100, is next to the Ibis. 
Luton Airport Hotels. Click here to book!
Airport Website: www.london-luton.co.uk.
Airport Tel No: Flight and travel info +44 (0)1582 405100.
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