London Luton Airport is located 31 miles (56km) outside of central London in Bedfordshire. Despite its inconvenient distance from the city, the airport is the fourth-largest airport serving London and processes more than 10 million passengers each year. Serving as a base for low-cost airlines easyJet, Monarch Airlines, Thomson Airways and Ryanair, there are many cheap flights to London Luton Airport available from destinations around Europe and a few destinations in northern Africa. The abundance of cheap flights available from London Luton entices budget-conscious travellers to use the airport, which is connected to London by bus and train.
The airport is situated 32 miles (52km) northwest of London.
Getting to the city
Trains leave regularly to Kings Cross, Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars and London Bridge stations. Train journeys to central London take 20-25 minutes with providers such as East Midlands Trains and First Capital Connect. Tickets can be bought from the Onward Travel centre at the airport or online. Luton Airport Parkway Train Station is connected to the terminal by a free shuttle bus service. Easybus, Green Line and National Express buses run daily between the airport and central London. Taxis operate from outside the airport terminal 24-hours a day and car rental is also available.
GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Tel: +44 (0)1582 405 100.
Car rental companies include Avis, Hertz, Europcar and National Alamo.
Taxis operate from Luton Airport 24-hours a day and can be hailed outside the Arrivals Hall. A taxi to central London will cost anywhere between £60 and £90 and will take approximately 2 hours.
Facilities at the airport include shops, bars, restaurants, bureaux de change, ATMs, a children's play area and baby changing rooms. Facilities for the disabled are good; those with special needs are advised to contact their airline or travel agent in advance.
There is short-term parking, and 'executive' parking next to the terminal. Long-term (valet) parking operates near the terminal - your car will be taken away to another compound while you are away. Passengers who book in advance via the airport website get discounted parking rates.
Wifi is available, for a fee, through Spectrum Interactive.
While there are no meeting or conference facilities at London Luton Airport, the Aviance Executive Lounge on Level 2 offers internet, phone, and fax facilities, as well as newspapers and refreshments.
London Luton Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.