Published on December 1, 2011 by Sophie McGovern
London Luton Airport is the fourth largest and fifth busiest in the UK, with more than ten million people travelling through every year. Monarch, EasyJet, RyanAir and Wizz all fly frequently from Luton, making it a very popular choice for those wishing to spend less on their flights. Thomson also provides charter flights to a number of package holiday destinations. All the most popular European holiday spots can be reached from Luton, along with many European capitals and a few destinations in Northern Africa and Asia. In total, just over 90 destinations can be reached. See below for a comprehensive list of these along with the serving airlines.
Getting to London Luton Airport
London Luton is 32 miles north of London in the county of Bedfordshire. It is close to the M1 and M25 motorways; programme LU2 9QT into your sat nav.
From the M1, take junction 10 to reach the airport. The approach road is clearly signed from here.
From the east and A1, take the A505 through Hitchin. The approach road is clearly signposted from here.
From the west and M25, either approach through Dunstable and follow airport signs, or leave the M25 at junction 21 and join the M1. Exit the M1 at Junction 10 where you will then see clear signs to the approach road.
For pick up and drop off, follow signs to the Mid Term Car Park. You can pick up and drop off here for free (stays of no longer than 30 minutes). It is then a free 5 minute bus journey to and from the terminal. Fees will have to be paid if you wish to drop off or pick up in the short star car park.
In terms of Luton Airport Parking, there are several pre-bookable options. Booking on line is strongly advised, as this will significantly cut down parking costs.
Meet and Greet is the most convenient parking option but also the most costly. Follow the signs to Priority Parking on the approach road and park in one of the designated bays. A valet will be waiting there to park your car for you in the Short Stay Car Park, leaving you to make the short walk to check-in. Your car will then be brought back outside the terminal for your return. Prices start at £46 per day. Save on fees by booking online.
The Short Stay Car Park is most suitable for passengers leaving their car for up to a full day. Follow the yellow signs on the approach road. The terminal building is a 5-10 minute walk from the car park, and an hour will cost £7.50. Pre-booking will cut down on costs.
The Mid Term Car Park is suitable for stays up to three days. Follow the green signs on the airport approach road. A complimentary bus runs from the car park to the terminal every 10 minutes 24 hours a day, and takes 2 minutes to reach the terminal. On return take the shuttle bus from stop number 3 outside the terminal building back to the Mid Term Car Park. A full day costs £18.80, but prices can be significantly reduced by pre-booking. Pick up and drop off parking is free here for up to thirty minutes.
The Long Term Car Park is suitable for stays of anything beyond three days, and is the most economic parking option. Follow the pink signs on the airport approach road. A complimentary bus runs every 10 minutes 24 hours a day, and takes 10 minutes to reach the terminal. On return, head to bus stop 2 outside the terminal where a shuttle will take you back to the Long Stay Car Park. The daily rate is £14.50, but note that 3 days is the minimum stay. Prices can be significantly reduced by booking online.
Alternatively, consider one of several Luton Airport Hotels with a combined parking deal. You can compare prices of hotels and view integrated parking options online.
There is a taxi rank outside the terminal with cars available 24 hours a day. Three taxi companies are directly linked to the airport: Alpha Taxis Luton, Cabco Taxis Luton and Luton Taxi Association. Central London is 32 miles away. Journeys will cost £60-£70 and take from around 40 minutes, depending on traffic. Call the taxi firms directly for quotes and to pre-book.
Luton Airport Parkway Station is a short shuttle bus ride from the terminal. Purchase through tickets to London Luton Airport for a combined train and shuttle bus fee, as this is the cheapest and most convenient option. The journey between central London stations and Luton Airport Parkway Station takes between 20 and 25 minutes. The shuttle bus then runs from the station between 5.00 and midnight, taking approximately 5 minutes to reach the terminal. It also connects directly will all trains arriving over night. On return, take the shuttle bus back to the train station from stop 1 outside the terminal.
First Capital Connect operates services directly to Luton Airport Parkway Station from London St Pancras, Brighton and Bedford.
Passengers from Yorkshire and the Midlands can take an East Midland’s train to London St Pancras and then a connecting East Midlands train to Luton Airport Parkway.
Virgin Trains run a direct service from Milton Keynes train station to Luton Airport Parkway.
By Bus and Coach
Local buses run directly to the airport from the following destinations: Luton, Watford, St Albans, Milton Keynes, Leighton Buzzard, Harpenden, Dunstable, Hitchin, Wigmore, Slip End, Markyate and Hemel Hempstead. Check local timetables for details.
Green Line 757 and EasyBus services run from central London to the airport terminal, returning to London from bays 10 and 11. Stops include Brent Cross, Finchley Road, Baker Street, Oxford Street and London Victoria. Fares start at £2 one way and buses run regularly throughout peak hours.
National Express services run from throughout the country to the airport. The following locations have direct, regular links: Northampton, High Wycombe, Leicester, Nottingham, Coventry, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Stansted Airport, Heathrow Airport, and Gatwick Airport.
Stagecoach route 99 services runs from Milton Keynes and Luton town centre to the airport.
Staying at London Luton Airport
People travel from all over the UK to fly from London Luton, and there are consequently several high quality hotels in the vicinity.
The most convenient airport hotel option, the Holiday Inn Express is located within the airport grounds. Three star services include restaurant, bar and wifi. You can even check in and print your boarding pass for EasyJet and RyanAir flights for an additional fee. A free shuttle bus runs from outside the hotel every ten minutes taking less than 5 minutes to reach the airport terminal.
Just over three miles from the airport, this hotel is the best choice for anyone seeking a bit of peace and tranquillity before their flight. Traditional Hilton luxury is integral to this hotel, whilst prices are kept comfortably reasonable. Restaurant, bar, fitness room and wifi access are all available. Taxis will take you from the hotel to airport. The journey takes approximately 10 minutes and costs no more than £10. Book at reception.
The Someries Servisair Lounge includes free drinks, snacks, TV, wifi, newspapers and magazines. Guests can enter the lounge up to three hours before their flight to relax and enjoy the facilities. Note that children under 12 are not allowed in the lounge. The service costs £18, and it is advisable to book online for the lowest fees.
London Luton Airport Destinations:
|Aberdeen (EasyJet)||Alicante (EasyJet + Monarch)||Amsterdam (EasyJet)|
|Antalya (Thomson)||Arrecife (Monarch + RyanAir + Thomson)||Bacau (Blue Air)|
|Barcelona (EasyJet)||Belfast (EasyJet)||Belgrade (Wizz Air)|
|Berlin (EasyJet)||Beziers (RyanAir)||Bodrum (Monarch + Thomson)|
|Bordeaux (EasyJet)||Bourgas (Thomson + Wizz Air)||Bratislava (RyanAir)|
|Brno (Wizz Air)||Bucharest (Wizz Air + Blue Air)||Budapest (EasyJet + Wizz Air)|
|Cluj-Napoca (Wizz Air)||Corfu (EasyJet + Monarch + Thomson)||Dalaman (Monarch + Thomson)|
|Dortmund (EasyJet)||Dublin (RyanAir)||Dubrovnik (Wizz Air)|
|Edinburgh (EasyJet)||Faro (EasyJet + Monarch + Thomson)||Fuerteventura (Monarch + RyanAir + Thomson)|
|Funchal (Thomson)||Gdansk (Wizz Air)||Geneva (EasyJet)|
|Gerona (RyanAir)||Gibraltar (Monarch)||Glasgow (EasyJet)|
|Grenoble (EasyJet)||Hamburg (EasyJet)||Heraklion (EasyJet + Thomson)|
|Ibiza (EasyJet + Monarch + Thomson)||Inverness (EasyJet)||Isle of Man (Flybe)|
|Istanbul (EasyJet)||Jersey (Flybe)||Katowice (Wizz Air)|
|Kaunas (RyanAir)||Kefalonia (Thomson)||Kerry (RyanAir)|
|Kiev (Wizz Air)||Knock (RyanAir)||Larnaca (Monarch + Thomson)|
|Las Palmas (Monarch + RyanAir + Thomson)||Lisbon (EasyJet)||Lodz (wiz Air)|
|Madrid (EasyJet)||Mahon (EasyJet + Monarch + Thomson)||Malaga (EasyJet + Monarch + Thomson)|
|Malta (RyanAir + Thomson)||Marrakech (RyanAir)||Milan (EasyJet)|
|Monastir (Thomson)||Montpellier (EasyJet)||Murcia (RyanAir)|
|Nice (EasyJet)||Nimes (RyanAir)||Palma (EasyJet + Monarch + Thomson)|
|Paphos (EasyJet + Thomson)||Paris (EasyJet)||Pisa (EasyJet)|
|Poznan (Wizz Air)||Prague (Wizz Air)||Reus (RyanAir + Thomson)|
|Reykjavik (EasyJet)||Rhodes (Thomson)||Riga (Wizz Air)|
|Rome (Monarch)||Rovaniemi (Thomson)||Rzeszow (RyanAir)|
|Salzburg (EasyJet + Thomson)||Sharm el Sheikh (EasyJet + Thomson)||Skopje (Wizz Air)|
|Sofia (Wizz Air)||Split (Wizz Air)||Tallinn (RyanAir)|
|Tel Aviv (EL AL)||Tenerife (Monarch + RyanAir + Thomson)||Thessalonika (Thomson)|
|Timisoara (Wizz Air)||Trapani (RyanAir)||Varna (Wizz Air)|
|Warsaw (Wizz Air)||Waterford (Aer Arann)||Wroclaw (Wizz Air)|
|Zakynthos (Thomson)||Zurich (EasyJet)|