How to get from Luton Airport to City Centre
You can use 3 different means of transport if you are travelling to London's city centre from Luton airport (LTN): Taxi, Train and Bus. Taking a London airport taxi from Luton airport to the downtown area of London is the most convenient mode of transport. The ride costs approximately 80€ (70£) and it will take around 1 hour and 15 minutes. The fastest way to reach central London is by train. Regular train tickets cost 16€ (14.20£) and the journey takes only 35 minutes. A slightly cheaper alternative is the bus. Single tickets for the bus cost 13.60€ (12£), but the average travel time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Train|| €32|| 35min|| 04:43–02:07|
| Taxi|| €80|| 75min|| 24/7|
| Bus|| €27.20|| 90min|| 24/7|
How to get from Luton airport to city centre by train
Unfortunately, there is no direct train service from Luton airport to London. In order to get a train you will have take a shuttle bus from the airport to Luton airport Parkway railway station. From there, you can take the Thameslink train towards Brighton and stop at one of the major central stations of London, St. Pancras International station. Thameslink train tickets cost 16€ (14.20£) and the average travel time is 35 minutes.
The shuttle buses depart from the airport every 10 minutes and the travel time is only 10 minutes.
How much is the train from Luton airport to city centre?
Tickets for the shuttle bus cost 2.40€ (2.10£) and can be bought straight from the bus driver with cash.
One-way standard train tickets cost 16€ (14.20£) and you can buy them either from the Onward Travel Centre in the arrivals hall or from the train ticket machines in the International Baggage Reclaim area.
Waiting time is around 30 minutes.
Thameslink trains runs from 04:43 a.m to 02:07 a.m. The airport shuttle bus operates from 05:00 a.m to 00:00 a.m.
Where do I get it from?
The shuttle bus can be located right outside the terminal, at Bay T.
Once you arrive at Luton airport Parkway railway station follow the signs for the Thameslink trains that head towards Brighton.
The fact that there is no direct train services from Luton airport makes the trip very inconvenient, especially if you are carrying many pieces of luggage.
Once you get to St. Pancras International station you will access to no less than 6 underground lines and multple bus lines.
There may be less services on weekends and holidays.
Children under 5 years of age travel for free.
How to get from Luton airport to city centre by taxi
Hiring a London airport taxi is the best option for a care-free and comfortable transfer from Luton airport to the city centre of London. Your taxi trip will be charged based on distance. The average trip duration is 1 hour and 15 minutes, but that may change, depending on traffic and the exact location of your final destination.
Keep in mind that you should always pick a taxi from the official ranks and not from random individuals claiming to offer transfer services.
Taxi fare from Luton airport to city centre
The fare of your taxi ride will be calculated by taximeter since there is no official fixed price for the trip from Luton airport to London's city centre. Additional costs from tolls or late-night driving may be applied. However, the journey will cost approximately 80€ (70£).
Keep in mind that some taxi companies offer a flat fare for the trip if you book your ride in advance.
Taking a taxi is by far the most convenient and secure transportation method if you want to avoid the crowded public means of transport.
Even though taxi rides can be expensive, they are ideal if you are travelling with friends and can split the fare.
It is recommended to have the details of your destination written down for your driver.
All London taxis accept payments with debit/credit cards.
Do not negotiate a fixed price with the driver.
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How to get from Luton airport to ciy centre by bus
National Express is the main bus provider of Luton airport since it provides transfer services to two major London stations: Paddington and Victoria stations. Therefore, you can choose the one that suits you better. Moreover, National Express buses run 24/7 and the average travel time from the airport to central London is 90 minutes.
There are other private bus companies, such as Terravision, that provide similar services.
How much is the bus from Luton airport to city centre?
One-way bus tickets from Luton airport to London cost 13.60€ (12£).
Tickets can be bought online or from the ticket desks and ticket machines at arrivals hall.
Waiting time is around 30 minutes
National Express buses operate 24/7.
Where do I get it from?
The National Express bus stop is just infront of the passenger terminal doors.
National Express buses are modern, comfortable, and offer free Wi-Fi. However, the journey may be way longer because of London's traffic during rush hours.
If you decide to travel with National Express do not forget to pick the route you want to follow. A1 is for Paddington station and A2 for Victoria station.
Children under 6 years of age travel free.
An alternative bus service is the Green Line 757.