Luton (ICAO: EGGW, IATA: LTN) is much smaller than Stansted, but still a major hub for many low cost airlines, and over 10 million passengers fly through the airport each year. It boasts the same facilities of the other major airports and also like Stansted, it is common place for some passengers on early morning flight, to sleepover in the terminal before their flights. The Parkway Airport station, which serves the terminal is about 20 minutes walk back into town, though there is a regular shuttle bus charging £1.50 to take you to the station. If your train ticket says Luton Airport (rather than Luton Airport Parkway), then the bus ride is included in the ticket.
The airport is a major hub for easyJet, Ryanair, Wizzair, Thomson Airways and Monarch Airlines, with other airlines also serving the airport like Aer Arann, FlyBE and El Al, to cities primarily in Scotland, Europe, North Africa and the Mediterranean Basin. If leaving on a morning flight, it is advisable to leave extra time to check in and clear security due to the large number of flights leaving.
- By rail, Journey time: 20-55 min. Travelcard not valid. The airport has its own railway station “Luton Airport Parkway”, and is served by trains 24 hours a day from Central London using “First Capital Connect Trains” and connects with St Pancras International. There are up to 10 trains an hour, depending on the time of day. All trains go to London St Pancras International, but many also continue on to Blackfriars, London Bridge and Elephant & Castle, Gatwick Airport and Brighton. The station is nearly 2 km (1 mi) from the terminal building, there is a shuttle bus service running between the terminal and airport every 10 minutes. At rush hour times, this journey can take up to 25 minutes.
- By coach: Green Line number 757, ☎ +44 844 801 7261, Every 20 min, journey time 90 min. To Victoria (tube: Victoria) via Brent Cross, Finchley Rd tube station, Baker St, Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner. Service is run by Greenline and in conjunction with easyBus (but can be used by all travellers regardless of airline you travel with). Travelcard not valid.
- By coach: National Express, ☎ +44 870 580 8080, Every 20 min, journey time 90 min. To Victoria (tube: Victoria) via Golders Green and Marble Arch. Travelcard not valid.
- By car. 60 km (34 mi) north of London, just off the M1 motorway which connects London with the Midlands and the North of England. Depending on where you are travelling from in London and time of day, journey times take 45-90 min. Road users should plan their journey and check traffic conditions, as if an incident occurs on London’s busy roads, journey times can dramatically increase. There is no free location to wait or drop passengers off. There is also a short stay car park nearby.