London Luton Airport essential travel guide
Postcode for GPS: LU2 9QT

London Luton Airport is the fourth largest hub serving the London area, with nine airlines based on the site and annual passenger numbers reaching nearly nine million.

Situated about 30 miles north of London, the airport is easily accessible from the capital and other parts of the country.

How to get to London Luton

Car
Getting there is straightforward, as the airport is just 15 minutes away from the M25 and five minutes from the M1. 
 
Drivers will find that London Luton offers a variety of short-term, mid-term and long-term parking options. The long-term car park, which is situated ten minutes away from the terminal via a shuttle transfer, offers a daily rate of £14.40.
 
Train
People travelling by train will find that the regular rail services from central London take less than half an hour. The airport has its own station - Luton Airport Parkway - on the Midland Main Line.
 
There is a shuttle bus service to take passengers from the station to the airport, which runs every ten minutes between 05:00 and midnight.
 
Coaches
Coaches of EasyBus from London Victoria Station and Earl's Court operate up to every 15 minutes 24 hours 7 days a week.

The airport

All services from London Luton operate from the airport's single terminal, with flights to roughly 85 destinations on offer. The modern terminal building was developed at a cost of £40 million and officially opened in 1999.
 
The hub is known as the home of low-cost carriers such as easyJet, Ryanair and Wizz Air, which could make it appealing to travellers seeking cheap flights to Amsterdam or other European cities.
 
Passengers will find plenty of shopping and dining options inside the terminal, both before and after they pass through security. The main check-in concourse features outlets such as Cotton Traders, Marks & Spencer Simply Food, Tie Rack and WHSmith.
 
After passing through security and reaching the departure lounge area, travellers will be able to browse the duty-free wares on offer at Boots, Kurt Geiger, Monsoon and Sunglass Hut.
 
For those seeking something to eat or drink before their flight, the check-in concourse includes the Parisian-style Bar Des Voyageurs. There are also branches of Burger King, Caffe Nero and Starbucks in this area.
 
On the other side of the security gates, hungry passengers with cheap flights to Paris or elsewhere can stop off at the likes of Bar 10, Krispy Kreme, Pret A Manger and The Real Food Company.

Direct Flights travel tip

With all check-in desks located directly opposite the main entrance to the terminal, it is easy to get rid of your baggage as soon as you arrive. Check-in immediately and then relax by browsing the shops before the fight.

Other facilities

The main departure lounge at London Luton includes a range of facilities such as baby care rooms, Wi-Fi services operated by Spectrum Interactive and currency exchange from The Change Group.
 
A baggage wrapping service, which can protect luggage from being damaged in transit, is available to passengers from the check-in concourse. Prices start at £5.50 per item.

Hotels nearby

People with flights leaving very early in the morning from London Luton may like to book into a hotel close to the airport for the night, as there are several options available. 
 
Adjacent to the terminal building lies the Express by Holiday Inn Luton, which offers a convenient location and services such as a restaurant, currency exchange and internet access.
 
Those willing to travel a little further afield will find other accommodation options such as the Chiltern Hotel, Luton Travelodge and Thistle Hotel Luton.