Luton Airport Parkway Station is one of the most common train stations for travellers from London to Luton Airport and vice-versa. From there, Cambridge, Canterbury, Oxford, Brighton and other cities and towns of South East England are within easy reach. Situated in the heart of Bedfordshire, London Luton Airport is only 10-minutes by taxi from Luton Airport Parkway station. A convenient shuttle bus links the airport and the train station.

Trains operated by Thameslink and East Midlands connect the station to St Pancras International. They run every 10 minutes during peak times, 7-days a week.

Read on to learn more about buying train tickets, timetables and possible connections.

Getting to Luton Airport by train

Using Trainline, you can book cheap train tickets to London Luton Airport. This saves time and money on taxis and airport parking, freeing up extra spending cash for your holiday. To get tickets at the lowest prices, we recommend booking well in advance of the journey. You can also use National Railcards to save a further 1/3 on an adult’s journey and 60% on kids’ fares.

Thameslink train connects St Pancras International station in London to Luton Airport Parkway. Before St Pancras, the train stops at Farringdon, City Thameslink, London Blackfriars and Gatwick. An East Midlands train service runs along the same line but only from London St Pancras International station. The train runs 7-days a week, every 10-minutes at peak times and every hour through the night. The journey takes between 20 and 50 minutes.

Direct trains run to St Pancras from BrightonAshford International, Leicester and Dover. You can also get there using the London Underground from other London train stations. This allows easy access from most major UK cities. A convenient 10-minute shuttle bus runs every 10 minutes from Luton Airport Parkway to London Luton Airport. When you book a train to Luton Airport, the bus fare is included as part of the price.

If you’ve already purchased a ticket to Luton Airport Parkway, don’t panic. You can still use the shuttle bus for £2.20 one-way. If you wish to stay near London Luton Airport, regular shuttle buses run to a nearby Holiday Inn hotel.

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Things to do at Luton Airport

London Luton Airport is the UK’s fifth-largest passenger airport and services over 1-million passengers per month. As a result, there’s plenty of facilities to keep you entertained and help you relax before your flight. The airport’s single terminal has many eateries and coffee shops including Burger King, Bar Des Voyageurs, Caffe Nero, Pret A Manger, Krispy Kreme and Starbucks.

Many stores also cater to shoppers, such as WHSmith, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Boots, Accessorize, Monsoon and Kurt Geiger. A duty-free store is available after security, with items like spirits, confectionery and souvenirs. When you enter departures, you’ll see the check-in to your right. If you need international currency, an exchange lies just ahead of the entrance. The security gates are to your left.

If you’re planning a holiday in Europe, then why not take the train for a memorable experience? You can use Trainline to book cheap fares to major European cities such as ParisAmsterdamMadridBrusselsBarcelona and Rome.