Trains from Luton Airport
Getting a train from Luton Airport Parkway Station to London is an accessible option if you’re flying into Luton Airport. From London, you can take a train to Cambridge, Canterbury, Oxford, Brighton and other major cities and towns of South East England. Thameslink and East Midlands Trains operate direct to London St Pancras International station. They run every 10 minutes during peak times, 7-days per week.
London Luton Airport is in the heart of Bedfordshire. A convenient shuttle bus runs from the airport to Luton Airport Parkway train station. Alternatively, a taxi from the airport to the train station takes only 10-minutes.
Read on to learn more about buying train tickets, timetables and possible connections.
Getting from London Luton Airport to London
You can book cheap tickets from London Luton Airport to St Pancras International. This saves time and money on taxis and eliminates the need for airport parking. This helps when you want to budget to recover from your holiday spending. For the lowest prices, we recommend you book tickets far ahead of the journey. If you use National Railcards, then you can save a further 1/3 on an adult journey, with kids traveling at 60% off.
A Thameslink train runs from Luton Airport Parkway to St Pancras International station in London. After that, the train also stops at Farringdon, City Thameslink, London Blackfriars and Gatwick. An East Midlands train station also follows the same line as far as London St Pancras International station. Trains are every 10 minutes at peak times up to every hour at night. They run 7 days a week and the journey takes 20 to 50 minutes.
From St Pancras, you can take the London Underground to other London train stations and then a direct train to major UK cities. You can also take a direct train to Leicester, Dover, Brighton and Ashford International direct from the airport. Every 10 minutes, a convenient shuttle bus connects London Luton Airport to Luton Airport Parkway. If you’ve booked your train ticket from Luton Airport, the bus fare is included in the price. If not, don’t panic, it only costs £2.20 for a single from the airport to Luton Airport Parkway station.
If you have a late flight, there’s a Holiday Inn close to the airport. Regular shuttle buses are available to and from the hotel.
Useful travel tips
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What to See in London
London St Pancras International is one of the busiest train stations in Britain. As a result, it has a large selection of places to eat and shop. Eateries at the station include Starbucks, Pret A Manger, and other various bars, coffee shops and restaurants. Shops include Marks & Spencer, WHSmith, Boots and many more.
Kings Cross St Pancras tube station is adjacent to St Pancras International station. From there, you can take the London Underground Northern Line, Victoria Line or Piccadilly Line to central London. Take the Northern Line to Embankment and then change for the Circle or District lines to Westminster station for: Big Ben, the London Eye, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and a view of the River Thames.
From Westminster station it’s around 1-hour’s walk to The Tower of London. A stroll northward then eastward along the opposite side of the Thames will take you past the National Theatre, the Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London Bridge and Tower Bridge. Trainline recommends purchasing an Oyster travel card from any London Underground station for cheaper fares while travelling around London.