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Luton to London by train

It takes an average of 50m to travel from Luton to London by train, over a distance of around 29 miles (46 km). There are normally 535 trains per day traveling from Luton to London and tickets for this journey start from $3.60 when you book in advance.

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From 26m


29 miles (46 km)


535 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $3.60

Train operators

East Midlands Railway, Thameslink

Traveling from Luton to London by train

Planning a trip to the capital and need more information about how to travel by train from Luton to London? Look no further! 

On average, the journey from Luton to London by train takes around 49 minutes, although the fastest services will take you there in just 26 minutes. With around 614 direct trains running on this route each day, you don’t need to worry about making any changes during your journey.  

When traveling on this route, you’ll board a train at Luton station operated by either East Midlands Railway or Thameslink. No matter who you end up traveling with, you’ll enjoy onboard amenities such as comfortable seating and luggage storage. On both services, you’ll arrive at London St Pancras station.  

If you've flown into the UK and arrived at Luton Airport, check out our guide to trains to and from Luton Airport instead.

Once you’ve arrived, you’re perfectly positioned to explore London’s most iconic landmarks. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide to the best things to do in London, including a trip to Hyde Park and St Paul’s Cathedral.  

If you want to book cheaper train tickets, try traveling at Off-Peak times, as tickets tend to be cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours between Monday and Friday. Also, keep an eye out for Advance tickets – they are normally released 12 weeks prior to the day of travel and are generally a lot cheaper than buying tickets on the departure date.  

Eager to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Luton to London in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you’d like more information about the journey, continue reading for train timetables, FAQs and tips on booking cheap train tickets.  

FAQs for Luton to London

Want to know more about your journey from Luton to London? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Luton to London take?

The average journey time by train between Luton and London is 50 minutes, with around 535 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Luton and London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Luton to London is 26 minutes.

How much does the train from Luton to London cost?

Train tickets from Luton to London can start from as little as $3.60 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Luton to London?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Luton to London without having to change trains. There are 535 direct trains from Luton to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Luton to London leave?

The first train from Luton to London leaves at 02:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Luton to London leave?

The last train from Luton to London leaves at 01:41. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Luton and London by train?

Trains travelling from Luton to London cover a distance of around 29 miles (46 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from London to Luton.

Cheap train tickets from Luton to London

Train tickets from Luton to London start at $3.60 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Luton to London is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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What are my ticket options for this journey?

If you're like us, you've probably seen the sheer number of ticket types available in the UK and wondered "Why are there so many?!" To help, we've put together a handy guide to the main UK ticket types, simply tap the one you’re interested in to find out more.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

Luton to London in under forty minutes

I travelled from Luton to London having spent the day in Bedfordshire. The journey took just under 40 minutes, ensuring I arrived in London in good time.

There are a handful of options for travelling from Luton to London. Thameslink run two different services throughout the day: the first calls at just a handful of stations and takes between 35-40 minutes, the second calls at more stations and takes just under an hour. Thameslink operates the bulk of services throughout the day, but there is the occasional EMR service which takes just 22 minutes and runs direct to London.

The journey

I opted for the faster Thameslink service. A friendly staff member at Luton station helped me find the right platform and the train arrived on time. Thameslink carriages are quite modern, resembling a cross between a normal train carriage and a Tube carriage. The information boards were very useful in showing me exactly where we were on the journey, and there was ample storage room for my luggage.

Arriving in London

London St Pancras is very well-connected to the TfL network via the Kings Cross St Pancras underground station. It was a nice day so I chose to walk home – but to anyone considering walking between Kings Cross and Angel, the incline up Pentonville Road is rather steep!

Freddie, a former Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Luton and London.

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