Luton train station is situated close to the River Lea in the heart of Luton, a short walk from the town’s The Mall shopping centre, the Hat Factory arts venue and St Mary’s, the town’s striking medieval church. To the north and west of the station are the Moor, the People’s Park and Popes Meadow, all of which are remnants of the Great Moor, the public land through which Luton station and the Midland line were built.
Luton’s Midland Road station was built in 1867 by what was then the Midland Railway to serve a population that had exploded in the 19th century – thanks largely to the town’s thriving hatmaking and newspaper printing industries.
At the turn of the 20th century, engineering and manufacturing came to dominate, with Vauxhall Motors opening up a plant in 1905. While the products changed, the growth continued – Luton station was completely rebuilt in 1937, and got a new fourth platform in 1960, followed by a fifth in the 1980s.
Luton train station is mainly served by EMR and Thameslink trains. EMR trains run from Corby to Luton in 49m, while Thameslink connects Brighton to Luton in 2h 12m. Both services also connect London St Pancras International to Luton in 42m and Bedford to Luton in 20m.
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Luton station has two ticket halls, one at ground level and one on a bridge that spans the station’s five platforms. Platform 5 can be accessed directly from the lower ticket hall, while platforms 1 to 4 are accessed via footbridges from the upper ticket hall. Automated ticket gates are in operation in both ticket halls. Southbound trains depart from platforms 1, 2 and 4, and northbound trains from platforms 3 and 5.
Luton train station has one car park off Station Road, which has 669 spaces.
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Luton station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.
Trains arrive into and depart from Luton station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Luton.
Yes, there are toilets available to use at Luton station.
Yes, dogs are allowed at Luton station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.