Planning a day out and want to know more about the journey from London to Luton by train, look no further!
The train from London to Luton usually takes around 49m but can take just 22m on the fastest East Midlors Railway or Thameslink services, with around 593 trains running on this popular route per day. Trains are direct, so once you’re on board you can sit back, relax and stay connected with free WiFi available on most services.
If you want to snap up the cheapest fares, take the train during Off-Peak times. You can also get a Railcard if you’re travelling by train more than a few times a year – you'll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys.
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The average journey time by train between London and Luton is 49 minutes, with around 634 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.
The fastest journey time by train from London to Luton is 25 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London to Luton can start from as little as £2 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Luton without having to change trains. There are 634 direct trains from London to Luton each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London to Luton leaves at 02:36. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Luton leaves at 02:24. 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.
Trains travelling from London to Luton cover a distance of around 29 miles (46 km) during the journey.
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 London to Luton is right for you.
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.
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I travelled from London to Luton on a Thameslink service from St Pancras station. The entire journey took just 35 minutes, calling at St Albans City, Harpenden and Luton Airport Parkway.
There are three options for travelling from London to Luton. 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 operate the bulk of services to Luton from London throughout the day, but there is the occasional EMR service which takes just 22 minutes and runs direct to Luton without stopping.
Boarding the train
I took the faster Thameslink service. Trains depart from the platform beneath the station entrance; you descend on escalators to get to the platform. The train arrived on time and I hopped on board – on this occasion I had an Off-Peak ticket and therefore did not have a seat reservation.
Thameslink trains are very modern, feeling like a cross between a London Underground train and a mainline service. I was sat in Standard Class, which contained ample baggage storage and a mixture of pairs of seats facing forwards, and the occasional set of four facing each other. The modern station announcement system shows exactly where you are in your journey on a digital display, meaning I could kick back and relax on the way to Luton.