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London to Luton by train

It takes an average of 49m to travel from London to Luton by train, over a distance of around 29 miles (46 km). There are normally 634 trains per day travelling from London to Luton and tickets for this journey start from £2 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 25m
PriceFrom £2
Distance29 miles (46 km)
Frequency634 trains per day
First train02:36
Last train02:24
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationLuton
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsEast Midlands Railway, Thameslink

London to Luton train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Luton for Tuesday 24th May 2022 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
13:21 13:56 35m, direct
13:36 14:10 34m, direct
13:43 14:31 48m, direct
13:45 14:10 25m, direct
13:51 14:26 35m, direct
14:06 14:40 34m, direct
14:13 15:01 48m, direct
14:15 14:40 25m, direct
14:21 14:56 35m, direct
14:36 15:10 34m, direct

About the train journey from London to Luton

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.

Keen to book your train tickets from London to Luton? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to learn a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train timetable below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs including first and last train times.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from London to Luton? 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 London to Luton take?

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.

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

The fastest journey time by train from London to Luton is 25 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Luton cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from London to Luton?

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.

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

The first train from London to Luton leaves at 02:36. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

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.

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

Trains travelling from London to Luton 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 Luton to London.

Cheap train tickets from London to Luton

Train tickets from London to Luton start at £2 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 London to Luton 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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London to Luton in under 40 minutes

Review by Freddie Larkins

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.

The journey

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.

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