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London to Luton Airport Parkway by train

It takes an average of 46m to travel from London to Luton Airport Parkway by train, over a distance of around 28 miles (45 km). There are normally 527 trains per day travelling from London to Luton Airport Parkway and tickets for this journey start from £2.90 when you book in advance.

First train

02:36

Last train

01:48

Departure station

London

Arrival station

Luton Airport Parkway

Journey time

From 22m

Distance

28 miles (45 km)

Frequency

527 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £2.90

Train operators

East Midlands Railway, Thameslink

Travelling from London to Luton Airport by train

Catching a flight and need more information about the journey by train from London to Luton Airport Parkway? Start your journey with us!  

On average, the journey from London to Luton Airport Parkway by train takes around 47 minutes, however the quickest services can take as little as 21 minutes. As there are around 650 direct trains running on this route each day, you don’t need to worry about making any changes along the way.  

When travelling on this route, you’ll board a train at London St Pancras International station operated by either Thameslink or East Midlands Railway. No matter who you travel with, you’ll enjoy onboard amenities such as comfortable seating and generous luggage space. With both operators, your train will arrive at Luton Airport Parkway station.  

From 27th March 2023, the Luton DART will replace the shuttle bus service between Luton Airport Parkway and London Luton Airport. The Luton DART is a passenger transit system that will take you to the airport in just under 4 minutes. If you choose Luton Airport as the start or end point of your journey, the Luton DART is included as part of your rail ticket.

At the airport, you’ll find plenty of facilities to keep you entertained, including shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. There’s also a duty-free store selling spirits, confectionary and souvenirs.  

If you’re hoping to book cheap train tickets, try travelling at Off-Peak times, as tickets are usually cheaper during quieter travel times on weekdays and weekends. Also, if you travel by train frequently, why not get a Railcard? You’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year. 

Want to book? There’s no need to wait, start a search for cheap train tickets from London to Luton Airport Parkway in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you’d like to find out more about the journey, continue reading for train timetables, FAQs and tips on booking cheap train tickets.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between London and Luton Airport Parkway is 46 minutes, with around 527 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 Airport Parkway by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Luton Airport Parkway is 22 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Luton Airport Parkway cost?

Train ticket prices from London to Luton Airport Parkway can start from as little as £2.90 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 Airport Parkway?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Luton Airport Parkway without having to change trains. There are 527 direct trains from London to Luton Airport Parkway 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 Airport Parkway leave?

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

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

The last train from London to Luton Airport Parkway leaves at 01:48. 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 Airport Parkway by train?

Trains travelling from London to Luton Airport Parkway cover a distance of around 28 miles (45 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Luton Airport Parkway to London. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from London to Luton Airport Parkway.

Cheap train tickets from London to Luton Airport Parkway

Train tickets from London to Luton Airport Parkway start at £2.90 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.

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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 Airport Parkway 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.

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

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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.

Taking a Thameslink train from London to Luton Airport Parkway

I was heading straight from work to Luton Airport to catch a flight to Barcelona, so I bought my ticket in advance to save time. It was available as a digital ticket which meant I didn't have to stop at a ticket machine either. If you buy a ticket to Luton Airport rather than Luton Airport Parkway, this includes travel on the new Luton DART shuttle which runs between the train station and the airport. 

I jumped on the Thameslink at Farringdon (there are plenty of Thameslink stations throughout London you can choose from) and there were plenty of seats to choose from as you can walk the entire length of the train with ease. I didn’t have a suitcase with me, but there were luggage racks throughout the train and lots of space to have your bags near you if you need them. The train took just over 30 minutes to reach the airport and there were 3 stops along the way, so the journey felt quite quick – definitely easier than driving there!

Once the train arrived at Luton Airport Parkway station, I headed up the escalators and followed the walkway round to the right, through ticket barriers to officially leave the station and enter the very modern and spacious Luton DART terminal. There was one more set of ticket barriers that let me through to the area where the DART shuttles depart.

Luton DART terminal

There were two platforms opposite each other surrounded by glass doors, which stayed closed until the shuttle arrived. Once I stepped onboard, the shuttle was wide enough for lots of passengers to stand with luggage and several seats running along each side and at each end (sit at the front if you want to pretend you’re driving!). There were also screens displaying upcoming departures so I could check the status of my flight, plus dedicated wheelchair space and priority seating for those who need it.

Inside a Luton DART shuttle

The shuttle journey took about 4 minutes in total and dropped me off right by the entrance to the airport – very convenient!

About Jorja

Jorja, a Trainline employee, chose to share her experience of the journey between London and Luton Airport Parkway.

† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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