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The train from Luton to London usually takes around 49m but can take just 22m on the fastest services, with around 600 trains running on this popular route per day. You won’t need to worry about making any changes along the way either as direct trains are available.
Trains on this route are operated by East Midlands Railway and Thameslink, both of which offer free WiFi and comfortable seating during your journey.
If you want to snap up the cheapest fares, book an Off-Peak time – tickets are usually cheaper when you travel Off-Peak compared to taking the train at Peak times. If you want to save even more, get a Railcard – you’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year.
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The average journey time by train between Luton and London is 49 minutes, with around 783 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 Luton to London is 25 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Luton to London 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 Luton to London without having to change trains. There are 783 direct trains from Luton to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Luton to London leaves at 02:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Luton to London leaves at 02:18. 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 Luton to London 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 Luton to London 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 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.
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!