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Trains are more expensive than buses but are not subject to variations in traffic conditions and frequent road works on the M1. Trains arrive at Luton Parkway station. Passengers then take a free shuttle bus to the airport. Journey time is normally 5/10 minutes. Buses depart every 15 minutes during the day. After 23.00, shuttle buses coincide with train arrivals and departures. Midland Mainline trains run to Kings Cross St Pancras in London and north towards the East Midlands and Yorkshire. First Capital Connect trains run to Kings Cross Thameslink in central London. Average journey time to London is 25 minutes. Some Thameslink trains go on to Brighton. Northbound Thameslink trains run to Bedford. The Virgin Rail Link bus service connects Luton Airport with Milton Keynes station and connecting trains to the West Midlands and the West. Bicycles are permitted on most local Luton trains but may be subject to restrictions during rush hours.
Buses are the cheapest way of getting to Luton Airport. Buses arrive at the coach station in front of the terminal building. Bus companies serving London from Luton include National Express, Easybus and Green Line. With some flights leaving early in the morning, night buses are a useful option. Arriving passengers can buy coach tickets in the arrivals hall. National Express services connect Luton airport with UK towns and cities like Birmingham, Cambridge, Liverpool, Manchester and Northampton. Regular buses also connect the airport with Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
London Luton Airport is located close to the M1 and M25 motorways, 32 miles from central London and 90 miles from Birmingham. If you are relying on your satellite navigation system, the postcode is LU2 9QT. Cars can drop off passengers near the terminal building but the driver cannot leave the car. Taxis are available close to the terminal and can be booked in advance. Allow an hour to drive to central London. Detailed information regarding traffic conditions and road works is available from the Luton Airport website.
Prices for parking vary according to the type of car park, the distance from the terminal and the length of stay. Short stay parking is designed and priced for people taking friends and family to the airport or picking them up from incoming flights. Secure short-stay car parks are the nearest to the terminal. If you are driving friends or family you can use the set down lane, but the driver must stay in the car.
Mid-stay parking is ideal for stays of up to 5 days. If your flights involve a longer time away you should consider long-stay parking, which has a minimum charge of 5 days. Mid-stay and long-stay car parks provide a shuttle bus service to the terminal. All car parks are of a high standard and properly supervised.
Cheap parking is easier to find if you book well in advance. You can pre-book parking with Directline. The airport website has up-to-date information on prices and conditions. Some of the cheapest parking can be found at hotels, B&B and the various off-site car parks around the airport. Prices for unofficial car parks are often very good value and usually depend on the distance from the airport.
Facilities have considerably improved since the opening of a new terminal in 1999, and now include a good choice of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. The departures lounge is a short distance from the departure gates.