Luton Airport Mini Guide
London Luton Airport is located 65 km north of London and is just 3 km from Luton. It is the 5th busiest airport in the UK and the 4th biggest serving the London area. It was previously named Luton International Airport and renamed in 1990, to emphasise the airports proximity to the capital.
How can I get There?
There are 10 charter and budget airlines operating out of London Luton Airport at present. They fly to 90 destinations in Europe including the major cities and holiday resorts, some routes are seasonal. There is a scheduled service to Israel also.
Is it Easy to get to the City?
If you want to travel into London, take Green Line Coaches 757 express service which takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes.. The airport has its own rail station Luton Airport Parkway, from there you can be at London’s St Pancras Station in 25 minutes. If you’d like to drive, the airport is close to the M1 motorway, head south towards London or Luton is just minutes away. You can also take a bus into Luton - there are frequent services from the airport.
What’s at the Airport for me?
ICE and The Change Company have outlets there, should you need to change currency and ATMs are in the check-in area. Check your email using the Wi-Fi service or use the internet kiosks with printing stations in arrivals and departures. To relax before your flight, use the Executive Lounge and enjoy complimentary refreshments and browse the newspapers. If you have booked a Rhino hire car, take a shuttle bus from the terminal to the car hire centre, situated near the car parks.
Can I Shop There?
Before check in, there are a number of outlets, whether you want to buy a new suitcase or just a newspaper. In departures, you can buy almost anything you need! Buy a new outfit at Monsoon, shoes at Kurt Geiger and the finishing touches at Accessorize. Boots is the place to go for your sun screen and mini toiletries. If you forgot your camera or iPod, take a look at Dixons Travel for the best prices. The Travel Galleria has luxury brands at tax free prices and is the best place to buy some last minute gifts.
What if I get Hungry?
Before check in, you can have coffee at Caffe Nero or a hot snack at Bar des Voyageurs. Food Village offers a wide range of freshly made salads and sandwiches for you to try. For something different, visit Yam Yam To Go, they specialize in Asian cuisine. In departures, you will be spoilt for choice! Bar 10 has a vintage charm and you can eat a traditional pub style meal. If you are feeling healthy, try a delicious smoothie at Pip and a refreshing salad at The Real Food Company. For the not so virtuous, choose from 16 varieties of doughnuts at Krispy Kreme. Est Caffe is the only table service restaurant at the airport and has an extensive menu.
What if I Need Special Assistance?
There is a special assistance help desk in the airport and a designated waiting area. An induction loop is fitted at the check-in desks and customer service desks, for the hearing impaired. Free CDs are available on request, detailing all the facilities available for passengers with disabilities.
- Luton Airport has just been put up for sale putting plans for the extension of the airport in jeopardy and raising the spectre of increased landing charges which may well be passed on to passengers by the new owners.