Will Luton airport be your next gateway into London? Planning ahead for your trip can help you reach your final destination in the city in a smooth and convenient manner. Instead of making your way –for instance- to Paddington station, travelling to St Pancras means you will be within walking distance to London University, Camden, Regents Park, the Bloomsbury Area and Mary Lebone. Furthermore, choosing the train as your means of transport will guarantee a safe commute while carrying your luggage.
East Midlands trains, Thameslink and First Capital Connect are the railway companies most commonly used by travellers transferring from Luton airport to St Pancras International. Many of them are direct services with some stops along the way, so you won’t need to change trains. The average length of the journey both to the train station and to the airport is 30 minutes, plus 10 additional minutes required to commute between London’s Luton passenger terminal and Luton Parkway station, the point where trains depart from and arrive to.
Buying your train tickets to St Pancras
If you are flying with certain airlines, like Easyjet, you will be given the chance to purchase your train tickets onboard. A single ticket costs around 12 pounds, and normally includes the shuttle bus service. We advise you to compare journeys, prices and schedules on websites like The Train Line, then get your tickets from the offices at Luton airport or your railway station of departure.
Shuttle bus to Luton Parkway station
Upon arrival in London Luton airport and after collecting your bags, go outside the arrivals terminal and find the shuttle bus stop, which is clearly signposted. It will take you to Luton Parkway station in approximately 10 minutes. If you already have your train ticket and the shuttle fare is included, simply show it to the driver; otherwise, you must pay for your bus ticket. They only accept cash. This also applies to the reverse journey: your train ticket from St Pancras to Luton may include the shuttle bus fare or not, so check in advance and make sure you have coins handy to purchase the ticket at Luton Parkway on your way back to the passenger terminal.
The train journey from Luton airport
If you have not purchased your train ticket in advance, remember that you will need to buy your single or return train ticket either at Luton Parkway station or at St Pancras International. Providing that you are not travelling during the busy periods of the early morning and the evening, you may get an off-peak train ticket for a lower price. Oyster Cards cannot be used for this trip.
St Pancras is usually the last stop in the journey; however, pay attention to the information displayed on the screens inside the carriage.
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