|Distance||28 miles (45 km)|
|Average train duration||25 min|
|Average train ticket price||£8 (€9)|
|Train frequency||50 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 50 direct trains a day|
|Train providers||Thameslink or East Midlands Trains|
Trains from London to Luton cover the 28 miles (45 km) long trip taking on average 25 min with our travel partners like Thameslink or East Midlands Trains. Normally, there are 50 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as £3, but the average price of train tickets is £8. Travellers depart most frequently from London Victoria and arrive in Luton.
Trains from London to Luton are very frequent and there are several trains that leave every hour. On average there are about five trains that depart from either London St Pancras or London Blackfriars station, going to Luton Train Station, per hour, and the wait between trains is usually between 5 and 15min. The average duration of a train from London to Luton is about 30min. There is only one train that leaves from London Blackfriars, and it is the last train of the day. The rest all leave from London St Pancras Station.
All train services between the city of London and Luton are direct with journey times of just 45 minutes to just under one hour.
There are about 4 or 5 trains per hour on a normal day, going from London to Luton. The trains tend to leave with a 5-to-15-minute wait in between them, so if you miss one train, you will not have to wait too long to catch another. The first train of the day leaves from London St Pancras Station at 5:28 a.m. and it arrives at 6:16 a.m., taking 48min to complete the journey. It does not require any changes. The last train of the day leaves from London Blackfriars Station at 10:59 p.m. and it arrives at 11:57 p.m., taking 58min to complete the journey. It does not require any changes either.
On average, the train journey from London to Luton takes about 30min and the good news is that none of the routes require a change as they are all direct. The fastest train takes only 25min, and there are a few that match this speed throughout the day. One example is the 12:15 p.m. train just after midday that is run by East Midlands train company. The slowest train each day is the last train of the day. It leaves at 10:59 p.m. and takes 58min to arrive. It leaves from London Blackfriars station and is managed by Thameslink.
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Departure train station: There are two departure stations on the journey path from London to Luton. The most popular and frequent station is London St Pancras Station . It is managed by Network Rail and has plenty of facilities available for travellers, including toilets, baby changing facilities, free Wi-Fi, charging stations, a pharmacy and easy access to the trains. St Pancras station is about 2 miles (3 km) from the city centre and there is a 13min subway line that runs directly between them, as well as the Line 186 bus that takes 11min. The other station, which only has one train per day that travels from London to Luton is London Blackfriars Station. It is managed by Thameslink, and has toilets, baby changing rooms, a public Wi-Fi, shops, ramps to the trains and easy access toilets. Blackfriars station is about 2 miles (3 km) from the city centre, and there is a 7min subway or the Line 15 bus that takes 19min to take you there.
Arrival train station: The arrival station for the trip from London to Luton is always the same: Luton Train Station. The station is managed by Thameslink as well, and has ATMS, phonebooths, a food buffet, bike storage and ramps to help you board and disembark from the trains. Luton train station is only 0.5 miles (0.8 km) from the city centre, and so walking is a good option. There ar eno buses, so the other option is to take a taxi that will take less than fivemin.
There are two train companies that travel from London to Luton, and they are Thameslink and East Midlands trains. Both of these train companies leave from St Pancras station, and Thameslink manage the train that leaves from London Blackfriars station as well.
Thameslink is the train company that manages both London Blackfriars station and Luton Train station, so it is natural that there are trains that operate on the London to Luton route with this company. Thameslink offers more frequent trains, averaging about 4 per hour, although they are generally slower than the trains that are operated by the East Midlands Company, although not by too long. The slowest train of the day is operated by Thameslink and leaves from London Blackfriars station. Fortunately, none of the Thameslink trains require a change on the route from London to Luton.
The East Midlands trains that operate from London to Luton all leave from London St Pancras Station. They are less frequent than the trains that are operated by Thameslink, leaving once or twice per hour, depending on the time of day. The East Midlands Trains are generally faster than the Thameslink trains, offering the fastest trains available that only take 25min from London to Luton. Fortunately, all of the East Midlands Trains are direct on this route.
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Luton has more going on than at first glance and there are some really cool things that you should check on when you visit. Stockwood Park is famous for having around 100 hectares of green space that includes the Stockwood Discovery Centre. The Stockwood Discovery Centre has exhibits that show snippets of Luton’s past, offering a great insight into the development of the local area.
The park also has football pitches, athletics facilities, and has a golf course beside it called the Stockwood Park Golf Centre. Whipsnade Zoo is another recommendation if you are looking to spend the afternoon in Luton. It is run by a non-profit organisation that is interested in the conservation of hundreds of animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions, birds of paradise and rhinos. Finally, if you are looking for a cool place to eat, why not check out K.Bob Korean Restaurant, where the cool décor and K-pop music is only outdone by the highly recommended Korean food itself.
There are some slight differences between the services offered on board the Thameslink managed trains, and the East Midlands managed trains. Both companies allow up to two domestic pets on board, although they must be kept on the lead or in a travel crate. Both companies offer free Wi-Fi and have first class seating available. Both companies offer baby changing facilities and toilets on board the train and offer in-seat catering services where you can buy a drink or snack.
Both train companies have ramps to help passengers with reduced mobility board and disembark from the trains and there are wheelchair specific spaces on the train to allow everyone a comfortable journey. Both companies permit three pieces of luggage on board, which is defined more clearly as two large pieces of luggage, and one smaller piece of hand luggage. The main difference between the companies is their restrictions on bicycles. The East Midlands service permits bikes on board, but you need to reserve a space for your bicycle, while the Thameslink service only allows fully foldable bikes on board, as a means of creating more space for passengers.
One of the best ways to find cheap train tickets when travelling from London to Luton is to have flexible dates. There are plenty of trains each day, and there are trains that travel on the London to Luton route every day of the week, so you are sure to find some good bargains if you can be flexible with when you travel. Another piece of advice is to try and book your tickets in advance, if possible.it is normally cheaper to buy your tickets in advance of travelling, especially if you need to bring bicycles or prams on your journey.
Finally, while there are no routes that require changes, taking slower trains can often be a way to find cheaper tickets as the faster trains are more expensive, so consider that by choosing the train that takes only 20min longer, you may be able to save some money that you can then spend in Luton on arrival.
When taking a train from London, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including London Victoria, London Euston and London Kings Cross. When you arrive in Luton, your train can arrive in train stations including Luton, Luton Airport Parkway and London Luton Airport.
Omio customers travelling this route book their trains from London Victoria to Luton.
The most popular departure train station with passengers for this trip, called London Victoria, is located 1.2 miles (2 km) from the city centre of London.
The most popular arrival train station, Luton, is located 0.2 miles (381 m) away from the city centre of Luton.
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