Luton is a large town in Bedfordshire, about 35 miles north of London. Located on the River Lea, it is a centre of industry and education. It is also the home of the Luton Hatters football team, and the location of a major airport. Arriva Shires & Essex, Grant Palmer and Centrebus provide transport within the town, and connect it with the Dunstable area. It has three railway stations, Luton, Leagrave and Luton Airport Parkway (LTN).
Luton Airport Parkway (LTN) is Luton’s main train station. Just 29 miles from London’s St Pancras station, it is served by Thameslink and East Midland trains. From the station, passengers can take the bus shuttle service (approximately one mile) to Luton Airport. The station's facilities include four platforms, four waiting rooms, telephones, a cafe, newsagent, ATM and toilets. The station participates in the Plusbus scheme, in which passengers can buy train and bus tickets together, for a cheaper price.
Daily, trains to Luton Airport Parkway leave London St Pancras about every fifteen minutes. Thameslink and East Midlands provide the services. The journey takes about forty-five minutes, with no changes required.
Going by train is an exciting way to travel. No extra charges, such as parking fees, are required on arrival at your destination. You can dine, relax and talk while absorbing the beauty of the passing countryside. And there is no need to begin your journey in London. For instance, the Thameslink connects Luton with Rainham in Kent, travelling through towns such as Rochester, Chatham and Plumstead, and through the suburbs of south London and north London, before reaching Luton. The proximity of the station to the airport makes rail travel a great choice, avoiding any parking fees during a holiday.
Luton is an ancient town with an eclectic mix of attractions that make it a magnet for visitors. Every year, the Luton International Carnival takes place on the last Monday in May. The Carnival consists of a parade with floats featuring the cultural and creative life of the town. Just outside the town is Luton Hoo, a country estate that includes a palatial house designed by architect Robert Adam. Used as a location for films, its gardens are open to the public.