How to get from Heathrow Airport to Luton Airport :
The best option for most people is National Express Coach which is a
straight airport to airport journey unlike the other options. It
compares to the train options in both the cost and the time so
unless you want to go via central London this is your best option.
run services between
Heathrow (all four terminals) and Luton Airport. Services to Luton
Airport will actually
also drop at Luton Bus Station in Luton itself
after stopping at the airport. Operates from about 05.30 till around
00.30 and this
is a most hourly service. All coaches have an onboard WC. These are
not dedicated buses for this route but they take in this journey as part
of much longer routes.
This service operates from terminals 4 and 5 and from the central bus station
(for terminals 1 and 3).
707 - some buses stop at Hemel Hempstead
Expect your journey to take around 65 to 115
minutes. Cost is around
from £20 (single), £40 (return) for a standard single fare.
details of National Express Heathrow to Luton Airport
There is a cheaper but longer option which may be of interest if your on a very
strict budget. You can take the tube into Victoria (requires change at
Hammersmith from the Piccadilly line to the District line) and then take a
National Express coach out to Luton airport. This option could also be of
interest if you looking to stay in London overnight or longer before making the
trip out to Luton airport.
Note that the Easybus service for this route just sues the National Express and
Greenline services (757). Greenline doesnt have the cheaper fares national
express offers on the route. The other difference is that National Express make
a stop at Golders Green underground station while the Greenline stops at Brent
Cross Shopping centre.
Tube Fare is:
Cash: £6 per adult (£3 11-15 yrs), Contactless £5.10 peak, £3.10 off-peak
Expect your total journey to take around 120 to 180 minutes.
National Express fares from Victoria to Luton range
from £3.95 (adavance fares), on the day fares from around £8.95.
Therefore the cost for the whole journey is around £9.95 - £14.95 depending on how early you book for a standard single fare.
Train (via central London):
Luton airport is not directly served by a station. The nearest
station is Luton Airport Parkway. Once at the station you are
transferred by the free Luton Airport Express Shuttlebus to the
airport (if you have a through ticket). The shuttlebus stops almost outside the terminal building
at Luton as the coach terminus area is located adjacent to the
terminal. Transfer takes around 10 minutes.
1: Take the Heathrow Express train service into Paddington Station.
Transfer to the tube network via the Hammersmith and City line and take
the ride out to Kings Cross Station. Transfer over to the rail network
and take either the Midland service from St Pancras or the First Capital
service from Kings Cross Thameslink to Luton Parkway Station.
Heathrow Express cost:
£22 (online), £22 (ticket machine), £27 (on train) (15-25 minutes
Luton Airport via
stations (zone 1 both stations): apx
Total time for the journey is around 80-105
minutes at a total cost of apx. £40 for a standard adult single fare.
You will need to pay for the Heathrow Express separately since its
not available on a through ticket.
2: as option one but take the TFL Rail service instead of
TFL Rail service cost:
£10.20 per adult(23-28 minutes)
to Luton Airport via Kings Cross/St
stations (zone 1 both stations): apx
Total time for the journey is around 88-108
minutes at a cost of apx £28.20 for a standard adult single fare.
3: Take the London Underground (not the overground Heathrow
Express of connects services) and use the Piccadilly line to
travel over to Kings Cross. Transfer over to the rail network and take
either the Midland service from St Pancras or the First capital Connect service
from Kings Cross Thameslink to Luton Parkway Station.
Tube fare (zone 6 to zone 1):
Cash: £6 per adult (£3 11-15 yrs), Contactless £5.10 peak, £3.10 off-peak (apx 75 minutes)
Cross/St Pancras to Luton Airport: apx
from £15.70 (60-70 minutes)
Total time for the journey is around 135-145
minutes at a cost of apx £21.70 for a standard adult single fare.
This option must be pre-booked. Expect to pay around
Please note this figure can vary greatly between companies.
However the drivers can refuse to do this journey or negotiate
a different a fare at its outside the controlled areas of London.
Transfers between Heathrow and Luton Airport by road are via the
On leaving Heathrow again pickup the West bound section of the M4 at
Junction 4 and then join the M25 Northbound Clockwise section at its
junction 15. Leave the M25 at its junction 21 and pickup the M1 motorway
Northbound. Follow the signs carefully at this point as you will need to
make sure you hit the northbound and NOT the south bound section of the
M1. Again the journey will be well sign posted. Your only concern is to
make sure you follow the signs for Luton Airport and not for Luton Town
Expect your journey by car/taxi/minicab to take
Expect your coach journey to Luton Airport to take 80-120 minutes.
The distance from Heathrow Airport to Luton
Airport is 36 miles/58 km via the M25 or 28.3
miles/45.5 km in a straight line.