Luton Airport is located less than 3 miles from Junction 10 of the M1. While getting there may not have been the nicest trip in the past, the roads from the M1 to Luton Airport have been improved greatly over the past 5 years, reducing congestion greatly. This makes Luton a more convenient choice for many travellers, whose next concern after arriving at the airport may be what they’re going to do with their cars.
Fortunately, Luton Airport offers a wide choice of parking options, including Meet and Great/Chauffeur parking, short stay, mid stay and long stay parking.
Meet and Greet parking is also known as Chauffeur parking. It offers supreme convenience, as you simply have to drive up to the Drop Off and Pick Up area and complete your business at Luton Airport quickly and easily. There’s no need to spend precious time driving around hunting for space to park your car.
If want to use a Meet and Greet operator, we recommend you read online reviews and book through one of the main resellers, including Purple Parking, Holiday Extras and APH. Meet and Greet parking has received a lot of bad press over the years thanks to unscrupulous operators who take cash payments and park customers cars at the roadside instead of at secure compounds. A little background check will help ensure that your car doesn’t suffer the same fate.
Luton Airport operates its own Meet and Greet service under the name ‘Priority Parking’. Other Meet and Greet operators include Central Car Storage, which also offers a Long-Stay parking option (see below) and Drivefly, which also provides services at Heathrow Airport and Birmingham Airport. Airparks Meet and Greet service is called ‘Drop and Go’. You can choose from a number of options, including a Supersaver option, which is cheaper than the standard service but which doesn’t allow you to cancel or amend your travel dates, and an Early Bird option to save money when booking well in advance.
Short Stay parking at Luton Airport is less than 5 minutes walk to the main terminal. This is perfect option for business customers and travellers who only need parking for short periods of time. The prices for short stay parking are higher than mid and long stay parking, but the advantage is the proximity to the terminal, which means you don’t have to wait for a bus. The short stay can also be used by customers who are dropping off or collecting travellers. You can find Luton Airport’s short stay parking by following the yellow P parking sign.
A mid stay could be anything from 3 – 7 days. The key points about mid stay parking at Luton Airport is that the car park is further away from the terminal than short stay so you will need to take a transfer bus, but it’s closer than the long stay area. It’s also cheaper than short stay option but more expensive than long stays. So if you’re going away for a week, this is the option for you. You’ll find the mid stay car park on the right-hand side of the main approach road to the airport, opposite the Holiday Inn. It’s identified by a green P parking sign.
There are a number of options for long stay parking, both at the airport and off Luton Airport property. Long stay at Luton is the cheapest of the parking options and is ideal for travellers looking to save some money when they go away on lengthy trips. The car park operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You’ll find Luton’s long stay car park by following the pink P parking sign. You can choose between a number of options when you book in advance; for example, Supersaver and Early Bird options. Early Bird bookings can be cancelled less than 48 hours of the arrival date at no charge.
Off property long stay parking operators are often cheaper than parking at the airport, but prices increase during peak travel periods, so there might not be much to choose from when you go on holiday over the Festive season or during summer. One of the best known off property long stay operators at Luton Airport is Airparks. The Airparks car park is located in Slip End, a short distance from Junction 10 of the M1. Transfers can take longer than if you parked at the airport, as buses comes along less frequently. Another operator well known for excellent customer service is Central Car Storage. This car park is closer to the airport than Airparks and can be found close to Luton Retail Park, which is a short distance from Airport Way Road.
Luton Airport has a dedicated zone for passenger drop off and pick up. There is a charge for using this zone, which has caused some controversy amongst Meet and Greet car park operators and taxi companies which also use this area. The area was introduced to stop passengers being dropped off at unauthorised areas, but there is also no doubt that it does bring in extra income for Luton Airport.
It’s very important that you do use this dedicated area if you are dropping off or picking up. The penalty for not using the area is an £80 enforcement charge. So while it might seem like a good idea to drop off or pick up passengers on the approach road, the main airport roundabout and the bus lanes leading to the airport, it really isn’t worth it. Note: The enforcement charge is reduced to £48 if paid within 14 days of being issued.
Airport parking prices change constantly, depending on the time of year and the length of the stay. To save money on parking it’s always best to book in advance; the greater the lead time the cheaper the price. The main resellers (Purple Parking, Holiday Extras and APH) also offer a cancellation waiver, so it’s possible to get your money back should your travel plans change and you need to cancel.
Many of the resellers promote a Price Promise or Best Price Guarantee. The prices are usually the same as they are set by the car park and not individual resellers.
There are a number of hotels near Luton Airport which offer parking packages if arrive the night before you trip or the night of your return. The advantage of booking a Hotel with Parking package is the affordable price. Many hotels only charge a small fee for the parking element of the package. Popular hotels include Holiday Inn, Ibis and Ramada.
Designated disabled car parking spaces are available for Blue Badge holders. There are Special Assistance Help Points in each facility to enable passengers to call for free assistance at the airport car parks. There is typically no discount for blue badge holders, although Luton Airport does offer 60 minutes parking for the price of 30 minutes in the Short Stay car park.
The UK’s 5th largest airport
IATA Code – LTN
Luton Airport Postcode – LU2 9LY
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Located about 32 miles from Central London, Luton Airport is well connected from all over the country. You can reach the airport by car, rail, bus and coach and taxi.
Luton Airport is just 21 minutes by train from Central London. To get to London Luton Airport by train, buy a ticket to the Luton Airport Parkway Station and then take the shuttle service to the airport. The shuttle runs every ten minutes from 5 am to midnight.
London Luton Airport is publicly owned by Luton Borough Council, but is managed by a private consortium, London Luton Airport Operations Ltd.
Luton Airport is used by some of Europe’s largest low-cost airlines. Airlines flying from London Luton Airport include easyJet, Ryanair, Wizz Air, Atlasglobal, Blue Air and La Compagnie.
The Luton Airport postcode is LU2 9QT.
Check-in starts two hours before flight departure and the boarding gate closes about 40 minutes prior to scheduled departure time. Please check with your airline for exact check-in time.
London Luton Airport is open 24 hours a day, all through the year.
London Luton Airport opened in July 1938 as Luton Municipal Airport. During the Second World War, the airport operated as a commercial aerodrome and served as base for the ‘264 Fighter Squadron’.
Smoking is permitted only at designated zones outside the London Luton terminal. Smoking is not permitted inside the London Luton Airport (the ban on smoking inside the airport includes electronic cigarettes).