Budget break in Budapest? Romantic rendezvous in Rome? Stag do in Seville? You may be catching the plane from Luton Airport, some 25 miles north of the capital. Offering flights to over 120 cities worldwide, your holiday starts the minute you get to the airport thanks to a great range of restaurants, bars and shops. With superb transport links, passengers arriving from London and beyond will find getting there a breeze. But if you’ve got an early flight to catch or a late arrival, why not rest up in one of our Luton Airport hotels? There’s one right on the terminal doorstep, and it’s also very handy if you wanted to catch the Harry Potter Studio tour just 17 miles away.
If you’ve flown from Luton Airport in the past, you may be wondering whether to repeat the experience again. But you needn’t worry. Facilities were given a £150 million boost in 2017 and now there’s lots more shops and eating options, plus modernisations that have brought the airport right up to date. So whether you want to squeeze in some retail therapy before your flight, grab a bite to eat or need some Wi-Fi to update your Facebook status, you’ll find everything you need.
Stock up on holiday essentials at Boots and WHSmiths, grab some souvenirs at Glorious Britain, then start shopping for the fun stuff. In terms of fashion there’s a Next, Accessorize and a Kurt Geiger, alongside brands like Ted Baker and Victoria’s Secret. Beauty fanatics will love browsing the MAC and Rituals counters, while bargain-lovers should head to the huge Aelia Duty Free store.
Best places to eat and drink
Alongside usual favourites like Frankie & Benny’s, Pret and Bella Italia, you’ll find some unfamiliar names. But which to try? Highest rated of them all is Dubl, a premium wine bar where the focus is on sparkling varieties of the grapey stuff which they serve by the bottle or glass - and there are only five to try. Alongside all the fizz, Dubl serves simple but authentic Italian foods such as cheese, meats and oysters.
Time to kill?
Take the kids to the family friendly area which has big screens for them to watch. Just follow the signs to gates 1-6 and it’s by the Pret a Manger. Or for a real treat, book into the airport lounge. For less than £30 you can enjoy seriously comfortable armchairs, snacks and light meals and complimentary soft drinks, beers, wines and spirits. There’s free Wi-Fi is fast and even state-of-the-art SnoozePods.
There are plenty of Blue Badge parking spaces at the airport, as well as drop-off points that will shorten your walking time. And if you need extra help at the airport, you can pre-book Special Assistance with your airline. Do this at least 48 hours before your flight so that everything runs smoothly. Then, once you’ve got through Security you can go to the Special Assistance Waiting Area in Departures.
Getting to Luton airport is simple. With trains and coaches taking you to the terminal from a number of stops and stations throughout the UK, you’ll have no problem getting to your flight on time.
There are a range of different car parking options with charges that depend on how long you want to stay and how close you’d like to be to the terminal. Closest (and priciest) of all is the Priority Meet and Greet, where you leave your car on Level 2 of the multi-storey car park, staff valet park it for you, and then it’s waiting for you on your return.
Taking the coach or bus is a great way to arrive right at the terminal doors. You’ll find coach drop-off points and bus bays just a stone’s throw from the entrance. From Victoria Coach Station, both a National Express coach and the Green Line 727 service runs through a number of stops in London. The easyBus also does pick ups from Victoria as well as Liverpool Street station.
Coming from the North? Hop on a direct train to Luton Airport Parkway from stations in the Midlands as well as connecting trains from key northern cities. From London, jump on a direct train from Blackfriars, Farringdon, Kings Cross St. Pancras or City Thameslink to get to Luton Airport Parkway station. It’ll take you no longer than an hour.
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