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Luton Airport Arrivals

Use our guide to find lots of handy information about arrivals at Luton airport, including Luton Pick Up parking, Arrivals facilities, FAQs and more.

London Luton airport receives arrivals from all around the world, but that doesn't mean things need to be confusing when your inbound flight lands. There's just one terminal, from which you'll have easy access to a variety of public transport options and pick up zones (if you are getting collected by car). Use the information on this page to make the end of your trip easier.

Getting to Luton airport by car

If you are picking up a friend or family member from Luton airport, it's important to know where to go. Fortunately, the airport is easily accessible from locations around the UK, thanks to its proximity to London, and the M1 and M25 motorways.

The following distances should give you an idea of the length of your drive:

  • Central London - 32 miles
  • Milton Keynes - 25 miles
  • Birmingham - 90 miles
  • Oxford - 50 miles

If you approach London Luton from the east, via the A1, follow the A505 dual-carriageway through Hitchin. The airport will be clearly signposted.

Approaching the airport from the west is possible via Dunstable, or by joining the M1 from the M25, and exiting on junction 10.

If you require more detailed directions, please visit our directions to Luton airport page, input the postcode LU2 9QT into your sat nav, or see the map below.

Top Tip

Before heading off to collect your passengers, be sure to check for dreaded flight delays, to avoid waiting at the airport longer than you need to. We highly recommend using a flight tracking website, such as Flightradar24 which allows you to track planes in real-time and see live predicted arrival times.

Luton Airport Pick Up Parking

There are 4 parking options to choose from if you're picking up passengers from Luton airport. If convenience and speed is a priority, the Pick Up Zone or Terminal Car Park 1 would be a great choice for you. If you want to avoid any charges and park for FREE, head to the Mid Stay or Long Stay car park.

Luton Airport Pick Up Options & Charges
Car Park Duration Price*
Pick Up Zone 10 mins
Every min thereafter
Terminal Car Park 1 Up to 30 mins
30 - 45 mins
Mid Stay Up to 15 mins
Up to 30 mins
Long Stay 1 hour
1 - 2 hours

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Arrivals at Luton Airport - Public Transport

If you aren't being collected from the airport you can take advantage of competitively priced public transport options - from pre-booked coaches to railway services.

  • Train. Luton Airport Parkway station is a 10-minute trip on the shuttle bus from the airport terminal. A single ticket costs £2.40. Children between 5 and 15 travel half price, and under 5s go free. From the station you can reach City Thameslink, Blackfriars, Farringdon and St Pancras International. If you're heading North you can get a train to Bedford and the Midlands where you can make connections to key northern cities.

  • Top Tip

    When booking your train tickets, if you choose Luton Airport (LUA) as your departure station, the shuttle bus fare to Luton Airport Parkway (LTN) will be included in your ticket.

  • Bus and coach. Coach pick-up points and bus bays are located conveniently outside the terminal. Tickets can be booked in advance on the bus company websites or you can buy tickets from the Onward Travel Centre beyond the arrivals area. Buses run services to key UK locations including central London, Leicester, Oxford, Nottingham and Cambridge. Bus companies include: National Express, Stagecoach, and a range of local services.
  • Taxi. Luton airport has a dedicated taxi rank area, located just beyond Bus Bay A. Addison Lee and Hackney Carriage are the taxi firms serving the airport. Alternatively, pre-book a taxi and have your ride waiting for you in the Pick Up Zone ( £5 charge for up to 10 minutes) or one of the other pick up parking locations.

Arrivals into Luton Airport - FAQs

Can I pick someone up from Luton airport?

Yes, Luton airport has 4 main parking options to consider if you're on pick up duty. If you want to be within a short walking distance to the terminal, there's the Pick Up Zone (prices from £5 for 10 mins) or the Terminal Car Park 1 (prices from £9.50 for 30 mins). For FREE parking, be sure to head to the Long Stay or Mid Stay car park.

Where is Arrivals at Luton Airport?

You'll find Luton Arrivals located in the main terminal building.

How long do Arrivals take at Luton Airport?

At Luton, it takes around 45 minutes, on average, from landing to reclaiming your baggage, however this can vary depending on the time of day and how busy the airport is at the time.

Are there 2 terminals at Luton Airport?

Luton Airport has one terminal.

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