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.
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 |
|Pick Up Zone
Every min thereafter
|Terminal Car Park 1
||Up to 30 mins
30 - 45 mins
||Up to 15 mins
Up to 30 mins
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.
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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