Luton Airport FAQ Hub
We've put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions so you have all the Luton airport information you need to have a simple and stress-free trip.
Luton Airport Drop Off
How long can you stay at Luton drop off?
There isn't a time limit on your stay at the Drop Off Zone however, if you're planning to be longer than 10 minutes, there are cheaper options to consider, such as the Long Stay or Mid Stay car park.
How much does it cost to drop off at Luton Airport?
Luton airport has FREE drop off parking and paid for zones that are located closer to the terminal. Take a look at all the Luton drop off options below:
|Luton Mid Stay||15 mins
Up to 30 mins
|Luton Long Stay||1 hour
|Drop Off Zone||10 mins
Every min thereafter
Is there disabled drop off at Luton Airport?
There are 2 drop off options that we'd recommend for Blue Badge holders: Terminal Car Park 1 or the Drop Off Zone.
Key facts about Terminal Car Park 1:
- You'll find the designated disabled parking spaces on Levels 0 and 1
- The car park is located a 4-minute walk away from the terminal entrance via the link bridge.
- Blue Badge and blue parking clock should be displayed. Customers who need to retain their Blue Badge (or those with reduced mobility who don't have one) should go to the Priority Parking office on the 2nd floor to notify management that you are parking in the designated area.
|Duration||Price (Standard price)|
|Up to 30 mins||FREE (|
|30 mins - 1 hour|| £4.50 (
|1 - 2 hours|| £14.50 (
|2 - 3 hours|| £18.50 (
Key facts about the Drop Off Zone:
- The Drop Off Zone is located 250m from the terminal building
- Designed disabled bays are in Lane A
- Cars must not be left unattended
- Should you need them, there are 2 help points - Lane A and near the lifts
|Each min thereafter||£1.00|
Does Luton Airport have free parking?
Yes, Luton airport has 2 car parks (Mid Stay and Long Stay) that offer free short stay parking, ideal for those dropping off or picking up passengers.
Where can I park for free at Luton Airport?
Luton airport offers free Drop Off / Pick Up parking at the Mid Stay and Long Stay car parks, perfect for money-savvy customers who don't mind being a little further away from the terminal building. Mid Stay parking is free for 15 minutes and Long Stay is free for 1 hour.
Luton Airport Pick Up
Can I pick up someone at Luton Airport?
If you're picking up someone from Luton airport you have a few parking options to choose from:
Want to pick up as close to the terminal as possible? Opt for the Pick Up Zone or Terminal Car Park 1.
Want FREE pick up parking? Head to the Mid Stay or Long Stay car park.
Key facts about the Luton Pick Up Zone
- Luton's Pick Up Zone is the closest you can pick someone up from the terminal - you're just 350m away
- It costs £5 for up to 10 minutes, so it's ideal if you know you won't be long
- Vehicles cannot be left unattended
Key facts about the Luton Terminal Car Park 1
- Terminal Car Park 1 is a 4 minute walk from the terminal
- Prices start from £9.50 for 30 minutes
- Do you drive an electric car? Enjoy a discounted rate: pay just £1 for up to 30 minutes
- Blue Badge holders can park for FREE for up to 30 minutes
Key facts about Luton Mid Stay car park
- It's a 10 minute walk from the Mid Stay car park to the terminal
- Parking is FREE for 15 minutes (£4 for up to 30 minutes)
- There's no return within 4 hours
Key facts about Luton Long Stay car park
- FREE parking for 1 hour (£5 for 1-2 hours)
- Catch a shuttle bus to and from the terminal - transfers are FREE and take 10 minutes
- Shuttle buses are fully accessible for special assistance customers
|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
How do I pay for Luton Pick Up?
There are Pay On Foot machines located in the terminal building and the car park. Luton airport isn't currently accepting cash, so payment is by card.
Luton Airport Fast Track
Is Fast Track Security at Luton worth it?
For many people, Luton's Fast Track security is worth paying for as they eliminate the amount of time queueing and stress before security. They're especially great for anyone on a tight timescale, families with young children and any elderly passengers.
How much are Fast Track Security tickets at Luton airport?
Fast Track tickets are £6 when booked in advance online or £7 at the airport. There's no charge for little ones under 2.
What are the opening hours of Luton Fast Track?
The Fast Track Security line at Luton airport is open from 04:15 – 20:00.
Do I need to print off my Luton Fast Track ticket?
Luton airport will accept your booking digitally or as a printed copy.
Can Luton Airport Fast Track tickets be refunded?
No, tickets can't be amended or refunded once they are booked.
Luton Airport Parking Charges and Payment
How do I pay for parking at Luton Airport?
If you book in advance with Holiday Extras, we'll take your payment via our fast and secure online booking system, or by phone if you contact our call centre. There will be no need to pay on the day - the car park's entry and exit barriers will automatically open by reading your car registration number.
If you're turning up on the day or using the Pick Up / Drop Off parking (on-airport car parks only), you'll need to use the Pay Stations located within the car park / the terminal building or pay at the exit barriers. They accept cash, Visa debit cards, and Visa and MasterCard credit cards.
How do I pay for the Luton Mid Stay car park?
The Mid Stay car park has pay machines on-site and at the exit barrier. Alternatively you can use one of the pay machines inside the terminal building. The pay machines take cash, credit card or debit card.
What are the parking charges at Luton Airport?
To help you find the right Luton airport parking to suit your budget, take a look at the charges for 1 week's parking, at a range of top LTN car parks. Prices for Airparks Drop & Go start from just £31.49 p/w.
|Car Park||Price for 1 week*|
|Airparks Drop & Go||£31.49|
|Holiday Extras Self Park||£34.99|
|APH Park and Ride||£34.99|
|Park Up Meet and Greet||£54.00|
|Purple Parking Meet and Greet||£70.00|
|Maple Parking Meet and Greet||£70.00|
|Airparks Short Stay||£70.00|
|Luton Airport Long Stay||£47.99 (Not bookable here)|
|Luton Airport Mid Stay||£57.99 (Not bookable here)|
|Luton Airport Terminal Car Park 2||£68.99 (Not bookable here)|
|Luton Airport Terminal Car Park 1||£88.99 (Not bookable here)|
How much does it cost to park at Luton Airport per day?
|Car Park||Price per day*|
|Airparks Drop & Go||£3.93|
|Holiday Extras Self Park||£4.37|
|APH Park and Ride||£4.37|
|Park Up Meet and Greet||£6.75|
|Purple Parking Meet and Greet||£8.75|
|Maple Parking Meet and Greet||£8.75|
|Luton Airport Long Stay||£30.00 (On-the-day price)|
|Luton Airport Mid Stay||£35.00 (On-the-day price)|
|Luton Airport Terminal Car Park 1||£67.50 (On-the-day price)|
|Luton Airport Terminal Car Park 2||£67.50 (On-the-day price)|
How much does it cost to park your car at Luton Airport?
Many factors will influence how much it costs to park your car at Luton airport - type of parking (on-site v.s off-site, for example), time of year and how far in advance you booked, to name just a few. When you pre-book with Holiday Extras, Luton airport parking prices start from just £31.99 for a week (£3.93 per day).
Luton Airport Parking Advice
Can you park your car at Luton Airport?
Yes, Luton airport has 5 official on-site car parks including Long Stay, Mid Stay, Terminal Car Park 1, Terminal Car Park 2, and Priority Parking (Meet and Greet).
Can I just turn up and park at Luton Airport?
You can turn up and park at the following Luton airport car parks:
- Terminal Car Park 1
- Terminal Car Park 2
- Mid Stay Car Park
- Long Stay Car Park
Please keep in mind that you will pay premium-on-the-gate prices (listed below).
To save money, we highly recommend booking in advance. When you book your Luton airport parking with Holiday Extras you can save up to 70%. If you're not sure about pre-booking because your plans aren't set in stone, we've got you covered. All of our packages are easy and FREE to amend and cancel, which means you can enjoy those advance rates without worrying you'll be out of pocket should your travel plans change.
|Up to 30 minutes||£9.50|
|30 to 45 minutes||£12.50|
|45 to 60 minutes||£17.50|
|1 to 2 hours||£22.00|
|2 to 3 hours||£28.50|
|3 to 4 hours||£37.00|
|4 to 5 hours||£39.00|
|5 to 9 hours||£61.00|
|9 to 24 hours||£67.50|
|Each additional day, or part of a day||£67.50|
|Up to 15 minutes||FREE|
|15 to 25 minutes||£4.00|
|25 to 40 minutes||£9.00|
|40 to 60 minutes||£13.50|
|1 to 24 hours||£35.00|
|Each additional day, or part of a day||£35.00|
|Up to 1 hour||FREE|
|1 to 2 hours||£5.00|
|Each subsequent day & part of a day||£30.00|
How long is Mid Stay parking at Luton Airport?
You can park for any length of time in the Mid Stay Car Park. If you're dropping someone off you can enjoy 15 minutes FREE. Stays longer than 15 minutes will be charged - starting from £4 for up to 30 minutes. If you book Mid Stay in advance, the minimum duration is 24 hours.
Where is the cheapest Luton Airport parking?
The cheapest Luton airport parking is Airparks Drop & Go. At Airparks your car will be parked for you while you hop on the FREE shuttle bus to the terminal - it only takes 14 minutes and there's even free wifi on board. It's no surprise it's our most booked car park.
By booking a trusted off-site car park like Airparks you can save up to 29% compared to the cheapest on-site Luton airport car park: Long Stay. Both offer a very similar, ultra-smooth Park and Ride service, the main difference being you can save a rather nice £14* when you book with Airparks.
How to get cheap parking at Luton Airport?
Top tip #1 : Book in advance
Airport parking is cheapest when booked in advance - the earlier you book, the more likely you are to secure the best price. Pre-booking your parking at Luton can save you up to 70% off the turn-up prices. At Holiday Extras, should your travel plans change, you can amend or cancel for booking for FREE, in just a couple of clicks. So, go ahead and enjoy those cheap advance prices without any stress.
Top tip #2: Opt for off-airport parking
One of the easiest ways to enjoy cheap Luton airport parking is to book a trusted off-airport car park, such as Airparks or APH. Off-airport car parks are located outside the airport perimeter and require a short transfer journey but, it's because of this, that they often boast the cheapest prices. So, if you don't mind taking a quick bus to the terminal, this is the perfect money-saving option for you. Rest assured, we only sell reputable operators that meet our high standards, so you can book with peace of mind that your car will be well protected.
Top tip #3: Choose a Park and Ride
If you're on a budget, opt for a Park and Ride over a Meet and Greet package. Park and Rides will always be the cheaper option, since they are located slightly further away from the airport. The savings to be had are usually between £22* - £38*.
Top tip #4: Consider a cheap Luton airport hotel with parking package
To save even more money it might be worth checking out our brilliant range of ultra-convenient Luton airport hotels with parking that start from as low as £54.00 (room incl. 1 weeks parking). That's cheaper than some parking-only packages!
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Which car park is best for Luton Airport?
We only sell the very best, quality-assured, tried-and-tested Luton airport parking so, whatever your budget or travel needs, you'll find a top car park to suit you.
Cheapest car park at Luton airport
The best car parks at Luton airport if you're on a budget are Airparks Drop & Go and Holiday Extras Self Park. With prices starting from just £31.49 p/w, these hassle-free Park and Rides offer the cheapest prices throughout the year.
Fastest transfers at Luton airport
If you're looking for the closest Park and Ride with super-fast transfers and super-low prices, Airparks ShortRun is the best car park choice for you. With transfers taking just 4 minutes and prices starting from just £41.99 p/w, it's no surprise it's one of our most highly reviewed car parks.
Want to walk to the terminal
Skip the need for a transfer bus and park within walking distance of check-in with an ultra convenient Meet and Greet service such as Maple Parking or Purple Parking. Simply meet your driver in the Terminal 1 Car Park and your car will be parked for you, leaving you to walk to the terminal in just 4 minutes. On your return, your car will be ready and waiting for you.
What are the parking options at Luton Airport?
We have a brilliant range of trusted, off-site Luton airport parking options to choose from.
- Airparks, APH and Holiday Extras - 14 minutes by transfer bus to the terminal
- Airparks ShortRun - The closest Park and Ride, located just a 4 minute transfer bus away
- Airparks Short Stay - Walk to the terminal in just 4 minutes
- Meet and Greet options from Maple Parking, Purple Parking, Airparks, Holiday Extras, Park Up and Blue Circle - Your car is parked for you so you can walk straight to check-in in 4 minutes
On-site Luton airport parking includes (not bookable here):
- Long Stay - Catch a 10 minute transfer to the terminal
- Mid Stay - Walk to the terminal in 10 minutes
- Terminal Car Park 1 - It's a 4 minute walk to check-in via the link bridge
- Terminal Car Park 2 - Just a 5 minute walk to the terminal
- Priority Parking - Meet and Greet service close to the terminal
Can you walk from Luton Long Stay Car Park to the terminal?
No, the Luton Long Stay car park isn't within walking distance. Instead you'll need to get the 10-minute shuttle bus to the terminal. If you're looking for a car park where you can walk to the terminal, be sure to consider Airparks Short Stay - park your car just a 4-minute walk away from the check-in desks.
Can I charge my car at Luton Airport?
There are charging points at Airparks Charge and Go and Terminal Car Park 1 (located on the 2nd floor).
General Luton Airport Information
How early should I get to Luton Airport?
Luton airport recommends that you arrive about 2 to 3 hours before your scheduled departure, to allow plenty of time to check-in and pass through security.
Can you smoke at Luton Airport?
There's a designated sheltered smoking zone outside Departures, in front of the terminal building. It's the only place where smoking is permitted at Luton airport.
*Prices correct at time of writing.